Articles by Peter Powell

Techs Face High-GWP Regulations

HFCs Caught In Latest Phasedown Proposal

Almost universally now, those in the scientific community — and, perhaps most importantly, the regulatory sector — are expressing concern over what is now being called climate change.


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New Era Dealt Setback in Court of Appeals

Push to Accelerate R-22 Phaseout Hits Roadblock

Basically, the court ruled against New Era in this regard on the technicality that New Era “did not address these issues in its response to the motion for summary denial.”


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Research, Development Driving Refrigerants

Refrigerants Being Tested in Various Applications and Settings

With the industry facing an apparent shift to low-GWP refrigerants, the performance of those gases is being carefully studied.


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‘Last’ Gen Refrigerants Being Developed

Focus Is on Low-GWP Options

Contractors hoping for a final word on the newest refrigerants will have to wait — but maybe only a bit longer. Research continues and most of the studies are focusing on low-GWP HFCs and HFOs. But the good news is that what is currently being worked on could well represent the last generation of refrigerants.


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Supermarket Seminars Stress Training

Focus Includes Operation and Application

Nowhere in refrigeration has change taken place faster in terms of system design and refrigerants than in the supermarket sector. But through it all, those who design, install, service, and maintain such changing technologies still need to understand how these systems’ components operate and how to do proper maintenance.


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Some Kind of Supermarket

Interesting Airflow Issues

One flick that turns up every fall is called “Love at the Thanksgiving Parade.” One scene is supposed to take place in late November in Chicago. The good-looking guy and good-looking girl are shopping at a supermarket. But there do not appear to be any doors at the front of the store.


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EPA Targets High-GWP Refrigerants in SNAP Proposal

R-134a, -404A, and -507 Face Proposed Use Restrictions in 2016

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

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

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

There may be no more “nexts" — moving forward, what you see is what you get.


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