Kentucky Rep Expresses Concerns over HFC Delistings
May 4, 2015
The refrigeration industry may have a new folk hero on its hands. On April 1, Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky, sent a letter to Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In it, Whitfield mapped out a number of “significant concerns” regarding EPA’s proposed rule that seeks to restrict the use of HFCs.
Video Discusses How to Prevent Hydraulic Shock in Ammonia Refrigeration Systems
April 22, 2015
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its latest safety video detailing key lessons learned from the major anhydrous ammonia release that occurred at Millard Refrigerated Services Inc. on August 23, 2010. The accident resulted in over 150 exposures to offsite workers, 30 of which were hospitalized.
Liquid Nitrogen-Powered Technology Is an Alternative to Diesel Refrigeration Units
April 20, 2015
A new zero-emission refrigeration system for transportation applications, developed in the United Kingdom, which delivers both power and cooling from liquid nitrogen, has begun on-vehicle testing. Dearman said the system, which features the company’s liquid nitrogen-powered engine, has already produced promising results.
Natural refrigeration technology is gaining traction with end users, yet, despite technological successes, there are still challenges to overcome in the form of regulatory obstacles and skill shortages.
Provides an Integrated Approach That Looks at the Building Holistically
April 16, 2015
To aid in energy efficient grocery store design that provides balance between refrigeration, food service, and HVAC, ASHRAE has announced the newly published Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores, which focuses on grocery stores ranging in size from 25,000 to 65,000 square feet.
Will Help the Industry Understand the Comparative Risk of Using 2L Refrigerants
April 13, 2015
The Research and Technology (R&T) Committee of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has established a Flammable Refrigerants Subcommittee that will seek to develop a set of application requirements for the use of ASHRAE-designated 2L, or mildly flammable, refrigerants.
Recovering refrigerant from HVAC and refrigeration systems is an important day-to-day task for HVACR technicians. Here’s a look at some of the latest tools that help make this important job easy, along with tips from the recovery equipment manufacturers on how to efficiently and safely recover refrigerant.
Recovering Economic Conditions will Drive Supply and Demand
April 6, 2015
Ongoing industrialization and food retail modernization efforts in many of the world’s developing countries, such as China and India, will help grow the global commercial refrigeration equipment market to $38 billion in 2018.
As California goes, so goes the rest of the country. That adage has often proved true especially when it comes to regulations related to refrigeration and refrigerants. The state's aggressive environmental and regulatory positions have caused the rest of the United States to monitor policy making and enforcement out West.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering changes to its Section 608 requirements for refrigerant handling, including technician certification. The changes being considered would subject HFC refrigerants to the same handling regulations that are currently imposed on CFCs and HCFCs.