“Best of news 2013” – Part 1

By Clémence Girard-Reydet, Dec 19, 2013, 16:32 6 minute reading

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In 2013, it appeared that natural refrigerants technologies including ammonia refrigeration remains one of the best alternative solutions to the use of HFCs whose potential bans were at the centre of policy makers’ discussions in Europe and in North America. In addition, several international events focused on ammonia developments and new applications and reported about ammonia success stories around the globe:

Best of policy and regulatory news

Canada is in the initial stage of revising the Federal Halocarbon Regulations (2003). Throughout March 2013 Environment Canada welcomes comments to a consultation document, in addition to holding public stakeholder meetings on the subject. The proposed revisions aim to continue minimising releases of halocarbons to the environment while addressing various administrative and operational issues in a practical manner.
The Spanish Council of Ministers has approved the referral to Parliament of a Bill that would establish a tax on fluorinated gases at €20/tCO2eq, as a means to reap environmental taxation’s double dividend: correct environmental externalities on the one hand and alleviate the tax burden on employment on the other.
The future EU F-Gas Regulation currently considered by EU institutions was a key discussion topic at the ATMOsphere Europe 2013, which gathered over 200 decision makers from all major stakeholder groups. Industry representatives but also end users communicated their preference for clear sector-specific f-gas bans that would give the growing European natural refrigerant industry certainty and the impetus to become technology leaders internationally.

Best of HVAC events

Over 1,900 leading manufacturers and suppliers gathered at the annual AHR Expo in Dallas, Texas from January 28-30 to showcase their latest products, systems, software, services and more. Featuring 40 educational sessions, certification testing, product presentations and workshops and sponsored in conjunction with the ASHRAE Winter Conference, the aim of the AHR Expo was to drive the HVACR industry forward to meet the demands for greater energy efficiency, greener products and sustainable technologies.
As one world’s most important events in the HVAC&R sectors, this year’s China Refrigeration Exhibition hosted 1146 exhibitors from more than 30 countries from all over the world, from 8-10 April. Yantai Moon Group, Bitzer, Frascold and Alfa Laval showcased their innovative ammonia-based solutions this year.
ATMOsphere Asia 2014 – Technology & Innovation - is making its debut in the Japanese capital, Tokyo. This event seeks to facilitate the global market uptake of leading Asian natural refrigerant technologies. At the same time, the conference aims to bring international suppliers to Asia. ATMOsphere Asia will serve as a forum for business and knowledge exchanges between leading end-users, suppliers, academics, government representatives and more. One of the main topics of the conference will be the economic viability and market trends of ammonia systems.
Over two days representatives from developing and developed countries gathered at the joint UNIDO ATMOsphere Technology Summit, in Vienna, Austria, to discuss viable, climate friendly alternatives to HCFC refrigerants. Ammonia refrigeration, favoured around the world as a natural solution for the commercial and industrial refrigeration sectors, featured in many presentations, including those given by Pega Hrnjak, Eric Delforge, Caleb nelson, Jan Boone and Eric Wagner. met with IIAR 2013 Conference organisers Eileen McKeown, Marketing and Sales Director, and Technical Director Eric Smith, who predicted that the spring conference in Colorado would be the “Superbowl’ of Industrial Refrigeration. Read on to get a snapshot of the upcoming IIAR Conference highlights and new features.
A range of challenging and interesting papers was presented at the 5th IIR Conference Ammonia Refrigeration Technology conference. Participants heard about ammonia use in China, India, the Balkans, Switzerland and Canada. Also presented were some of the challenges faced by the ammonia refrigeration sector as well as research into new components. spoke to Professor Risto Ciconkov about the conference and reports on a first selection of the papers presented.
Historically the most used natural refrigerant, ammonia will defend its market leading position in the next 7 years. This strong message was conveyed through several ammonia technology case studies presented at the ATMOsphere Europe 2013 conference on 15-16 October in Brussels, which brought together over 200 HVAC&R industry experts to discuss the latest natural refrigerant market trends, technology innovations and regulatory issues.

Ammonia success stories

At the end of 2012, Carrefour opened a new store cooled by an NH3/CO2 refrigeration system, the La Chapelle Saint Luc hypermarket in the Aube department in North Eastern France. Together with other innovative energy saving technologies, Carrefour aims to achieve 20% energy savings in the new store, whilst the size of its cooling equipment is reduced by approximately 30%.
With the 2014 Winter Olympic Games less than a year away, preparations for what are predicted to be the warmest Winter Games are well under way. The Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia, the hockey venue for the Games, relies on ammonia refrigeration to provide much-needed cooling, whilst ahead of the Games, the Ege-Trans-Arena, an ammonia ice rink in Bietigheim-Bissingen, recently hosted the ice-hockey qualifications.
Located in the historic dock area of Grimsby, UK, the Grimsby Ice Factory still houses some of the original ammonia ice making equipment, used over 100 years ago to produce crushed ice for the town’s trawlers. The factory is the sole surviving example of this type of ice factory with its equipment still intact in the original context.
80% of the heat for the Badrutt Palace Hotel, situated in the heart of the Engadin of the Swiss Alps, is produced by a Mayekawa heat exchange system, which uses water from Lake St. Moritz. The system was installed when the hotel projected an overhaul of its existing fossil-fuelled heating system in 2006. The project has resulted in a savings of approximately 475,000 litres of heating oil per year, translating into approximately 1200 tons of CO2 emissions saved.
After a successful first installation of an ammonia-based chiller as a replacement for its R22 systems in 2011, German wireless communication manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz decided to convert an additional building to ammonia technology. GEA Refrigeration Technologies compact chillers were provided to cool the conference rooms, as well as for heat extraction from laboratory and testing rooms.


By Clémence Girard-Reydet

Dec 19, 2013, 16:32

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