ATMOsphere, publisher of and organizer of the ATMOsphere Europe Summit 2023, has launched the voting process for the ATMOsphere (ATMO) 2023 Innovation of the Year Awards for Europe.

This year, for the first time, ATMOsphere has divided the Innovation of the Year category in the ATMO Awards/Europe competition into two parts: Innovation of the Year/Refrigeration and Innovation of the Year/Heat Pumps.

The shortlist of candidates for the Innovation of the Year/Refrigeration award consists of products from Energy Recovery/Fieuw Koeltechniek, Viessmann, Ecooltec and Copeland. The shortlist of candidates for the Innovation of the Year/Heat Pumps award consists of products from Hanon Systems, Copeland, Fenagy and Güntner.

Vote for one of the products in each category here. There is a limit of one vote per company and per person. Details on the shortlisted products can be found below and via links on the voting form.

The awards will be given to the companies that has produced a natural refrigerant-based product that has had, or is expected to have, a significant impact on the market. The products can be complete systems or components of systems.

Criteria for assessing these products include:

  • Number of installations in the marketplace
  • Energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction
  • Ability to expand the adoption of natural refrigerants in the marketplace
  • Availability in the marketplace
  • User and technician friendliness

Voting for the Innovation of the Year awards will take place online in the days leading up to ATMO Europe Summit 2023 and then during the first day of the conference on September 19 in Brussels, Belgium. The winners will be announced at the conference during the ATMO Awards/Europe ceremony beginning at 5:15 pm CEST on September 19. Other ATMO awards will include Best in Sector/Retail, Best in Sector/Industrial and Person of the Year. The conference will also take place on September 20.

ATMO Europe 2023, the 13th annual edition of the conference, will gather key industry experts, including manufacturers, policymakers, end users and contractors to learn about the latest developments in natural refrigerant-based HVAC&R systems, including those using CO2 (R744), hydrocarbons and ammonia.

Register for the conference here.

In the refrigeration category:

Viessmann’s candidate is its ESycool green modular system, which it describes as “a total energy solution” for food retail stores, combining heating, refrigeration and energy management, with up to 20–25% energy savings for a store.

Ecooltec’s TM182 is a “new generation of electrically driven transport refrigeration machines for use on commercial vehicles. The units are economical and, thanks to their natural refrigerant, cool cargo in a particularly sustainable manner and are highly efficient.”

Copeland’s CO₂ Scroll Refrigeration units feature a “modular design for indoor/outdoor applications, to address all space, sound and installation constraints. They feature quiet CO₂ scroll compressors, compartment insulation, EC fans, night mode control.”

Energy Recovery/Fieuw Koeltechniek’s PX G1300 Energy Efficiency Module pressure exchanger is designed to improve the efficiency of transcritical CO₂ refrigeration systems. Energy Recovery and distributor Fieuw Koeltechniek, have developed an easier way for end users in Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg) to purchase and install the PX G1300 into their refrigeration systems regardless of system capacity, commercial or industrial application, or a new or existing system. This partnership resulted in the PX G1300 Energy Efficiency Module, an add-on for existing CO₂ installations.

In the heat pumps category:

Hanon Systems’ R744 heat pump for electric vehicles is designed specifically for battery-powered and electric vehicles. It provides both heat and AC, “delivering cabin comfort in cold or warm conditions with low power consumption and low energy consumption.”

Copeland’s YHV*RG low-sound variable-speed scroll compressors enable original equipment manufacturers to “develop efficient heat pumps with R290 [propane] that meet the particularly high requirements for low noise in the residential sector, but without the need for elaborate sound insulation.”

Fenagy’s heat pumps range is based on electric refrigeration systems and heat pumps using CO₂ as refrigerant. All heat pumps are designed “with the correct ejector technology and compressor setup to deliver the optimal performance in accordance with the customers’ specific operation needs.”

Güntner’s flat VARIO dry coolers are a “cooling solution for tight spaces, combining high performance on a small footprint.” The product was recently installed in a Danish (Smørum) district heating CO₂ heat pump application.