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Hospital receives rapid response

UK: A-Gas continues to play a key role during the coronavirus crisis, its Rapid Recovery service recently removing high GWP refrigerants from a hospital maternity unit during the current lockdown.

Three weeks into the lockdown, A-Gas Rapid Recovery was called upon to remove a total of 180kg of R422D and R407C from a redundant air conditioning system at the hospital. The job was part of an air conditioning refit involving the installation of a more efficient new chiller system.

The ease with which the refrigerants were removed from two redundant chillers on the sixth floor of the hospital block was made possible by the mobile A-Gas Rapid Recovery unit which could be moved up and down the building. All the equipment could be transported in a lift and this allowed the recovery team to complete the job in just four hours.

The maternity unit remained open during the work and the work was undertaken under social distancing restrictions with workers staying two metres apart from each other and wearing personal protective equipment.

A-Gas Rapid Recovery engineer Richard Crane: “There were strict rules
and workers on site had to stay two metres apart from each other”

The A-Gas Rapid Recovery service was introduced in the UK in 2017, offering a service which can recover refrigerant approximately ten times faster than traditional recovery units. Since the service was introduced, A-Gas has recovered refrigerants from hundreds of systems nationwide. This has helped customers switch from high GWP refrigerants to low GWP alternatives.  

The 180kg of refrigerant removed from the hospital plant room was returned to A-Gas, allowing the air conditioning contractor more time to get on with other important aspects of the installation and in turn reducing the time needed to complete the entire job. 

Refrigerant sent to A-Gas reprocessing centres becomes fully reclaimed product and is returned to the market in line with the AHRI 700 standard. At Portbury near Bristol and Eygelshoven in Holland, used refrigerant undergoes chemical analysis, is cleaned of contaminants and goes through a separation plant to produce a product that matches the specification of virgin refrigerant. 

A-Gas Rapid Recovery provides recovery services to a wide range of industries, including refrigeration, HVAC, demolition and marine. The Rapid Recovery team will take care of all aspects of the work, from start to finish, including the hazardous waste documentation and job site reporting. 

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