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.
Carnot has agreed to pay Cimco $1.8 million to settle patent infringement suits stemming from CO2 refrigeration systems Carnot built for Quebec ice rinks
Coca-Cola, the world’s largest beverage company, has a long history of using carbon dioxide as the fizz in its soft drinks. Now CO2 is also Coke’s refrigerant of choice in its beverage coolers, vending machines and fountain equipment. At ATMOsphere America 2015 Coke presented on a light-commercial refrigeration panel on their journey to achieve HFC-free status for all new cooling equipment. On the same panel, four of Coke’s CO2 equipment suppliers describe
House of Spices (HOS) has ticked off a number of milestones in its 44-year history producing and distributing authentic Indian cuisine throughout the U.S. At its Chicago warehouse, the company recently achieved another rare feat, installing one of the few existing industrial CO2 transcritical refrigerant systems in North America, with the help of Hillphoenix.
At the upcoming ATMOsphere America 2015, Wieland Industrial Tubes will be participating for the first time as a Silver Sponsor, debuting its K65 high-pressure tube system for CO2 refrigeration systems. The K65 system is the only complete solution certified by TÜV based on a copper alloy.
R744 technology innovator Systemes LMP has created a CO2 system for artificial cooling of ice slabs called the “CRYSTAL”, already installed at an ice arena in Canada. The CRYSTAL is a multi-compressor unit with an operating capacity of 30 to 140t ideal for new constructions of ice rinks under renovation. Thanks to its state-of-the-art design, the unit features total heat recovery of the compressors, which can be used for commercial space heating, hot water, mechanical room.
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.
At the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels from April 20-22, German manufacturer Ziegra showcased its industrial and commercial ice machines using CO2 and hydrocarbons respectively, but questioned the 150-gram charge limit leaving a gap in their product range. Working with Skaginn, Icelandic manufacturer FROST, who traditionally use ammonia in their refrigeration systems for fish processing, are also looking into CO2 as a viable industrial solution.
A motivation to transform industry perception of CO2 as a refrigerant was behind Hillphoenix’s decision to supply the first transcritical CO2 ice rink installation in the U.S.
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.