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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.

 

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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Beijer Ref's net sales have been boosted by 8.5% in Q4 of 2016 due to contributions from the newly acquired UK based wholesaler HRP and by the Australian company Realcold.

 

The Swedish refrigeration and air conditioning wholesaling group maintains that the key to its rise in sales to SEK2, 199m (€232m) in the forth quarter was certainly influenced by a good performance in Central Europe, which in no small part was the contribution of the integration and turnaround of the previously loss making HRP.

Last years acquisition was delayed by the Competition and Markets Authority’s investigation in the UK with the integration finally being completed in the autumn.
 
“It is gratifying that we have reversed the development the newly acquired company in the United Kingdom. This acquisition now shows positive results,” commented CEO Per Bertland. He also commented on Beijer Ref’s overall quarter performance revealing that “November & December were especially positive” a trend he expects to continue into the new year.
 
A move viewed as positive is the signing in October of the Kigali agreement phasing down HFCs. “Through our broad offer of eco-friendly alternatives to HFC solutions, the decision provides good opportunities for Beijer Ref in a growing global market,” Bertland said.
 
He added “During the quarter, we continued to expand the range of products manufactured internally and will launch new products during 2017.” This focus on its manufacturing capabilities could be crucial to Beijer Refs continued growth.
 
“The operation is now increasing more rapidly than the traditional distribution operation. The OEM investment strengthens our offer in the market towards, among others, food stores. The OEM offer is important in enabling us to meet the increasing demand for eco-friendly solutions which we see in Europe and also increasingly in Australia and New Zealand.”
 
The company’s annual 2016 report is due to be published in March.

 

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CHILE: Beijer Ref’s Italian manufacturing subsidiary SCM Frigo has supplied the equipment for Chile’s first ever transcritical CO2 supermarket refrigeration system.

The 5,300m² Jumbo store in Chile’s southern city of Valdivia, which opened its doors on January 12, has become a showcase for sustainability. In addition to the incorporation of Chile’s first transcritical CO2 system, the store uses LED lighting throughout and includes a BMS systems for the intelligent control of all building system.

The project was implemented by the Ministry of Environment’s Ozone Unit and was funded by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The two SCM Frigo units, are designed for a total capacity of almost 400kW for medium temperature refrigeration and 100kW for the low-temperature requirement. They serve a total of 115 MT/LT cabinets and 30 cold rooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hailing the installation as an opportunity to promote the technology in the country, Claudia Paratori, coordinator of the Ozone Unit said: “This project will connect the different actors in the cold chain supermarket sector and promote the adoption of this technology and help minimise the introduction of HFC-based systems in Chile.”

The project aims to highlight ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and introduce environmentally friendly technology. It also has economic benefits with approximately 20% in energy savings.

“After the adoption of the Kigali Amendment and the entry into force of the Paris agreement, nations and the industry must move quickly to seize the immediate opportunities at hand to avoid the growth of HFCs and realise energy efficiency gains of technology change in the refrigeration sector,” added Jacques Van Engel, director of the Montreal Protocol/Chemicals Unit, UNDP.

“Since sustainability is our challenge, we are proud to be part of this team contributing to the goal,” said SCM Frigo managing director Nicola Pignatelli.

Established in 1979, SCM Frigo became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Beijer Ref in 2014.

Germany. The compressor specialist BITZER has made operating its BITZER Electronics Service Tool (BEST) even easier: users can now watch a video explaining how to use the tool on the BITZER website and on the video platform YouTube. Refrigeration and service engineers can quickly and easily operate all BITZER IQ products from their PC using the BEST software.

In the almost five-minute-long video, an English-speaking narrator explains the tool and its most important functions. The software provides users with a complete overview of the operating status, troubleshooting and maintenance of BITZER products. BEST makes service engineers’ work much easier: for example, they can use it to quickly and safely set device parameters, analyse errors or download and save data logs.

The software supports VARISPEED reciprocating compressors, CSV compact screw compressors, the ECOSTAR condensing units LHV5E and LHV7E, as well as the protection, monitoring and control devices SE-i1 and CM-RC-01.

The BITZER Group is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of refrigeration compressors with sales companies and production sites for reciprocating, screw, and scroll compressors as well as pressure vessels all over the globe. In 2014, 3,400 employees generated sales of €657 million.

 

PRODUCTS:  Less than a year after its launch, a new transactional website enabling engineers to purchase chiller spares online has proved to be a multi-million-pound success for Johnson Controls.

The EasyParts website enables engineers to purchase major spare parts such as compressor rotors, valves and motors online. Top selling items like oil filters, sensors and chiller safety devices are all easily accessible.

John Pritchard, Parts Director HVAC & R said: “The aim in setting up the service was simple - to make it as easy as possible for engineers and maintenance companies to order genuine replacement parts for York brand chillers online. It has worked incredibly well, and we are pleased with the rapid take-up.”

Online chiller parts ordering has taken off with Amazon-type site for the refrigeration and air conditioning industryFor engineers, there are several benefits of ordering online. The site gives 24/7 access to spares with expedited delivery, important in situations where plant has suffered a breakdown. Orders placed before 2.30pm can be delivered next day.

Users can see real-time stock levels for replacement components, and the 

current status of orders, enabling engineers to track deliveries. It also provides access to order history and associated paperwork, such as invoices.

Importantly, the site uses photographs of spares to provide visual confirmation of the relevant part. It includes pictures for most of the company’s 15,000 active lines of stock.

John Pritchard, Parts Director HVAC & Refrigeration at Johnson Controls“We wanted to create an Amazon-type site for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. This is now part of everyday life, and most people are familiar with it and comfortable using it,” says John Pritchard.

The site is underpinned by a huge knowledge bank, containing details of most of the components used in the manufacture of York brand chillers since production began. The database contains some 200,000,000 individual records, taken from the Bills of Materials (BOMs) for York chillers.

These contain detailed engineering data and component lists for every machine made. Chillers are identified with a unique serial number, printed on the data plate inside the chillers’ controls cabinet. There are believed to be around 10,000 York chillers installed in the UK and many more further afield across Europe.

The site is designed to be dynamic and grow over time. As new chillers are manufactured and installed, the knowledge base is constantly updated.

“We began with information on chillers made in the original York Basildon plant, and then expanded to include machines made at other factories across the globe. That process is continuing as we build the knowledge bank,” says John Pritchard. “It is an ongoing project, and as the database expands it becomes evermore useful for customers.”

Johnson Controls provides training in the use of the system at its Basildon site, or on-line, and will also be demonstrating how it works to visitors at the forthcoming ACR Show 2016, taking place at the NEC from 16 to 18 February 2016.

The website is located at https://easyparts.johnsoncontrols.com

 

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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.

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