JD Cooling launches new business promoting natural refrigerants, HFC phase down

By James Ranson, Aug 13, 2015, 15:07 2 minute reading

Transitioning from a client base heavily equipped with high-GWP HFC technology, JD Industrial Cooling Systems, an arm of the JD Group, was launched to deliver natural refrigerant systems including ammonia and CO2 to a wider market.

JD Cooling says it wanted to be able to give its customers the right advice on what systems they should be installing for the future as the industry undergoes a rapid move away from HFCs.
A supplier of industrial cooling and air conditioning systems to the fresh and processed produce sector, JD Cooling has now expanded to meet renewed demand for natural technology; predominantly via secondary systems using ammonia and CO2 and low charge ammonia. 
Based in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, JD Cooling’s new arm of business was implemented to educate clients on the viable environmentally friendly alternatives available.
The company says it is committed to ‘eradicating (the) use of potential pollutants in cooling systems’ and promises to ‘help (businesses) meet, and surpass, all new industry directives with regard to refrigerant gases and other pollutants’.
It also assists existing customers optimise traditional DX cooling systems, reducing ‘over 90% of refrigerant gases’, but advises against the installation of such high-energy consuming systems. 
In addition, JD Cooling also designs and installs integrated heat recovery and cooling systems for major industrial applications, saving clients up to 40 percent of their energy costs.
The company’s managing director John Dye noted the inevitable shift toward natural refrigerant technology and outlined JD Cooling’s unique vision to take action.
“We have seen a gradual move towards secondary cooling systems over the last five or 10 years and have applied various technologies to deliver a vast array of systems to our existing client base,” he told The ACR Journal.
“The last 18 months has seen the move towards secondary cooling accelerate rapidly and with this the push towards natural primary fluids, such as ammonia has become stronger.”
Low charge ammonia: energy efficient and safe
In light of the continued emergence of low charge ammonia technology, Dye emphasised that the associated risks were far less than commonly misperceived. 
“The fact is that low-charge ammonia chillers offer huge energy savings and offer no greater risk to the site than a propane forklift. In fact a propane forklift is a far greater hazard than a low charge ammonia chiller, it is just getting users to ignore the fact that it smells unpleasant and understand that it is not dangerous and just needs to be dealt with by people who understand it.”
JDI was formed with the help of a number of industrial sector experts with over 100 years of combined experience. Their job will now be to train the next generation among JD Cooling’s 50-strong staff to ensure the company continues to evolve in line with the latest natural refrigerant technological innovations.

Original ACR Journal Article


By James Ranson

Aug 13, 2015, 15:07

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