The Business Case for natural refrigerants - ATMOsphere America 2012

By Sabine Lobnig, Jun 14, 2012, 17:17 2 minute reading

From 12-13 June, 200 experts assembled in Washington D.C. to discuss the business case for natural refrigerants in North America. Technology case studies alternated with policy and end-user panel discussions. reports live from the event and summarises key messages and trends.

Recent policy and market developments in the US and Canada, seem to indicate that the North American market is ready to embrace natural refrigerants in selected applications. 200 key players in the North American market evaluated and discussed this prospect during a two days conference in Washington D.C.

Find below an overview of published articles:

  • Preventing future refrigerant conversions with low charge ammonia retail solutions: Powerful arguments for investing in ammonia refrigeration systems in the retail sector were presented in innovative projects that demonstrate good efficiency savings, and high levels of safety, at ATMOsphere America 2012. This unique event taking place on 12-13 June in Washington DC, is dedicated to innovations in natural refrigerant technologies specific for the North American market.
  • ATMOsphere America 2012: saving money and energy with ammonia in industrial applications: During the two day ATMOsphere America event, Johnson Controls and Emerson presented developments in industrial ammonia refrigeration. The conclusion is that ammonia industrial refrigeration is a major technology that enables energy and cost savings, as well as water savings in the case of food processing.
  • ATMOsphere America – technology case studies about low charge systems: In this final article about the ATMOsphere America 2012 technology case studies showcased in Washington DC 12-13 June, outlines the key features of presentations by Zahid Ayub from Isotherm about low charge shell and tube evaporators and by Robert Lamb from Star Refrigeration about low charge packaged ammonia refrigeration systems.
  • ATMOsphere America Workshop Results: we need more, better trained operators: According to roundtable discussions at the ATMOsphere America 2012 in June 2012, a lack of familiarity with NH3, CO2, and HCs and a lack of standardized technician training has resulted in varying levels of knowledge amongst the US technician population creating a barrier for alternative technology. Incentives to increase understanding of natural refrigerants are needed in addition to more uniform standards.

All presentations from ATMOsphere America are available on


By Sabine Lobnig

Jun 14, 2012, 17:17

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