Articles by Peter Powell

Industry Finding Great Value in Veterans

January 28, 2013

Across the HVACR industry, contractors and trade associations are welcoming veterans in an organized and conscientious way, with numerous success stories resulting from their efforts.


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Jon Wayne Honored as One of South’s Best

January 28, 2013

When you are from Texas and you have the words “Jon Wayne” in your name — even with a bit of a spelling twist — you had better make a big impression. Such is the case with Jon Wayne Heating and Air of San Antonio, which was chosen by The NEWS as this year’s “Best Contractor to Work for” in the South.


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Pressure on HFCs Continues in Europe

January 21, 2013
The European Commission (EC), the executive body of the 25 member countries of the European Union (EU) responsible for proposing legislation, is continuing its efforts to phase down — and in some applications phase out — use of HFC refrigerants in much of Europe.


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Are HFCs Down or Out Overseas?

January 21, 2013
It’s important for readers within the refrigeration industry to be aware of what’s being talked about in Europe, especially from a regulatory standpoint. There is talk of a phaseout of virgin HFC refrigerant production rather than a phasedown.


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Get to Know New HCs

January 14, 2013
In early 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) approval to three hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants in some applications. That could well have laid the groundwork for wider use of a type of refrigerant that is used in Europe and Asia on a much broader scale.


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Expanding the Reach of Sustainability and HC Training

January 14, 2013
Sustainability and hydrocarbon refrigerants have moved high on the agenda of initiatives being offered to those in HVACR by the RSES.


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CO2 Use Grows in North America

January 14, 2013
One measure of the impact of CO2 as a refrigerant comes with the increasing number of applications in North America, where its use can be stymied with questions related to codes and regulations in municipalities as well as the learning curve of installation and service technicians.


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Midwest Refrigerants Discusses Technology to Deal with Unwanted Refrigerants

December 17, 2012
A technical conference in 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand, has provided some of the most up-to-date information on a way to deal with unwanted ozone depleting and greenhouse gases. The conference was the 32nd Open Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol.


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Tecumseh Rolls Out New Technology at Chillventa

December 17, 2012
Tecumseh used last fall’s Chillventa expo in Nuremberg, Germany, to highlight a number of its developments in commercial refrigeration. Among the announcements made at the event, the company showed a new range of condensing units equipped with semi-hermetic compressors.


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What Real-World HFC Retrofits Could Mean for Refrigerants’ Future

December 17, 2012
The attention that’s being paid to HFC refrigerants used as retrofits in HCFC-22 systems is among the more positive developments in the industry. Refrigerant manufacturers are working with contractors and end users in doing such retrofits in real-world situations.


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