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JGR Building Services have successfully fitted two Cubo2 Smart CO2 condensing units to a new Co-op food store in Lincoln with the help of National Wholesaler, Dean & Wood.

The £990,000 re-development of the Lincoln Coop Society's Gibbet Nook food site, was seeking an environmentally friendly, low carbon footprint, refrigeration solution. 

The Cubo2 Smart condensing units were said to have been chosen by JGR Building Services Ltd due to the product quality and technical support offering that Dean & Wood Ltd has to offer.

The two Cubo2 Smart condensing units provide cooling for five cabinets and a cold room at the site. As well as the condensing units, Dean & Wood also supplied the evaporator, Carel controls and install materials. 

“The installation, although a new concept for us, was straightforward,” said JGR Building Services MD Jason Wood. “This was greatly assisted by attending the Cubo2 Smart training course at Cool Concerns training facility along with the technical support of Beijer Ref’s Ross McGinty and Coolconcerns’ Steve Benton. 

“This is a good solution for smaller retail outlets such as petrol filling stations where the number of cabinets and coldrooms works well with the plant. Commissioning was a learning curve for us, but once we got an understanding of the systems, we feel that they work well,” he added.

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.”


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


UK:  The latest in BITZER's renowned series of Refrigerant Reports is now available. The 18th edition includes vital information on all current refrigerants including HFC and HFO refrigerants, refrigerant blends, alternative halogen free refrigerants and R22 as a transitional refrigerant. The report once again underlines BITZER'S commitment to providing thoroughly researched and unbiased information to assist specifiers, refrigeration engineers and end users in their selection of refrigerants.

Refrigerant Report 18 reflects the fact that since the early 1990s there have been major changes in refrigeration technology, mainly due to environmental concerns and the need to develop refrigerants that would not contribute to ozone layer depletion. This has resulted in the emergence of many different new refrigerants, blends and alternatives. These are examined in detail and the report shows how system designs can be developed around a refrigerant of choice.

More generally, Refrigerant Report 18 offers the reader important guidance on the concept of TEWI (Total Equivalent Warming Impact) to calculate the environmental impact of the operation of individual refrigeration plants. It also describes the meaning of Eco Efficiency to express the operation of a plant as a consideration of all economic and ecological factors.

Download or view the Bitzer Refrigerant Report 18 here


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EUROPE:  A new report publshed by Carrier Commercial Refrigeration and developed in conjuntion with Shecco, reveals that almost two-thirds of large supermarkets surveyed in northern and western Europe are now operating natural refrigerants systems. With the number of supermarkets running CO2 refrigeration systems having reached 2,885 in 2013.

The study of large food retailers in Germany, France, Denmark, Norway and the UK found 65% of respondents had begun to implement natural refrigeration technologies in their stores.  

“This research reflects the shift we’ve observed across the industry over the past two years,” said Thierry Jomard, president, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, Europe. “What we’re seeing today is an intersection point between legislation and increased acceptance of how natural refrigerant technologies can contribute to the overarching goals of carbon footprint reduction and increased energy efficiency.

“Retailers increasingly recognize that natural refrigerants represent a future-proof investment in terms of legislative compliance.

“We’re seeing evidence now of early adopters looking even further ahead toward more holistic thinking about combining heating and cooling, using integrated system solutions to optimize overall energy management.”

In line with the recent trend toward natural refrigerants in commercial refrigeration applications, Carrier has expanded its portfolio of CO2OLtec® systems, which operate on CO2 refrigerant. Based on CO2 booster systems, the current CO2OLtec range provides cooling capacities for small stores to large warehouses, allowing them to efficiently operate in all European climates.

The key challenges still ahead is to make the CO2 technology readily accessible and cost effective for smaller convenience stores, and food retailers in southern Europe, where warmer temperatures reduce the effectiveness of CO2 systems. 

The study has been developed by Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, Europe, in conjunction with market development company Shecco, who are behind websites,, and

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About Carrier: Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier is the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy-efficient products, building controls and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers. Carrier is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit or follow @CarrierGreen on Twitter.

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    CHINA:  Market development experts Shecco in conjunction with the Chinese Association of Refrigeration (CAR) have launched a bilingual English-Chinese natural refrigerant survey to better understand China's HVACR market.

    The survey aims to collect data from National HVAC&R industry experts, manufacturers, end users, contractors and associations to understand a number of topics that have become high on the international agenda.

    The results of the survey will be jointly published by shecco and CAR in the GUIDE China 2014: Natural Refrigerants – Market Trends & Potential in China, published as part of the popular GUIDE series, which have become important reference documents for natural refrigerant trends around the world.

    Topics covered in the Chinese survey

    • Current and future (2020, 2030) market share of different natural refrigerants
    • Key motivations for and obstacles to using of natural refrigerants
    • The potential of natural refrigerants in different applications in different sectors
    • Perspectives on natural refrigerants R&D activities
    • Policy climate for natural refrigerants
    • Actions needed to encourage the growth of natural refrigerants market   

    The survey is asking people to provide input to a maximum of 19 questions. These are structured in such as way as to enable people to select those options most relevant to their area of expertise. To encourage participation all respondents will receive a free online version of the GUIDE China 2014: Natural Refrigerants – Market Trends & Potential in China, whose publication is planned for the end of 2014.  

    To take the survey, please follow this link:

    Participants are also encouraged to share the survey within their networks to increase the response rate.


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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.

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    USA:  We all know that air conditioning in your vehicle can effect on fuel economy. Now Emissions Analytics have put to the test over 100 vehicles with different fuel consumptions so see just how much air conditioning can affect your fuel efficiency

    Out the models tested (gasoline, diesel and gasoline hybrid), hybrid automobiles are significantly affected by turning the air conditioning or climate control on, recording a 9.3 percent city/2.8 percent highway average reduction in fuel economy.

    To understand the impact of this, a vehicle with a range of up to 380 miles will be reduced by 35.3 miles if you turn on the air conditioning.

    The second most affected type of vehicle is the one that uses diesel. The average reduction in miles per gallon for diesel-fed automobiles sits at 6.3 percent city and 3.3 percent highway.

    The type of car that uses the least quantity of fuel with air conditioning on is the one that's got a gasoline-fed engine.

    The average reduction in miles per gallon of vehicles running on gasoline is 5.1 percent city and 2.7 percent highway.

    Across the 100+ vehicles the average reduction comes down to 4 percent on the combined driving cycle.

    To see the results of the study, click here. 


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    INTERNATIONAL:  Although Europe have put significant steps in place to reduce the use of HFC's the use is actually rising according to newly published research paper, causing a huge threat to the work being done to combat climate change.

    It is predicted that use of HFC's is increasing and by 2050, will add up to 0.1°C to the global average temperature rise. This clearly makes it more difficult to limit the rise in global temperature to the internationally agreed ceiling of 2°C by the end of the 21st century.

    With predictions like this; announcements from the EPA on plans to ban certain HFC's by 2016 and the new EU F-Gas Regulations are being welcomed by Green Campaigners worldwide.

    Now a timely report released the same day as the EPA announced its proposal to ban HFC's from 2016, researchers; Stephen O. Andersen, Duncan Brack and Joanna Depledge have published a paper following workshop discussions held at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in April 2014, that outlines the main issues around the question of how best to craft a fair and effective global response to the growth in HFC use. Covering a number of key issues which are central to the debate: 

    Impact of Global Warming on Polar Ice Caps

    • The principle of equity between developed and developing countries 
      • The availability of alternatives to HFCs
      • The need for financial support for developing countries
      • The legal relationship between the climate and ozone regimes 
      • The need for political will to resolve these challenges

      The research paper raises questions about the feasibility of introducing natural and alternative refrigerants to developing countries, in terms of cost, training and safety, and their application in very hot climates.

      It goes on to outline the need for financial asssitance and its availiabilty, and support that is required to help developing countries make the transition to climate friendly HFC alternatives.

      There is now doubt developed countries are taking action to reduce and eventually elliminate the use of high-GWP HFCs but the paper indentifies a need to speed up the transition for developing countries. Saying the faster the transition can begin, the less HFC-using equipment is installed and the lower the future demand for HFCs for servicing.

      You can download the full research paper here - A Global Response to HFCs through Fair and Effective Ozone and Climate Policies

      MARKET REPORT:  A new market research publication by Reportstack forecasts the Global Split Air Conditioning market will grow at a CAGR of 8.93 percent over the period 2013-2018.

      The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Split Air Conditioning market during the period 2014-2018.

      To calculate the market size, the report takes into account the revenue generated from the following product segments: Unducted Standard Split ACs, Ducted Standard Split ACs, VRF ACs, and US Ducted Split ACs.

      The report Global Split AC Market 2014-2018, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the Americas, and the EMEA and APAC regions; it also covers the Global Split AC market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

      Key Regions


      Key Vendors

      Carrier Corp.
      Daikin Industries Ltd.
      Gree Electric Appliance Inc. of Zhuhai
      Ingersoll-Rand plc
      Johnson Controls Inc.
      LG Electronics Inc.
      Midea Group Co. Ltd.
      Mitsubishi Electric Corp.
      Panasonic Corp.

      Other Prominent Vendors

      Airwell Group
      Dwyer Instruments Inc.
      Haier Consumer Electronics Group Co. Ltd.
      Lennox International Inc.
      Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
      Siemens AG
      Toshiba Corp.
      Voltas Ltd.
      Whirlpool Corp.

      Key Market Driver

      Increase in Construction Activities.
      For a full, detailed list, view the report.

      Key Market Challenge

      Capital-intensive Market.
      For a full, detailed list, view the report.

      Key Market Trend

      Global Shift to Green Technology and Renewable Energy Sources.
      For a full, detailed list, view the report.

      Key Questions Answered in this Report

      What will the market size be in 2018 and what will the growth rate be?
      What are the key market trends?
      What is driving this market?
      What are the challenges to market growth?
      Who are the key vendors in this market space?
      What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
      What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

      To view the table of contents and know more details you can visit Global Split AC Market 2014-2018.