Refrigeration

Obama’s Climate Action Plan Targets HFC Reduction

International and Domestic Initiatives Push Phase Down, Reduced Use
By Peter Powell
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President Barack Obama’s recently announced Climate Action Plan specifically references the future of the familiar HFC refrigerants all HVACR contractors work with on a daily basis.


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All-In-One System Improves Tech Safety

Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration’s Composite Mechanical Enclosure Snags Gold
By Angela D. Harris
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Chilling at the top of the Refrigeration and Ice Machines niche is Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration’s Composite Mechanical Enclosure. The unit is this year’s category winner in the 2013 Dealer Design Awards. 


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Papers Ponder Ammonia, Heat Transfer

Ongoing Developments Regarding Natural Refrigerants and Continued Commitment to Refrigeration Basics
By Peter Powell
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Making ammonia work in traditional HFC territory, trying transcritical CO2 systems in ice rinks, and examining ways to apply refrigeration principles to heat transfer rates were just three topics of 13 papers (five in Spanish) presented at the most recent Industrial Refrigeration Conference and Expo.


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An Open and Closed Case — Refrigeration System Reconfiguration

Guidelines for Retrofitting Open Refrigerated Cases with Doors
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This is the fourth of a five-part series providing a guide for retrofitting open refrigerated display cases with doors and comes from a publication of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Better Buildings Alliance.


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FMI’s Energy Conference Addresses Energy Efficiency, Refrigerants

Refrigeration Technology Highlighted
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The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Energy and Store Development Conference will be held Sept. 8-10 at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore. Highlighted educational sessions include Food Retailing 2013: Tomorrow’s Trends Delivered Today, Supermarket Energy Reduction Plans, and more.


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Mixing R-22 with Other Refrigerants Can Create a Mess

New Refrigerants Require Careful Use
By Gordon McKinney
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The dramatic market shift away from HCFC-22 has given rise to a number of new refrigerant options for distributors to sell and technicians to use. The fastest-growing and most-troubling concern being reported today is the practice of mixing alternative refrigerants with R-22.


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Magnetic Cooling Offers Alternative Cooling Process

Research Yields a Substitute to the Compression and Expansion Cycles
By Peter Powell
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New research being done at the University of Cambridge in England is focusing on what is called “magnetic cooling,” based on the straining of materials. The results have been published in the journal Nature Materials and quoted at the www.basqueresearch.com website.


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Alliance Notes F-Gas Economic Impact

Fluorocarbon Industry Yields Goods and Services in Billions of Dollars
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The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy (Alliance), an industry coalition, has released a report detailing that the U.S. fluorocarbon industry’s total annual sale of goods and services amounts to $158 billion.


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Giving a Clear-Cut Sign

What Do Your Signs Say About You to Customers?
By Peter Powell
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I draw your attention to the photo of a truck shown here for a couple of reasons. First, to ask readers if their company’s vehicles clearly spell out the services provided by the business. Because, frankly, “HVACR” doesn’t mean a whole lot to a lot of people.


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Refrigeration Innovations Earn Applause

Freezers, Cooler Components Earn Top Awards at National Restaurant Association Show
By Peter Powell
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It certainly appears that impartial judges have taken a liking to the practical HVACR components frequently added on to freezers and coolers, which help the units run efficiently and accurately.


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