Articles by Peter Powell

New Technologies Amidst Refrigerant Talk

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As the supermarket industry continues to embrace so-called ‘natural refrigerants,’ manufacturers also continue to seek improvements in energy efficiency with what they hope is easy to use equipment for service technicians. The FMI Food Retail Show was a major showcase for these developments at this year’s show in Dallas.


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Taking What They Can Get

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With HFC refrigerants secure for the foreseeable future, it is still interesting to take a look from time to time at phase down talk and how the industry may adjust should that become a reality.


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Low GWP in Refrigeration Discussed at Conference

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When it comes to industrial and commercial refrigeration, high on the research radar screen are low GWP alternative refrigerants for everything from small bottle coolers and freezers to entire supermarket systems.


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Carbon Dioxide and Ammonia Use in Supermarkets

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When the EPA’s  Greenchill’s Keilly Witman spoke at the Food Marketing Institute Expo last spring she said so-called natural refrigerants  would dominate the conversation and begin to appear in supermarkets in North America. Was she right?


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Experts on HVACR-Environmental Issues Don’t Chime in on Weather

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As this is being written temperatures are near 100°F here on the Illinois/Wisconsin border and a drought is in full force. The hue and cry is, “See, see, global warming! Told you it was real!” But folks from Europe were telling me that the Old World was experiencing one the coolest and wettest summers on record.


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SkillsUSA Draws Big HVACR Field

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Who says young people do not want to be a part of the HVACR industry? Amidst the 5,600 vocationally-inclined individuals competing in 94 contests at the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, there were 58 in the HVACR event. That was the largest number ever to take part in the HVACR competition.


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More on the Current State of HCFCs, HFCs

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A recent wave of published reports focuses on new ways to monitor HCFCs during their phaseout period, HFCs in terms of their long-term potential, and how Canada is dealing with the disposal of unwanted refrigerants.


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New Product Rollout Continues

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As part of its “disruptive innovation” emphasis of recent years, Milwaukee Tool pledges to bring out “more new products faster” than any competitor. What's the latest from the manufacturer?


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Why Refrigeration Is Hot at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference

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I just spent several days in Kansas City, Mo., for the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Once out of the heat and humidity and inside air conditioned Bartle Hall for the HVACR contest, I found, as usual, lots of attention given to refrigeration.


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Refrigeration Trends Toward Natural Refrigerants

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Now that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of three hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants in some smaller appliance applications, advocates of HCs are continuing to promote use in larger equipment, with commercial ice machines as well as reach-in/walk-in freezers and coolers possibly next in line.


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