Issue : July 2010
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A next-generation air conditioning system using magnetic refrigeration technology is set to be developed by Astronautics Corp of America, following the award of a $2.9m energy grant.
A high performance prototype heat pump, designed for cold climates, is set to be developed by Purdue University, with the resulting technology potentially halving heating bills.
Neil Afram, managing director of Space Air conditioning, has called on the industry to back the scrapping of the government’s SAP energy ratings for dwellings, claiming its “incapable of realistically representing current design practises or technological advancements.”
The University of Maryland are developing a new smart alloy that could replace liquid refrigerants in air conditioners, saving money and reducing greenhouse gases.
Vent-Axia has launched a Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation programme to tackle the predicted shortfall in heat pump engineers, a move the company claims will turn the company into a ‘solutions supplier’ for the technology.
Essex County Council has created 30 new apprenticeships in the ventilation, refrigeration and heating industry.
The Italian compressor manufacturer Frascold has signed up South London based LH plc to handle its warranty claims in the UK; the first of what the company says will be a total three representatives.
Danfoss has sold its Household Compressors business to German firm Aurelius for an undisclosed sum.
Refcom, the Register of Companies to Handle Refrigerants, has expanded and rebranded its enhanced voluntary scheme.
Specialist installer IMA Cooling Systems has won two prestigious CIBSE Young Engineers Network Champions Awards for 2010