At ATMOsphere Asia 2016, retail giant METRO AG outlined its ambitious plans to use natural refrigerants in all of its stores worldwide, where technically feasible, while Canadian food retailer Sobeys evidenced how transcritical CO2 systems using heat reclaim can increase end users’ annual savings.
According to the first EU-level Strategy on Heating and Cooling, the phase-down of fluorinated gases under the EU F-Gas Regulation will help accelerate the renovation of heating and cooling systems in buildings. The European Commission identifies natural refrigerants as having great energy-saving potential.
With CO2 technology making headway in Scandinavian supermarkets, Swedish company Frigadon is starting to produce CO2 condensing units targeting its home market.
Leading compressor maker Bitzer sees huge potential to expand its position in the Japanese market, Ferdinand Spannan, managing director of Bitzer Japan, told R744.com in an exclusive interview on the occasion of the ATMOsphere Asia conference in Tokyo.
Natural refrigerants – and particularly CO2 applications – are not just in fashion but here to stay, Marc-André Lesmerises, president of Carnot Refrigeration, told R744.com in an exclusive interview. The Canadian company is heading into 2016 with ambitious plans to launch CO2 projects in data centres and training sessions for contractors interested in natural refrigerant technologies.
Danish heating and cooling system manufacturer Advansor’s decision to limit its portfolio to CO2 applications allowed the company to simplify its product range and focus on becoming a leading player in the food retail market, outgoing commercial product director and co-founder Torben Hansen told Accelerate Europe in an exclusive interview.
The Delhaize Group, already on track to exceed its ‘Energy Plan 2020’ target to reduce its total greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, is on a mission to install as many natural refrigerant systems as possible across its global store network, including CO2 transcritical and hydrocarbon plug-ins.
Manufacturers and end users of natural refrigerants broadly welcomed the historic climate agreement reached among nearly 200 countries at COP21 in Paris last weekend (12 December). They see business opportunities in delivering a zero-emission economy and in reducing HFC use to help keep the global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius.
French food retail giant Carrefour set the stage for a broad discussion during its ‘Innovation Forum’ about competition between natural systems, the trend towards smaller stores, and the need for integrated HVAC&R solutions.
Two years after launching the first transcritical CO2 system in Romania at its hypermarket in Galati, Carrefour has successfully installed a new system with CO2 ejector technology in Timisoara. The store is the first in Romania to use this modern technology, which is expected to deliver energy savings of 13%.