UPDATED: Bitzer holds seminar on natural refrigerants

By R744.com team, May 21, 2010, 10:26 2 minute reading

Targeting planers and engineers, Bitzer held in March a ‘Refrigeration Seminar on Technologies with Natural Refrigerants’ in Sindelfingen, Germany. UPDATE: A post seminar interview provided insights on the quality of the seminar and perceived barriers to the wide adoption of CO2, "a refrigerant of the future", in Portugal and Spain.

From 17 to 19 March, the compressor specialist organised a seminar especially addressed to customers with main focus on the application of natural refrigerants such as R744, R717, and R290 in medium and low temperature range.

A provider of regular seminars, Bitzer incorporates new contents in its seminar all the time. Besides the opportunity to get up to date with latest developments in natural refrigerant technology, the seminars also provide a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with engineers and planners from all over Europe.

The content of the seminar

The content of this seminar included:
  • survey on BITZER products, design features
  • protection and control devices
  • application ranges
  • electrics, refrigerants and lubricants,
  • start-up precautions, failure analysis, maintenance
  • selection of compressors and additional components
  • plant tour
Interview with a seminar participant: "CO2 - a refrigerant of the future"

In an interview following the completion of the seminar, a participant from Portuguese company Centauro Internacional, which has been receiving increasing interest from customers on CO2 refrigeration, presented its views on natural refrigerants as well as the quality of the seminar offered by Bitzer. “The BITZER presenters explain the latest technology in a very down-to-earth way and the information they give is always reliable”, he said. He added that he would put directly into everyday practice what he learned in the seminar concerning cascade CO2 refrigeration. “I would say that CO2 is definitely one, if not the one, refrigerant of the future”, he added.

Looking at the barriers to a wider adoption of natural refrigerants in Portugal and Spain among other countries, he maintained that “end users do not yet understand the potential of natural refrigerants, especially CO2, sufficiently to be willing to pay a little more for using this natural refrigerant. […] I think that the end-users require informing in a particular way: if they really want to be “green”, they must change their views a little bit more and allow more time for their contractors to do the job properly and to guarantee the reliability of the installation”.

Bitzer CO2 training centre in Brazil

Last year, Bitzer Brazil inaugurated the first CO2 Technology & Training Centre for North and South America. Installed in Bitzer’s plant in Sao Paulo, the centre provides training covering safety, design, installation, commissioning, servicing and maintenance. Bitzer Australia has also contributed to the development of the CO2 course by providing valuable learning material, refrigeration equipment and technical information.

It has now been determined that the initial course to run in 2010 in Brazil will take place between 20 and 24 September.


For more than 70 years BITZER has been designing and manufacturing compressors, condensing units and pressure vessels. The Germany-based group, specialized in designing screw compressors, scroll compressors, and piston compressors, has 33 subsidiaries in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and America. 


By R744.com team (@r744)

May 21, 2010, 10:26

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