Louisiana site will produce HFO-1234yf for automobile applications
June 5, 2017
Honeywell has started commercial operations at its new manufacturing plant in Geismar, Louisiana to meet growing global demand for hydrofluoroolefin (HFO)-1234yf, a next-generation mobile air conditioning refrigerant. According to Honeywell, with this start-up, the plant has become the world's largest site for producing HFO-1234yf, which is sold commercially as Solstice® yf.
Company names Brad Kivlan named CEO, makes other leadership appointments
June 5, 2017
Brad Kivlan has been named CEO of Dynatemp International Inc., a privately held supplier of hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants and refrigerant services. Kivlan had been serving as the company’s vice president of operations.
Although there may be a temptation to simply treat A2L refrigerants as equivalent to ammonia with respect to flammability hazard, ammonia really is an entity unto itself. Like an A2L, it exhibits a low-flame velocity in flammability tests, but ammonia has the unique safety advantage of a strong and unmistakable odor that is typically present long before the onset of a flammability hazard. All of the current A2L refrigerants, on the other hand, are odorless.
R-134a has a global-warming potential (GWP) of 1,430. This means it traps 1,430 times as much heat per kilogram as carbon dioxide does over a 100-year period. Because R-134a has such a high GWP, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listed R-134a as an “unacceptable” refrigerant for certain refrigeration and air conditioning applications under its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.
To prevent unnecessary return visits (aka callbacks) for your company or future issues for your customers, here are some helpful items to remember when completing a repair. It can be easy to overlook some of these items, but taking the extra time to complete them before leaving the call can pay off in the long run.
Site of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” uses Genetron Performax LT
June 2, 2017
Honeywell announced that the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), which manages the world-renowned Herb Brooks Ice Arena in Lake Placid, New York, is adopting its Genetron Performax® LT (R-407F) to maintain perfect ice rink temperatures. Honeywell’s refrigerant will replace the currently used R-22 refrigerant as a more cost-effective alternative that provides better performance and long-term savings without requiring significant equipment retrofits.
Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio joins as investor
May 19, 2017
Bluon Energy announced the addition of new investors and the addition of a board advisor to bolster the company’s awareness and sales. This comes at a time when existing HVACR refrigerants used by the majority of the U.S. and the world are becoming obsolete due to federal regulation and global phaseouts.
American HFC Coalition calls for stricter enforcement of U.S. laws
May 3, 2017
The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has decided that U.S. industry is being materially injured by imports of refrigerant R-134a from China that are being “dumped” in the U.S. The USITC’s affirmative determination paves the way for the U.S Department of Commerce to issue an anti-dumping duty order.
R-404A is being used by OEMs in new equipment and also on retrofitted equipment. However, because of its high global-warming potential (GWP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program, has listed R-404A as an “unacceptable” refrigerant in a number of retail food refrigeration categories and in vending machines end-uses.