Articles by Peter Powell

Consequences of Counterfeit Refrigerants

Contractors Continue to Play Important Role in Curbing Illegal Refrigerants
By Peter Powell
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Counterfeit and illegally imported refrigerants have existed under the surface of the HVACR industry for years. With hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22 increasing in price due to a government phase down, more and more fly-by-nighters are working to get their hands on the product any way they can.


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Refrigerants by the Dozens

Growing List of HVACR Gases Will Eventually Sort Itself Out
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As HCFC-22 is phased out and alternative refrigerants enter the market, contractor attention and manufacturer intent will steer the market toward the best remaining refrigerant options. 


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EPA Backs Obama Climate Action Plan

Videos Focus on Environmental Issues
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President Obama’s Climate Action Plan announced during the summer included a specific reference to global warming potential (GWP) issues related to a number of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants commonly used by contractors in the HVACR industry.


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Display Cases Wide Open No Longer

Refrigerated Cases with Doors Are What Customers Want, Consultant Said
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For five months in 2013, The NEWS’ FROSTlines eNewsletter ran a series on retrofitting open display cases with doors in supermarkets. It proved to be prophetic because shortly after the series ended, closed-door display cases became a hot topic at the Food Marketing Institute Energy and Store Design Conference.


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Regulatory Challenges Discussed at Symposium

Refrigeration Technology, Regulations Headline Latest Meeting
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Danfoss’ periodic EnVisioneering symposia look at a wide range of HVACR issues and topics. For its most recent event this past fall in Baltimore, the focus was on refrigeration, both in terms of regulations and the latest in technology. 


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Refrigeration Technology Considered at EnVisioneering Symposium

Event Also Looks at Regulatory Challenges
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Danfoss’ periodic EnVisioneering symposia look at a wide range of HVACR issues and topics. For its most recent event this past fall in Baltimore, the focus was on refrigeration, both in terms of regulations and the latest in technology. 


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Changes to Compressors, Detectors, Freezers

Developments Reflect Changes in Refrigeration Technologies
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The constant change in refrigeration technologies is reflected in recent developments in compressors, leak detectors, and absorption freezers.


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Where Does Refrigeration Figure into a Supermarket’s Plan?

For Some, Refrigeration Is Just Another Blip on the Map
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The photograph with this column was taken from the balcony of a supermarket in the Baltimore area during a tour of several stores at the Food Marketing Institute Energy and Store Development Conference. Notice the massive amount of floor space and products on display.


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Contractors Crucial in Supermarket Perceptions

HVAC Contractors Essential in Supermarkets’ Freshness
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To me, cleanliness is extremely important, especially as to what the meat preparation area looks like after it is closed for the evening. I would hope all customers put high priority on store cleanliness and store owners do the same.


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New Directions in Refrigeration

Cooling Uses Water, Magnetics, Stand-alone R-32
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With all the talk in recent years, and even more so in recent months, regarding refrigerants like CO2 and hydrocarbons (HCs) making inroads in refrigeration equipment, the trends in the ‘R’ of HVACR are even more widespread. 


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