Articles by Peter Powell

Why the EPA Does What It Does

Top Administrator Talks Science of Regulations
September 30, 2013

Before we continue to launch attacks at the agency as an easy target, it might be good to step back and examine why the EPA does the things it does. 


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HVACR Industry Wary of R-22 Surplus

R-22 Chugging Along Despite Phasedown
September 23, 2013

Current inventory of R-22 remains plentiful in the U.S., even as the industry heads toward a total phaseout of the popular refrigerant in 2020.


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Purdue Conferences Seek Papers

Concurrent Conferences Set for 2014
September 16, 2013
The dates are set for next year’s three concurrent HVACR conferences at Purdue University. For authors wishing to present papers at any of the conferences, the abstract submission deadline is Dec. 20, 2013.


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Opening Up Students’ Minds to Their Job Options

Vocations Can Include the Manufacturing Sector as well as the Trades
September 16, 2013
During the summer, the U.S. congressman representing the district in which I live visited a Danfoss plant where variable frequency drives (VFDs) are manufactured. In a Q&A with the media, the congressman spoke of the need to introduce young people to the value of being part of the manufacturing sector.


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The Bottom Line on Natural Refrigerants

Conference Presents Business Case for F-Gas Alternatives
September 16, 2013

A recent state-of-the-industry panel session focused on the cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency of natural refrigerants when compared to the much more common f-gases.


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Propane, Ammonia, and CO2 Are Natural Choices for Supermarkets

New Technologies Guide Shift from F-Gases
September 9, 2013

On the horizon are the so-called natural refrigerants. Measurements in real-world applications are continually pouring in, offering more evidence of the potential impact — or lack thereof — that these so-called natural refrigerants possess.


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Efficiency and Volume Top Walk-In Wish Lists

Noise, Cost in High Demand for Restaurant Owners
September 9, 2013

In restaurants, those large, walk-in refrigerators and freezers need to be energy efficient to help maintain sometimes thin profit margins. And they need to run quietly so as not to disturb customers who may find themselves seated close to the kitchen. 


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Supermarket Talk Turns Natural

New Technology Could Make Refrigeration ‘Sexy’
September 9, 2013

In supermarket refrigeration, much of the refrigerant talk is on the so-called ‘naturals.’ And among the naturals, one of the most talked about is R-744 (CO2). 


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Sustainable Refrigeration is Only ‘Natural’

New Refrigerants Still Need Careful Control, Simplicity
September 2, 2013
The purpose of the Atmosphere America event in Washington, D.C., this past summer was to present a business case for the so-called natural refrigerants.


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A Fuss over Frost

Marketing an HC Raises Range of Concerns
August 26, 2013

Few developments in recent months concerning refrigerants have stirred up such intense interest as the efforts to introduce a product called Frost-22a to the farm-supply distribution market.


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