Articles by Peter Powell

Sustainable Refrigeration is Only ‘Natural’

New Refrigerants Still Need Careful Control, Simplicity
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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
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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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Consumer Media Spreading the Word on Industry Concerns

TV Station Airs Story on R-22 Phaseout
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We should always be happy when the media outside our industry draws attention to the challenges faced by HVACR contractors.


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HVACR Prospects Match Wits at SkillsUSA Competition

Secondary and Post-Secondary HVACR Students Put their Skills to the Test
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The 51 participants — 50 male and one female — advanced to the national competition by successfully competing in regional and state SkillsUSA events.


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Refrigerants Gain Job Site Attention

Operations Produce Efficiency Data
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So what can you do with natural refrigerants and where can you do it? That formed the basis of case studies presented at the second Atmosphere America Natural Refrigerants Conference in Washington, D.C.


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Obama’s Climate Action Plan Targets HFC Reduction

International and Domestic Initiatives Push Phase Down, Reduced Use
By Peter Powell
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President Barack Obama’s recently announced Climate Action Plan specifically references the future of the familiar HFC refrigerants all HVACR contractors work with on a daily basis.


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Figuring Out a Phase Down

Feds Trying To Get Global Consensus on HFC Reduction
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At the second Atmosphere America Natural Refrigerants conference, attendees got a report on the most recent — at the time — U.S. government proposal for a worldwide agreement on what to do with HFCs.


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Papers Ponder Ammonia, Heat Transfer

Ongoing Developments Regarding Natural Refrigerants and Continued Commitment to Refrigeration Basics
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Making ammonia work in traditional HFC territory, trying transcritical CO2 systems in ice rinks, and examining ways to apply refrigeration principles to heat transfer rates were just three topics of 13 papers (five in Spanish) presented at the most recent Industrial Refrigeration Conference and Expo.


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Brewing Up New Tools

Milwaukee Tool Introduces Multiple HVACR-Related Products
By Peter Powell
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The media event drew trade press from the U.S. and Canada, representing all six disciplines the company serves: plumbing, electrical, HVACR, building, remodeling, and maintenance.


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Magnetic Cooling Offers Alternative Cooling Process

Research Yields a Substitute to the Compression and Expansion Cycles
By Peter Powell
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New research being done at the University of Cambridge in England is focusing on what is called “magnetic cooling,” based on the straining of materials. The results have been published in the journal Nature Materials and quoted at the www.basqueresearch.com website.


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