Articles by Peter Powell

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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Rajendran Shines Light on Alternative Refrigerants

December 17, 2012
Rajan Rajendran has garnered recognition as one of the leading experts on the use of alternative refrigerants. His knowledge and ability has gained him recognition as one of The NEWS’ 2012 NEWSMakers.


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Retrofitting with HFCs

December 3, 2012
Now, more than ever, the industry has been looking for alternatives to R-22 to keep the huge existing base of R-22 equipment up and running. More reclamation has been one option. But at the same time, attention is being paid to a large number of HFC refrigerants that can be retrofitted into R-22 equipment.


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Retrofit Round-up: Plenty of Options

December 3, 2012
Because no one HFC refrigerant can be retrofitted efficiently into the entire range of R-22 equipment, a wide and sometimes changing variety of HFCs have entered the market. The NEWS contacted a number of refrigerant manufacturers asking them to discuss some of their most popular HFCs for R-22 retrofits.


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Beyond or Beside HFCs

December 3, 2012
My column in the Nov. 12 issue of The NEWS focused on HFCs, especially low GWP HFCs as retrofits for R-22 systems. This column will focus on what I used to call “beyond HFC” refrigerants, although these days, the term might be “other than HFC” refrigerants.


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Spanning the Globe Naturally

December 3, 2012
While natural refrigerants start to slowly — and cautiously — gain a foothold in North America, their impact is more forceful almost everywhere else. What do other countries have to say about this?


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