Brussels, 18 June 2018 – As technology develops, natural refrigerants are cementing their place not just as market-ready alternatives to HFCs today, but also as the future-proof HVAC&R solutions of tomorrow.
The summer edition of Accelerate Europe looks at how hydrocarbons, in particular, are making greater inroads into a variety of applications. Part of this progress can be put down to the commitment of major multinational end users to include greener cooling in their climate strategies.
Heineken is one such company. This edition’s cover story looks at how the Dutch multinational brewing giant is adopting hydrocarbons for all its new beer fridges worldwide – and is also harnessing them in draught beer equipment. At the firm’s Amsterdam headquarters, Accelerate met the duo in charge of this transformation – Graeme Houghton and Hans Donker.
Hydrocarbons are also making a difference in the hotel business. Read about how the Corbie Ring Hotel in the Belgian town of Lommel opted for the TripleAqua – a complete heating and cooling system that also stores energy – thanks to its efficiency and environmental credentials.
Natural refrigerants are also taking a growing share of the comfort cooling market. Read our report of the recent Mostra Convegno Expoconfort tradeshow in Milan to discover some of the new technologies on offer in this sector.
Our Accelerate Europe awards – to be presented at ATMOsphere Europe in Italy on 19-21 November – will recognise the movers and shakers doing the most to drive natural refrigerant uptake in Europe. Turn to page 58 to find out how to submit your nominations.
Also in this issue: European cash & carry giant the Transgourmet Group has opted for a CO2 transcritical system to provide cold storage at its new 120,000 m3 distribution centre in Hamburg.
China also features strongly this summer. Having already penetrated the domestic refrigeration market, hydrocarbons look ripe for growth in China’s light commercial sector. The Chinese government, meanwhile, continues to promote NatRefs as alternatives to HCFCs and HFCs. Read more about these trends in our coverage of China Refrigeration 2018 and the ATMOsphere China conference in Beijing.
In Europe’s food retail sector, competition between CO2 and hydrocarbons is becoming more intense as retailers decide which natural refrigerant to adopt to replace the HFCs being phased down under the EU’s F-Gas Regulation. This issue’s Technology Focus looks at the new technologies on offer and hears from the end users that are adopting them.
Other innovative companies, meanwhile, are pushing the boundaries of what water can achieve as a refrigerant.
Features on Liberty Cold Storage in the United States, Italy’s progress in implementing the EU F-Gas Regulation, and the penetration of hydrocarbons into the U.S. domestic refrigeration market round off the issue.