AFCE Announces New Conference on Refrigerants

The French HVACR Industry Association (AFCE) announced its new conference on refrigerants, which will take place, as all AFCE conferences do, at Ecole des Mines de Paris, on October 9, 2008, with the presence of members of the European Commission and several representatives from the ministries of the Environment and Industry. The preliminary program includes the following main themes: refrigerant ...


Sakura Exhibits Air Conditioners at Confair in Iran

The 8th International Confair, the largest Construction Exhibition in Iran was held from August 7 to 10, 2008, in Teheran with the participation of more than 700 exhibitors from 18 countries, near and far. The booth of Dama Arya Co., Iranian Distributor of Sakura, was one that stood out with its large booth attracting the attention of many visitors that bustled around all day long. While the pract...


Total Capacity of Global PRW Increases

According to the Global Refrigerated Warehouse Capacity Report 2008 released by the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), the capacity of global public refrigerated warehouses (PRW) increased steadily. According to the 2008 report, which contains statistics in 45 countries, the total capacity of PRW is about 247, 77 million m3 (8,749.97 million cube feet). In 2008, the capac...


Trane Announces Price Increase Across All Product Lines

Trane Air Conditioning Asia announced price increases of 4 to 5% for all its heating, ventilation and air conditioning products lines throughout Asia, effective August 4, 2008. The adjustments are the result of continued cost inflation in materials utilized in the manufacture of these components including steel and copper. Steel prices have dramatically risen 27-35% compared to January 2008 while ...


Montreal Protocol Meeting Urges Use of Natural Refrigerants

Enormous climate benefits achieved through the Montreal Protocol stand to be lost unless decisive action is taken to ensure that climate friendly refrigerants, not HFCs, are adopted as replacements for ozone-depleting substances. Signals sent now to the international markets to opt for natural refrigerants would therefore not only determine the direction of the refrigeration sector over the next 3...


The U.S. and India Harmonize Standards

As part of a long-term partnership, the Air- Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration institute (AHRI) has agreed to share its equipment and component performance standards with the Indian Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air- Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE) to facilitate the development of harmonized standards that address India’s specific needs and conditions. The two organizations signed th...


AFS by Thermokey: Innovative Cooling with Mist Effect

Thermokey has developed a new dry cooler and air-cooled condenser series with an Air Fresh System (AFS). This system uses an adiabatic cooling effect with low water consumption thanks to special sprinklers that work with water pressures between 10 and 15 bar. The combination of highly pressurized water and the misting effect of the sprinklers is the innovative feature of this product. Thermokey’s ...


Kiwis Search for Geothermal Energy

New Zealanders could soon be using more heat energy drawn directly from the ground if the results of a NZ$2.6 million research project over the next three years are promising. The research program aims to increase the use of low-temperature geothermal energy in New Zealand. Low-temperature refers to geothermal heat sources that are generally less than 150oC, with some below 80oC. The program is al...


IOR and Carbon Trust to Run Project on Reducing Refrigerant

The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) has joined forces with the Carbon Trust in a major initiative to cut refrigerant leakage and improve the environmental performance of refrigeration plant. Under the joint initiative, the IOR and Carbon Trust will provide owners of refrigeration equipment with practical, independent guidance on how to reduce carbon emissions through improved system design, maint...

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