Green & Cool last week formally launched its compact CO2Y condensing units designed for convenience stores, petrol stations and other small businesses.
For Carrefour, refrigeration plays a key role in delivering environmental sustainability objectives. Recording excellent results in warm climates too, the retail giant is putting natural refrigerants at the heart of its strategy to become HFC-free in the near future.
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.
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.
A new store recently open in Murcia, Spain combines CO2 and hydrocarbon (R290) refrigeration systems; solutions becoming common practice in the food retail sector as natural refrigerants help address the Spanish f-gas tax.
Finalised a few months ago, Barajas became the first of 37 Makro stores in Spain (Madrid) equipped with a refrigeration system using only CO2 as a refrigerant.
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