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Industry Concern Over 'Easy Install' A/C Units as New F-Gas Regulation Comes into Effect

Under New F-Gas Regulation, Precharged Units Will Not Be Legal Unless Seller Has Company Certification

Industry sources in the United Kingdom have raised concern over so-called “easy install” air conditioning units containing HFCs, which are being marketed at non-refrigeration engineers, despite F-gas concerns.

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Frigesco Awarded DECC Funding for Flash Defrost Technology

Flash Defrost Can Reduce Supermarket Cooling Energy Costs by Up to 20 Percent

Frigesco has been awarded new UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) funding of £102,000 to develop a flash defrost system for use in air-source heat pumps (ASHPs). Flash defrost can reduce supermarket cooling energy costs by up to 20 percent. Field trials in working supermarkets are currently underway.

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European Heat Pump Market Is on the Rise

2013 Was Up 3 Percent and Early Data for 2014 Show This Trend to Continue

A report by the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) has found that after three years of stagnation the European heat pump markets are recovering. It indicates that 771,245 heat pump units were sold in Europe in 2013, an increase of 3 percent, and early data for 2014 show this trend to continue.

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Trane Launches New Range of Multi-Pipe Systems in UK

The New Scroll and Screw Multi-Pipe Chillers Are Suitable for Many Comfort Air Conditioning Applications

Trane is expanding its United Kingdom chiller portfolio with the addition of a range of multi-pipe chillers designed to simultaneously deliver hot and chilled water. According to the company, the units are suitable for many comfort air conditioning applications and industrial processes where simultaneous heating and cooling is required.

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Embraco Unveils World’s First Oil-Free Compressor for Domestic Refrigeration

Removing Oil Circuit Opens Up Potential to Redesign Concept of Domestic Refrigerator, Says Company

Small compressor giant Embraco has unveiled the first oil-free compressor for domestic refrigerators in the world. The firm said it believes the new concept “will revolutionize residential refrigeration, expanding the possibilities in designing new refrigerators — from format to even additional smart features.”

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AREA Releases New F-gas Regulation Guide

Changes Will Become Reality on Jan. 1, 2015

European contractor’s association AREA has launched its guide on the new F-gas regulation, aimed at clarifying the forthcoming changes for professionals who work in the refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump sectors.

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Researchers Develop 'Easy-to-Create' Compound for Magnetic Refrigeration

Material Is Simpler to Produce, and Therefore Cheaper, Than Simply Using the Rare Earth Mineral Gadolinium

Researchers at the A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering and the National University of Singapore believe they have created a powerful magnetic refrigerant that is easy to make in the lab, reports the nanotechnology journal nanowerk.

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Maintenance Is the Key to Control Legionella

A Major Risk Factor Is a Departure from Planned Maintenance and Cleaning Schedules

Two years after contaminated cooling towers led to a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Edinburgh hospitals, the message about proper maintenance is more important than ever.

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HVAC Firms ‘Play to Gender Stereotypes Branding’

European Study Shows Typical Voice Profile Is Male

The marketing used by heating and air conditioning firms still plays to traditional gender stereotypes, new research has revealed. A study conducted by PH Media Group has found the typical voice profile used in their audio branding is male and aged 35 to 45.

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European Legislation Landscape Won't Get Any Easier, Says New HEVAC President

HVAC Industry Needs to Tackle the Skills Shortage to Meet the Challenge of Tougher Regulations and Standards

Graham Wright, the new president of heating and cooling manufacturers’ group HEVAC has called on the industry to tackle skills shortages and to keep supporting training, if it is to meet the challenge of increasing legislation.

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