Articles by Peter Powell

Looking Beyond Low GWP

Environmental Regulators Should Consider Refrigerant Performance as well as Global Warming Potential

Now that the battle regarding ozone depleting potential (ODP) refrigerants has ended with the phaseout of CFCs and HCFCs, the fighting has shifted to issues related to the global warming potential (GWP) of the remaining and newly developing refrigerants.


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A Natural Shift to HCs

Global Acceptance of Hydrocarbon Refrigerants is on the Rise

The attention being paid to so-called natural refrigerants is showing a shift toward hydrocarbon refrigerants, even as CO2 gains a stronger foothold and ammonia maintains a high profile. But, whether or not there will be a dominant natural choice remains unclear even in Europe, much less North America.


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RSES Honors Lifelong HVACR Commitment

Ray Clary and Rich Hoke Receive Awards

The importance of ongoing HVACR education involves both the getting and the giving. So there is a need for those who want to learn, and for those who understand that learning didn’t end when they left the high school, college, or vocational school classroom and lab. 


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EPA Finalizes R-22 Allocations

The Environmental Protection Agency Published Its Final Adjustment Rule on April 3, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is reducing the amount of HCFC-22 that can be produced or imported to 62.8 million pounds in 2013. 


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Showing Signs of an Overlooked Part of Supply Chain

“Now Hiring! Freezer Salesman in United States.” Well, there’s a new one for me. Usually at trade shows, somewhere in a booth might be a small sign saying, “Manufacturer representatives wanted.” The exhibitor in question also wanted to make it clear that there were openings for folks willing to bring attention to their line.


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Awaiting the Natural Refrigerant Revolution

Inroads regarding natural refrigerants have been reported — and will continue to be reported — in The NEWS. I recently returned from the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) Conference in Colorado Springs where ‘natural’ was — naturally — the topic.


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