Year in Review: The best of in 2017

Here’s a rundown of the most important news impacting ammonia-based HVAC&R technology in 2017.

As we enter the new year, here’s a list of links to the most important news impacting ammonia-based HVAC&R technology in 2017, as selected by our media teams in New York, Brussels and Tokyo.

Market, End Users & Technology

Ammonia delivers at Australian brewery
The Stone & Wood Brewing Company turned to the natural refrigerant ammonia for a new refrigeration plant at its brewery in Murwillumbah, New South Wales.

Japanese warehouse installs NewTon
Yokohama Reito Co., Ltd.’s new modern facility features Mayekawa’s NH3/CO2 system.

Ammonia DX system saves energy and charge
Low-charge systems from Colmac Coil cut 18% to 38% in electricity usage compared to a traditional liquid overfeed system in study of cold storage facilities.

Low-charge scenarios serving North America plants
Packages and ammonia/CO2 systems reduce ammonia charge, improve safety and boost efficiency, according to ATMOsphere America case studies.

Ammonia boosting efficiency at Unilever ice cream plant
Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever chose NH3 for the Algida ice cream factory in Konya, Turkey – one of the largest of its kind in Europe and runs on ammonia.

Mayekawa debuts two low-charge ammonia chillers
The air-cooled units employ CO2 and water/glycol as secondary fluids as an alternative to HFC systems.

Accelerate America announces 2017 award winners
Whole Foods, US Cold Storage, Nestlé, Hillphoenix and Target’s Paul Anderson receive awards for advancing natural refrigerant adoption at ATMOsphere America ceremony.

Heat pumps, system integration herald bright future for natrefs
The refrigeration devices of the future will provide heating alongside cooling, argues Eric Delforge of the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA).

Accelerate Europe announces 2017 award winners
Carrefour, Nestlé, the Staay Food Group, Viessmann and Menno van der Hoff receive awards for advancing natural refrigerant adoption at ATMOsphere Europe ceremony.

Policy, Regulation & Standards

US Attorneys General seek to prevent EPA from delaying new chemical safety rule
The 11-state coalition, led by N.Y., claims delay of Obama-administration amendments to the RMP exceeds Trump EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act.

Kigali Amendment to enter into force
The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on phasing down HFCs will enter into force on 1 January 2019 after surpassing the required ratification threshold.

Refrigerant management tops list of climate change solutions
In new book, Project Drawdown calculates impact of 80 strategies on cutting greenhouse gas emissions over 30 years.

€72 million NatRef subsidies to extend to Japan retail, food manufacturing
Japan's Ministry of Environment announces the reinstatement of natural refrigerant subsidies for food retail and food manufacturing sectors in the 2018 financial year.

New f-gas legislation introduced in Australia
The Turnbull government has introduced a bill to amend the existing Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management (OPSGGM) Act by adding an HFC phase-down plan.

CARB launches rulemaking for EPA SNAP rules
California agency seeks input for adopting EPA SNAP’s HFC delisting rules and SLCP strategy’s HFC phase-down plans.

US to consider ratification of Kigali
‘We support the goals and approach of the Amendment,' says State Department official at MOP29, despite U.S. retreat from Paris accord.

By Andrew Williams

Dec 19, 2017, 15:45

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