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Australian retailer opens its plant room for World Refrigeration Day

Woolworths to let the public in on June 26 to see how a supermarket is cooled

Australian retailer Woolworths is to let the general public visit some of its plant rooms as part of its celebrations for World Refrigeration Day on June 26.

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The retailer is holding an open day, supported by national bodies RACCA, AIRAH and RMIT.

According to the bodies, the event is being heavily promoted among schools, in the hopes of raising awareness among young people about the HVAC&R industry and the opportunities it offers.

The event will run on the afternoon of June 26 at one store in western Melbourne, and another in western Sydney.

Woolworths refrigeration and sustainable innovations engineer Dario Ferlin told AIRAH’s HVAC&R News that the stores are advanced in their use of naturals. He said: “The selected stores are not ordinary stores. These have transcritical CO2 refrigeration systems and hence are 100 per cent HFC-free. These leading-edge refrigeration systems are paving the way for a direct-emission-free supermarket future.”

Among the talks taking place are a technician describing a day in the life of a fridgie.

Woolworths, RACCA, AIRAH and RMIT say they are encouraging others in the industry to help spread the word beyond the borders of the HVAC&R sector. Anyone in the South Australia area wanting to attend can register here.

The official World Refrigeration Day website will shortly be available

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