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US cooling bodies collaborate on safe operation with flammable refrigerants

ASHRAE and AHRI join Department of Energy in investing in $5.2 million research programme

ASHRAE, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) are collaborating to fund ’vital research that will establish a more robust fact base about the properties and the use of flammable refrigerants’. The $5.2 million research programme is part of an ongoing global effort to phase down the use of high-GWP refrigerants and to identify appropriate climate-friendly alternatives. Of the total, DOE is contributing $3 million, ASHRAE $1.2 million, and AHRI $1 million.

In anticipation of a global plan to phase down high-GWP refrigerants, the industry has spent the past five years researching potential alternatives, ASHRAE said. Through that effort, several promising refrigerants were identified, many of which are low toxicity but are classified as mildly flammable or flammable. This new research programme will provide the technical knowledge needed to facilitate and accelerate the safe use of these refrigerants.

The results of this research will immediately be transmitted to the committees responsible for ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 15-2013, Safety Standard for Refrigeration Systems, and ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 34-2013, Designation and Safety Classification of Refrigerants, with a goal of using the results to update the standards as soon as possible, subject to full compliance with the ANSI consensus process.

The International Code Council (ICC) has stated that these revised ASHRAE standards will be eligible to be fast-tracked into the international codes, in accordance with ICC procedures.

David Underwood, ASHRAE president said:.“ASHRAE has a strong history and commitment to refrigerants, having written our first standard on the topic in 1919. We have continued our work in this area since that time, publishing the industry’s leading standards on refrigerants (Standards 15 and 34) as well as conducting hundreds of research projects on the topic. As such, ASHRAE is fully committed to this project. In fact, the funds we are using for our share represent the largest transfer from our Research Reserve Fund in our 122 year history.”

Stephen Yurek, AHRI President & CEO added: ”AHRI is extremely grateful to ASHRAE, DOE, and the International Code Council for their commitment to accelerating the introduction of suitable alternatives to high-GWP refrigerants. Our member companies, some of which produce refrigerants and others of which manufacture the highest quality air conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment in the world, can use the results of this vital research to continue in those missions, but in an even more environmentally friendly way.”

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