Developer aims to bring together sufficient data to support both independent and larger companies to comply with latest RACHP standards
Refcom has designed a new app that it hopes will improve industry understanding and compliance with European regulations and standards involving cooling systems and refrigerant use, such as EN378.
The technology has been developed for European refrigeration and cooling association (AREA) to try and allow both individuals and larger organisations to understand the implications of the EN378 standard and F-Gas regulations on their work.
“By inputting the design and use of a room as well as the refrigerant charge and type of gas, the app can identify where there are non-compliance issues and where taking additional measures will increase the charge allowable for A2L gases,” said Refcom in a statement on the launch.
A tool to convert kgs to CO2 for field engineers is among the additional functions provided by the app, according to the design team.
Refcom’s Graeme Fox, who also serves as director of AREA, said that work to bring together data within the app that was suitable for both larger and smaller industry players had been a key challenge in developing the tool. Mr Fox argued that this continued to be the case with ongoing work to develop future iterations of the app to try and provide timely on-site guidance around compliance issues.
“The F-Gas calculation part was simple as I had already done that work for AREA and released as part of the F-Gas log book template under both the AREA and REFCOM brands last year, so the developer simply had to take my calculations and put them into code for the app itself,” he added.
“The EN378 section was a good deal more difficult. There are so many different parameters that need to be considered depending on what gas is used; room location, use category, and occupancy levels; and flammability and toxicity, that the calculations themselves are fairly complex.”
Mr Fox noted that the ‘Area F-gas’ app was now available for free on both apple and android devices in order to serve as a quick reference guide on basic requirements of standards.
“The app is designed to demonstrate at a glance if an installation meets with the basic requirements of EN378 and where additional measures may be available to increase charge sizes of A2L refrigerants, in particular, for building services installations,” he said in a statement.
“Further development for refrigeration systems is being progressed now.”