Articles by Peter Powell

Learning About CO2 as a Refrigerant

As Uses Grow, Need For Training Increases
June 24, 2013
As the industry continues to introduce more equipment using CO2 as a refrigerant, the need for training to work with that gas is growing. In a recent announcement, Scotland-based Star Refrigeration is offering training in that regard through its Star Learning Solutions program.


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A Modern Marvel

Refrigeration Gets Its Props
June 24, 2013
At last. Some props to refrigeration in supermarkets. In the interest of full disclosure, I should say that I saw the kudos recently at midday on a weekday (when many, including myself, should have been working), on a cable TV show (“Modern Marvels”) on the History Channel.


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The Complex Restaurant

World Refrigeration Contractors Need Voice in Volatile Sector
June 17, 2013

Contractors and service technicians who work in restaurant refrigeration need to understand something: As valuable as their services are, they are — in the mindset of restaurant decision makers — only one part of a complex and often confusing equation.


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Microchannel Coils Heading Toward Refrigeration Applications

Residential Market Expands to Commercial HVAC; Refrigeration on Deck
June 10, 2013

Those small-diameter coils — with names like MicroGroove, microchannel, and micro-multichannel — have gained a beachhead in residential heating and air conditioning, and are advancing in commercial HVAC, with refrigeration on the horizon.


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Transitions Abound at IIAR Conference

IIAR Elects New Chairman; COO Announces Retirement
June 10, 2013

International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) is experiencing a double transition in 2013 as it elects a new chairman and bids fairwell to its retiring Chief Operating Officer.


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Looking Beyond Low GWP

Environmental Regulators Should Consider Refrigerant Performance as well as Global Warming Potential
June 3, 2013

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
June 3, 2013

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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Industry Encourages Cap Use on Refrigerants

Recent Deaths Demonstrate Dangers of Huffing R-22
May 20, 2013

According to the website www.inhalants.org, one in five students has inhaled a chemical to get high by the eighth grade.


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First Choice or Best Choice: Choosing College vs. Vocational School

May 20, 2013
As I’m writing this, the Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio (NPR) has just aired a segment called “Who Benefits from College and Why.” One major component was who should go to college and who should go into a trade.


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Seeking to Smooth Out Natural Refrigerants’ Rocky Road

IIAR Conference Addresses Path to Natural Refrigerants
May 6, 2013

The road to natural refrigerants is a rocky one. There is much talk, but not a lot of action. However, this sector is certainly expanding. 


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