2012 China Refrigeration Exhibition: natural refrigerants are viable options

By Sabine Lobnig, Apr 13, 2012, 00:00 2 minute reading

The 23rd China Refrigeration Expo 2012 was held from 11-13 April in Beijing. The focus: energy savings, emissions reductions, and innovative developments. Natural refrigerants are regarded by Chinese stakeholders as viable options for achieving these targets. Technical seminars on natural refrigerants attracted the attention of many Chinese manufacturers and technical experts.

On 11 April 2012, the 23rd China Refrigeration Expo, one of the biggest exhibitions in the HVAC&R industry in the world, brought about 1,100 participating suppliers and manufacturers, 30 industry organisations as well as 50,000 visitors from around the world together in Beijing.

Energy savings and emissions reductions in focus

China is the largest refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment manufacturer and the second largest consumer of these products in the world. Its refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment consume about 20% of the country’s electricity generation. Energy savings and emissions reductions were therefore at the centre of discussions in the China Refrigeration 2012 Forum and several seminars covered this topic from various angles.

Clean energy and energy conservation are defined as key investment areas in China’s 12th Five-year Plan. China aims to cut its energy and carbon dioxide emissions for energy and per unit of economic output by 16% and 17% respectively by the end of 2015.

Mr Zhou Dadi, official of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) delivered a speech to introduce China’s energy planning and energy saving policies under the 12th Five-year Plan.

Presenting his research on absorption heat pumps Professor Jiang Yi from the Chinese Academy of Engineering stressed the significance of energy saving products for the industry in the implementation of China’s national energy plan.

Dr. Young W. Park from UNEP underlined the necessity of eliminating HCFCs and improving energy savings.

Mr Wu Yuanwei, Vice President of the Chinese Association of Refrigeration (CAR), argued that the industry should shift from traditional manufacturing to modern manufacturing by producing energy efficient products.

Technical seminars on natural refrigerants

Chinese industry stakeholders regard innovative development as a key strategy for realising the energy savings and emission reductions targets of China’s national plan. The use of natural refrigerants is considered as a viable option for China’s HVAC&R sector to achieve lower energy consumption and prevent environmental damage.

Compared with the past years, this 2012 exhibition featured more technical seminars on natural refrigerants. Several international companies as well as industry associations held seminars on CO2, ammonia and hydrocarbons and their applications:
  • Danfoss: green trends and new refrigerants
  • Carrier: Carrier commercial refrigeration - CO2 expertise for food retail
  • Bitzer: the advantage of CO2 systems in supermarket applications and BITZER's CO2 compressor selection
  • AlFA LAVAL: introduction to natural refrigerants
  • UL EMT: hydrocarbon refrigerants in U.S.
  • CAR&IIAR (International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration): the safe application of ammonia refrigeration

These seminars attracted many Chinese manufacturers and technical experts. There seems to be great interest in the application of these new refrigerants in developed countries and the feasibility of their use in China.

The exhibition China Refrigeration Exhibition 2012 was jointly organised by the Chinese Association of Refrigeration (CAR), China Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Industry Association (CRAA) and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).


By Sabine Lobnig

Apr 13, 2012, 00:00

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