Danfoss introduces the new VACON® 1000 medium-voltage drive

Danfoss introduces the new VACON® 1000 medium-voltage drive

Danfoss Drives, a leader in AC drive technology, has expanded its medium-voltage solutions portfolio with the new VACON® 1000 medium-voltage drive. Based on Danfoss’ unsurpassed experience in advanced AC drive technologies, the VACON® 1000 air-cooled MV drive is the preferred choice for industrial medium-voltage general purpose applications, especially for variable torque loads such as pumps and fans.

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Primetals Technologies to supply new staves for blast furnace of ArcelorMittal South Africa in Newcastle

ArcelorMittal South Africa has placed an order with Primetals Technologies to supply cast-iron staves for the blast furnace at the company ́s Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal works. The new staves incorporate several key features like the well-proven fixing system which eliminates bolt pull-out, a common cause of over-stressing of the cooling pipes leading to failure and coolant leakage into the furnace, as well as a variation of the patented and established anti-bending solution. This eliminates premature failure of the staves by preventing of corner deformation due to thermal effects. The design will result in a reliable, predictable production for the full campaign life of the blast furnace. Equipment will be ready to be shipped to the Newcastle site by mid-September 2021. ArcelorMittal South Africa are planning to install the staves in the second quarter of 2022.

A. O. Smith Offers New Analytical Tool to Help States and Policymakers to Meet U.S. Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals

A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS) today released details of a new analytical tool designed to help states, policymakers, utilities, installers and consumers by analyzing energy use data to help attain achievable solutions to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals for the future. The tool, as outlined in an A. O. Smith white paper entitled “Electrification of Water and Space Heating in Buildings,” provides a pragmatic roadmap to reducing GHG emissions resulting from water and space heating in buildings.

Company Shop’s Luminary Programme Praised for Innovation at FDF Awards

Cold Chain Federation member Company Shop Group, the UK’s leading redistributor of surplus food and household products, has this week been crowned winner of the prestigious Innovation Award at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards 2021.   The Group, which handled more than 80 million surplus items last year alone, scooped its second award in this category in recognition of its pioneering initiative, the Luminary Programme.

EPA Honors Several Retailers for Cuts in Refrigerant Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has lauded several grocers for their efforts to reduce refrigerant emissions. The honored retailers are participants in the EPA’s GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership, a voluntary program within the food retail industry aimed at reducing refrigerant emissions and improving sustainability.

Panasonic: Join the Heat Pump Revolution

A huge opportunity exists for installers to upskill, part-funded by the government, and provided by Panasonic in association with Optimum Energy. Take advantage of this fantastic offer and book onto courses which normally cost £750 per person, for just £45 for dates throughout October.

Solar Futures Study

The Solar Futures Study explores solar energy’s role in transitioning to a carbon-free electric grid. Produced by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and released on September 8, 2021, the study finds that with aggressive cost reductions, supportive policies, and large-scale electrification, solar could account for as much as 40% of the nation’s electricity supply by 2035 and 45% by 2050.

Arneg Oceania acquires contract refrigeration

Arneg Oceania and Contract Refrigeration, in the year that marks the 25th anniversary of both companies, have successfully concluded an agreement for the ownership of 100% by Arneg Oceania, with the aim of joining forces to offer more complete and advanced solutions.

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Global AC Market Struggling to Recover

As in previous years, JARN recently conducted interviews and questionnaires with major air conditioner manufacturers and related associations around the world. Based on these interviews and questionnaires these stakeholders filled in, we prepared this comprehensive report on the global air conditioner market in the first half of 2021 and are proud to share it with our global readers.

First of all, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the professional stakeholders for their great support and selfless dedication. We ask our readers to kindly point out any errors. Due to the length of the report, it will be published in two issues.

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.


Panasonic Cold Chain Business Solves Social Problems with Its Technologies

At the ordinary general meeting of shareholders held in June 2021, it was approved that Panasonic will shift from an in-house company system to a holding company system in April 2022. On this occasion, JARN interviewed Hiroyuki Tominaga, director, Cold Chain Business Division, Appliances Company, Panasonic, to hear about the new organization and cold chain business.

Samsung Addresses Greater Demand for Efficiency and Hygiene

JARN interviewed Young June Choi, head of Air Solution Biz Group of the Digital Appliances Business at Samsung Electronics, to hear about the reasons underlying the company’s good business performance this year, as well as new products, market strategy, and more.
JARN (J): In the Samsung Electronics, what is the position of Air Solution Biz Group? Please tell us about the group structure, business category, and territory.


Panasonic Supports Low Carbon Homes North East Retrofit Conference

Panasonic is delighted to be participating and sponsoring the Low Carbon Homes North East online #retrofit conference. The aim of the conference is to explore, discuss and develop local targets to help deliver climate and environmental initiatives within the North East and lower carbon emissions within the area. The event is a series of virtual sessions via the Remo platform on 28-30 September 2021, 09:00 – 11.30am.

Joseph Liotine new President and COO of Whirlpool Corporation

Whirlpool Corporation announced an important news about its organization: Joseph T. Liotine (in the picture on the left) has been named President and Chief Operating Officer and will be responsible for all global operations. starting from September 1, 2021. Liotine is currently Executive Vice President and President of Whirlpool’s North America Region. In addition, he leads both the Global KitchenAid Small Domestic Appliances business as well as Global Information Systems. Previous to this assignment, he was President of U.S. Operations and has held a variety of roles with increasing responsibilities such as Vice President of Marketing for the North America Region where he led: Brand Management, Digital Marketing, Product Marketing, and Consumer Insights.

Liebherr begins construction of new components plant in China

Liebherr-Component Technologies AG has started construction of a new plant at its Dalian site in China. Hence, Liebherr moves forward with the expansion of production of bearings, drives and hydraulic cylinders for the Chinese market.


Johnson Controls and Phylagen sign Healthy Buildings Joint Development Agreement

Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, today announced it has signed a joint development agreement with Phylagen, a leading biotechnology company in the field of microbiome optimization of indoor environments. Through this agreement, which includes a strategic investment in Phylagen, the companies are developing cutting-edge technology that leverages the science of building microbiomes to advance the future of healthy buildings.

Carrier Introduces New Toshiba Carrier VRF Touchscreen Controller

Carrier recently launched a new Toshiba Carrier touchscreen controller in North America for variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems, capable of connecting up to 128 indoor units to one easy-to-use interface. This new touchscreen controller allows building managers to access their entire VRF system from one central location, eliminating the need to monitor units individually. Carrier is a part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), the leading global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building and cold chain solutions.

Guiding you through the changing refrigerant landscape

For those who already know me I’ve always been the guy at the refrigerant manufacturer who distributors and wholesalers across Europe could ask the tricky questions on refrigerants and provide help and guidance on how to use them.

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Food Technologies Gather at Fooma Japan 2021

From June 1 to 4, 2021 International Food Machinery & Technology Exhibition (Fooma Japan 2021), Asia’s largest comprehensive trade show in the food technology sector, sponsored by the Japan Food Machinery Manufacturer’s Association (FOOMA), was held at Aichi Sky Expo in Aichi Prefecture. The 44th edition of Fooma Japan 2021 was held under the theme of ‘Creativity will change the future of food.’ A total of 661 companies exhibited in all 19 fields, such as the food manufacturing and processing fields, engineering robots and the Internet of Things (IoT) field, the cutting-edge automation segment that solves labor shortages and is labor saving, as well as hygiene measures and the management field that are useful for introducing hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP). The total number of visitors over the four- day period was 22,420.

CR Expo 2021, Shanghai

–Continued from May Issue

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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