Major food retailers like Piggly Wiggly, Sobeys and Roundy’s are harnessing natural refrigerant technologies to deliver energy savings at stores across North America, heard participants in the ATMOsphere America conference in Chicago earlier this month.
Hillphoenix has already installed its recently introduced AdvansorFlex CO2 transcritical unit – a downsized, less expensive version of its traditional Advansor CO2 transcritical booster system – in 30-40 stores in the United States, Derek Gosselin, the Conyers, Ga.-based company’s systems technical sales manager, told R744.com at the Food Marketing Institute Connect show at McCormick Place in Chicago yesterday (22 June).
Denner, a leading Swiss discount retailer, is putting energy efficiency – and natural refrigerants CO2 and propane – at the top of its climate agenda. Their aim is to reduce emissions by 10% by 2020.
A centralised transcritical CO2 system, combined with stand-alone hydrocarbon-based cabinets, make the refrigeration system at Brazilian retailer Atacadão’s latest store fully natural refrigerant-based.
Participants gathered in Chicago for the biggest ever ATMOsphere America are hearing how competition between CO2, hydrocarbons and ammonia is creating exciting new opportunities and driving increased uptake of natural refrigerant-based technologies in the United States.
The new online tool will help customers evaluate CO2 components and compatible accessories for optimal system design when making the move to CO2 refrigeration systems.
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.
A new service unit for CO2 mobile air conditioning (MAC) systems – developed by AVL DiTest in collaboration with Daimler – has been approved by the German car manufacturer, paving the way for increased uptake of CO2 vehicle A/C in Europe. Daimler is obliging all 2,700 of its European workshops to install at least one CO2 servicing unit within the next few years.