Brooklyn, N.Y., March 29, 2017: The transition by myriad manufacturers of commercial refrigeration to propane and isobutane refrigerant in order to meet the Department of Energy’s new efficiency standards – and prepare for the Environmental Protection Agency’s refrigerant changes – is detailed in the March 2017 issue of Accelerate America, published online this week.
Produced by shecco, the worldwide expert in natural refrigerant news, Accelerate America is the first news magazine written for and about the most progressive business leaders working with climate-friendly natural refrigerants in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Accelerate America is viewable online at no charge at http://www.acceleratena.com. In addition, print copies are distributed at major North American trade shows serving the HVAC (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning) and refrigeration industries, and mailed to key end users in food retail, foodservice, cold storage, food processing and other sectors.
shecco is also releasing its first ever Accelerate America podcast this week, featuring audio recordings of three key articles from the March issue; it will be available at http://bit.ly/2ngDKS2.
Department of Energy efficiency standards that went into effect on March 27, 2017 require the average commercial refrigeration display case or freezer to be about 30% more efficient than it used to be. To meet those standards, original equipment manufacturers are switching from HFC refrigerants to hydrocarbons like propane and isobutane, many of them told Accelerate America at last month’s NAFEM Show in Orlando, Fla.
The March 2017 issue (volume 3, No. 23) also looks at other aspects of hydrocarbon refrigerants, such as efforts to raise the maximum quantity allowed to be used in commercial refrigeration equipment (currently 150 grams) as well as research into the flammability of these refrigerants.
Also featured: an interview with propane compressor maker Secop, a profile of a carbon-neutral supermarket in The Netherlands, highlights from the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigerant (IIAR) show, a look at a unique ammonia training school, presentations by Sainsbury’s and Ahold Delhaize about their natural refrigerant refrigeration systems, and an examination of widespread adoption of CO2 refrigeration in Japan.
For the last 16 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.
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