LG broadens multisite controls suite, providing more comprehensive solutions for building automation

LG broadens multisite controls suite, providing more comprehensive solutions for building automation

Air conditioning technologies leader LG Electronics is continuing to pave the way for the future of connected buildings with the expansion of its award-winning controls platform, LG MultiSITE™. Empowering building owners and operators to optimize their operations and efficiency, especially with Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems, the MultiSITE lineup is packed with advanced features that deliver more building synergy and accessibility than ever before. The new products expand the current LG MultiSITE control offering, enabling the company’s commercial customers to offer more comprehensive and holistic solutions in the small-to-medium building segment.

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Industry Veteran Zutshi Appointed as President at Havells

Ravinder Zutshi, a veteran consumer electronics professional, has joined Havells, a fast-moving electrical goods company in India, as president for business development and corporate affairs. In his previous role, he was the senior director for enterprise business at South Korean electronics major LG Electronics India.

Generating CO2-neutral heat and electricity with green hydrogen

Allendorf (Eder) – According to a survey, two thirds of Germans are willing to heat with CO2-neutral hydrogen and make an important contribution to climate protection. This was indicated in a report from the information service energate from December 2020, which refers to a survey of the energy group E.ON. Thousands of hydrogen heat generators have already been installed. Approximately 150,000 customers have chosen new gas condensing boilers from the Vitodens 300 and Vitodens 200 series in the past year alone, which can use at least 20 percent hydrogen in natural gas and can even convert a 30 percent admixture simply and efficiently into heat.

Risto Kosonen elected as new SCANVAC President

REHVA congratulates Risto Kosonen on his election as President of SCANVAC.   Risto was awarded the REHVA Professionnal Award in Technology in the year 2018 and is involved as representative of FINVAC in different REHVA committees.

【Notice】Delay/Suspension of JARN Magazine Delivery

Dear Clients/Subscribers/Supporters of JARN Magazine,   Thank you for your support to JARN.   According to Japan Post, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, shipments of postal items from Japan to many countries/territories were delayed or suspended, and also air flights were reduced. Although the International Postal Service have become available in some areas, the service in other areas are still out of order or very slow. Therefore, we provide eBooks of each issue of JARN Magazine alternatively as a temporary solution which will be continued until the situation becomes better.   Please contact us if you are subscribing to JARN Magazine and have not received our notice for eBook each month.   Please find information for the International Postal Service provided by Japan Post visiting here: https://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/information/index_en.html   We appreciate your understanding and do hope the situation will be better soon.   Best regards,   Keisho Ka

Secop: Energy-optimized Propane Compressor Solutions

For more than 25 years, Secop has been developing highly efficient compressors that use hydrocarbons such as R290 and R600a, and since 2015, Secop has been improving its successful R290 compressor line with the release of a new generation of propane compressors for LBP and MBP applications.

ISH China & CIHE: Almost there

Since the launch of the coal-to-electricity policy, China's HVAC market has evolved from high growth rate to focusing on introducing quality products to ensure clean air for the country. While the Chinese government focuses on exploring a variety of renewable energy sources, manufacturers are developing innovative products which embed cloud and IoT+ technologies to enhance and monitor product efficiency. These collective national policies will steer China’s HVAC industry towards a cleaner and more comfortable future.

WEBINAR - CIBSE Embodied Carbon Calculator

Taking place every two weeks on Thursday, at 11:00 (BST), this free webinar series is designed to support the CIBSE community in maintaining their CPD remotely. Each webinar will feature a 30-45 minute presentation, ending with an interactive Q&A session. Find out more about the topics and register your place using the webinar links below.

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Lack of Containers Causes AC Shipping Bottlenecks

The impact of COVID-19 is spreading not only to the production of air conditioners but also to global supply. The container shortage is becoming more serious throughout the world, and even if there is demand, logistics cannot always address it. This container shortage is exerting a major impact on the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) market that has become increasingly global.

Indonesia Is Short of RACs — Japanese Manufacturers Call on Government to Relax Import Restrictions

On August 28, 2020, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade (MOT) tightened the import regulations for room air conditioners (RACs) with capacities of 3 hp and less. In early February 2021, more than five months after the enforcement of these regulations, JARN interviewed several major brands exporting air conditioners to Indonesia and asked about the impact of Indonesia’s RAC import restrictions on the market.

California Approves HFC Regulation

On December 10, 2020, California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved ‘Prohibitions on Use of Certain Hydrofluorocarbons in Stationary Refrigeration, Chillers, Aero-sols-Propellants, and Foam End-Uses Regulation’.


Landa Creates Core Competitiveness with Its Independent Innovation

Zhuhai Landa Compressor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gree Electric and is an air conditioning compressor specialist, integrating research and development (R&D), production, sales, and services. JARN interviewed Roger Li, managing director of the Industrial Products Sales Centre of Gree, to hear about the company’s compressor business.

Danfoss Is Ready to Lead in Green Restart with Its Total Climate Solutions

JARN interviewed Jürgen Fischer, president, Danfoss Climate Solutions, to hear about its new group structure, partnerships, and future focuses. Danfoss has implemented a new group structure and merged the heating and cooling segments into Danfoss Climate Solutions to be fully ready to capture future growth opportunities.

MGC Puts Quality First for Compressors, Heart of AC Systems

Mitsubishi Electric has five compressor production bases around the world. The company manufactures rotary compressors, scroll compressors, and screw compressors in Shizuoka, Wakayama, and Nagasaki in Japan, as well as in Thailand and China. The annual production capacity of the five bases is 14 million units. Of the bases, MGC in Guangzhou, China, has the largest production capacity.


Panasonic Develops the World's first Sensitivity Improvement Technology for Far Infrared Sensors with a Phononic Crystal Structure

Osaka, Japan - Panasonic Corporation has developed a manufacturable technology to drastically improve the device performance fabricated on silicon (Si) wafers by leveraging the unique feature of a phononic crystal structure*2, which can break the classical limitation of heat insulation property of solids*3. By introducing this technology to a thermal-type far infrared sensor, heat loss from the infrared-receiving section was reduced approximately to 1/10 of the initial sensor without the phononic crystal structure. As a result, infrared detection sensitivity was improved nearly by a factor of 10 in the sensors with phononic crystals.

HARDI Petitions for Planned Phaseouts of AC and Refrigeration Equipment

AHRI led an industry effort to develop a timeline of planned phaseouts of equipment using refrigerants above certain GWP thresholds depending on end-use type. This timeline was sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) via two petitions signed by more than 35 industry and environmental organizations including HARDI which were submitted on April 13. These petitions would create a uniform national standard for stationary air-conditioning equipment and near universal phaseouts for refrigerating equipment with California using its own rules for large commercial refrigeration. These petitions are possible through the passage of the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act (AIM Act) that was supported by HARDI and the broader HVACR industry.

Marioff and Rauma Marine Constructions to Deliver HI-FOG Fire Protection Systems to Finnish Navy

Marioff today announced it has signed a contract with Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) in Rauma, Finland, to deliver HI-FOG® high pressure water mist fire suppression systems to four new Pohjanmaa-class multipurpose corvettes, part of the Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2020 project.


Edwards Announces Strategic Agreement with ADRF to Resell Emergency Responder Communication Enhancement Systems

Edwards today announced a strategic agreement with ADRF, a leading provider of in-building distributed antenna system (DAS) and repeaters for public safety and commercial radio frequencies, to provide Edwards ‘customers with mission-critical, Emergency Radio Communication Enhancement Systems (ERCES) for first responders. The agreement expands Edwards’ fire and life safety products to include ADRF’s suite of in-building public safety communication solutions to help keep buildings and their occupants safe. ADRF’s systems and technologies complement Edwards’ life safety solutions and play a critical role in creating indoor environments that improve occupant health and safety, a key tenet of Carrier’s Healthy Buildings program. Edwards is a part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), the leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions.

Rinnai: are energy islands the answer for decarbonisation?

Chris Goggin, Associate Director, looks at the advent of energy islands which could be set to be a major part of the drive to decarbonisation in both the international arena and the UK.


The Federation has received information that because of the recent issue with the Suez Canal, experts in the container industry are forecasting that due to the blockage many container ships were delayed and then released en-masse caused a surge of ships going through the canal.

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CR 2021 to Be Held as Actual Exhibition, Opening Up the Post-corona Era

China Refrigeration 2021 (CR 2021), the 32nd International Exhibition for Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning, Heating and Ventilation, Frozen Food Processing, Packaging and Storage, will be held as an actual exhibition from April 7 to 9 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China. With the virtual exhibitions continuing from last year, organizers of CR decided to hold it as an actual exhibition, marking the opening up of the post-corona era.

HVAC&R Manufacturers Present Sustainable Technologies at ENEX 2021

The 2021 edition of Energy and Environment Exhibition (ENEX) was held on December 9 to 11, 2020, at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan. At the seminar on factory waste heat utilization during ENEX 2021, Japanese leading manufacturers such as Toshiba Carrier, Mayekawa, Kobelco, and Kimura Chemical Plants (KCPC), introduced their heat pump technologies.

Interphex Week Tokyo – Asia’s Leading Pharma & Bio Tech Show

From November 25 to 27, Interphex Week Tokyo was held at Makuhari Messe. Interphex Week Tokyo is Japan’s largest technical exposition during which all types of products, technology, and services related to the research and manufacturing of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products are exhibited. Manufacturers of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, and universities exhibited their products or research at this show, which attracted visitors. Interphex Week Tokyo comprises Interphex Japan and three other exhibitions focused on pharmaceutical technologies. Also, some other expositions such as Regenerative Medicine Expo, and Foodtech Japan were held at the same time.

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