Articles by Peter Powell

Beverage Units Get New Look

Efficiencies and Refrigerants Are Research Topics

The announcement a few months ago that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was proposing to decertify certain high-global warming potential (GWP) HFC refrigerants for use in a wide range of new commercial refrigeration equipment did not come as a surprise to the HVACR industry.


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Greatest Change Ever?

Does Refrigeration Have Defining Trend?

Here’s an interesting head scratcher for those of you who have been in the refrigeration sector of the HVACR industry for quite some time. Earlier this year, I was at an event called FMI Connect. One of the exhibitors was showing products for secondary and indirect (distributed) systems.


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EPA Finalizes R-22 Phaseout Plan

Final Rule Limits Production to 22 Million Pounds Starting Jan. 1, 2015

Contractors who have found virgin hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22 readily available at their local supply houses had best prepare for a drastic drop-off in such supplies very soon.


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Making New Refrigerants Work in Systems

Studies Show the Testing Being Done

It’s one thing to announce new refrigerants. It is another thing to figure out how they will work in real-life situations. With the industry facing an apparent shift to low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants, the performance of those gases is being carefully studied.


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Dealing with Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigeration Has a ‘Freeze’ Solution

A new form of leak sealing has been developed that can deal with a wide range of refrigeration leak issues, saving money for everyone from the cost conscious walk-in equipment owner to the cash strapped college student with a leaky refrigerator.


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What’s in a Name

Is It a Company or a Country?

Earlier this year, I was editing and summarizing a report from The Freedonia Group regarding potential growth in commercial refrigeration. That name rang a loud bell with me — and not because it had anything to do with refrigeration.


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Techs Face High-GWP Regulations

HFCs Caught In Latest Phasedown Proposal

Almost universally now, those in the scientific community — and, perhaps most importantly, the regulatory sector — are expressing concern over what is now being called climate change.


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New Era Dealt Setback in Court of Appeals

Push to Accelerate R-22 Phaseout Hits Roadblock

Basically, the court ruled against New Era in this regard on the technicality that New Era “did not address these issues in its response to the motion for summary denial.”


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Research, Development Driving Refrigerants

Refrigerants Being Tested in Various Applications and Settings

With the industry facing an apparent shift to low-GWP refrigerants, the performance of those gases is being carefully studied.


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‘Last’ Gen Refrigerants Being Developed

Focus Is on Low-GWP Options

Contractors hoping for a final word on the newest refrigerants will have to wait — but maybe only a bit longer. Research continues and most of the studies are focusing on low-GWP HFCs and HFOs. But the good news is that what is currently being worked on could well represent the last generation of refrigerants.


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