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World Refrigeration Day announced as June 26th

“To raise awareness of how refrigeration, air-conditioning, and heat-pumps (RACHP) technology improves modern life and promote the significant contribution to the wellbeing of human society of today’s RACHP industry.” 

Industry trade associations and professional bodies from around the world are united in establishing June 26th as World Refrigeration Day which will be celebrated all over the globe as an annual event. The entire world-wide industry is encouraged to take the opportunity to promote the significant role of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pumps in the well-being of mankind.   

It is intended that World Refrigeration Day will serve as a means of raising awareness and understanding to the general public of the significant role that the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pumps industry and technology play in modern life and society with RACHP and HVACR organisations and professionals around the world undertaking a range of activities.

The term ‘refrigeration’ here is being used in its widest sense as the process of achieving and maintaining a required temperature below that of its surroundings. An example of refrigeration is the preservation and distribution of perishable food products.  Refrigeration systems are also used extensively for providing thermal comfort to human beings by means of air-conditioning.   Similarly, heat-pumps are devices that take heat from one source and move it to another location.

Associations and societies from USA, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, and across Europe have all indicted their support for the establishment of the World Refrigeration Day.

 

John Smith, FETA Chairman and President of BRA said: “The establishment of a World  Refrigeration Day can only be good news. I would wholeheartedly support any initiative that raises the awareness of the ‘best kept’ secret of the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry.”

 

Graeme Fox, Head of REFCOM said:

 “REFCOM are proud to have supported the inaugural World RACHP Day on June 26th, in recognition and celebration of the contribution the sector makes towards protecting the food supply chain, lifesaving and comfort cooling, process cooling, and sustainable renewable heating technologies. Refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps impact on almost every aspect of modern society and yet is often the hidden technology that nobody thinks about until something goes wrong, so it is right that we acknowledge this contribution with a special day in the calendar year.”

 

Marco Buoni, recently elected as the President of the European contractors’ association AREA said:

“AREA supports the establishment of World Refrigeration Day on 26th June. Such a celebration is an acknowledgment of the role for our society played by refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps whether related to health, food or comfort. RACHP contractors represented by AREA are proud to contribute to achieving such noble purposes”

 

Miriam Rodway, CEO of the Institute of Refrigeration said:

“The IOR is a proud supporter of World Refrigeration Day as an initiative to raise the profile of the important contribution that refrigeration air conditioning and heat pumps make globally across so many aspects of modern life – from medical, to food supply and farming, process engineering to data and IT, refrigeration technologies are essential and yet go widely unrecognised. Bringing together the worlds community to celebrate our success and achievements is very much part of the IOR’s role to promote the advancement of refrigeration technologies, and we look forward to working more closely with everyone supporting this great campaign” 

 

The establishing of a World Refrigeration Day has been the personal crusade of well-known industry figure Steve Gill for over a decade. Although he will be the first to admit that the idea of an industry day may not be new, the gaining of a consensus for a fixed date from organisations and individuals from around the world certainly is.

Steve Gill said: “Refrigeration has such a long and fascinating history full of inventors, engineering pioneers, scientists, and industrial entrepreneurs from around the world all of whom deserve to be recognised and remembered for their valuable contribution.  With such a long and rich history, agreeing upon a date has proven to be challenging even at a national level, let alone an international one. However, the industry is united in its desire to raise its profile to the general public for all the right reasons and so we were able to build solidarity upon many common goals and finally agree on a date.”  

Steve continued: “Refrigeration, air-conditioning, and heat-pump technologies and applications have evolved out of a human need for food, comfort and thermal processes, with a history dating back centuries, however it remains a longstanding frustration for those working within the industry that it is not widely recognised that modern life could not exist without it, nor is there any appreciation by wider society for the skills and knowledge employed on a daily basis by industry professionals. The World Refrigeration Day will serve as an opportunity to help raise public awareness.”

 

How this date will be marked in 2019 in the UK and elsewhere is yet to be determined, however, the various groups are in discussion and details of planned events will be issued in due course.

A website is currently under construction and is intended to be ready by September. www.worldrefrigerationday.org  Until then, events and updates may be found through twitter @worldrefday 

Any organisation or individual wishing to support World Refrigeration Day can contact steve@worldrefrigerationday.org     

 

One of the leading refrigeration wholesalers in the world, Beijer Ref has reported growth of approximately 12% in the first quarter of 2018. This is part of the company’s streak that comes from its increasing focus and investment into manufacturing activities. More specifically Beijer Ref has focused on making more environmentally friendly products that have led them to launch a new CO2 condensing unit and establishing a purpose-built CO2 training facility.

Beijer Ref CEO and president Per Bertland recently remarked about this: “Building an international platform for our eco-friendly technology is of major strategic importance and something on which we will continue to focus,”.

 

Built at the SCM Frigo Facility, the Beijer Ref Academy near Padua, Italy, formally started operations in March and focuses only on CO2 technology. The training facility has its own fully functional CO2 transcritical rack which comes with state of the art technologies along with a CUBO2 Plus and CUBO2 Smart, making it the most modern training facility in the industry.
 

“This initiative is our way of showing how seriously we view environmental issues, and I hope that the centre will contribute to increased knowledge in the market in general,” said Per Bertland.
 

With courses in CO2 tech available in Italian, French and English, the academy is open to everyone and will also be used to train the Beijer Ref’s own after-sales staff. It is projected that almost 100 engineers will undergo training at the academy by the end of 2018.
 

The SCM Frigo which became a Beijer Ref company in 2011 has been involved in creating and developing the CO2 refrigeration technology. It started with its first CO2 subcritical rack system installation in Switzerland in 2005. It then installed its first-ever transcritical rack in Luxemburg in 2006. Both are still operational today.
 

Being pioneers of CO2 technology, SCM Frigo has a strong relationship with Danfoss. Together both have worked on creating the first ever ICMTS motor-operated high-pressure valve for a CO2 system. This collaboration led SCM Frigo to work with other major players in the industry like Dixell, Carel and RDM.

In fact, at the Academy, the rack features a number of different technologies like the electromagnetic compressor and variety of ejectors (gas and liquid) which have been provided by Danfoss and Carel.


Currently, the demand for CO2 expertise has been spiking and continues to grow. SCM Frigo which was listed on Sainsbury back in 2009 and was subsequently listed on Carrefour in 2015 and was listed by Morrisons and Aldi in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Right now work the company is working in fulfilling the largest contract of its history for a logistics facility in Italy – 2.4 MW and involving 48 compressors which will include three medium and two low-temperature chillers along with two transcritical ones, all due for June.

SCM Frigo was founded back in 1979 to produce ammonia and HFC systems but its current pioneering expertise in CO2 technology is responsible for more than 90% of its sales.

 

Beijer Ref acquired equity first in SCM Frigo in 2011 but completed 100% purchase by 2014. By then the SCM Frigo’s turnover was formidable 23 million euros. However last year its turnover amounted to 31 million euros which came from 87% of the exports and almost 99% of it was CO2 technology. Considering current track of sales, the company is poised to hit 35 million euros in sales this year.

 

A petition on fair payment and retentions will be delivered to UK prime minister Theresa May later this month by Peter Aldous MP and a delegation of industry leaders.

BESA and ECA, who are coordinating the presentation on April 23 comes just four days before the second reading of the Aldous Bill, which proposes cash retentions owed to suppliers should be held in trust accounts.

The group of industry leaders presenting the petition includes the National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses national chair Mike Cherry, Federation of Master Builders chief executive Brian Berry, director general of the Institute of Directors Stephen Martin, ECA CEO Steve Bratt and BESA CEO David Frise.

“This represents a tremendous show of support from industry and MPs,” commented BESA’s David Frise. “At its best, the industry can deliver a first-class built environment, but cash retentions impact every one of the 330,000 SMEs and sole traders represented in this petition. We need reform now and the proposal to hold cash retentions in trust will be a start to demonstrate lessons have been learned from Carillion.”

Payment abuse has climbed up the political agenda since construction giant Carillion collapsed just six days after the first reading of the Aldous Bill, leaving many SMEs owed huge sums of money. Had retentions owed by Carillion to suppliers been held in trust, this money could have been recovered.

 

Source: Cooling Post

 

Did you or anyone you know study the refrigeration engineer course at Eastleigh Technical College in the late 1970s? If so, BBC Radio Four is eager to contact you.

Paula McGinley is producing a new series for BBC Radio Four which traces a group of people who studied together at some point in their lives and then went their separate ways. The series will look at the twists and turns that take people from the same starting point in different directions.

 

 

The programme's researchers are already in contact with two individuals, Nick Petford and John Russell-Sanders, who attended the Refrigeration Engineering course at Eastleigh Technical College between 1978-79. If you attended the same course at around the same time, the BBC would love to hear from you!

Email paula.mcginley@bbc.co.uk or call 020 7765 5073.

 

 

The next IoR Cool Talks breakfast will be hosted by Dean & Wood at it's Leeds Head Office on Thursday 26th April.

They'll be serving coffee/tea and breakfast rolls on arrival! The free events will include a variety of talks on a diverse range of industry topics. Andy Kemecsei of Martindale Electrical will open talks with a discussion on electrical safe working. They'll also be talks held from Neil Roberts of Chemours on the options for replacing R404A. Steve Taliadoros of LU-VE will end the session with a talk on unit cooers and cold rooms.

The event begins at 8.30am on Thursday 26th April, ending at around 10.30am.

Further information and joining details can be found here.

Beijer Ref UK and Ireland recently celebrated the tenth annual supplier dinner in Stockport. The dinner is in recognition of the supplier partnerships forged and in celebration of another successful trading year. One of the highlights of the evening was awarding Lawton Tubes as the 2016 ‘Supplier of the Year’. Pictured is Oliver Lawton receiving the award from John Billson, Beijer Ref UK and Ireland Managing Director.

At the recent National ACR & Heat Pump Awards, held in Birmingham last week, RW won the award for the Wholesaler/Distributor of the year. For RW this was the third time they won in this category against stiff competition. The judges said "RW is a national wholesaler of high quality, multi brand products. They strive to achieve the highest level of service by putting the customer at the heart of all they do. Positioned strategically around the UK, the 12 RW branches are fully stocked one stop shops that ensure customer demand is fulfilled

With the UK’s first installation of a CUBO Smart DX CO2 condensing unit system, DCI has helped Southern Co-op meet it’s aspired performance and efficiency while delivering on the business’s commitment to forward-thinking and green technology.

 

Currently serving the chiller cold room in one of Southern Co-op’s flagship stores at Abbotswood, Hampshire, the new CO2 system was designed and installed as part of a collaborative project between DCI, Southern Co-op and the distributors of SCM Frigo units HRP.

 

DCI used its considerable expertise and experience in CO2 refrigeration systems to create a solution that overcomes industry concerns over the uncertainty of higher GWP refrigerants and F-Gas legislation.

 

With it’s low GWP, just 1 on the scale, CO2 (R449A) is a natural refrigerant classed as future-proof for cooling applications. While the use of CO2 in the industry spans decades, DCI applies the latest technology and

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techniques to achieve the best possible performance and efficiency. CUBO Smart DX CO condensing units from HRP/SCM Frigo boast a DC brushless rotary compressor, 25%-100% inverter modulation, Carel Hecu control systems, EC fans, floating suction, condensing pressure set point and BMS communication.

 

Source: DCI Group Case Study

 
 

USA:  With Carbon dioxide (CO2/R744) continuing to gain momentum and fast becoming the refrigerant of choice among supermarkets, and the long-term replacement for HFCs for the foreseeable future. Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc., has announced it will be hosting a webinar to explore the many operating implications of CO2-based refrigeration systems from a service technician's perspective. The aim of the webinar is to help technicians to be effectively prepared when dealing with the refrigerant's unique properties.

The free webinar, entitled “Seven Keys to Servicing CO2 Systems,” will be held from 7-8 p.m. GMT (2–3 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, July 14, and cover the following topics:

  • Dealing with the high pressure of R744
  • How to improve CO2 system efficiencies in warm ambient environments
  • Understanding R744’s critical and triple points
  • Managing power outages
  • Dealing with the standstill pressures of R744
  • Preparing service technicians with the proper equipment (gauges, hoses, etc.)
  • R744 cylinder storage, charging and maintenance best practices

The webinar will be presented by Andre Patenaude, director, CO2 business development of Emerson Climate Technologies. Andre is responsible for developing the global strategy around the company’s CO2 industry stewardship, marketing initiatives, communication/messaging activities, channel training and educational programs as they relate to utilizing CO2 in refrigeration systems. Andre has also published a series of extremely informative blogs on CO2 as a refrigerant on Emerson’s Climate Conversations.

You can register for the free webinar here

 

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UK:  Toshiba Air Conditioning recently joined forces with installer BL Refrigeration to host a two-day training event for consultants at Toshiba’s new state-of-the-art training centre in Manchester.

The event attended by staff from three Belfast-based leading consultants, Arup, Cogan & Shackleton, and WYG, was to provide an update on Toshiba’s expanding range of systems and control technology, and develop the joint hosts’ support for key specifiers in the Belfast and wider region.

The programme included hands-on demonstrations of the latest working systems, plus a tour of Toshiba's new web-based equipment selection and technical support tools. These include a SEER/SCOP calculation package, refrigerant charge and fault code identification software.

Delegates receive practical demonstration on Toshiba Air Conditioning technologyTraining on Toshiba's CIBSE-approved BREEAM and EN378 compliance CPD modules were also provided, earning attendees credits for continuing professional development.

Delegates were given a live demonstration of Toshiba's award-winning refrigerant leak detection, isolation and pump down system, which provides total assurance for end users and building occupants.

Keith Elliott, BL technical director, said: “The two-day event was well organised and offered attendees a useful and informative programme. The mix of presentations and interactive, hands-on elements was particularly appreciated.”

David Willis, BL sales manager, said: “Toshiba has done an excellent job in establishing its new air conditioning training network, and the Manchester facility must rate as one of the jewels in their crown.

“It offers a superb facility to showcase the company’s technology and train people in its use and specification.”

The combined network of 13 Toshiba training centres have the capacity to train some 2,000 engineers each year, making Toshiba one of the largest air conditioning training providers in the UK.

 

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