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.
Engineering the future of refrigeration and air conditioning
April 13, 2017
With the opening of a brand new Application Development Center (ADC) in Tallahassee, Florida, Danfoss now has four Cooling ADCs where OEMs and Danfoss engineers collaborate in a test environment to create innovative cooling solutions for the future.
Bacharach Inc. adds R-514A to its gas library of detectable refrigerants as chiller applications within the refrigeration industry demand refrigerants with low-global warming potential (GWP). Bacharach’s proprietary non-dispersive infrared (NDIR) technology allows its instrumentation to measure levels as low as 1 ppm of refrigerant, while maintaining high accuracy and enabling the early detection of refrigerant leaks.
Researchers must look beyond nonflammable chemicals
April 3, 2017
NIST’s study, entitled “Limited options for low-global warming potential [GWP] refrigerants,” focused on residential and small-commercial single-package and split air conditioning systems, but the authors said their conclusions also generally apply to room air conditioning units and other refrigeration and heat-pump systems currently using common, ozone-depleting refrigerants such as R-410A or R-22, which are still used in some developing countries today. “The takeaway is there is no perfect, easy replacement for current refrigerants,” NIST chemical engineer Mark McLinden said.
Unprecedented opportunities for manufacturers, distributors, and HVAC contractors
March 13, 2017
Future Market Insights (FMI) delivers key insights on the commercial refrigeration systems market in its latest report titled, “Commercial Refrigeration System Market: U.S. Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2015-2025.” According to the report, the U.S. commercial refrigeration systems market is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.2 percent in terms of value over the forecast period.
Company’s position includes approvals for HC and HFO refrigerants
March 1, 2017
In follow-up to the document that Tecumseh issued in January 2016 regarding recommended refrigerants, the company says it is making the required changes to its compressors and condensing units in order to meet the performance, reliability and safety requirements for use with alternatives to R-404A and R-134a refrigerants.
The Green Tech Line of refrigeration and air conditioning components is designed for use with natural refrigerants R-290 (propane), R-600a (isobutane), and R-744 (CO2). These high-quality, hydrocarbon (HC) and CO2-ready system components include valves, controllers, transducers, filter driers, and microchannel heat exchangers.