On Jan. 29, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced an affirmative preliminary determination in its antidumping duty investigation of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants from China. The situation isn’t resolved yet, but this gives the industry every reason to believe the final determination this summer will also be affirmative.
Home appliance manufacturers previously transitioned away from CFCs and HCFCs
February 23, 2016
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) has announced a goal — for which it is seeking the support of government and safety authorities — to voluntarily phase down the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants used in household refrigerators and freezers after 2024.
Manufacturers showcase new products at 2016 AHR Expo
February 22, 2016
Nearly 61,000 HVAC industry representatives enjoyed sun and reasonable temperatures as the 2016 AHR Expo rolled into Orlando, Florida. Preliminary numbers show that more than 18,254 exhibitor personnel welcomed 42,672 visitors.
For HVAC refrigerants, the changes keep coming fast and furious at a time when the global demand continues to grow apace. Changes implemented via the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program, combined with the continued phase out of R-22, will lead contractors to seek out opportunities to gain experience with the use of new low-GWP refrigerants.
The MiniReStoraMOD is a high-rise fan coil designed for retrofit and replacement jobs. Developed to be minimally invasive, it enables fast and easy replacement for hospitality, multifamily, and higher education applications.
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has published research project AHRI 8018: Review of Refrigerant Management Programs. This project examined refrigerant management and recycling programs implemented in key regions of the world, evaluated their effectiveness, and determined best practices.
In October 2014, the EPA announced its final phasedown schedule regarding the production and importation of HCFC-22. The order called for an immediate drop from 51 million pounds allowed in 2014 to 22 million pounds in 2015, 18 million pounds in 2016, 13 million pounds in 2017, 9 million pounds in 2018, and 4 million pounds in 2019. No new or imported R-22 will be allowed in the U.S. on or after Jan. 1, 2020.
Market to post CAGR of close to 7% during the forecast period
February 8, 2016
A report on the global industrial refrigeration systems market from Technavio provides an analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook through 2020. The firm defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly affect the market and contribute to its growth or decline.