April 10, 2017
The case can be made that recovery and reclamation begins with keeping refrigerants in the system where they belong; refrigerant that leaks out into the atmosphere is never going to be recovered or reclaimed.
Refrigerant leaks are often looked at in the context of their potential climate impacts, but they actually also have an economic impact, an energy impact, and a life cycle cost impact, according to John Wallace, director ? innovation, retail solutions, Emerson. For all these reasons, a good leak detection, notification, and monitoring program is essential.
In a presentation during the 2017 AHR Expo, Wallace provided an example of the total cost of refrigerant leaks. Using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculators, Wallace examined the climate, economic, energy, and equipment impacts of leaks at a hypothetical supermarket chain using these assumptions: