Peter Powell

Peter Powell

Peter Powell is Refrigeration Editor. He can be contacted at 815-654-7270 or peterpowell@achrnews.com.

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EPA Targets High-GWP Refrigerants in SNAP Proposal

R-134a, -404A, and -507 Face Proposed Use Restrictions in 2016
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The rule deems certain HFC refrigerants unacceptable in specific applications on or after Jan. 1, 2016. 


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Manufacturers Explain Refrigerant Directions

Brochures, Case Studies, Define Refrigerant Technologies, Applications
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Commercial refrigeration systems, whether utilized in supermarkets or restaurants, seem to be constantly changing. 


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FMI Connect Showcases New Refrigerants

Cooling, Freezing Technology Takes Focus
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The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Connect event showcased some of the newest products that those who work in the food sector will more than likely see on a future install or service call.


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Research Reveals the End is Near for New Refrigerants

Experts Report: Refrigerants Have Reached the Limits of Chemistry
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There may be no more “nexts" — moving forward, what you see is what you get.


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‘Last-gen’ Refrigerants in Development

Manufacturers Focus on Low-GWP Alternative Refrigerants
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Contractors hoping for the final word on the newest refrigerants may not have to wait much longer. 


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Purdue Conference Draws a Line on HFC Refrigerants

Low-GWP Refrigerants Stressed To Keep Refrigerant in Mix
By Peter Powell
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If hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are to have long-term viability, the low-global warming potential (GWP) versions will have to separate themselves from high-GWP types. And the survivors will have to play their part in energy efficiencies, especially in commercial buildings.


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CO2 Refrigerant Growth Continues

Inroads Ongoing in United States
By Peter Powell
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CO2 as a refrigerant has been a part of the refrigeration landscape for close to a decade. The most anticipated next step was running CO2 as a standalone refrigerant in a system, which is being done in Europe in more and larger applications. Finally, the approach crossed the Atlantic.


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Big Is All in the Numbers

Trade Shows Show What’s What in Refrigeration
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When I think of how big and complex our industry is, I see it most reflected in the limited number of places the refrigeration shows I have attended can be held. These shows have a lot of people looking at a lot of products.


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SkillsUSA Contest Awards HVACR Students

National Leadership and Skills Conference Prepares the Professionals of Tomorrow
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Under the eye of scoring judges, contestants brazed, executed air conditioning troubleshooting techniques, demonstrated refrigerant recovery and recycling skills, performed refrigeration maintenance, evaluated airflow, serviced a gas furnace, and were tested on geothermal equipment.


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The Refrigerant Shuffle

More Options Trying to Find a Place
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High-global warming potential (GWP) gases, including a number of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), have come under attack from environmentalists for being part of the climate change issue.


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