UK: Daikin UK and specialist UK training provider Business Edge are co-operating to train installers working with the “mildly flammable” refrigerant R32.
A low GWP, non-ozone-depleting alternative to R22 and R410A in small air condition systems, R32 is being employed by an increasing number of manufacturers across the world, particularly by Daikin which has pioneered its introduction in Europe.
Daikin UK is already offering R32 training in the UK, with over 200 installers so far completing the course.
With Daikin UK having supplied ten Daikin FTXM R32 split heat pump systems for use in its Hampshire training facilities, Business Edge will now be encouraging engineers to continue their professional development by working with this new refrigerant.
“Business Edge aims to provide comprehensive training in all the latest refrigerants,” said Kelvin Kelly, training director at Business Edge. “With its high energy efficiency and low global warming potential of 675, R32 is fast becoming a preferred next generation refrigerant; and so we were keen to purchase these 10 Daikin systems and invest in the training rigs to ensure our delegates gain the competence and confidence to deal with R32 out in the field.
“The R32 training facilities provide installers with the opportunity to work in controlled conditions through every stage of an installation; from running cable and pipework, pressure, strength and tightness testing pipework using inert gas, through to commissioning and leak checking the system before finally recovering all the refrigerant from the system,” Kelly added.
Graham Wright, legislation specialist at Daikin UK added: “Although R32 is only now starting to be used in large quantities, it is readily available from distributors, along with R32 reclaim cylinders.
“In an effort to encourage the renewable heating sector to move toward more environmentally friendly, low carbon refrigerants, Daikin UK is happy to work with training providers to make sure installers have the correct qualifications and importantly, confidence when approaching R32 installations. By utilising Daikin’s industry-leading training materials and proactive approach to legislation changes, Business Edge is the first company in the UK to provide practical hands-on R32 training sessions and certifications.”
Alongside practical training, a classroom-based theoretical session provides engineers with vital safety knowledge specific to R32 installations, such as the required level of ventilation and the monitoring of potential flammable limits needed throughout the installation process.