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Oct. 14, 2013: Commercial Refrigeration Industry Is in the Midst of a Shift

Symposium Notes Increased Regulatory Pressure, Increasing Energy Costs Are Leading to Change
Danfoss hosted its 20th EnVisioneeringSM Symposium, “The Climate and Energy Nexus in Commercial Refrigeration.” Participants included commercial refrigeration OEMs, supermarket chains, contractors, and more who addressed important issues on the refrigeration and refrigerants agenda.


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Making a Case for New Refrigerants, Technology

Plants, Restaurants, Supermarkets Benefit from Latest Developments
There is so much talk these days about new refrigeration technologies and new refrigerants that it is sometimes difficult for contractors to sort out what’s theoretical and what’s actually up and running in the field. Here’s a snapshot of some of the latest refrigerants being utilized across various projects.


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JB Industries: Refrigerant Locking Cap

The Shield™ refrigerant locking cap has an inner and an outer cap, which are made from C360 alloy brass. The cap comes with a waterproof, color-coded, rubberized sleeve to protect the cap against outside elements as well as allow for easy identification of refrigerants.


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HVACR Industry Wary of R-22 Surplus

R-22 Chugging Along Despite Phasedown

Current inventory of R-22 remains plentiful in the U.S., even as the industry heads toward a total phaseout of the popular refrigerant in 2020.


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ICOR Provides Information to the Industry Digitally

Superheat/Subcooling Calculator Goes Digital for Mobile
ICOR International has announced some new support services. One is a digital version of its NU-22B superheat/subcooling calculators in a mobile app. ICOR also announced a new and improved corporate website.


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The Bottom Line on Natural Refrigerants

Conference Presents Business Case for F-Gas Alternatives

A recent state-of-the-industry panel session focused on the cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency of natural refrigerants when compared to the much more common f-gases.


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Sept. 10, 2013: New Hydrocarbon Refrigerants Manual Available

ESCO Institute Says Only a Matter of Time Before Techs Begin Seeing Hydrocarbon Systems in the Field
A new training manual available from the ESCO Institute, “Hydrocarbon Refrigerants: A Study Guide for Service Technicians,” looks at hydrocarbon refrigerants, which have recently started gaining momentum in the United States market.


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Propane, Ammonia, and CO2 Are Natural Choices for Supermarkets

New Technologies Guide Shift from F-Gases

On the horizon are the so-called natural refrigerants. Measurements in real-world applications are continually pouring in, offering more evidence of the potential impact — or lack thereof — that these so-called natural refrigerants possess.


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Supermarket Talk Turns Natural

New Technology Could Make Refrigeration ‘Sexy’

In supermarket refrigeration, much of the refrigerant talk is on the so-called ‘naturals.’ And among the naturals, one of the most talked about is R-744 (CO2). 


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ACCA Publishes ComforTool

Latest Edition Explains New Codes that Aim to Prevent Refrigerant Huffing

The newest edition, “Locking Caps Guard Against Huffing,” explains why new codes require locking caps on outdoor air conditioners and heat pumps.


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NEWSMakers: Chris Mathis

Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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