A few days prior to the start of the recent ATMOsphere 2017 conference held June 5-7 in San Diego, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. That did little to dampen the mood among the conference’s 400-plus attendees.
Most HVACR technicians will need to raise their levels of safety consciousness when servicing equipment using flammable hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants, such as R-290 (propane) or R-600a (isobutane), and the first place many technicians are likely to encounter these HCs will be in smaller kitchen equipment, such as reach-in coolers.
R-404A is being used by OEMs in new equipment and also on retrofitted equipment. However, because of its high global-warming potential (GWP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program, has listed R-404A as an “unacceptable” refrigerant in a number of retail food refrigeration categories and in vending machines end-uses.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) as a refrigerant is gaining increasing industry acceptance in commercial and industrial refrigeration systems in North America, according to a survey conducted by Danfoss. The survey also identified barriers to greater CO2 use in refrigeration.
Advanced technologies have contributed to the growth of the market
December 2, 2016
The global evaporative condensing unit market is projected to reach $1.61 billion by 2026, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.2 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to a report published by MarketsandMarkets.
Gains will stem primarily from the rising number of food retail outlets in developing countries
October 31, 2016
World demand for refrigerated display cases is expected to increase 4.2 percent per year through 2020 to $7 billion, approximating sales advances for commercial refrigeration equipment as a whole, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.