Articles Tagged with ''refrigerants''

Playing It Safe With Ammonia

January 30, 2012
Safety is paramount when working with ammonia refrigerants. Why? If something does go wrong in such a situation, it can have grave consequences. Ammonia is a health risk because of its corrosiveness to skin, eyes, and lungs. In fact, exposure to 300 ppm creates an imminent danger to life and health.


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The HC Foothold Challenge

January 30, 2012
The world of so-called natural refrigerants, particularly hydrocarbons (HCs), has gotten a lot more interesting recently. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given Significant New Alternatives Program (SNAP) approval to three HCs.


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Arkema’s Forane Website Offers Expanded R-22 Coverage

January 23, 2012
Arkema’s North American Forane® refrigerants website has expanded its information about R-22 retrofitting in response to users’ needs to better understand the many options open to them.


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Evaluating Low GWP

January 23, 2012
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is moving forward with an ambitious project to identify low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. What does that mean?


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Three Common Ammonia Refrigerant Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

January 9, 2012
Refrigeration contractors know that there are several upsides to ammonia refrigerants. The most common is its compatibility with the environment. Ammonia does not contribute to global warming because it does not deplete the ozone layer. It has thermodynamic qualities that require less electricity in its usage.


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HFCs Stay the Course After Global Meeting

January 9, 2012
The long-term availability of HFCs survived another effort at phase-down during the 23rd Meeting of the Parties (MOP23) to the Montreal Protocol held in November 2011. Participants did not reach agreement on taking any action to control HFCs.


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Dec. 19, 2011: EPA Approves Three Hydrocarbon Refrigerants for Use in Refrigerators and Freezers

December 19, 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added three hydrocarbons as acceptable alternative refrigerants in small commercial and household refrigerators and freezers through EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.


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HCs: Coming to U.S., But to What Extent?

December 5, 2011
Whether or not HCs become major refrigerant players in the U.S. depends on who you talk to. Advocates point to extremely lower global warming potential, low cost, and a proven track record in Europe and Asia. Others see the flammability issue, A3 safety rating, and current building and fire codes limiting use to smaller applications.


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Ammonia Refrigerant and Its Usage

November 28, 2011
The use of ammonia as a refrigerant has been around for approximately 160 years, dating back to its first use in France in the 1850s. It first appeared in the United States in the 1860s when it was used for artificial ice production. Its latest uses are a testament to the growing popularity of ammonia refrigerants.


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ICARHMA Discusses Global Industry Activities

November 14, 2011
The International Council of Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Manufacturers’ Associations (ICARHMA), at its meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, discussed industry trends and other topics and approved the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) as an associate member.


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