Sydney, 26 April 2018 – Tim Edwards, the former president of the Australian Refrigeration Association, was well known in the HVAC&R industry as a passionate advocate of the role that natural refrigerants could play in delivering a more sustainable future.
As we mourn his passing, the autumn edition of Accelerate Australia & NZ takes stock of the progress that has already been made to put our sector on a more environmentally sustainable footing – focusing on the pioneering companies making the business case for natural refrigerants as alternatives to HFCs. The cover story profiles these 15 Movers & Shakers.
Amid rising energy costs in Australia, ALDI understands the energy-efficiency benefits of opting for natural refrigerants. This issue looks at how the retailer is currently extending its use of CO2 transcritical systems to supermarkets in Australia.
AIRAH’s Refrigeration 2018 conference showcased progress made in installing and developing natural refrigerant-based technologies. Our event report highlights the need for more training and education to help NatRefs to fulfil their market potential.
The market prospects for natural refrigerant systems in Australia and New Zealand are picking up as more end users become aware of the need to phase down HFCs under domestic and international regulation. On 7 May, our ATMOsphere Australia conference will bring together end users, contractors, suppliers and policymakers to discuss current trends for natural refrigerants in the region. Check out the programme in this issue.
Low-charge ammonia systems are becoming increasingly competitive and popular as design improves and new players enter the market. This issue features the recent installation by Scantec Refrigeration Technologies of its largest such system to date.
Meanwhile, HVAC&R system and component supplier Heatcraft is seeking to play a leading role in accelerating Australia’s transition away from HFCs towards natural refrigerants. We interview them for this issue.
Beyond these shores, progress is being made in bringing natural refrigerants to new parts of the world. This edition features METRO China – part of German retail giant METRO AG – which has installed the Chinese retail sector’s first CO2 transcritical system, in a METRO wholesale store in Beijing.
Alan Lin from METRO China was among the presenters at our first ever ATMOsphere conference in the country, held in Beijing on 9-11 April. The event sought to assess the market prospects for wider uptake of natural refrigerants in China. Read our report from the event.
Features on propane air conditioning in in an Italian supermarket and on ultra low-charge ammonia for cold storage in the US are among the other stories waiting for you in this edition.
Click here to read the autumn edition of Accelerate Australia & NZ.
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