--Report of the Kobe Symposium 2016
Held once every two years and organized by the Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association (JRAIA), the International Symposium on New Refrigerants and Environ-mental Technology 2016 (Kobe Symposium 2016) successfully concluded on December 2 in the port city of Kobe in Japan. A number of research findings were presented, and the Symposium posted record attendance of nearly 600 air conditioning and refrigeration (AC&R) industry professionals.
Risk Assessment of Mildly Flammable Refrigerants
Among these findings, of particular interest was an announcement of the results of five years of activity of the Research Committee on Risk Assessment of Mildly Flammable Refrigerants set up by the Japan Society of Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (JSRAE). Under the Technology Development of High-efficiency Non-fluorinated Air-conditioning Systems project organized by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), the research committee tested the three mildly flammable refrigerants of R32, R1234yf, and R1234ze(E) in various AC&R equipment. This is said to be the first such research project of its kind. The five years of research concluded in March 2016 and received the Ministry Prize of Economy, Trade and Industry Award in the 19th Ozone Layer Protection and Global Warming Prevention Awards, which is the highest honor in the awards. The findings are expected to generate a lot of attention in the global AC&R industry.