During the ATMOsphere Europe 2016 conference in Barcelona, Spain, policy experts outlined the latest regulatory developments in Europe and beyond. Training of technicians was highlighted as a key activity to support the uptake of natural refrigerants in Europe.
Supermarket giants Carrefour, METRO AG and Delhaize are demonstrating that CO2 transcritical refrigeration technology can help retailers to save energy costs and meet their corporate sustainability goals, heard participants in the 7th annual ATMOsphere Europe conference in Barcelona last month.
CO2 refrigeration systems for warmer southern European climates were on the radar at the ATMOsphere Europe conference in Barcelona last week, with manufacturers showcasing high-efficiency solutions capable of transcending the so-called ‘CO2 equator’.
Swedish manufacturer Green & Cool launched its new condensing unit for CO2 systems at the ATMOsphere Europe conference in Barcelona, targeting small-scale applications like convenience stores and petrol stations.
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.
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.
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
The continually diminishing CO2 efficiency equator was a hot topic at ATMOsphere Europe 2015. Several system manufacturers presented the methods by which CO2 transcritical system efficiency can be improved, with ejector technology taking the spotlight. According the several presenters the end of the so-called “CO2 equator” is in sight. + VIDEO
2014 was an important year of ‘firsts’ for CO2 in terms of the refrigerant being applied in a wider range of applications in Europe, including transport, ice rinks, the HORECA food service sector, and more. The sixth annual ATMOsphere Europe 2015 conference heard from the technology providers and contractors of these projects, including Carrier Transicold, Green & Cool, Green Cooling, Thermo King and AF Consulting.