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R22 Shortage could Boost Replacement
ACR equipment distributors Thermofrost Cryo estimate that there are around 100,000 air conditioning systems in the United Kingdom still running on R22. From 2010 only reclaimed supplies of R22 will exist and availability is likely to be around 10% of expected demand. Although a possible solution cou...
Heat Pumps in France
Figures published by the French heat pump association AFPAC show that sales stabilized in the first part of the current year. In the period January to April 2009 total sales were around 46,000 units, most of which were air/water and the share of geothermal systems fell, mainly because of their highe...
Natural Refrigerants for the Olympics
Buildings and facilities currently under construction for the 2012 Olympic Games in the United Kingdom may be constrained to use natural refrigerants instead of the planned HFCs – according to proposals by the Commission for a Sustainable London. The choice is ammonia for the central energy center s...
HFCs and Containment
Karen Leader, who chairs the RAC group of the UK trade association HVCA, points out that in ten years’ time emissions of HFCs to atmosphere will account for less than half of 1 % of all global greenhouse gas emissions compared with 40 % from power stations. This is a compelling argument for using HF...
French President Visits CIAT's Industrial Plant
Historically located in Rh?ne-Alpes, the CIAT Group is France’s leading manufacturer in the field of heating by heat pumps, centralized air conditioning, air handling and heat exchange. The Group is also a key player in Europe’s VAC market. French president Nicolas Sarkozy recently visited CIAT’s...
Status of HVAC&R Controls Industry World-wide
The global recession has slowed world market growth for intelligent building services controls to virtually zero, and the total value of the sector world wide fell to US$ 18 billion in 2008. In Europe, which accounts for around one third of the world total, the prospects are good because of the grow...
Heat Pump Europe
There are few European cities that are not hosting at least one conference on heat pumps this year. Nuremberg (Germany) lays claim to the title European Heat Pump City with its European Heat Pump Summit this month (following the success of the 2007 symposium) and its Industrial Heat Pump Village fea...
Virtual Heat Pump ?
More details have been published of the Swiss Gravitherme E3 system (see the December 2008 issue of JARN) which is said to have an operating COP of at least 50. The standard unit has an output of 20 kW and resembles a wall-hung boiler. It can be used as the sole source of heat or as a back up to an ...
Air Conditioning and Headaches
A survey in twenty cities across the UK commissioned by the manufacturers of the painkiller Neurofen to identify the main causes of summer headaches, found that nearly two-thirds of those questioned blamed the lack of air conditioning in indoor public spaces. Among other secondary causes cited were ...
Air Conditioning Banned ?
Electrically-powered air conditioning could be banned in Berlin (Germany) and its metropolitan district if a draft proposal on climate change measures receives approval. The rule would apply to all new installations of DX and central systems for comfort cooling although air conditioner for IT zones ...
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