The Food Retailer Panel at ATMOsphere Europe 2015 gathered leading end users, amongst them Metro AG, the Delhaize Group, and Ahold, each of which has opted to invest in natural refrigerants for all new stores. With over 500 CO2 transcritical and hybrid installations between them, these retailers are convinced that CO2 is the best refrigerant solution for new stores and refurbishments.
It was clear at ATMOEurope 2015 that suppliers and end users alike are already charting new territory in order to maximise overall system and building energy efficiency. Integrated CO2 refrigeration systems for CVS layouts from Carel and EPTA Deutschland, CO2 condensing units and the need to scale down solutions for smaller formats were all on topic.
As climate change continues to permeate political and social dialogue, an increasing number of food retailers are working to green their corporate image and take the lead in engaging in more sustainable practices. Refrigeration consumes a considerable amount of energy and contributes substantially to greenhouse gas emissions. At ATMOsphere Europe 2015, supermarket giants Carrefour, Delhaize and SONAE MC discussed their use of lean, green, GHG-cutting refrigeration machines.
As retailers seek to enhance their commitment to sustainability, a concern often raised is cost. Although replacing a traditional HFC based system with a 100% CO2 system is more environmentally friendly, the initial cost for CO2 refrigeration equipment is generally higher. However, as system manufacturer Hillphoenix explains in their White Paper “DeCO2ded: understanding ROI on CO2 refrigeration systems”, CO2 offers a positive ret
In view of growing ecological awareness and the EU F-Gas Regulation, CO2 is becoming a mainstream refrigerant in Europe, increasingly used in both domestic and industrial applications. However, the lack of training with regard to its installation and maintenance is slowing down its market uptake. Training needs to comprise both theoretical and practical approaches to learning to complement the heightened use, as the French Institute for Energy Training (Institut Francais de Formation
ATMOsphere Europe 2015 provided a platform for the latest heat pump innovations including ENEA’s joint case study on a heat pump with a unique two-cylinder compressor, designed to cater for the European market. boostHEAT showcased its integrated heat pump/boiler solution while Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Sanden outlined the increased migration of their products from Asia to Europe.
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.
During the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Greenpeace challenged Coca-Cola to stop using hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gas as a refrigerant in its millions of vending machines and beverage coolers worldwide. The campaign worked, probably well beyond Greenpeace’s wildest dreams. Coca-Cola’s Tomas Ambrosetti and Steven Cousins explain how the Company’s number of HFC-free units installed worldwide has grown to 1.4 million in the feature interview of the 4th edition of Acceler