Sanden plans to launch a residential CO2 heat-pump water heater in the US by early second quarter of 2016, and prominently featured the product at its AHR Expo booth last week.
FamilyMart has made history by installing Taiwan’s first CO2 transcritical refrigeration system, at a Linkou Wenyi store, becoming the first chain in Taiwan to take advantage of the technology. The arrival of CO2 transcritical on Taiwanese shores is another sign that the global market for natural refrigerants is reaching new lands.
Broad interest in natural refrigerants in Japan and Japanese government programmes that encourage the development of environmentally friendly solutions are helping to boost uptake of naturals there, Tadao Sekiguchi of CAREL Japan told R744.com in an exclusive interview ahead of ATMO Asia.
Convenience stores (CVS) in Japan are undergoing a dramatic transformation, with the penetration of CO2 transcritical systems increasing year-on-year thanks to sizable government subsidies. shecco estimates that over 1,500 stores in Japan are currently using CO2 transcritical technology, of which 1,463 are CVS and 82 are supermarkets.
The 2015 edition of Eco-Products, one of Japan’s largest environmental exhibitions, attracted a total of 169,118 visitors to the Tokyo Big Sight across three days on 10-12 December – as well grand statements from one of the world’s biggest retailers.
A refrigerated warehouse in the Philippines has reduced its electricity demand and ammonia charge by 85% thanks to an innovative project that preserves perishable food by burning rice husks to provide heat to an ammonia absorption refrigeration unit.
Although in its infancy, the adoption of CO2 systems in the world’s largest industrial economy, China, continues to gain traction. While HFCs and HCFCs still permeate the market in China, in order to mitigate the effects of climate change it’s only a matter of time before sustainable natural refrigerants like CO2 attain widespread implementation.
shecco’s recently published GUIDE to Natural Refrigerants in China – State of the Industry 2015 outlined a clear business case for the use of natural refrigerants in China’s present and future light commercial refrigeration sector. With large consumer brands already placing over 750,000 pieces of light commercial equipment in China, increasing the availability of training, there is a clear momentum driving the market forward.
Coca-Cola Japan is well on its way to achieving a nation-wide goal to ensure peak shift vending machines account for over 50% of its fleet by 2020 after surpassing 100,000 units on the Japanese market on May 21.