Articles by Peter Powell

SkillsUSA Contest Awards HVACR Students

National Leadership and Skills Conference Prepares the Professionals of Tomorrow
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Under the eye of scoring judges, contestants brazed, executed air conditioning troubleshooting techniques, demonstrated refrigerant recovery and recycling skills, performed refrigeration maintenance, evaluated airflow, serviced a gas furnace, and were tested on geothermal equipment.


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The Refrigerant Shuffle

More Options Trying to Find a Place
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High-global warming potential (GWP) gases, including a number of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), have come under attack from environmentalists for being part of the climate change issue.


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Exhibitors Guide to Refrigeration Directions

‘Heavy Equipment’ Show Has Range of Products
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Here, manufacturers of large machinery bring some of their latest developments, along with the range of products and services on display every year.


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CO2 Refrigerant Growth Continues Globally

Number of CO2 Applications Growing in Domestic Settings, Too
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CO2 as a refrigerant has been a part of the refrigeration landscape for close to a decade and continues to gain more and more attention in the states in refrigeration applications. Most recently, CO2 was showcased as a hot topic at the Food Marketing Institute Expo in Chicago.


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Demand for Refrigeration Equipment to Increase

Report Sees Transport Heading the Growth
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Contractors and technicians involved in refrigeration work could be seeing a step up in business. In a report issued in mid-2014, a research company called The Freedonia Group said that demand for commercial refrigeration equipment in the United States is expected to increase 3.1 percent per year through 2018 to $10.7 billion.


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A Global Look at Refrigeration Challenges

Developed, Developing Countries Differ in Accessibility
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When refrigeration is looked at from a global perspective, it is easy to discover the haves and the have not’s. Developed countries like the United States have refrigeration systems that protect food at every step along the cold chain. But in developing countries, that refrigeration aspect is often missing in most every step.


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Crossword Clues

The Answer Has Meaning to HVACR
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The answer to the crossword puzzle I was working on was an old friend of ours in the HVACR Industry: EPA as in Environmental Protection Agency.


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Tomorrow’s Technology in Use Today

A Sampling of Real-Life Refrigerant Applications
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Some forward-thinking businesses are employing tomorrow's refrigeration technology today. Here are a few examples.


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Blended Beverage Equipment Does It All

Ice Making Just One Piece of this Technology’s Puzzle
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Technicians need to to be aware that ice machine servicing expertise might be just one small part of the technology they could encounter on a single piece of refrigerated equipment. 


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NRA Highlights Refrigerant Technologies

Latest Refrigeration Equipment Trends Shine with New Technologies
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Some of the newest electronic technologies were on display at the 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show.


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