Stationary air conditioning dominates the refrigerants market
August 24, 2015
The global refrigerants market is forecast to reach $21 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6 percent from 2015 to 2020, according to a report published by MarketsandMarkets.
The increasing number of refrigerant options makes it more essential than ever for technicians to be aware of the hazards of mixing refrigerants and to cautiously approach systems they’re servicing in case it contains a refrigerant mixture that has been adulterated — perhaps dangerously so.
Several companies have invested millions of dollars into research and development of low-GWP (global-warming potential) refrigerants, resulting in a number of options for contractors seeking alternatives to the refrigerants that have been delisted under the EPA’s recent rule.
Chemical company now independent and publicly traded
August 3, 2015
The Chemours Company has completed its spin-off from DuPont and has launched as an independent, publicly traded corporation. Chemours is a global chemical company with market positions in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts, and chemical solutions.
Tool Compares Various System Architectures, Refrigerants to Help Limit CO2 Emissions
August 3, 2015
Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. has introduced the Life Cycle Climate Performance (LCCP) Online Calculator for supermarket designers and engineers. The web-based LCCP calculator allows users to compare different supermarket system architectures with various refrigerants.
New ‘refrigerant driving license’ will help ensure safe management of refrigerants
July 28, 2015
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) announced an agreement completed during the Montreal Protocol Open Ended Working Group meeting in Paris, which includes development of a global qualification program for refrigerant supply chain networks.
In March, the EPA approved several low-GWP hydrocarbon refrigerants for use in refrigeration and air conditioning applications, subject to use conditions. The approval drew a mixture of reactions ranging from support to concern.
Montreal Protocol Amendment Would Phase Down HFCs in India
May 4, 2015
In industrial countries, production and consumption of HFCs should reach 15 percent of their 2013-2015 reference levels by 2035, stated the proposal. Developing countries would have until 2050 to reach the 15 percent level of their 2028-2030 use and consumption reference levels.
Recovering refrigerant from HVAC and refrigeration systems is an important day-to-day task for HVACR technicians. Here’s a look at some of the latest tools that help make this important job easy, along with tips from the recovery equipment manufacturers on how to efficiently and safely recover refrigerant.