Air Control Contributes to Human Health with PCO Photocatalytic Oxidation

Air Control Contributes to Human Health with PCO Photocatalytic Oxidation

Reported by Jacques Gandini, managing director of Studio Gandini and HVAC&R senior consultant, Italy Air Control in Italy offers an intelligent combination of PCO photocatalytic oxidation technology with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as a valuable solution that combats the novel coronavirus and related health risks for people in working or living spaces inside buildings.

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LG HVAC Virtual Experience Provides Comfort without Being There

LG has opened its new online showroom, LG HVAC Virtual Experience. Utilizing the latest in digital technology, this interactive online showroom allows visitors to get to know LG’s diverse range of residential and commercial indoor environmental solutions from the comfort and safety of their homes.

Food Processing Industry Poised for Fast Growth

According to a recent report by BDB India, a marketing research company based in Pune, the food processing industry in India is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, exports, and growth potential. It provides a linkage between the industrial and agricultural sectors, and is vital for India’s development and food security by reducing wastage of food. Now that India has enough surplus in food production, the potential for increasing the processing levels is growing fast.

Honeywell Launches Upper Air Disinfection Solution

Honeywell launched U-Prism, an air and surface purification device that uses ultraviolet C (UV-C) technology to disinfect air in highly vulnerable areas in buildings in India on June 4, 2021. U-Prism offers continuous disinfection by deactivating pathogens with up to 99% efficacy. It is a part of Honeywell’s Healthy Buildings offering.

MHI Launches New Mini-VRF with R32 in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia

Starting in July, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems (MHI Thermal Systems) began launching its line of mini-variable refrigerant flow (VRF) outdoor units using the R32 refrigerant into the Australian, New Zealand, and Asian markets. The systems will be sold in those markets respectively through Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia (MHIAA), and through Mitsubishi Heavy Industries-Mahajak Air Conditioners (MACO) in Thailand.


The Italian air-to-water (ATW) heat pump market is becoming one of the most important markets in Europe. In 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Italian ATW heat pump market remained stable, achieving nearly 42,500 units or nearly €209 million (about US$ 248.8 million), thanks to subsidy policies.

Global Cooling Prize Winners Announced

The global coalition that announced the Global Cooling Prize in 2018 and administered it during the following two and a half years had a strong Indian component. The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, was a leader of the coalition; the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) in New Delhi and CEPT University in Ahmedabad were among those that administered the prize.

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning Meets Diversified Needs with Its Broad Product Portfolio

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning celebrated its fifth anniversary last year. JARN interviewed Shoji Akiyama, chief executive officer (CEO) of the company, to hear about the current status of major businesses, new products, development of systems, etc. Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning, a joint venture (JV) between Johnson Controls and Hitachi Appliances at that time, currently Hitachi Global Life Solutions, celebrated its fifth anniversary on October 1, last year. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of our customers, business partners, and other stake- holders for their support.

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Daikin Develops a New Refrigerant for EV Air Conditioning

Daikin has developed D1V-140, a refrigerant blend for battery electric vehicle (BEV) air conditioning. Daikin described the characteristics of this new refrigerant during a lecture titled ‘New Refrigerant for Battery Electric Vehicles Using Heat Pumps’ at the second IIR International Conference on HFO Refrigerants and Blends (HFO2021) that was held from June 16 to 18, 2021. The new refrigerant developed by Daikin reduces its environmental impact as well as significantly improves the heat pump performance of BEV air conditioners, which has been an issue up to date.

Global AC Sector Hit by Price Hikes in 2021

In 2020, in order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, various countries around the world have introduced various stimulus policies to support eco-nomic development. Due to the excessive currency exchange of the U.S. dollar and the euro, inflation has intensified and is being transmitted and radiated across the world, leading to an overall increase in global commodity prices. The prices of metals used in air conditioners have continued to rise globally since mid-2020. According to Commodity Markets data from the World Bank, the monthly average prices of copper and aluminum, the representative metals used for air conditioners, were US$ 10,161.97/ton for copper and US$ 2,433.53/ton for aluminum in May 2021, showing increases of about 94% and about 66%, respectively, compared with May 2020.


Systemair Shaping the Future of Asia’s HVAC Sector

JARN interviewed Asokdas M. Damodaran, managing director of Systemair India and Eric Tan, managing director of Systemair Malaysia, about trends driving heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) landscape in Asia Pacific, the latest solutions from the group, and the state of key markets in the region following the socio-economic upheaval caused by COVID-19.

Diehl Controls Has DNA and Skills to Produce Tailored Scalable Electronic Solutions

JARN interviewed Carsten Wolff, chief executive officer (CEO) of Diehl Controls, to hear about company’s main products, production system, main markets, sales performance, etc. to firstly introduce this global leading electronics company for our readers.



The Australian ATW heat pump market scale was 23,700 units in 2020. There is little demand for ATW heat pumps for space heating in Australia, and most ATW heat pumps are used for hot water supply only.


The main application of ATW heat pumps in the United States is water heating. In addition to residential and commercial water heating, ATW heat pumps are often used to heat swimming pool water.


After reaching a peak in 2017, the Chinese ATW heat pump market has been adversely affected by the external economic environment and changes in demand. In recent years, with the dwindling of various local subsidy policies, the development of the Chinese ATW market has entered a consolidation phase. In 2020, affected by the pandemic, the real Chinese economy was significantly negatively impacted and the ATW heat pump market entered a downward trajectory. JARN estimates that the Chinese ATW market dropped to 1.94 million units, a 9.7% decrease in 2020 compared with 2019.


Climalife clean: Prevention is better than cure!

Using the specialist Frionett® cleaning range in your cleaning and maintenance program is key to preventing unwanted breakdowns and maintaining equipment efficiency.
Since March 2020, like countries all around the world, the UK has been through numerous COVID lockdowns with many businesses being forced to close their premises. It would be understandable for building operators to think that as the HVAC systems haven’t had a lot of use over the lockdown period, why do they need to be cleaned?

Wiegmann Associates receives SMACNA Safety Excellence Award

Wiegmann Associates has been awarded a 2021 Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) Safety Excellence Award in the 200,001-300,000 man-hour category. Every year SMACNA recognizes its members with the lowest injury/illness rates. This year, just 27 member companies in the United States and Canada received a 2021 Safety Excellence Award for overall safety performance based on people-hours worked and OSHA incidence rates as reported in the annual safety survey.

PowerCO2OLTM selected by the city of Caen-la-Mer to replace the refrigeration of its Olympic ice rink

The French city of Caen-la-Mer has selected PROFROID to replace refrigeration installations at its Olympic-size ice rink, making it more sustainable and environmentally responsible. The ice rink is now equipped with the Carrier PowerCO2OL™ refrigeration system, using the low global warming potential (GWP) natural refrigerant carbon dioxide (CO2), which is 30% more energy efficient and easier to maintain than a conventional installation.

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CR Expo 2021, Shanghai

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Heat Pump Area—acted at CR 2021 as an interactive and centralized display platform for residential AC&R manufacturers. In the area, leading Chinese manufacturers such as Midea, Gree, Haier, and New Energy displayed their heat pumps, and CRAA promoted its certification program for heat pumps. Conferences on heat pumps were also held in the conference area.

Chinese AC Manufacturers Play Active Role at the 129th Canton Fair

Themed ‘Canton Fair, Global Share’, the 129th China Import and Export Fair, Canton Fair, was held successfully online from April 15 to 24, 2021, with 35.38 million visits on the official website and registered and participating buyers from 227 countries and regions. The fair was held under the leadership of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Guangdong Provincial Government, with the great support of various departments of the central government, local commerce departments, and Chinese embassies and consulates abroad.

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Gree Industries—showcased various electrical components of its group companies such as Lamda compressors, Kaibang motors, and Xinyuan capacitors as smart manufacturing solutions. Of them, Lamda rotary compressors included models for heat pump space heating, water heating, and drying, miniature models for air purifiers, refrigerators, etc. and models for data center air conditioning.

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