UK: Arctic Circle was honoured to receive a visit from His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent whilst visiting Hereford last week. His Royal Highness was given a tour of the privately owned British Refrigeration Manufacturers facility, which boasts a multitude of diverse and innovative low carbon refrigeration and heat transfer technologies being adopted by some of the leading UK food retailers.
The Duke of Kent spent more than an hour at the company’s headquarters in Hereford meeting employees and touring the facility, after being invited by Debbie Gittoes, owner and founder of Arctic Circle, to unveil a plaque to commemorate the Royal Visit.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent unveils a plaque to commemorate his visit to Arctic Circle in Hereford.
His Royal Highness was welcomed by Debbie Gittoes, who commenced the tour by explaining about the company’s history, development and growth, and providing insight into how the company continues to be at the for-front of innovation when it comes to new and developing cooling and heating technologies.
Among those who The Duke of Kent met and chatted with was apprentice James Oddie, who explained about the company’s apprenticeship scheme, which commences with a year at Herefordshire Group Training Asscociation and then a further three years training on all aspects of the company’s engineering disciplines, before continuing the professional career development that Arctic Circle offers all of its’ employees.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent discusses the company’s apprenticeship scheme with James Oddie.
The Duke of Kent was then taken on a tour of the factory floor where he took time out to speak to some of the engineering workforce involved in the mechanical and electrical build process, whilst witnessing at first-hand the assembly of one of the many CO₂ transcritical refrigeration packs currently in production for UK supermarkets.
Debbie Gittoes gives His Royal Highness an insight into the use of Natural Refrigerants in Supermarket Refrigeration
The Duke of Kent’s last stop involved a visit to the company’s Natural Refrigerant Technology Centre (NRTC), a state of the art facility set up for the development of natural CO₂ and hydrocarbons refrigeration systems. The Duke of Kent was provided with further insight into the changing face of Supermarket refrigeration and the industry’s drive in moving to low-GWP and alternative refrigerants following the introduction of the new European F-Gas Regulation, and the phase-down of high-GWP refrigerants.
Commenting on the visit Managing Director, Debbie Gittoes said, “I hope that HRH found the visit interesting and informative. The Duke of Kent was particularly interested in our training programme and apprenticeship scheme. It is our thirty year anniversary next month and this visit was a good opportunity to showcase the business.”
Rounding off the visit, The Duke of Kent was treated to an Exhibition of the history behind the Royal Ordnance Munitions Factory at Rotherwas in Herefordshire, where some 12,000 men and women worked during the first and second World Wars.
The High Sheriff of Herefordshire Edward Harley and the Mayor of Hereford Cllr Charles Nicholls were also among the dignitaries for the royal visit of the facility.
UK: Daikin UK is offering VRV installers the chance to win a Classic Drive of a Lifetime through Tuscany in spring 2016. The first 30 installation companies to order 10 VRV systems before the 31st December 2015 will secure a place on the trip.
Winners will be driving classic sports cars through the hairpin bends and hilltop towns of the Chianti region from Bologna to Florence in a selection of rare marques such as a 1971 Jaguar E Type, 1954 Austin Healey Roadster and 1965 Ford Shelby Cobra.
The journey includes an epic drive along part of the famous Mille Miglia road racing route, where Alfa Romeo and Ferrari battled it out to the 1000 mile finish line, as well as a private tour of the Ferrari Museum and test track in Maranello, the birthplace of a truly iconic marque.
Installers can order from the entire VRV range to count towards their qualifying 10 units – and now there are even more options than ever before to suit all applications.
PRODUCT UPDATE: Following extensive trials and consultation, Daikin has now approved Reflok’s Mechanical Jointing and Aluminium pipe system for use in the installation of their air conditioning and heating systems.
Daikin’s approval comes following the growing demand for the use of alternative methods of jointing and piping to eliminate the need for of hot works on site, particulary where a customers’ specification can be restrictive with it's use.
Howard Noble, Managing Director of Reflok (Europe) said “This is great news for Reflok who has been approached many times by contractors asking if use of its pipe system would invalidate the Daikin’ warranty terms. On the day Daikin approved the use of alternative pipework a contractor immediately ordered Reflok for an installation.”
In a statement Daikin said they will continue to maintain its manufacturers warranty on air conditioning and heating systems using these alternative methods providing the following criteria are met:
Reflok has a range of fittings that allow direct connection to Daikin’s Refnets allowing a true ‘heat free’ installation.
Reflok is also available from international stockists. To find a distributor near you visit www.reflok.com/reflok-distributors
UK: Cool-Therm, the expanding chiller and air conditioning specialist, has opened a new South of England office to serve the expanding London, South East and Home Counties market.
Headed by Steve Soffe, Southern region manager, the new branch is located at East Malling Business Centre. The Bristol headquartered company now operates five branches across the UK, the other outlets being in Cardiff, Reading, Birmingham and Manchester.
The new branch has got off to a flying start, recently securing in excess of £1.5m worth of chiller orders.
This includes orders for nine Turbomiser chillers for a data centre, three Turbomisers for a commercial building, two bespoke ultra low-noise chillers for a multi-storey residential development, and a chiller for a replacement project at a Hilton Hotel in central London.
Ken Strong, managing director of Cool-Therm, says: “London and some surrounding areas are undergoing something of a mini-boom, with significant opportunities for both new and replacement air conditioning projects. Our new office is ideally located to serve our expanding customer base in the region.
“Multi-storey developments planned for the former industrial areas alongside the Thames are particularly exciting, as they include both high-end residential apartments and associated retail and leisure developments, all requiring air conditioning. Given sensitivity to noise for such inner city projects, our proven low noise, low energy Turbomiser is an extremely attractive solution.”
The company has recently developed an ultra-low noise version of its already-quiet Turbomiser, capable of operating down to 51dBA at 10m, making it one of the quietest chillers in the world.
It features Cool-Therm’s new Hush-Tec technology, which uses noise attenuating towers positioned over each condenser fan, lead-insulated refrigerant discharge lines, and full acoustic encapsulation of compressors.
Ken Strong says: “The sound of birds singing in a field in the countryside is can be louder than the new Hush-Tec equipped Turbomisers. This is quite an achievement, and lends itself perfectly to inner city high-end residential apartments and office developments where noise is a critical factor.”
Cool-Therm’s new Southern office can be contacted on 07510 323148, 01732 321885, email firstname.lastname@example.org
UK: Leading temporary cooling and heating specialist, Carrier Rental Systems has secured a contract to supply temporary cooling, heating and ventilation for a high profile film studio project.
A major production company has converted a factory building in London into individual sections to create a film set along with workshops, dressing rooms and a technical centre. Each of the six separate spaces required its own heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) services to maintain optimum conditions for film crews, performers and technical equipment.
“Because of the age of the building, there was no existing HVAC infrastructure,” said Simon Ward, national events manager, Carrier Rental Systems. “The client asked us to equip the site with high-efficiency temporary HVAC services so it can operate to full, modern standards during the 39-week film production period.”
Carrier Rental Systems supplied rooftop-mounted chillers and indirect fired units for space heating and a 100kW boiler to supply hot water to air handling units. The company, which also installed and commissioned the plant, supplied the building with a number of portable heaters to provide comfort in specific areas.
Due to the importance of maintaining a clean, dust-free atmosphere during construction, porous fabric ducting was used to supply low velocity air in order to avoid entrainment of fine air-borne particles.
Carrier Rental Systems’ solution included a remote control system enabling crew to switch the plant on and off when the stage set is being used. When turned on again after a take, the supply of cool air is instantly restored without noise or vibration affecting production.
USA: Honeywell's new Solstice refrigerant for supermarket refrigeration has been named a finalist for the R&D 100 Awards, sponsored by R&D Magazine.
Often referred to as the "Oscars of Invention," the R&D 100 Awards honors the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year. Evaluated with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Solstice N40 (R-448A) refrigerant replaces high-global-warming refrigerants in supermarket applications. It is part of a growing line of Solstice products for applications ranging from auto air conditioning to highly-energy efficient appliance and building insulation, that have significantly lower global warming potential.
"Naming Solstice N40 a finalist for this award recognizes more than a decade of research and investment that resulted in new solutions to help end customers lower their greenhouse gas impact while complying with new and anticipated regulations," said George Koutsaftes, refrigerants business director for Honeywell Fluorine Products. "In addition to its lower environmental impact, Solstice N40 is highly energy efficient, giving supermarket owners an added benefit."
"This was a particularly strong year for research and development, led by many outstanding technologies that broadened the scope of innovation," said R&D Magazine Editor Lindsay Hock. "We are honored to recognize these products and the project teams behind the design, development, testing, and production of these remarkable innovations and their impact in the field."
Solstice N40 refrigerant, also known as R-448A, has a global warming potential (GWP) that is 68 percent lower than R-404A. In supermarket trials conducted in the U.S. and Europe, Solstice N40 demonstrated at least 3 percent lower energy consumption in low-temperature applications and 5 to 16 percent lower energy consumption in medium-temperature refrigeration compared with R-404A. In R-22 retrofit scenarios, Solstice N40 delivers similar system performance. Whether replacing R-22 or R-404A, Solstice N40 is a near drop-in replacement for supermarkets. Solstice N40 is nonflammable (ASHRAE A1) and non-ozone-depleting.
Global regulators are increasingly moving to phase out high-global-warming refrigerants and, on July 20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published landmark regulations that will phase out the use of many hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants. The new regulation, effective July 2016, will require supermarkets, largest consumers of the HFC refrigerant R-404A in the U.S., to discontinue its use as a retrofit refrigerant. R-404A will also not be permitted for use in new supermarkets beginning January 1, 2017.
Solstice N40 was nominated by the publication in the Mechanical Devices/Materials category.
The winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas on November 13.
USA: A-Gas International, a market leader in the supply of refrigerants has announced that A-Gas Americas has bought Refri-Claim, the reclamation division of ICOR International. Refri-Claim, a certified Environmental Protection Agency refrigerant reclaimer, has a network of distributor-based exchange centres across the USA that provides an over-the-counter refrigerant cylinder exchange service for customers.
A-Gas Americas Chief Executive Monte Roach said: “This acquisition is a part of our core strategy of managing the complete lifecycle of refrigerants for our customers. It will allow A-Gas to broaden its footprint and enhance its services’ offering to our wholesale partners, their contractors, end-users and other customers.”
A-Gas will take over the existing Refri-Claim customer base. All refrigerant cylinder stock, reclamation and refurbishment equipment will be transferred to A-Gas where it will relocate its operations in Magnolia, Texas.
The Refri-Claim over-the-counter cylinder exchange program provides customers with back-up refrigerant cylinders and handles the paperwork associated with recertification.
For more information on A-Gas Americas visit www.agasamericas.com
UK: Climate and Pipe Center has reportedly invested £180k into streamlining the offering at its Kings Cross facility in response to an increase in footfall from contractors visiting its trade counter, and growing demand for essential product lines from engineers carrying out installation and essential maintenance works in and around Central London.
The convenient location of Climate and Pipe Center, Kings Cross which opens at 6.30am, means that it is the ideal branch to hold comprehensive stocks of pipe, valves and fittings.
Following research into the buying patterns of its customers in Kings Cross, Climate and Pipe Center have identified a need to enhance its typical installation product range, including copper, stainless steel, carbon steel, plastic and malleable steel products commonly used in heating and plumbing, and refrigeration and air conditioning applications.
James Eagles, Business Development Manager for London and the South said: “At Pipe and Climate Center we strive to ensure our customer experience is as efficient as possible. In this industry time is money so when contractors need a product at the eleventh hour they want to be in and out as quickly as possible. We have therefore streamlined our Kings Cross facility to reflect the environment in which it is situated and make sure our customers get what they need from a branch visit.”
UK: Dearman, the clean cold technology company, has announced that it has recruited Joanne Spick as its new Chief Financial Officer.
Joanne brings significant corporate finance and international business experience. She was previously CFO and acting CEO of the Dylan Group, the multinational specialist steel products group, based in the Netherlands. This built upon extensive experience working for blue chip companies in the UK and continental Europe, including ICI, Menzies Aviation, and GdF Suez.
Discussing the appointment, Toby Peters, Chief Executive of Dearman said: “Dearman is rapidly growing and developing. Our innovative, clean-cold technologies are moving quickly from research and development to international commercial deployment. To support that transition, and to help meet our ambitious future plans, we are very pleased to be able to recruit such an experienced, talented and respected executive to join our already highly capable senior team.”
He added, “Joanne has a wealth of commercial expertise garnered in a range of multinational companies. Most importantly she brings experience of strategic business development, having helped companies to grow and achieve their targets, and this capability can only help us at Dearman as we continue to innovate and deliver.”
Discussing her recruitment by Dearman, Joanne Spick, Chief Financial Officer, Dearman said: “I am extremely excited to join Dearman. Dearman is an inspiring company which has the capacity to succeed as a business, but just as importantly, has the opportunity to make a significant positive impact on the environment. When presented with an opportunity to work with such innovative technology and such a committed and aspirational team, I couldn’t refuse. I am looking forward to taking on new challenges and to contributing to future success.”
Joanne will join the senior leadership team at Dearman, taking responsibility for financial control and compliance, while providing strategic advice and guidance, helping the company to achieve its longer-term objectives.
Joanne joined the company at the beginning of September and following a transition Jeremy North has begun a new role as Director – Commercial Relations. In his new position, Jeremy, who is a founding director of Dearman, will help to establish commercial relationships and processes which will be vital as Dearman moves from technology development to product sales.
Discussing the new position, Toby Peters said: “Jeremy has done a fantastic job for Dearman, establishing rigorous financial structures and governance while most importantly helping to secure the investment we need to develop our technology and to innovate. It has always been his aspiration to move into a more commercially focussed role and now is the perfect time to do so as we move to a new phase of development. I am confident Jeremy will continue to make an invaluable contribution to the company.”
UK: The innovative approach of UK contractors, designers and end users is helping push forward the boundaries of refrigeration and drive technical advances globally, according to Bitzer UK managing director Kevin Glass.
Marking the launch of Bitzer UK’s new programme of training courses, Kevin paid tribute to the ingenuity and vision of the UK industry and its customers, which he believes is making an important contribution to the international effort to develop safer, more environmentally acceptable systems.
Kevin Glass said: “The UK is known to be pretty technically advanced, driven in part by the leading end users. But it is not often appreciated how big an impact this has on the wider global refrigeration scene.
“Bitzer as a group has a worldwide perspective, and Britain is known for its willingness to challenge accepted ways of doing things, which puts our industry at the forefront of many exciting new approaches, particularly in relation to environmental issues.”
End users’ focus on reducing running costs and improving environmental credentials was a key driver, he said. “Almost every day, we are involved in conversations about new ways to solve problems. With such a large product range and extensive application knowledge, we are often able to develop novel solutions to meet unusual, specific or challenging requirements.”
On the legislative front, Kevin believes the implications of the revised F-Gas Regulation will be felt across the industry for years to come. He said: “There are two distinct approaches evident in the industry to the latest F-Gas changes. People are either choosing to ignore them for the present and continuing to use R404A for all applications. Or they are putting in place plans to exit R404A, and replace it with a lower GWP, natural, or HFO alternative.”
He added: “The truth is, there is no silver bullet for all applications. But one thing is certain: in the low GWP future ahead, the industry will have to learn to manage such things as flammability, toxicity and temperature glide.”
Bitzer has been working for some time with the foresight of a worst-case scenario. The result is a range of proven options that cater for all eventualities, including solutions based on natural refrigerants such ammonia, CO2 and hydrocarbons, as well as low GWP alternatives using HFO and other refrigerants.
Kevin Glass added “The UK is a key market for Bitzer, which is why we have put in place new distribution arrangements and continue to invest in training to support our suppliers and growing customer base. In terms of innovation, the UK is technically exciting and creative, with new ideas and approaches being developed that have potential for global application.
“We believe the UK will always generate new ideas and push boundaries, and – as we have done for many decades already - Bitzer UK will be here to support the pioneers helping to shape the industry’s future.”
For details of Bitzer UK courses, please contact either Marcus Levy or Tracy Francies at email@example.com