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

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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?

By Peter Powell
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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

By John R. Hall
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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

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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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Canada Hosts 2011 ICARHMA Meeting

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The International Council of Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Manufacturers’ Associations (ICARHMA) met Oct. 3-5 in Canada to discuss industry trends and approve the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) as an associate member.


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Midwest Refrigerants Gains More Approvals

By Peter Powell
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The ongoing approval process to bring online an innovative approach to dealing with refrigerants that have reached the end of their useful life has taken another step forward.


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HRAI and Environment Canada Hold Meeting on Pollution Prevention Plan for Halocarbons

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According to the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), HRAI staff and member participants in the Refrigerant Management Canada (RMC) program met with representatives from Environment Canada on Sept. 8 to discuss the implementation of a Pollution Prevention (P2) plan for halocarbons.


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Picking Ammonia Can Be Smart

By John R. Hall
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As the world of refrigeration moves away from traditional CFCs and HCFCs toward more environmentally friendly alternatives, the use of ammonia refrigerants has been gaining in popularity and trending upwards.


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Fun With R-407A in Retail Refrigeration

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Have you worked with R-407A in refrigeration jobs? The mechanical design company Henderson Engineers Inc. (HEI) of Kansas City has in such a project where it was given the task by a major retailer to improve the carbon footprint of a supermarket refrigeration system.


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Turning to Thailand for Summit on Energy Savings, Helping the Environment

By Peter Powell
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While the word “refrigerant” isn’t normally the first thing one thinks of when Thailand is mentioned (can you say “Pad Thai” or “Tom Yum soup”?), interestingly the two intersected at an event.


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