Articles by Peter Powell

The Ebb and Flow of CO2 and HFO-1234yf in Stationary and Transit Applications

April 22, 2013
When it comes to R-744 (CO2) as a refrigeration refrigerant, things seem to be more stable in stationary usage than in transportation applications. In the latter, the European automotive sector is looking beyond HFC for refrigerants in air conditioning.


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Showing Signs of an Overlooked Part of Supply Chain

April 22, 2013
“Now Hiring! Freezer Salesman in United States.” Well, there’s a new one for me. Usually at trade shows, somewhere in a booth might be a small sign saying, “Manufacturer representatives wanted.” The exhibitor in question also wanted to make it clear that there were openings for folks willing to bring attention to their line.


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Awaiting the Natural Refrigerant Revolution

April 15, 2013
Inroads regarding natural refrigerants have been reported — and will continue to be reported — in The NEWS. I recently returned from the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) Conference in Colorado Springs where ‘natural’ was — naturally — the topic.


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Beyond Reclamation: Destruction, Conversion

April 8, 2013

At some point, a refrigerant brought back for reclamation simply can’t be brought back to ARI-700 purity standards. There are a couple of approaches, including, destruction, which has a long track record, and, another option, conversion, offers a much fresher approach.


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The Future of HFCs in Montreal Protocol

April 8, 2013

Ongoing discussions are currently underway, examining ways to incorporate HFCs into the protocol in order to phase down their use due to relatively high global warming potential (GWP). 


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Reclamation Looking for Jumpstart

April 8, 2013

The reality is that in 2012, and thus far in 2013, few technicians and contractors are bringing R-22 back for reclamation despite an abundance of capacity at many reclamation facilities. 


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Products Helpful in Recovery, Reclamation

April 8, 2013

While the reclamation process may not be meeting industry expectations, numerous manufacturers are offering equipment and devices that make the process easier than ever before. 


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R-744 Goes Transcritical in North America

April 1, 2013

New refrigerated equipment is being designed to run on so-called natural refrigerants such as ammonia, hydrocarbons, and CO2.


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Keeping Track of Refrigerants

March 18, 2013
With supplies of some refrigerants dwindling, costs rising, and recordkeeping and venting regulations in place, the need for careful refrigerant management is needed more than ever. That being the case, more and more manufacturers are coming out with products to address the need.


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There’s Reason to Fuss About Hydrocarbons’ Flammability

March 18, 2013
A reader raised concerns over a refrigerant product on the shelf of a farm supply store. The product had as its sales pitch, “Why switch from the traditional R-22 refrigerants,” and it was noted on the label that the package contained the equivalent of 30 pounds of HCFC-22.


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