When the International Trade Fair for Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, and Ventilation (IKK) first started 22 years ago, it was most decidedly a refrigeration show. After all, that was what was needed to keep everything from foods to medical supplies useable over long periods of time.
Air conditioning was mainly a matter for human comfort, more popular in the U.S. than Europe. But today air conditioning is a major part of the hvacr equation in Europe.
Budgetary restraints were challenging, but — with the help of a Georgia manufacturer — engineers, architects, and contractors were able to construct a state-of-the-art natatorium for Mainland Regional High School in the Atlantic City, NJ, suburb of Linwood.
Several aspects of the refrigerant and oil focus in this issue of The News veer away from the familiar world of CFCs, HCFCs, and even HFCs. And that is a reflection of the way the industry is going and may be going.
R-410A has been called the air conditioning refrigerant of the future and the long-term HFC replacement for R-22. But 410A is also turning up in refrigeration applications. One example is an ice rink in the Netherlands.