USA: Danfoss’ plan to take CO2 refrigeration technology on the road in the US could be extended to markets in Europe and Asia.
With US supermarkets following Europe in looking at CO2 as an alternative to high GWP HFCs in retail refrigeration, Danfoss sees a need to increase competences in its use.
The Danish manufacturer’s US subsidiary is to kit out a mobile container with CO₂ solutions and interactive learning modules. First stop for the new Mobile Training Unit will be the Danfoss’ USA headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland on January 10.
Danfoss says its goal is to launch several training containers that can serve the primary markets in North America, Europe, and Asia.
“Technology and components for CO₂ refrigeration are available today,” says Danfoss, “but there is a need for system builders, refrigeration contractors, service technicians, installers, and the technical departments of food retailers to raise their level of know-how in order to harvest the full potential of these CO₂ systems.”
“Our mobile training unit will go a long way in promoting the benefits of CO2,” insists Hans Ole Matthiesen, segment marketing director, food retail at Danfoss. “The training unit features equipment and components for CO2 solutions, accompanied by hands-on training panels, with on-site instruction by dedicated Danfoss CO2 champions who will share their in-depth knowledge of the natural refrigerant’s properties and the opportunities and challenges surrounding the use of CO2.”
The CO2 solutions presented in the mobile training unit are said to range from simple gas-bypass systems to more complex parallel compression solutions with or without heat reclaim. It also introduces Danfoss’ new ejector technology which has the potential to reduce energy consumption by up to 20% even in high ambients.