HVAC&R firms CAREL and Carrier Commercial Refrigeration Europe have joined forces to develop and industrialise a range of modulating ejectors in a bid to put an end to the so-called ‘CO2 equator’: the previously accepted geographical limit for cost-effective construction of CO2 systems in all food retail store formats.
BITZER’s new training centre, the SCHAUFLER Academy, had its official inauguration on 3 February. The Academy will work to develop enthusiasm about technology with students through relationships with different institutions, explained Volker Stamer in a recent interview with Accelerate Europe. The Academy will also be presented during a dedicated Training & Education session at ATMOsphere Europe 2016.
At the end of March the French government launched a second call for projects to support the commercialisation of technology using low GWP technologies, including natural refrigerants.
Carrier’s CO2OLacademy, a new training facility opened last year in Germany, provides the company’s technicians from across Europe with invaluable knowledge of CO2 refrigerant technologies. Carrier is looking closely at market needs in considering the expansion of its training programme, Bart Driessens told Accelerate Europe during an exclusive visit to their training centre in Mainz.
CO2 and propane (R290) will have a key role to play in the context of the HFC phase-down taking place in Europe under the EU’s F-Gas Regulation – and with this in mind, Emerson is putting together a diverse, “future-proof” portfolio to respond to evolving customer demand, Abhinav Barnwal, Product Manager Refrigeration and Marketing at Emerson Climate Technologies, told R744.com at the company’s MCE booth.
Refrigeration equipment manufacturer SCM Frigo has begun production on a new line of CO2 booster systems for convenience stores. Meanwhile, the Italian company has supplied CO2 transcritical booster racks to a large logistics centre in Poland.
Natural refrigerants were in the spotlight last week at Mostra Convegno Expoconfort, which saw manufacturers unveil new technologies for a range of CO2 and hydrocarbon refrigeration applications.
Process technology manufacturer GEA presented a new compressor series designed for use with hydrocarbons – the HG44e – alongside its subcritical and transcritical CO2 compressors at Mostra Convegno Expoconfort (MCE) last week.
More and more retailers in Spain are turning to or trialling advanced CO2 transcritical solutions in response to the economic and political climate. In anticipation of this year’s Mediterranean-flavoured ATMOsphere Europe, which will be held in Barcelona on 19-20 April, Accelerate Europe looks at some of the retailers that are pushing the boundaries in Spain.
Switzerland’s biggest retailer Migros is aiming to become a leader in climate protection and energy savings under its ‘Generation M’ sustainability programme. In its latest effort to trial and spread state-of-the-art CO2 refrigeration technology, Migros partnered with system engineering expert Frigo Consulting in its Ibach store to save 45% energy while setting new benchmarks for using ejectors across Europe.