CO2 (R744) refrigeration technologies were highlighted during the Cold Chain Innovation Hub (CCI-Hub)’s high-level technical training in Taguig City, Philippines, on December 6–7.

Technical presentations from international experts Inderpal Saund, Business Development Manager at SCM Ref Australia, and Sergiy Kolinchuk, Applications Engineer at Danfoss, focused on concepts, applications, new technologies and innovation using CO2 for cold chain refrigeration.

Sergiy Kolinchuk, Danfoss, at CCI-Hub’s technical training. (Source: CCI-Hub)

Due to recent policy developments in the Philippines, such as the Chemical Control Order for Hydrofluorocarbons and the imposition of minimum energy performance standards through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Law, CO2-based refrigeration is considered particularly relevant, timely and useful.

Participants of the two-day training included end users who are interested in innovations that will improve the efficiency and profitability of their operations, as well as engineers, technicians and other industry stakeholders who want to advance their expertise in R744 technologies.

This was the second series of face-to-face technical training conducted at the CCI-Hub, which is hosted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)’s Green Technology Center through the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines project.

Upskilling the workforce

TESDA is mandated to develop and upgrade skills of the Philippine workforce to make them globally competitive and generate employment. As the country experiences an uptake in cold chain use, TESDA gears up to address the demand for skilled workers in this growing industry.

The CCI-Hub provides the knowledge and expertise to support TESDA in matching its skills-development programs. It also serves as a venue for connecting industry players as part of efforts to address gaps within the value chain.

Through the CCI-Hub, the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines project will continue to support the industry as it transitions to more efficient and low-carbon technologies by being a central ecosystem of knowledge, expertise and opportunities in the Philippines and throughout Southeast Asia.

As part of its ongoing efforts to upskill the industry, the CCI-Hub has partnered with Danfoss for an exclusive training series on natural refrigerants, which will take place online on January 19, 2023. This will be followed by another series of in-person technical trainings on January 24–26, 2023, at the CCI-Hub.

Author Mae Valdez