Italian manufacturer of natural refrigerant equipment and R744.com gold partner Epta has bolstered its Nordic presence with key acquisition of Danish CO2 specialist Knudsen Køling.
COOP Liguria in Italy has commissioned its very first CO2 transcritical booster system for its store in Carasco. With a sales area of 5,500m2, the COOP store at the shopping center “I Leudi” features two CO2 booster racks using Dorin CD compressors.
Regie des transport de Marseille (RTM) is moving to phase out R134a in its mobile air conditioning, running tests using CO2 on two of its new buses in 2015. German manufacturer Konvekta is now bringing its proven MAC technology from the domestic market and Poland, to France.
Edeka Kusenberg is equipped with a transcritical CO2 refrigeration system with heat reclaim and innovative freezers to save energy and enhance the shopping experience.
With training an important facet of expanding the CO2 transcritical market, on 25 March Carrier Commercial Refrigeration opened its CO2OLacademy field training facility in Germany, at its Research Development Center in Mainz. One of only a few training facilities with a live-store environment, the CO2OLacademy facility will improve the skills and technical knowledge of Carrier Commercial Refrigeration field technicians in Europe.
Carrefour has big plans for CO2. The company won’t go so far as to declare an all-CO2 philosophy, yet its expansion into warmer ambient climates, in particular two transcritical pilot stores in Valencia, would suggest that notion is closer to reality than they might think. R744.com sat down with the Director International Support at Carrefour, Jean-Michel Fleury, about the expanding CO2 transcritical market in Europe.
The biannual IIR Conference in Ohrid, Macedonia typically focuses on the use of ammonia in refrigeration but this year’s event, held April 16-18, involved formal discussions on CO2 for the first time, in response to its increasing use. This included presentations on the specific equipment required for the use of CO2 in different refrigeration applications.
SONAE MC’s Amad Hafez spoke to R744.com about their experience with cascade systems in Portugal and the retailer’s feelings about their future use of natural refrigerants. While the company praised the high savings their CO2 subcritical commercial refrigeration systems were able to provide, they are still seeking an alternative to R134a. The performance of its two CO2/NH3 stores has not met expectations. However, SONAE MC is keeping an eye on CO2
With CO2 transcritical retail stores in warmer European climates expected to hit 100 in the next two to five years thanks to technology developments like adiabatic cooling, ejectors and parallel compression, Bulgaria represents a potential growth market for the technology. Although there are still barriers to overcome in the EU Member State positive developments are on the way with leading retailer Kaufland seriously considering CO2-only systems.