At last month’s ATMOsphere Asia conference in Tokyo, Japan, Junya Ichikawa, president of Sanden Environmental Product Corporation, outlined ambitions to ensure that production of the company’s CO2 compressor units hits the one million mark in the near future. The adoption of natural refrigerants by end users is currently the main market driver, Ichikawa says.
BITZER, the specialist in refrigeration compressors, presented its latest products at the well-established HVAC&R trade fair in Tokyo from 23-26 February 2016. With 188 companies spread over 734 booths, it took something special to attract the attention of the many thousands of visitors attending last week’s HVAC&R Trade Show in the Japanese capital. However, BITZER’s offering of innovative compressors using natural refrigerants was just the ticket to draw in the spoilt-for-c
Mayekawa (MYCOM) turned heads at HVAC&R Japan 2016 in Tokyo with a prototype of a 30kW NH3/CO2 system for smaller industrial applications and potentially even commercial applications, while Danfoss showcased its broadest array of natural refrigerant solutions yet at the event.
Natural refrigerant systems are proliferating in Asian countries, offering environmentally friendly solutions while helping to reduce operating costs in a wide range of areas, from cold storage or ice rinks to ground freezing for construction work. Users of CO2/NH3 systems in Asia shared their experiences and plans for the future at ATMOsphere Asia 2016.
Armin Hafner, a professor in refrigeration technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), gave one of the most inspiring presentations at ATMOsphere Asia 2016, highlighting some of the latest technological advances in ejectors, transport, and industrial refrigeration solutions as well as superseded technology that helped shape the natural refrigerant market we know today.
Next-generation integrated systems, compressors for machine air conditioning, and mixed compressor technologies were among the CO2 case studies aired at ATMOsphere Asia 2016. These new solutions are among many set to open new avenues for CO2 in the commercial HVAC&R market in Japan and abroad.
During ATMOsphere Asia 2016 in Tokyo, Japan, policy experts outlined the latest regulatory developments in Japan and other regions, such as Europe, North America and China. Training of technicians was highlighted as a key activity to support the uptake of natural refrigerants in Japan and South Asia, where countries have a tremendous opportunity to leapfrog HFCs and directly adopt long-term natural refrigerant technology.
With several policy developments in the pipeline, in 2016 China will repeatedly underline its intention to facilitate a comprehensive market shift towards natural refrigerant technology. In February, the final version of ‘The First Catalogue of Recommended Substitutes for HCFCs’ is expected to be officially issued by the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The draft document had…
Whether it’s CO2 or hydrocarbons, Delhaize made its plans clear to introduce as many natural refrigerant solutions as possible and use ATMO Asia 2016 as a platform to learn from Japanese retailers, particularly CVS operators.
Japanese retailer Lawson expects to have 1,300 stores using CO2 technology by the end of February 2016, and is working in tandem with Indonesian chain Alfamidi to affect positive change in neighbouring regions. R744.com reports from the ATMOsphere Asia conference in Tokyo.