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2010 Summer AC Market News: Italy
by Carmine Casale, HVAC Consultant, Italy In Italy, and this may be stated for most of the Western world, the economic slowdown has been lasting for the past three years. 2009 may have seen the worst, but heavy and persistent consequences do not allow for any optimistic predictions in the near fu.../images/up/News/201082811244089642.jpg
2010 Summer AC Market News: Spain
by Jose Maria Ortiz Garcia, Director General AFEC, Spain Coupling the overall situation of the Spanish economy in the first half of 2010 with the less than optimistic, outlook for the second half imply that Spain will not reach previously predicted growth targets. The need to cut spending to c.../images/up/News/201082811312687112.jpg
UK Firsts for Sanyo R22 Renewal System
The first Sanyo R22 renewal system installations in the UK have been successfully completed and are now providing high efficiency air conditioning at locations in the south of England. The first VRF system to be replaced with R22 is now cooling guests in a prestigious hotel and country club in St...
Modine in Europe
Sierra (Italy), well-established in the field of finned coil heat exchangers, has become exclusive distributors for the range of aluminium microtube units manufactured by Modine in the United States. These were originally developed for the automotive industry but applications have grown in refrigera...
Change for UK’s Only RAC Show
The bi-annual expo for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry (RAC) is being moved from its normal slot in March next year to a later date in October when it will be staged alongside the former Interbuild (newly titled BEST – Built Environment Solutions Technologies) and the heating/ venti...
Zero Carbon Unrealistic
The UK government’s push for all new buildings to be zero carbon by 2019 is wrongly directed, says Sue Sharp of the trade association HVCA. The most effective use of the additional investment (zero carbon design adds 25 % to the total construction cost) would be in upgrading the existing stock of bu...
Dysfunctional Heat Pumps
In France some 4,000 legal actions are taking place involving problems with heat pump installations – so delegates to a recent conference in Lyons were told. Seen against the big picture (530,000 heat pumps currently working in the country) the proportion is relatively small but the conference was t...
Keep Cool Project
Ideas on how to minimize cooling load in buildings are being analyzed in the joint Keep Cool project involving nine European countries. The aim is to reduce the dependence on air conditioning by making relatively basic and cost effective changes in building design and operation as well as in equipme...
Award for New Solar Cooling System
InvenSor GmbH (Berlin) received the 2010 Intersolar award for innovation in solar powered cooling for the development of their LTC (low temperature cooling) unit which is based on the zeolite/ water adsorption cycle. Working with flat plate solar collectors cooling power is 3 kW at 45°C and 11 kW at...
CO2 – the Unanswered Questions
As a refrigerant, CO2 (R744), is free from the constraints of the F Gas Regulations and with a base-line global warming potential of 1 it is increasingly regarded as the refrigerant of the future. But the trade is divided on its merits. In an editorial in the UK journal ACR News, Neil Everitt points...
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