Mayekawa (MYCOM) turned heads at HVAC&R Japan 2016 in Tokyo with a prototype of a 30kW NH3/CO2 system for smaller industrial applications and potentially even commercial applications, while Danfoss showcased its broadest array of natural refrigerant solutions yet at the event.
Natural refrigerant systems are proliferating in Asian countries, offering environmentally friendly solutions while helping to reduce operating costs in a wide range of areas, from cold storage or ice rinks to ground freezing for construction work. Users of CO2/NH3 systems in Asia shared their experiences and plans for the future at ATMOsphere Asia 2016.
During a session on market trends at ATMOsphere Asia 2016, Mayekawa outlined its plans to adapt its NewTon system for use in a wider variety of applications, while Sanden continues to target the global convenience store market with its CO2 solutions. Meanwhile, shecco’s Nina Masson presented new research showing that the market gap between f-gases and natural refrigerants in Japan is constantly shrinking – partly driven by the surging popularity of naturals for vending mach
The industrial refrigeration sector in North America is changing rapidly as the regulatory environment evolves, driving adoption of natural refrigerants such as ammonia, R744, and even hydrocarbons.
As in previous years ATMOsphere America 2015, organised in Atlanta on 25-26 June, provided an opportunity to learn about the very latest technology developments. A series of technology case study sessions focused on industrial refrigeration, heat pumps, and new applications provided no shortage of evidence on the advantages of CO2 in applications beyond the world of commercial refrigeration.
Carbon dioxide, which is making progress as a refrigerant in the North American supermarket sector, is also increasingly infiltrating its way into the industrial sector in cascade and secondary systems, which was evident at the IIAR (International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration) 2015 Conference & Exhibition, which took place in San Diego from 22-25 March.
The North America seafood industry had its annual get together this week at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center with two co-located shows: Seafood Expo North America and Seafood Processing North America. While ammonia and nitrogen are often employed in the freezer systems displayed at the show, some exhibitors showcased systems using carbon dioxide.
Although in many applications natural refrigerants remained the ‘emerging technologies’ on display, leading companies like Mayekawa, CAREL, thermea. Energysystems and Itomic quickly turned their attentions to Korea to showcase their CO2 technology and share their success stories with R744.com.
Mayekawa and Sea Sky Global presented the benefits and experiences in ultra low temperature storage thanks to the Pascal Air, which uses air as the working fluid, at ATMOsphere Asia 2015 in Tokyo.