Articles by Peter Powell

A Glance at CO2 and HFOs as Refrigerants Now and in the Future

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Two recent refrigerant developments focus on CO2 and HFOs. One relates to CO2 in refrigeration; the other is an announcement of an HFO in air conditioning.


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Refrigeration Education From Action-Adventure Stories

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Those of a certain age may remember the original editions of the young teen series such as The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Since the early 1970s, the series still around have been updated and condensed. I mention that because in the original series more attention was paid to minor details that made for interesting reading.


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Refrigerant Report: HFCs Regain Foothold

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Recently, there has been a lot of talk about natural refrigerants such as CO2 and hydrocarbons gaining a stronger foothold. Yet much of the talk is related to the possible phasedown of HFC production. And currently, while there may be some talk about a possible phasedown, no actual action seems to be taking place.


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Innovations Presented at Purdue Conference

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Improving heat exchanger performance is one part — a critical one — in enhancing the overall system performance in HVACR systems. What is one way to do it?


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Refrigeration Uses Heat Pumps, Ammonia

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The expanding applications for ammonia in commercial refrigeration are being demonstrated in several recent projects involving heat pumps. What constitutes one possibility for efficient management of heat energy?


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Winding Down a Complicated Year in Refrigerants

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It has been an interesting — and complicated — year when it comes to refrigerants. The year began with cutbacks in HCFC production. We had expected there to be about 90 million pounds of virgin R-22 in 2012, down a bit from 2011. But the EPA proposed at the most 80 million pounds and at the least 55 million.


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New Reports on Refrigerants Released

Research Balances Low GWP with Energy Costs
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Two new reports that provide detailed studies of refrigerants have recently been released. The research is evaluating how newer refrigerants — ranging from HFC and HFO f-gases to natural refrigerants such as ammonia, CO2, and HCs — stack up against the current crop of popular refrigerants.


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Focusing on Natural Refrigerants

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The significance of a recent two-day conference was not only the extensive presentations regarding natural refrigerants such as CO2, HCs, and ammonia, but where the meeting was held — Washington, D.C.


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Humidity, Pressure, and Airflow Tune-up for Turkey Plant

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Even turkeys need comfort in preparation for … well, you know. There is also a need for refrigeration and freezing. And the folks who prep the birds need comfortable working conditions. To make sure conditions are the best for all concerned, an 80,000-square-foot turkey products plant in Jonesboro, Ark., underwent an overhaul.


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A Windy Solution to Solve a Contractor’s Sales Woes?

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One of the toughest sells for contractors is the upfront costs of a new HVACR system, regardless of how quick the energy efficiency or environmental preservation paybacks might be. So one has to wonder if authors Mark Jacobson and Cristina Archer had upfront costs in mind when they wrote a study about wind power.


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