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Eastleigh student in SkillFridge final

01 May 2017

Stephen Taylor on his way to winning the SkillFridge heat at Eastleigh College last week

UK: Eastleigh College’s Stephen Taylor is the latest heat winner from a record 42 refrigeration and air conditioning students competing in this year’s national SkillFridge competition. Qualifying heats are already …

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Daikin to report further record profits

30 April 2017

JAPAN: Air conditioning manufacturer Daikin is expected to report a fourth consecutive year of record profit when it publishes …

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Eureka 2017 dates announced

30 April 2017

EUROPE: Following the success of its first Eureka conference in 2016, EPEE and the European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA) are to repeat the event this year. With its subtitle of Sustainable … It will explore the best way for the HVACR sector to answer to future consumers’ demands and make solutions fit for the future. It will carry … “Being thus prepared, the sector can turn challenges into opportunities and continue to provide heating, cooling and ventilation every day across the world”. “Food waste, refrigerants, energy efficiency in buildings, and indoor …

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Help for pre-charged equipment suppliers

29 April 2017

UK: Refcom has produced a technical guide for suppliers of pre-charged split systems and their responsibilities under the F-gas regulations. The free-to-download guide aims to provide practical guidance for distributors and re- …

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Daimler faces R134a car recall

29 April 2017

GERMANY: The German government’s Federal Motor Transport Authority has called on Daimler to recall … the European MAC Directive, manufacturers must use a refrigerant with a GWP lower than 150 in car air conditioning systems. Daimler had refused to use the only production-ready alternative, R1234yf, over safety …

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Daikin passes 10 million R32 sales

28 April 2017

JAPAN: Daikin, the pioneer of the switch to lower GWP refrigerant R32 in air conditioners, claims to … Now widely adopted by most leading air conditioning manufacturers in splits and smaller systems, Daikin also estimates that, in total, more than 27 …

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RAC May edition available online

28 April 2017

The May digital edition of RAC, containing an important debate on HFOs, is now available

May’s RAC … events are a key part of RAC too, where readers can debate the issues of the day - our next one is F-Gas Question TIme on May 19th. See the story on this page for more details. Comment

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Midea chooses Chemours refrigerant for unitary ac units in North America

27 April 2017

The Chemours Company has announced its Opteon XL55 (R-452B) low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant has been chosen by China-based Midea for use in its unitary air-conditioning units designed for the North America market.  

Opteon XL55 offers over 65% lower GWP than R-410A, … The R&D team of Midea Group’s Central Air-Conditioning Division remarked that Opteon XL55 meets the performance requirements for unitary air-conditioning …

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A dip in a healthy sea

27 April 2017

The building  The new Ajaccio Hospital, located on the east side of the city with a scenic view of … The importance of the HVAC system

The air conditioning counts for about 30% of the total energy consumption in buildings, and this percentage is expected … Ajaccio Hospital, 4 Climaveneta high efficiency water cooled chillers i-FX-W (1+i) 3402 for a total cooling capacity of about 4.000kW have been installed. i-FX (1+i) range of chillers is specifically designed … managing and adjusting each component directly involved in the production and the distribution of the heating and the cooling energies thus allowing to implement control strategies and simplifying the maintenance …

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Kawneer glazing helps Manchester with a first

27 April 2017

Elements from all of Kawneer’s architectural glazing systems portfolio have been used on a wide range … -drained curtain walling, swing doors and AA®541 top-hung casement windows for high levels of natural ventilation have been used on the 279 individual luxury studios of the premier 11-storey VITA student accommodation …

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Cordant Technical wins Contract with Unite Students

27 April 2017

Cordant Technical, part of the Cordant Group, has won a contract to provide heating and ventilation services to student accommodation company, Unite Students. Under the terms of the agreement, Cordant will be responsible for maintaining the HVAC systems for over 11,000 bedrooms, across 26 UK cities, including London, Manchester and Birmingham. …

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Sign up for latest guidance and advice at F-Gas Question Time on May 19th!

27 April 2017

RAC’s free event next month will see experts from across supply chain discuss the latest supply … RAC’s annual F-Gas Question Time next month will see a host of high-profile industry figures give their insight into …

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Industry backs threatened energy scheme

26 April 2017

USA: More than 1,000 companies, including the owners of air conditioning giants Carrier and Trane, have called on Congress to preserve the EPA’s Energy Star programme. In … Star programme doesn’t just help our Trane brand differentiate between its energy efficient consumer HVAC products, but it also helps our customers in understanding and marketing the energy performance of …

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EPEE backs swift EU approval of Kigali

26 April 2017

EUROPE: EPEE has called for a swift ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol … The EU has already taken action to reduce HFCs under the F-gas regulations, and it is now encouraging other countries to take early action as well. EPEE (The …

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FLUID LAUNCH REVOLUTIONISES HEAT TRANSFER

26 April 2017

Kilfrost has launched its next generation ALV Plus fluid, which offers a viable alternative to … MEG-based heat transfer fluids are widely used in heating and cooling systems around the world as they offer good physical properties, but they are toxic and so pose a … applications and particularly closed loop systems, Kilfrost GLV has been developed for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning sector and offers broader temperature range effectiveness, and Kilfrost ALV is based on GRAS listed …

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23 April 2017

26 April 2017

Stephen Gill Associates has been named the winner of a Gold Stevie Award in the ‘Innovative Use of … Mentoring is an innovative scheme to help match mentors to mentees across the global refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pump (RACHP) industry. It is a ‘not for profit’ scheme started and run by volunteers with …

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23 April 2017

26 April 2017

Klima-Therm has joined its sister company LH plc in receiving accreditation from Safecontractor for … , facilities management, financial, IT, retail and leisure sectors, all areas dependent on vital HVAC services and served extensively by Klima-Therm and LH. Technical director of Safecontractor, John …

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Cool Projects celebrates 20 years

26 April 2017

UK: Surrey-based air conditioning and refrigeration contractor Cool Projects has celebrated 20 years in the HVAC industry with a conference and party for staff and key customers. The family firm, established in …

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Cooling fails 66% of data centres

26 April 2017

UK: With 39% of data centre outages said to be caused by thermal issues, a new survey claims that 66% of installed cooling equipment is not actually delivering active cooling benefits. Nottingham-based thermal risk experts …

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Midea adopts R452B for US market

26 April 2017

USA: Chinese air conditioning manufacturer Midea is to use R452B, a lower GWP alternative to R410A, in its unitary air conditioning … Mingli Tian, the Midea Group’s Central Air-Conditioning Division general manager, said: “Opteon XL55 is the perfect low GWP refrigerant choice to make sure … the optimal balance of properties to meet their needs for a low GWP refrigerant in their unitary air-conditioning portfolio.”

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May 16 digital issue of RAC

25 April 2017

The May 16 edition of RAC is available now

Our May 2016 edition of RAC, is available here, alongside sister publication H&V News, containing a profile of the award-winning project cooling the London Underground and news on the first - and so far only - prosecution for F-Gas non-compliance

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Tony Bendall RIP

25 April 2017

UK: Manufacturers’ association FETA has learned of the passing of Tony Bendall, a significant figure in the development of the UK air conditioning and heat pump industry. Tony, who spent the majority of his career in HVAC manufacturing sector, passed away on March 7, after a long illness. He was 82. In addition to being …

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23 April 2017

25 April 2017

Compressor specialist Bitzer has opened a new office in Lagos, Nigeria, establishing a presence closer … output is the largest on the continent, resulting in an increase in demand for refrigeration and air conditioning technology. As modern supermarkets have been opening up at full speed all over Nigeria for around …

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23 April 2017

25 April 2017

Building services professionals looking to develop their knowledge of HVAC and building technology are urged to enrol on the first of a suite of six courses offered by the …

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Beijer Ref sees sales increase 13%

25 April 2017

SWEDEN: In a solid start to the year in Europe, refrigeration wholesaler Beijer Ref saw sales increase … The first quarter saw the delivery of the first environmentally friendly carbon dioxide-based cooling system to Chile by Beijer Ref subsidiary SCM Frigo. “Organic growth for the quarter was just over … Growth in the OEM and comfort cooling sector continued. During the first quarter, Comfort Cooling sales increased by 20%, while OEM sales grew by 22%. Organic growth grew by 10% and 17%, respectively. …

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