Festive Special: Read the very best of ammonia21.com from 2015

By ammonia21.com team, Dec 23, 2015, 11:33 3 minute reading

2015 has been an exciting year for natural refrigerants. Here at ammonia21.com, as we put Christmas dinner in the oven and set new goals for next year, we’re also taking the chance to look back at this year’s news highlights on ammonia21.com: from new policy developments and exciting events to cutting-edge technology advancements.

Driving global adoption of natural refrigerants

Phase out of R22 is driving adoption of R717, R744 in North American industrial refrigeration
The industrial refrigeration sector in North America is changing rapidly as the regulatory environment evolves, driving adoption of natural refrigerants such as ammonia, R744, and even hydrocarbons.

Mighty Ducks grants helping replace Minnesota’s ageing ice arena systems
The Baudette Ice Arena in Minnesota, USA carries the burden of its failing R-22 refrigeration system installed over four decades ago. The community looks to environmentally friendly replacements like ammonia and CO2, but desperately needs funding from the Minnesota State Senate’s grant scheme to complete the transition.

Australia seeking comments on possible HFC emission reduction measures
In a major step forward for its conservative government, Australia is seeking comments from relevant stakeholders regarding their options paper, the review of the ‘Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management’ programme (OPSGGM).

Raft of recommended natural substitutes signals death knell for HFCs in China
China has underlined its intention to facilitate a comprehensive market shift towards natural refrigerant technology in a draft list of recommended substitutes for HCFCs, which are likely to be followed swiftly by substantial policy evolution, subsidies and incentive schemes to further promote natural refrigerants in the region.

NH3 heat pumps and NH3-CO2 systems grow in popularity

ATMOsphere Asia 2015: ‘Ammonia heat pumps to replace conventional boilers’
At ATMOsphere Asia 2015 held in February, Mayekawa presented an overview of the government support available in Japan for natural refrigerant systems in industrial applications. A Mayekawa presentation showed how ammonia heat pumps using rejected heat for hot water generation in meat processing plants has achieved a COP of 8.0.

NH3 heat pumps and NH3-CO2 systems grow in popularity at IIAR Show
In addition to low-charge ammonia-only systems, a number of manufacturers at the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration’s (IIAR) 2015 Conference & Exhibition, which took place in March in San Diego, focused on ammonia heat pump technology and ammonia-carbon dioxide solutions that both reduce ammonia and limit it to the machine room.

China Refrigeration 2015: market for CO2 and NH3 in industrial refrigeration shows clear progress
China Refrigeration 2015, one of the world’s largest HVAC&R tradeshows, was held at the New International Expo Centre in Shanghai. With over 1,000 companies exhibiting, ammonia21.com was on site to report on the latest technology and market developments for CO2 and NH3.

FOOMA Japan 2015: Mayekawa’s ‘NewTon’ concept increasing domestic competition
Hundreds of companies presented their latest technologies for food manufacturing and processing at the Tokyo Big Sight for FOOMA. Leading Japanese manufacturer Mayekawa showcased a new concept of its flagship product NewTon.

Showcasing ammonia heat pump technology at a Belgian bakery
Mayekawa presented one of its latest ammonia refrigerant-based projects at ATMOsphere Europe 2015: an NH3 heat pump installation at a bakery plant located in Belgium. The heat pump allowed for annual reductions of energy costs by 51% and CO2 emissions by 42%.

Industry sees huge potential for low-charge NH3 systems

New Jersey ditches near century-old laws to make way for modern ammonia systems
Jerry von Dohlen of Newark Refrigerated Warehouse helped affect critical changes to ammonia refrigeration laws in New Jersey. In an exclusive interview, von Dohlen highlighted the reduced strain on warehouses and subsequent demand for low-charge ammonia.

Industry sees huge potential for low-charge NH3 systems in US
Low-charge packaged ammonia systems are the hot new trend in refrigeration, offering a safer and less regulated opportunity than some traditional technologies, and due to their standard design, low charge systems are easier for technicians to understand and maintain.

Star Refrigeration delivers two UK food providers with new eco-friendly industrial refrigeration
FarmFoods chose Star Refrigeration to install an eco-friendly industrial refrigeration system in its southern distribution centre. The system utilises ammonia as a refrigerant, which replaces and betters the performance of HFC systems.

Australian winery leading the way with sustainability initiatives
De Bortoli Wines was recognised by the Australian Business Awards for its decade-long commitment to sustainability. Delivering on eight key sustainable initiatives since 2004, the third-generation winery has installed environmentally friendly ammonia refrigeration and solar technology.

By ammonia21.com team (@ammonia21)

Dec 23, 2015, 11:33

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