Sydney, 17 April 2019 – It is over three years since the first edition of our Accelerate Australia & NZ magazine was published in autumn 2016. In that time much has changed in the HVAC&R industry, both here in Australia and New Zealand, and in the wider world.
The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, for example – which entered into force on 1 January this year – will help to reduce the production and consumption of HFCs worldwide. With a view to future-proofing their businesses, many local users of HVAC&R equipment have already begun to adopt or consider adopting natural refrigerant-based alternatives instead.
On the technology side, new innovations both here and abroad are helping to overcome some of the cost and performance barriers that have perhaps hindered wider uptake of these systems here in Australia. In the new issue, published today, the cover story looks at the foundations that have been laid for natural refrigerant growth in this corner of the world.
The Roche Group understands the responsibility it shares to help put the world on a more sustainable path. Hence the multinational biotechnology company’s decision to phase out halogenated refrigerants, detailed in this magazine.
Read also why Fung Lea Food – a New South Wales-based importer and processor of seafood, poultry and other products – opted for an NH3-CO2 cascade system at premises in Prestons.
An air-to-water, CO2-based heat pump is saving energy at Tasmania’s Shene Estate and Distillery. Emerson’s Tim Flinn, meanwhile, is upbeat about the market prospects for natural refrigerants in Australia and New Zealand.
The above homegrown stories are complemented by coverage of end users abroad. Last year, Lidl France opened its first supermarket to use propane for 100% of its cooling needs. Since then and from now on, each of the retailer’s new stores uses this natural refrigerant. In the USA, Texas grocery chain H-E-B reports on the performance of propane display cases, while the Campbell Soup Company has added transcritical CO2 technology to the mix following its adoption of low-charge ammonia systems.
Coverage of AIRAH’s Refrigeration 2019 conference helps to complete this edition.
For all this and more, click here to read the autumn 2019 edition of Accelerate Australia & NZ.
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