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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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Global A/C Market Starting to Warm Up

BSRIA World Air Conditioning Market Trends Reveal Increased Sales Worldwide

In 2013, the world air conditioning market was valued at $91.6 billion, having grown more than 6 percent compared with $86.8 billion in 2012 — evidence that the global a/c market is finally out of the woods. 


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Swegon Claims European Compact AHU Leadership with Purchase of Belgian Specialist

Scandinavian HVAC Supplier Swegon Continues Its Acquisitions with the Purchase of Air Handling and Heat Recovery Specialist P. Lemmens

Acquisitive HVAC firm Swegon has added air handling unit specialist P. Lemmens’ to its portfolio. The firm’s largest product area is compact air handling units with built-in controls. The product range also includes fans, air curtains, and products for heat recovery.


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Walmart Refrigeration Head Outlines Strategy Based on Reduced Refrigerant and Packaged Solutions

Retail Giant Looks for Reduced Refrigerant Charge and Leakage, Simpler Systems, and Simplified Processes

Richard Royal, Walmart’s senior design manager for refrigeration, has set out the global retail giant’s strategy based on increasingly packaged equipment, closer collaboration with the supply chain, and integrated controls systems. 


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China Reveals Energy Plan Slashing HFC Use

Government Intends to Accelerate the Destruction of HFCs and Pursue Alternatives

China has said it will drastically cut HFC emissions by 280 million tonnes of CO2 — similar to the annual carbon footprint of Spain.


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UK Considers Organic Rankine Cycle

Brunel University Researchers Ponder Country’s Energy Capacity Concerns

Energy that is recovered can be used in another part of the process or can be converted to “high value” electrical power. A technology that can achieve the latter is the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC).


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The New F-Gas Is Here. Don’t Panic. Don’t Do Nothing

Want A Quiet Life After R-22? Think Again – It’s Time to Embrace a New Way of Working

Welcome to year zero. The waiting is over and the F-Gas regulation has passed into law and life as we know it changes forever. Over-dramatic? Well, it will be a dramatic shift for everyone in the industry who thus far have somehow managed to avoid all the noise from the supermarkets about the need to move away from HFCs.


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Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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