Japanese conglomerate Panasonic Corp. is eyeing a rollout of natural refrigerant technology in the United States and beyond, the company’s president, Tetsuro Homma, told Accelerate America magazine.
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.
Food processing, cold storage and residential air conditioning are among the applications with the greatest potential to grow the market for natural refrigerants in China, according to manufacturers exhibiting their technology at China Refrigeration in Beijing last week.
CO2 and propane (R290) will have a key role to play in the context of the HFC phase-down taking place in Europe under the EU’s F-Gas Regulation – and with this in mind, Emerson is putting together a diverse, “future-proof” portfolio to respond to evolving customer demand, Abhinav Barnwal, Product Manager Refrigeration and Marketing at Emerson Climate Technologies, told R744.com at the company’s MCE booth.
Refrigeration equipment manufacturer SCM Frigo has begun production on a new line of CO2 booster systems for convenience stores. Meanwhile, the Italian company has supplied CO2 transcritical booster racks to a large logistics centre in Poland.
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.
UK-based Carter Retail Equipment is looking to expand its global presence by bringing natural refrigerant systems to the US supermarket sector. Accelerate Europe visited their factory on the edge of Birmingham to hear first hand how growing interest in CO2 transcritical installations in the United States is creating new opportunities for European businesses.
Switzerland’s biggest retailer Migros is aiming to become a leader in climate protection and energy savings under its ‘Generation M’ sustainability programme. In its latest effort to trial and spread state-of-the-art CO2 refrigeration technology, Migros partnered with system engineering expert Frigo Consulting in its Ibach store to save 45% energy while setting new benchmarks for using ejectors across Europe.
DeCicco & Sons, a six-store grocery store operation based in Pelham, N.Y., has received platinum-level certification for a new store in Larchmont, N.Y., from the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill partnership, the highest level bestowed by the programme.
At last month’s ATMOsphere Asia conference in Tokyo, Japan, Junya Ichikawa, president of Sanden Environmental Product Corporation, outlined ambitions to ensure that production of the company’s CO2 compressor units hits the one million mark in the near future. The adoption of natural refrigerants by end users is currently the main market driver, Ichikawa says.