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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.”

 

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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.

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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

 
 

With countless mobile apps available, Fridgehub brings you the 10 most downloaded, must-have apps for refrigeration and air conditioning technicians. 

This chart has been put together based on the most popular apps downloaded from the Fridgehub App Store in 2014. The apps have been downloaded by refrigeration and air conditioning professionals worldwide and are designed for engineers who use their smart phone or tablet for everything!

To find out more or download the apps, click on the links below or visit the Fridgehub app store here

 

Climalife F-Gas Solutions1. Climalife F-Gas Solutions

The F-Gas Solutions mobile App, is a simple and educational application for refrigeration, air conditioning, heating and renewable energy professionals, to meet the new EU F-Gas regulation which comes into effect from 1st January 2015.

This application provides a calculator to check the GWP of refrigerants and determines the Tonne CO2 equivalent for the refrigerant charge in the system.

 

Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Fault Codes

2. Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Fault Codes

The Mitsubishi Electric air-conditioning fault code and error code mobile App, allows users to trace the significance of malfunction codes for Mitsubishi Electric air-conditioning systems.

This app contains the following functions; Malfunction code analysis, Malfunction LED analysis and Refrigerant disc

 

 

Hitachi Air Conditioning Fault Codes

3. Hitachi Air Conditioning Fault Codes

The Hitachi air-conditioning fault code and error code mobile App, allows users to trace the significance of malfunction codes and provides trouble shooting help for Hitachi air-conditioning systems.

 

 

 

 

Mitsubishi Electric Ecodan Heat Pump Selection Tool

4. Mitsubishi Electric Heat Pump Selection Tool

Mitsubishi Electric Ecodan Selection Tool allows you to calculate saving on energy bills when installing ground or water source heat pumps, what the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will mean for the homeowner and the capital equipment pay back period. 

The app also calculates the two tier non-domestic RHI figure payable for ground or water source.

 

 

All-in-one Air Conditioning Fault Codes

5. All-in-one Air Conditioning Fault Codes

The AC Fault Codes is an easy to use application which provides information about Daikin, Fujitsu, Hitachi, LG, Mitsubishi Electric, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Panasonic air conditioning fault codes

Instead of carrying around numerous documents of codes the AC Fault Codes app provides access to all of the top air conditioning brands conveniently in one place.

 

 

6. Brass Monkey Engineers Wizard

A collection of useful settings and messages for supermarket refrigeration engineers.

A basic application available on Android devices only, with general information geared specifically to certain controllers for one end-user. Covers a small section of controllers most commonly in use today, taking the hassle out of searching for information across many controls manufacturers sites.

 

 

7. Fujitsu General Mobile Technician

This application is a trouble shooting tool for FUJITSU GENERAL air conditioners (RAC/PAC, VRF) * It helps you to check air conditioner condition. Error code check, Trouble shooting and Sensor check are available.

*: Applicable to RAC/PAC models with new serial communication method, "model code with G"" AS*G--, AU*G--" , Models with old serial communication method are not applicable. For VRF, models V-II, J-II or later are applicable.

 

8. A-Gas Refrigerant PT Chart

The new A-Gas free refrigerant pressure temperature App is targeted at refrigeration, HVAC contractors and service engineers - providing them with fast and comprehensive data straight to their iPhone or Android devices.

The App covers a broad range of refrigerants and has been designed to be easy to use. The App enables users to select the refrigerants they most commonly use and includes essential refrigerant information.

 

Toshiba Air Conditioning Fault Codes

9. Toshiba Air Conditioning Fault Codes

The Toshiba air-conditioning fault code and error code mobile App, allows users to trace the significance of malfunction codes and provides trouble shooting help for Toshiba air-conditioning systems.

 

 

 

 

10. Copeland Mobile

The new Copeland™ Mobile application provides access to over 30 years of Copeland compressor product information for both air conditioning and refrigeration products used in a variety of HVACR applications.

The Copeland Mobile app provides on-the-go access to Emerson Climate Technologies Online Product Information (OPI) database for Copeland compressor specifications. 

 

 

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Infographic:  A recent survey commissioned by air conditioning specialist Andrews Sykes revealed less than a quarter of office workers find the temperature in their office comfortable, with more than a third suggesting they take at least 10 minutes out of work each day due to temperature alone.

The survey included 2,000 office workers between the ages of 18 and 60 with the aim being to gauge how temperature affects people's workday. The results point to a general sense of dissatisfaction around temperature.

Only 24% agreed that their office was an ideal temperature for working throughout the year.

Now Andrews Sykes have put together a snappy infographic with the results of the survey.

You can download the infographic here

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