WR Refrigeration’s new training facility encompassing HFO/HC/CO2 technology has come onstream
The European Refrigeration Training Academy, which the company claim it is the first facility of its type in the world, has been equipped with a state-of-the-art working HFO water chiller linked to an integral HC refrigerated cabinet alongside its existing CO2 systems, enabling engineers to be trained in the new generation of low global warming refrigerants and hydrocarbons.
The 64kW Hidros chiller, operating on HFO R1234ze, is installed alongside an integral refrigerated display cabinet running on hydrocarbon refrigerant R1270, and the centre’s existing carbon dioxide plant.
Mike Nicholas, WR Refrigeration’s managing director, said: “End users are looking for safe, efficient, practical solutions in order to future-proof their businesses against possible legislative changes and the rising cost of energy.”
The CO2 and HC systems are linked in a cascade arrangement with the HFO chiller, which provides chilled water as a condensing medium for the transcritical carbon dioxide plant and hydrocarbon integral display cabinet.
The HFO chiller incorporates a free cooling option, delivering additional energy savings when ambient conditions allow. It is also equipped with centrifugal fans to demonstrate how rejected heat can be ducted away, permitting internal location of the chiller as well as utilisation of waste heat.
The company will offer the City & Guilds hydrocarbon refrigeration qualification and is developing a new training course for chilled water cooling with HFOs. It will include commissioning, service and maintenance, and chiller controls.
Patrick Mullins, WR Refrigeration’s business development and marketing director, said: “We believe the creation of a combined HFO, HC and CO2 training academy is unique and represents a genuine first. The bringing together of several alternative technologies is important because many end users are not looking at single refrigerant solutions but opting for a mix of technologies.