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HRP's F-Gasman Helps Contractors with Inquiries about Refrigerant Legislation

Wholesaler’s Website Proves Popular for Navigation Through the New F-Gas Regulations

HRP has reported that its fgasman.co.uk website, launched in December, has proved popular with United Kingdom contractors. Some 2,500 have registered their details to be able to purchase F-gases legally. Over 100 visits a day have been recorded and a wide range of questions posed for F-Gasman.


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VSD Market to Grow by 30 Percent

Market to be Driven by Legislation and Increasing Awareness of Energy Efficiency

The global variable speed drives (VSD) market is forecast to grow by almost 30 percent to 2018, according to a report from BSRIA, a test, instruments, research, and consultancy organization headquartered in the United Kingdom.


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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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