Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-134a replaced chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-12. Now, 134a is on its way out, too. The July 2, 2015, ruling from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set forth the time frames for the phasedown of certain HFC refrigerants in specific applications.
At a recent International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) meeting, Mark S. Dreux, a partner and head of the OSHA group at the Washington, District of Columbia, law firm Arent Fox LLP, gave a presentation on how facility personnel can manage the biggest challenges associated with an OSHA inspection.
Revisions to Guideline N specify light green-gray on all containers by 2020
July 4, 2016
All refrigerant containers should have one uniform paint color, a light green/gray (RAL 7044), and existing individually assigned container paint colors should be transitioned to that color by 2020. That’s the word from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), which announced changes to its Guideline N.
New facility designed for flow, flexibility, and safety
July 4, 2016
In March, Airgas Refrigerants began operating an Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)-accredited refrigerants testing lab after nearly a year of design and construction. The sophisticated testing lab is housed in Airgas Refrigerants’ Atlanta filling and reclamation facility.
American Chemical Society award cites development of HFO-1234yf as R-134a replacement
July 4, 2016
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has recognized seven Honeywell scientists with the ACS’ prestigious Heroes of Chemistry Award for the development of a low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant being adopted for vehicles globally.
We all know that some of the new refrigerant options are highly flammable, some are mildly flammable, and some operate at very high pressures. But our industry is filled with smart people who know the hazards, and will train and adapt.
Now specifies that all refrigerant containers should have one uniform paint color
June 29, 2016
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has announced significant changes to refrigerant paint color designations in the revised version of AHRI Guideline N, Assignment of Refrigerant Container Colors.
Refrigerant provides low-GWP solution for new and retrofit chiller applications
June 21, 2016
The Chemours Co. announced that its Opteon™ XP30 refrigerant has received Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) listing from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for new and retrofit chiller applications.
AHRI, ASHRAE, US DOE partnership devotes $5.2 million to broaden knowledge
June 20, 2016
The research program is part of an ongoing global effort to phase down the use of high-GWP refrigerants and identify appropriate climate-friendly alternatives. The DOE will contribute $3 million; ASHRAE, $1.2 million; and AHRI, $1 million.
TdX 20 is a multi-phase, zeotrope refrigerant blend
June 13, 2016
Refrigerant manufacturer Bluon Energy announced that its TdX 20 refrigerant was given the preliminary ASHRAE number of R-458A with an A1 safety rating. The final approval and assignment of the ASHRAE classification is anticipated by the end of June 2016.