With illegally imported refrigerants continuing to blight the industry and undermine legislation, Martyn Cooper of the British Refrigeration Association (BRA) explains how to identify them and issues surrounding their use.
UK: Toshiba VRF air conditioning is providing high-efficiency cooling and heating for No 1 Great Central Square, part of a £50m regeneration scheme in the heart of Leicester.
GERMANY: Following the first installation of transcritical CO2 refrigeration technology on board a cruise ship last year, German manufacturer GEA says it has received orders for two new ships.
UK: Bacteria found in muddy marshes, estuaries and coastal sediment are said to be responsible for one of the Earth’s most abundant climate cooling gases.
JAPAN: Mitsubishi Electric has developed a thermal sensor which can distinguish between humans and other heat sources and identify specific human behaviour.
KOREA: Bitzer condensing units are playing a key role in ensuring that kimchi, the Korean national dish, reaches the consumer in perfect condition.
UK: Panasonic has introduced voice control with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa to its air conditioning portfolio.
UK: A leading refrigeration equipment manufacturer has questioned calls for a ban on open-fronted display cabinets, claiming there is more than one way for retailers to achieve energy savings.
GERMANY/USA: Bitzer has approved serial production of its Orbit (model range VL) and Orbit+ scroll compressors for use with the lower GWP A2L refrigerants R454B, R452B and R32.
USA/CHINA: Researchers from Tsinghua University and Brown University, Providence, RI, claim to have discovered a simple way to boost heat exchange in air conditioning and refrigeration systems.