UK: The new Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) Engineering Technician Apprenticeship standard and assessment strategy has now been published on the list of approved standards on the Government Trailblazer website.
The Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard reflects the needs of employers who employ a range of apprentices to carry out work in a variety of roles in installation, commissioning, service and maintenance of systems in a variety of application use such as retail refrigeration in supermarkets, bespoke industrial freezing processes, and air conditioning or heat pumping in commercial buildings.
The standard and the assessment plan have been developed by employers in consultation with providers over the past 18 months, supported by the Institute of Refrigeration Education Committee.
IOR President, Graeme Maidment, commented "We are delighted that the IOR's leadership in education in the RACHP sector has been recognised as a trailblazer. The new Apprenticeship has been developed on conjunction with employers and in consultation with providers. This has resulted in a framework that is forward-looking and will provide the educational foundation for the needs of our industry. We look forward to supporting all employers in the RACHP sector in implementing the new apprenticeship scheme from September 2016."
It is hoped that employers will be able to start Apprentices on the new scheme from September 2016. Assessment Organisations (such City & Guilds) need to register for approval before they can begin developing materials for the new Apprenticeship (such as workbooks, on line exams, specifications for practical tests and setting up an independent end point assessment panels). It is a recommendation in the new Apprenticeship that input from professional institutes such as the IOR is gained in the development of these materials or qualifications, to ensure that current industry standards are met and that they satisfy Engineering Council Engineering Technician requirements.
Employers will be able to choose which Assessment Organisation and Training Organisation they want to use for the RACHP Apprenticeship, and allocate the matched Government funding accordingly. The government Apprenticeship website will list the options available to employers and explain how much funding is available in due course.
For further information about the new Apprenticeship standard: refrigeration air conditioning & heat pump engineering technician (ready for delivery) click here.
INDIA: A 26-year-old air conditioning engineer was killed on Saturday morning when two compressors on an air conditioning plant he was working on exploded.
According to reports the victim, Nasim Ansari and his colleague were servicing one of the central air conditioning plants at the R Odeon shopping mall in Ghatkopar following reports of a refrigerant leak.
Following the blast the police and the fire brigade were called where they discovered the severely burned body of Ansari, who was subsequently declared dead at the scene.
Assistant Divisional Fire Officer C R Pawar said there was a gas leak in the plant and Ansari had been called to fix it. "It appears the leak had not been plugged properly which triggered the blasts."
According to the Times of India, Senior police inspector SA Dhanavade said they have lodged a complaint of causing death by negligence against Ansari’s employer adding "The arrest will be done after getting details of the contractor whether he has given proper training to the victim to handle the plant servicing and why the victim was not provided with safety gears."
Ansari’s colleague was uninjured as he was said to have been fetching tools from the van at the time of the incident.
Image: A police officer survey's the scene of the incident
UK: Carrier has delivered substantial savings in carbon emissions and building operating costs for Citi, following a chiller upgrade project at the group’s London headquarters.
To meet the customer’s requirements for increased energy efficiency, Carrier upgraded two Carrier AquaEdge™ 19XR5 centrifugal chillers with variable speed drives based on Greenspeed® intelligence, enabling a significant reduction in operating costs.
Carrier designed and built a custom solution matched to the exact requirements of the project. This solution helps reduce chiller energy consumption by adjusting cooling capacity to match the building’s load in real time.
Based on an initial analysis carried out by the Carrier engineering team, the energy saving potential for both chillers upgraded with Greenspeed® intelligence was estimated at £126,000 per year. Power use was then monitored before and after the installation. During the first three months of operation, the results showed actual savings of £33,966, exceeding anticipated savings.
With Carrier’s variable speed drive system, end users can reduce energy use and cut their carbon emissions, as well as extend the working life of chillers. An added benefit is lower servicing costs, as the soft start and soft stop routines contribute to less wear and tear on the system.
A further benefit is a substantial reduction in noise, due to the modulation of compressor running speed. The Carrier system also helps deliver highly stable comfort conditions, as chiller output is closely matched to load, producing a more comfortable and productive environment for building occupants.
The project was carried out in two stages. The first involved installing Greenspeed® intelligence on the first centrifugal chiller. The reduction in energy consumption as a result of the upgrade enabled Carrier to make a supported case for upgrading the second centrifugal chiller, which was accepted by the client.
During the installation phase, due to height limitations in the building’s basement plant room, Carrier co-ordinated the dismantling of the large variable speed drives before they were moved in three sections, and their re-assembly once in position in the plant room.
“The key aim of the project was to reduce energy use without affecting comfort conditions inside the building, in order to lower building operational costs and associated carbon emissions,” said Paul Clements, UK engineering asset manager, Citigroup Realty Services. “We worked closely with Carrier throughout the project to ensure the requirements were met. As the figures for chiller energy consumption demonstrate, the project has proved to be highly successful and met its objectives.”
As a result of the project’s success, Carrier has secured subsequent orders for several Greenspeed® intelligence upgrade projects on centrifugal chillers serving multi-storey commercial buildings in London and elsewhere in the UK.
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UK: A good fridge is one of the most important pieces of equipment in any kitchen, but it’s usually taken for granted, Williams wants to put an end to this.
Williams Refrigeration has decided that it’s time these stars of the kitchen get the recognition they deserve, and is launching the #loveyourfridge campaign. The aim of #loveyourfridge is to help raise awareness - in a light-hearted manner - of the vital role fridges play in commercial kitchens. It will help ensure your fridge has the longest possible working life by highlighting simple maintenance tasks that can keep it in tip-top condition.
“While the best quality fridges will last the longest, they still need to be looked after properly too,” says Malcolm Harling, Sales and Marketing Director at Williams. “Even the most robust fridges, like a Williams, can benefit from some TLC. After years of unassuming service, it’s time for fridges to have their moment in the spotlight!”
Chefs are encouraged to get involved on Twitter by sharing pictures and tips using the hashtag #loveyourfridge. Particularly creative or amusing tweets could receive a fridge care pack, featuring useful items to help keep fridges looking and performing as good as new. The pack includes a polishing cloth, stainless steel cleaner, and a condenser cleaning brush. Also included is a guide packed with useful tips on looking after your fridge.
Not only that, but the brand new loveyourfridge.co.uk website is bursting with hints, tips and other exclusive content, including a complete guide to choosing the right fridge, and more chances to receive goodies.
“Whether you’re showing off a new purchase, celebrating years of hard work, or you just want to let others know your top tips for a happy fridge, #loveyourfridge and celebrate all things refrigeration”
UK: Following the arrival of new Heating Technical Engineer, Andy Henson, earlier this year, Hitachi has completely overhauled the training programme for its Yutaki range of air source heat pumps.
The original single-day course has been updated and expanded to meet the needs of today’s heating installers and will be replaced by two one-day courses covering the Monobloc and Split Yutaki heat pump products on alternate weeks or consecutive days, depending on customer requirements.
Hitachi is officially launching the new courses during the Heating and Renewables Roadshow which kicks off on 10th September in Coventry, with further dates in Exeter, Farnborough, Edinburgh and Manchester.
Commenting on the timing of the launch, Heating Sales Manager, Andy Hooper said, “The new Yutaki training courses have been designed specifically for plumbers and heating professionals who are interested in the possibilities presented by renewable heating technology, specifically air source heat pumps, so the Heating and Renewables Roadshow is a great opportunity for us to reach exactly the right audience.”
The courses will run from Hitachi’s training aircademies in Maidenhead and Dublin, and from distributor Solfex Ltd’s headquarters in Preston, Lancashire.
Hitachi Heating has grown its team throughout 2015 to meet increased demand for its innovative range of air source heat pump products, including award-winning monobloc Yutaki-M and Yutaki-S, Yutaki-S80 and Yutaki-SCombi splits.
“Feedback from the initial courses we’ve run has been really positive so we’re confident that the new format and content will ensure that any heating contractors attending either Yutaki-M or the Yutaki Splits courses will come away with the skills and knowledge they need to correctly specify and install Hitachi’s Yutaki products,” concluded Andy Henson.
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EUROPE: The European association of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump contractors (AREA) has today published a paper on the European strategy on heating and cooling which is due to be published by the end of the year. Stating that heating and cooling should be addressed in its own right and in a comprehensive way rather than scattered as part of other policies.
In the paper AREA re-affirms its general commitment to the objectives of the EU energy and resource efficiency policy. They do however say that as refrigeration and air conditioning technologies are responsible for a significant share of the global energy consumption, other aspects should be duly considered in the upcoming strategy, notably the role of refrigerant and the necessity to maintain contractors’ skills and knowledge.
The following are key points taken from AREA’s paper. The full text can be viewed here.
RACHP Contractors are technology providers at every scale
AREA say the Commission’s working document (issue paper III on technologies) rightly points out the key role of installers, who are the “intermediaries bringing together the technology and the user”.
However, AREA strongly opposes further descriptions of installers in this Commission’s working document. Installers are indirectly referred to as “bottlenecks” due to an alleged lack of training and supposed dislike of ‘non-conventional products’. Such an assumption is generic, simplistic and unsubstantiated.
Contractors are neutral toward technologies
RACHP contractors use every available solution with complete technology neutrality and with the sole aim of ensuring the highest level of reliability, energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness. They provide tailor-made solutions based on users’ specific needs. They work at all scales, from household air conditioning equipment to industrial refrigeration installations.
AREA strongly believes there is a place for all types of cooling technologies, simply because there is no ‘miracle technology’ that provides a one-size-fits-all solution. In this regard, the Commission’s working documents seem to put too much emphasis on district heating and cooling, which raises our concerns since it is not always the most suitable option. Instead, the upcoming heating and cooling strategy should be neutral towards technologies, promoting both large-scale and small-scale solutions depending on the situation.
Contractors have a key role to play
AREA acknowledges that the Ecodesign and Energy labelling Directives will improve efficiency of ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigerating equipment as well as heat pumps, which we support. However, without proper design of the cooling system, energy savings of efficient equipment can be totally negated.
Therefore proper system design, effective installation, as well as regular maintenance and servicing are of the utmost importance to ensure that expected energy savings turn into reality.
The role of refrigerant should also be considered
The Commission’s working documents tend to focus on technologies only, without considering other aspects, such as refrigerants. In the cooling sector, however, refrigerants directly impact on the energy efficiency of RACHP systems.
This is why energy efficiency remains a key issue in refrigerant policy at EU regulatory level, especially the Regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases (517/2014/EU). The so-called F-gas Regulation ensures that installation, maintenance, service, leakage checking, commissioning and disassembly of RACHP systems are undertaken by fully competent professionals.
This results in better containment of refrigerants and greater energy efficiency of the systems.
Maintaining contractors’ skills and knowledge is vital
The Commission working document mentions an alleged lack of awareness and knowledge of new technologies, and too few trained installers bringing these solutions to customers. AREA would like to provide some information on the state of training and competence of RACHP installers in order to avoid unwanted generalisations.
Refrigeration and air conditioning is a very innovative and constantly evolving industry. The high level of technicality of RACHP systems makes it necessary to have a corresponding level of competence from installers. Since 2006, this is ensured through compulsory minimum training & certification requirements embedded in the F-gas Regulation. These are largely based on the work undertaken by our industry in the context of the REAL Alternatives project.
AREA is fully supportive of harmonised initiatives fulfilling the same objective, as long as they are proportionate and coordinated. An EU Heating and Cooling Strategy should ensure such a coordination, taking existing schemes into consideration and avoiding duplicate or divergent requirements.
AREA (www.area-eur.be) is the European organisation of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) contractors. AREA members are key stakeholders in the cooling sector since they are the architects of RACHP systems, which they design, install and maintain.
AREA members represent more than 9,000 companies across Europe, a workforce of 125,000 with a turnover approaching € 20 billion.
UK: Mitsubishi Electric has announced that its entire range of Ecodan air source heat pumps has achieved A++ rating under the first Energy Related Products (ErP) Directive ruling for heating products across Europe.
From the 26th September, ErP will apply to domestic and commercial heating and hot water products, including electrical powered heating, gas and oil boilers, water heaters and cylinders, as well as renewable technologies such as solar thermal and heat pumps.
This means that all space and water heaters will need to display an energy label which will help both residential and commercial customers identify the most energy-efficient products on the market and brings heating products into line with other energy consuming goods such as fridges and washing machines.
To highlight the requirements under ErP Mitsubishi Electric has also released a short video which explains how the Directive is designed to help phase out lower performing products whilst having a positive impact on the emissions levels across Europe and increase the share of renewable energies by 20 per cent.
ErP is a significant piece of legislation that will have a major impact on the sale and use of heating systems in the UK. As such, the requirements of ErP is already being embedded into legislation on the energy efficiency of buildings and as incentive schemes for renewable technologies.
In order to apply for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments, heating systems will now needs to comply with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), which sets industry standards for products used to produce heat from renewable sources.
For further information on the entire range of Ecodan A++ heat pumps visit http://ecodan.co.uk/.
UK: Pipe Center has revealed plans to strengthen its position in the pumps market by ramping up its technical support and appointing long-serving employee, Jim Merrills into the newly created role of National Sales Manager for Pumps.
Jim brings 16 years experience in the pumps arena and has worked both manufacturer and distributor side through roles at Pipe Center and Wilo.
As a natual progression from National Key Account Manager, Jim has been instrumental in carving out the new role, which is aligned with the business’ strategy to be the leading distributor of heating, pipe and related components to l mechanical building services and industrial markets
Pipe Center, part of Wolseley UK, offers a wide range of commercial pump products from leading manufacturers such as Grundfos and Wilo, with customers ranging from the largest construction companies to smaller maintenance contractors.
One of Jim’s key objectives is to enhance the level of technical training received by staff, which will ultimately improve the customer experience from the initial enquiry through to delivery of the product. Staff from Pipe Center have already been spending time with Grundfos in order to increase their product knowledge and processes behind technical selections.
Jim will also be looking to expand Pipe Center’s product offering so that customers can benefit from an even broader selection of pumps and associated technologies.
Jim commented on his recent appointment: “I have always had a passion for pumps and I’m excited to have been given the opportunity to channel it into Pipe Centers new business strategy. We have already seen considerable growth in this area which is why we need to build upon on our position as the go to people for pumps.”
Chris Banner, Trading Director at Pipe Center added: “Jim is clearly well-positioned to drive the business forward in this market and his enthusiasm is inspiring for the rest of the team. He is dedicated to investigating new products and innovations and demonstrates a level of proactivity that will really make a difference to our customers.”
Pipe Center is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of heating, pipe and related products to the commercial and industrial building services industry. With an unrivalled product range, extensive branch network and expert technical support, Pipe Center provides an outstanding service to contractors across the UK.
For further information, visit www.pipecenter.co.uk.
UK: Toshiba has announced a collaboration with Josh Lewsey as part of its official Rugby World Cup 2015 sponsorship activation. The Rugby World Cup 2003 winner, and current Welsh Rugby Union Head of Rugby, possesses expertise which spans both sport and business.
Following up a career in which he won thirteen major finals and with an impressive business CV which includes roles at leading global companies makes him a strong fit for Toshiba’s primarily business focused activity.
Central to the campaign is a series of match-day hospitality events, set to take place at the iconic Strawberry Hill House near Twickenham. Josh Lewsey’s participation at the sessions will involve him sharing his business and rugby insight with Toshiba’s customers and partners, and discussing the relationship between sporting and business success.
This insight has been developed throughout an accomplished career both on and off the pitch. Josh’s playing highlights include Rugby World Cup 2003 win, a Grand Slam, two Heineken cups and four domestic championships. Beyond the sport, he was an Army Officer and, in the business world, developed expertise in understanding Organisational Performance.He subsequently has led various strategic change projects, most notably while as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, then at Citigroup, and currently in his role as Head of Rugby at the Welsh Rugby Union, where he has strived to make a positive difference to the game he is passionate about.
Josh will also take to Toshiba’s Twitter feed to give fans the unique opportunity to pose any questions they have, and is participating in wider PR and media activity aimed at building excitement ahead of the Tournament. This includes a Toshiba-sponsored media partnership alongside other talent from the world of rugby.
“I’m really honoured to be working with Rugby World Cup 2015 official sponsor Toshiba for what is set to be fantastic Tournament,” said Josh Lewsey. “Toshiba places strong emphasis on creativity, innovation and technology, particularly in the business sphere. Whether in the board room or on the sports field, this sentiment is key to success, regardless of industry.”
“We are delighted to be working with such a prominent figure in both the sporting and business worlds,” adds Matt McDowell, Marketing Director, Toshiba Europe. “Josh’s success in the game is renowned and undisputed, but it is his wealth of business experience, approach to challenging the norm and innovation, which make him a brilliant fit as we aim to demonstrate the association of sport, business and technology through our Rugby World Cup 2015 sponsorship.”
Toshiba’s partnership with Rugby World Cup 2015 spans the breadth of its business domains, including social infrastructure, air conditioning, multi-functional printers, digital products and medical imaging devices.
Toshiba previously sponsored Rugby World Cup in 2007 and 2011, and became the Official Sponsor of the Japanese Men’s team in 2014. Rugby World Cup 2015 will see 48 matches take place across England and Wales from September 18 to October 31, 2015.
UK: The Board of HRP has announced the sad death of chairman, Kingsley Curtis, on 3 September following a long battle with cancer.
Kingsley built the HRP business up to become one of the UK’s leading refrigeration and air conditioning wholesalers and despite his illness continued to take a keen interest having recently embarked on a tour of HRP’s service centres in celebration of the company’s 70th anniversary.
Group Managing Director, Mandy Pilgrim said “HRP has always been a family Company, much noted for its long serving employees. Kingsley has touched a great many lives in his long career and his loss will be deeply felt by many, both in HRP and the wider industry.”
In a statement the company said: “Despite the loss of Kingsley, the shareholders have every confidence that the management team and staff will continue to develop HRP’s long term future.”
Per Bertland, CEO of Beijer Ref, the largest shareholder outside of the Curtis family said “Kingsley has built a sound and exciting business. We look forward to further development of HRP and stand behind the management at this sad time.”