Sydney, 9 August 2018 – The history of natural refrigerants is often a story of individuals. Of scientists and engineers pushing the boundaries of what these technologies can achieve. Of legislators making a place for natural refrigerants in the future policy landscape. And of strong personalities in the end user community driving natural refrigerant adoption within their companies.
This issue’s cover star, Petar Lujic, is one such personality. Lujic is the CEO of Kamen Group, a business involved in developing supermarkets, liquor outlets, hotel accommodation and various other types of property. The opening of IGA Market Central at Wentworth Point, western Sydney, marked his entry into Australia’s independent retail sector. His decision to use natural refrigerants there is inspiring to others.
IGA supermarkets are independently owned. This issue also takes a look at two more IGA stores that have decided to adopt natural refrigerants – in Beechworth, Victoria and in Melbourne.
Internationally, Heineken is committed to hydrocarbons for all its new fridges and draught beer equipment. Hydrocarbons are also at the heart of a sustainable new hotel in the Belgian town of Lommel. Swiss retailer Migros is pioneering propane-based water-loop technology in some of its stores. Read about all three in this edition.
What brings these diverse end users together is the business case they can make for adopting natural refrigerants. With the HFC phasedown triggering growing demand for future-proof HVAC&R systems, participants in this year’s ATMOsphere Australia conference in Sydney’s Luna Park heard how technological innovations – and a commitment to sustainability – are helping to make the economics of NatRefs even more compelling.
This was particularly evident at ARBS, which kicked off at the ICC in Sydney’s Darling Harbour the day after ATMOsphere. The tradeshow marked the Australian debut of several new natural refrigerant technologies for end users Read our special reports on both ATMOsphere Australia and ARBS.
This issue also covers the United States, where showed itself to be an innovative and ever-evolving refrigerant at the ATMOsphere America 2018 conference in Long Beach, California. And in the Chicago area, Liberty Cold Storage has invested in a low-charge ammonia DX system for both low and medium temperatures.
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