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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     

 

Refrigeration wholesaler Beijer Ref and German compressor manufacturer Bitzer have extended their long-term partnership agreement for a further three years.

 

Bitzer board member a chief sales and marketing officer Gianni Parlanti said: “This cooperation is beneficial for both companies due to the Beijer Ref distribution network in Europe, Asia, Africa and New Zealand. Our partnership improves the availability and choice of Bitzer products for Beijer Ref customers beyond European borders.”

 

The new contract agreement covers 44 associated Beijer Ref companies, six of which are outside of the EU. In the future, Beijer Ref will continue to offer the complete and full range of Bitzer products and will present them with through a variety of media channels as well as trade fairs.

Beijer Ref subsidiary SCM Ref Africa unveiled a CO2 transcritical rack at the Frigair tradeshow in Johannesburg, earlier this month, targeting another refrigeration market that has shown a huge interest in the latest CO2 technology.

 

“This is SCM Ref Africa’s first transcritical unit,” said Greyling Wentzel, design and production manager at SCM Ref Africa.

 

Following the acquisition of Phoenix Rack by the Beijer Ref Group in 2011, the company’s name was changed to SCM Ref Africa at the end of last year. Seeing a huge opportunity for CO2 transcritical in South Africa, Wentzel said: “At the moment, there’s a bit of a skills shortage, but as soon as we can up the skills and get more people interested, then hopefully as more people use CO2 transcritical, the costs will come down.”

 

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.

 

Innovative AC marketing product Air-Clear has been launched by award-winning company Gel-clear Ltd

 

Gel-clear Ltd, a company known for its award-winning condensate drain tablets, has launched a brand new, all-in-one antibacterial surface cleanser for air conditioning units. As a multi-purpose, multi-surface, non-hazardous spray, Air-Clear looks to bring in a new breath to the AC industry.

A safe non-hazardous water-based spray, it is non-flammable, non-corrosive, solvent and alcohol-free and produces no noxious fumes. With it’s less than 1% active ingredient, it is EU BPR compliant, NSF Registered, with no COSHH compliance requirements for its carriage, storage and use.

Air-clear is a highly effective antibacterial cleaning spray that eliminates bacteria such as MRSA, Salmonella, Listeria, C-Diff, E-Coli on all surfaces, preventing odours fast, up to 300 times faster than conventional antibacterials. Air-clear prevents and controls the biofilms that allow bacteria and odours to survive on surfaces. According to the independent performance test results, Air-clear eliminates 99.999% of germs and offers long-lasting protection for weeks after use. As a multi-surface product, it can be used on all the AC units surfaces.

Air-clear’s non-hazardous, water-based, ready to use powerful formula is safe to use in live operational environments. With it’s less than 1% active ingredient, it is EU BPR compliant, NSF Registered, solvent and alcohol-free. There are no noxious fumes or corrosive acids, and no COSHH compliance requirements for the carriage, storage and use.

It’s gentle formula as a non-corrosive spray, does not damage coil efficiency coatings. It’s simple to use, spray and wipe, ready to use, no mixing or dilution is required. Air-clear is a very cost-effective product, enables saving on the need to use multiple cleaning products on AC cleaning.

Announcing the new product, Gel-clear director Paurick Gaughan said: “We think our innovative and user friendly product has been considerately developed, its a context-specific solution, we wanted to simplify things, our spray appeals to the AC units user, owner, manufacturer and service engineer bringing operational efficiency with a powerful, long-lasting, sustained antibacterial coating, yet water-based, so it is safe to use in all environments.”

 

Gel-clear

 

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.

There are huge growing concerns the UK is being a hub for the sales of refrigerant in disposable cylinders, an illegal container that has been banned for use within Europe for over 10 years. With growing evidence of contractors and engineers being contacted with offers of refrigerant, including R410A and R404A in illegal disposable cylinders, a quick search on eBay reveals vendors offering R404A in disposables. Some of which are also the source of listings on other sites including Ireland & France.

Since pressure from the industry, eBay has deleted some of the items insisting that any listings that don’t comply with its policies will be removed.

All the suspect listings are using images of disposable cylinders and others clearly state in the product descriptions that the refrigerant will be provided within these illegal disposables. It is still not known whether the product is being imported from outside of the quota system, however, it is clearly avoiding UK customs inspections and policing by the Environmental Agency.

With the huge increases in the price of high GWP refrigerants in the UK and Europe, the market has seen some individuals seeking alternative sources for the gas, and with the lack of policing of the F-gas regulations is presenting them with the opportunity to make large profits.

Established refrigerant suppliers are raising concerns about the purity of some of this refrigerant and its effects on both system efficiencies and reliability. Of much greater concern is that the current high refrigerant prices might encourage a reappearance of dangerous counterfeits with caused a number of deaths in 2011. Some of the illegal refrigerants now removed from eBays UK marketplace also included the CFC’s R12 and R502 from a source in the USA.

Bitzer has announced details of a new high-efficiency scroll compressor for air conditioning and HVAC applications.

At last month's Mostra Convego exhibition, Bitzer showcase the new Orbit+ models based on Bitzer’s currently available Orbit 6 and 8 series. These new units are equipped with a line start permanent magnet motor and improve the seasonal performance (SEER/IPLV) by up to 8% while also increasing cooling capacity by up to 5%.

The Orbit+ compressors can replace or be combined with standard Orbit models without redesigning the system significantly. The tandem and trio combinations are easily tailored towards system capacity and efficiency targets according to annual load characteristics and the customers’ specific needs. For even better capacity modulation, customers can add a frequency inverter like the Bitzer Varipack.

The Bitzer Orbit models recently introduced low-GWP A2L refrigerants, such as R454B and R452B and are designed to work with R410A. Similar to the Orbit 6 and 8 series that have already been introduced, the new Orbit+ models are able to operate with a frequency inverter at 35 to 75Hz while performing with a low sound level and low oil carry-over rate.

The compressors are interchangeable, which Bitzer says allows systems designers and manufacturers to simplify development work by using existing frameworks, footprints, piping layouts and manufacturing processes.

Bitzer has said they are easy to install, offer high energy efficiency when fully or partially loaded and have the lowest noise emissions in their capacity class. Energy consumption is extremely low, especially at low condensing temperatures, says Bitzer, where the Orbit Boreal series can be applied.

Bitzer

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