Brussels, 19 September 2018 – All over the world, in every industry sector, new technologies are revolutionising our lives. The HVAC&R industry is no different in this respect. The autumn 2018 edition of shecco’s Accelerate Europe magazine looks at how progressive end users are turning to progressive manufacturers to help them adopt sustainable heating and cooling systems.
This issue’s cover story focuses on one such innovator – Swiss retailer Migros. After building Europe’s first ammonia-based supermarket in 1994, since 2010 Migros has been installing CO2 transcritical systems as standard in all its stores. Today it is testing propane-based water-loop systems as an alternative in smaller shops.
German food wholesale specialist METRO AG, meanwhile, is also continuing to show leadership on natural refrigerants. This issue focuses on the opening of its first two CO2 transcritical stores in Russia, and its first in Bulgaria.
Heat pumps are another important technology segment in which natural refrigerants are progressing. The magazine takes you to the Swedish city of Malmö, where E.ON is harnessing waste heat from sewage treatment and waste incineration plants for district heating – thanks to ammonia heat pumps.
The Gustav Lorentzen conference in Valencia in June showcased cutting-edge research into natural refrigerants conducted by leading experts from around the world. The expert contributions covered in this issue will no doubt contribute to bringing innovative new technologies to market.
At Venditalia, meanwhile, we shed light on how competition between natural refrigerants hydrocarbons and CO2 is picking up in the vending sector.
Politicians can help boost uptake of natural refrigerants by pursuing policies that support the HFC phasedown, while training initiatives can help familiarise HVAC&R stakeholders with their use. We report from our ATMOsphere France conference in Paris.
This issue’s policy section covers the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol (implementation of which was discussed this summer in Vienna), an increase in hydrocarbon charge limits, and soaring HFC prices in Europe under the F-Gas Regulation.
Further afield, we report from our ATMOsphere America 2018 conference, where participants were keen to debate how the rise of online shopping would change the market for natural refrigerants in the US commercial refrigeration sector.
South Africa has a unique opportunity to leapfrog straight from HCFCs to natural refrigerants. We report from another of our ATMOsphere conferences, in Johannesburg, during which end users showed how they are doing just that – with the help of HVAC&R firms at home and in Europe.
Southeast Asian firms are also turning to natural refrigerants to help them to reduce their environmental footprint. This issue looks at the natural refrigerant strategies of CP Foods and MClean.
An exposé on the development of CO2 mobile air conditioning technology and an 30th anniversary interview with Frigo-Consulting bring this issue to a close.
For the last 17 years, market accelerator shecco has been active in helping bring climate-friendly technologies faster to market. shecco supports over 100 partners worldwide in the HVAC&R sector, where the focus is on sustainable refrigeration, heating & cooling technologies using natural refrigerants. shecco offers a variety of services in three areas: 1) media, including online industry platforms, magazines and a catalog of dedicated research reports; 2) market development, including market research, consultancy and public affairs services, as well as special international projects; and 3) events, including international conferences and national workshops.