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ASHRAE Launches New Building Energy Quotient Portal
-- Program provides a quick energy analysis for building performance --

ATLANTA (Dec. 13, 2017)
– ASHRAE announced the recent launch of the Building Energy Quotient (Building EQ) Portal, which provides a faster, more automated approach to receive a Building EQ Performance Score.


“The primary goal of the Building EQ program is to promote more energy efficient buildings and give owners actionable recommendations to improve a building’s energy use,” says Hugh Crowther, Building EQ committee chair. “We’re excited to launch this integrated resource that will help users identify opportunities to lower building operating cost and make informed decisions to increase value.”


Building EQ rests on ASHRAE methodologies and standards and the experience of credentialed practitioners. These characteristics assure owners they are receiving reliable and consistent results and recommendations.


Two different evaluations – In Operation and As Designed – can be used independently to compare a candidate building to other similar buildings in the same climate zone or together for an assessment of a building's design potential compared to actual operation. In Operation compares actual building energy use based on metered energy information. As Designed compares potential energy use based on the building's physical characteristics and systems with standardized energy use simulation. The In Operation rating is available now and the As Designed rating will be available in early 2018.


Building EQ In Operation rating assists in the preparation of an ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit to identify means to improve a building's energy performance including low-cost, no-cost energy efficiency measures and an Indoor Environmental Quality survey with recorded measurements to provide additional information to assess a building's performance.


Metered energy data can now be downloaded into the Building EQ Portal from the ENERGY STAR™ Portfolio Manager. Other features include an Online Data Entry and submission process, Median EUI calculation aligned with ENERGY STAR® and an improved submission approval process.

 The portal delivers the following items:


-       Building EQ Performance Score rates the building’s performance and is shown on the screen at all times for all projects.

-       User Input Report documents the data entered into the Building EQ Portal for a specific project and is available for all submissions.

-       Building EQ Label Report displays the Building EQ Performance Score and is available for approved submissions.

-       Building EQ Disclosure Report presents key energy use information for compliance with disclosure ordinances and will be available for a fee for approved submissions.

-       Audit Report Spreadsheets will be automatically populated with the information gathered during the In Operation assessment for use in a final audit report and will be available for a fee for approved submission.


To learn more about the Building EQ Portal, visit


ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 56,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at

Bitzer Kühlmaschinenbau GmbH

The specialist in refrigeration compressors simplifies the search for spare parts


BITZER’s new EPARTS spare parts software online


-       More services and convenience for customers

-       Expanded functions for BITZER’s direct customers

-       Complements the BITZER Electronics Service Tool (BEST) and BITZER Software


Sindelfingen, 06.12.2017. BITZER, the specialist in refrigeration compressors, is expanding its customer service and has therefore updated its tried-and-tested spare parts software. The new version of BITZER EPARTS has been online since early October.

BITZER now makes it even easier for users to find the right spare parts for refrigeration systems. The compressor specialist has tailored its proven spare parts software to users’ specific requirements. ‘We’ve strengthened BITZER EPARTS and completely redesigned it, all the while making one thought the focus of our work: customer benefit,’ says Philippe Maratuech, Director of Services and After-Sales at BITZER. ‘Our customers should be able to quickly and easily find the spare part they need. That’s part of BITZER’s global quality standard, which is why we’ve incorporated lots of new functions and optimised existing ones, including regular updating of the integrated data. As a result, users can now always rest assured that current BITZER solutions are also represented in the system.’ Stefan Rapp, Head of Spare Part Department at BITZER, adds: ‘With the clear identification of the spare parts via EPARTS we shorten the time span between emergence of the need and delivery. We continue to expand our warehouses globally and thus ensure high availability. Besides that, our logistic partners allow for fast door-to-door deliveries. ’


BITZER’s new EPARTS spare parts software is available to all users free of charge – for the time being in German, English and French. BITZER EPARTS is thus the ideal complement to the BITZER Electronics Service Tool (BEST) software, which makes it possible to operate all BITZER IQ products, as well as BITZER software, which allows users to tailor systems and components to their individual needs.


‘Thanks to the exploded views and parts list entries in the EPARTS tool, users can quickly find the right parts with ease. Because all exploded views are also vectorised, all images can be enlarged, allowing users to examine even the smallest details online,’ says Maratuech. BITZER’s direct customers can also register at myBITZER and activate additional functions – and for example view prices online. In order to take advantage of the full range of services of BITZER EPARTS, customers simply apply for activation at following registration, and thus obtain additional information on software operation alongside the expanded options. But the new version does not mean the end of development: BITZER will continue to improve the user-friendliness of EPARTS and integrate new useful functions.


The BITZER Group is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of refrigeration compressors. BITZER is represented across the globe through distribution companies and production facilities for reciprocating, screw and scroll compressors, pressure vessels and heat exchangers. In 2016, 3,400 employees generated sales of €680 million.

Güntner GmbH & Co. KG


Jörg Köcher now CDO at Güntner




Jörg Köcher has managed the business lines Product Development and Controls with great success over the past years. As of August 1, he is Chief Digital Officer (CDO) with global responsibility. His new task is to manage, both internally and externally, all digital subject areas and functions including the Güntner Product Configurator (GPC). He will also continue as head of Güntner's in-house Controls department responsible for development and electronics design on the one hand, and for the production and the product management of our control modules on the other hand.


Sustainable digitalisation concept for future needs


Güntner is a technological pioneer and one of the market leaders in heat exchanger technologies. We at Güntner are committed to not only stay in this position but to continue to strengthen it in a forward-looking manner. This requires proactive operational actions. Digitalisation is the keyword leading the way to sustainability over the next years, and we at Güntner follow this path to stay up to date with and for our customers. Güntner has recently created the CDO position to meet these challenges and to establish and actively implement the topic of digitalisation within the company in a structured way. Thanks to his long-term experience, especially in the field of digital systems such as web applications, product databases, the GPC and controls, Mr Köcher has gained deep system knowledge that is a prerequisite for developing digital business models. The necessary digital architecture is based on the pillars "digital communication and processes" and "products and services". Changes to the product portfolio towards a combination of material goods and services will be as much in focus as the communication channels and the internal processes. Only digitalisation and the establishment of the corresponding information infrastructure, geared towards networking on all levels, will make it possible to meet the increasing market requirements and to offer our customers high added value in the form of technological premium products and services.





About Güntner


Based in Fürstenfeldbruck near Munich, Germany, Güntner GmbH & Co. KG is a world leader in the manufacture of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment components. With approx. 3,000 employees worldwide and production sites in Germany, Hungary, Romania, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil and Russia, the company shows a strong presence for their partners in all markets. Decades of experience in the industry and the consistent integration of the latest technologies and research findings ensure the high-quality standard of Güntner solutions. The international areas of application comprise energy & process cooling projects, industrial and commercial applications in the field of food production and storage as well as HVAC applications for buildings and specific applications such as server room cooling.

Emerson Climate Technologies

Poll finds European retailers are optimistic about transition from HFCs but challenges remain


Survey of food retailers across France, Germany and the UK finds only 56% have started making the shift away from HFCs.


40% of respondents are not fully aware of upcoming regulatory changes related to the phase-down of HFC refrigerants.


Interestingly, cost didn’t rank as a top priority for selecting a new refrigeration system, although it is one of the most common identified challenges associated with making the shift


AACHEN, GERMANY, OCTOBER 30, 2017 – One year after the global Kigali amendment to phase-down HFCs, new survey findings from Emerson and international polling company ComRes examine how European retailers are navigating away from HFCs towards lower global warming alternatives. The survey asked professionals in the retail sector to comment on their preparedness for and awareness of more sustainable technologies, and the primary challenges associated with the shift away from HFCs.


Eighty-one percent of respondents said they viewed the shift away from HFCs as a positive change. However, the survey also showed the retail industry was lagging behind schedule due to a lack of clarity in regulatory changes and replacement technologies available. Surprisingly, 40 percent of respondents said they were unaware of upcoming regulatory changes related to the phase-down of HFCs as refrigerants. Nearly half (44 percent) said they either hadn’t started to make the shift, or were unsure.


Where retailers have started to phase-down HFCs, notable priorities for selecting replacement refrigeration systems included safety (57 percent of respondents), energy efficiency (53 percent) and environmental sustainability (48 percent).


Speaking about the survey findings, Eric Winandy, Director of Integrated Solutions, Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions said: “European retailers are enthusiastic about the transition to low GWP refrigerants, but it is concerning that there is still a lack of understanding of the upcoming regulatory changes. It was also surprising that capital and operational cost doesn’t rank as a key driver for retailers identifying replacement systems, as industry analysis shows there could be big maintenance liabilities associated.”


Among the three primary alternative options available, carbon dioxide (CO2) technology was most commonly ranked as the preferred choice for replacing HFC systems at 38 percent, followed by hydrocarbons such as propane, and hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs).


Despite being the most popular choice however, industry analysis shows CO2 systems could cost a medium-sized retailer as much as €51,000 more per store compared to hydrocarbon integral systems over a 10 year period. Furthermore while CO2 is a significant improvement over HFCs in terms of global warming potential (GWP), it is found to have lower energy efficiency performance and higher maintenance requirements than other alternatives.


“The EU F-gas regulation has placed a significant amount of pressure on food retailers to quickly transition away from HFCs,” Eric Winandy said. “The challenge for the industry will be to balance this pressure with the need to take the time to learn about all the options available, and what it means for businesses in the long-term. Choosing the right system to replace HFCs can be a win on multiple fronts. It can help retailers see cost, operational and environmental benefits.”


The survey also shed some light on the challenges and opportunities for making the transition away from HFCs.


Challenges identified included operational expenditure and installation disruption which drew significant scores of 43 percent and 33 percent respectively. Yet interestingly, cost alone was not identified as the main priority for selecting a new refrigeration system. The survey highlighted the desirability of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, with energy efficiency scoring 48 percent and environmental sustainability 39 percent.


When asked what would encourage respondents to accelerate the replacement of HFC refrigeration systems with lower global warming potential options, depreciation schemes or other tax rebates were the most popular (43 percent), followed by finding less expensive low GWP options (40 percent). This places an onus on regulatory bodies to provide more incentives to retailers looking to make the shift, and to invest more in the research and development of new technologies.


Survey findings are based on an online poll of 140 professionals with decision-making responsibility for purchasing in the retail sector. This included 40 participants in France, 50 in Germany, and 50 in the UK. Fieldwork was conducted by ComRes between the 15th and 31st of August, 2017.


More information on natural refrigerants, including system options, articles and webinars can also be found at  



About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Our Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information, visit​ or




CABERO Wärmetauscher GmbH & Co. KG



The showpiece for implementing synergies. Optimises and simplifies processes, provides more leeway and multiplies the currently available options.

The new and revolutionary system of hybrid cooling. 

A completely new hybrid system, which offers decisive advantages for plant construction and operators.

While the commercial hybrid systems currently available on the market are capable of achieving cooling limit temperatures of 3-5K with a high outlay on use of materials, the DUO achieves 1-2K, by means of an intelligent patented cross-counter current interconnection. This means that cooling temperatures of 23-24° C at 21-22° C wet bulb temperature are possible from now on.


The positive effect on the EER value of the refrigerating machine at such temperatures is already widely known. However, there is another decisive advantage:


Additional water consumption is reduced to a minimum.


Water treatment is far more efficient than in previous hybrid systems. This saves even more resources than was previously the case.

Without doubt, this system shows the way for future design, and in addition to absorption and compression chilling machines, opens up completely new fields of application.


Our sales engineers are about to start realising the first projects. The first systems will be delivered in Spring 2017.




Martin Ugi

Senior product manger


CABERO Wärmetauscher GmbH & Co. KG

CABERO Headquarter
Jesenwanger Str. 50
D-82284 Grafrath 


P. +49 7243 7669 212

F. +49 7243 7669 220

M. +49 173 2855252



Danfoss GmbH

Danfoss Turbocor® Compressor TG Series extended with several new models for use with HFO-1234ze


The recent international exhibitions demonstrate a large acceptance of R1234ze as a standard refrigerant in large chillers. Following the success of the TG310 compressor - pioneer centrifugal compressor for use with ultra-low GWP refrigerant in 2012, Danfoss releases four new TG series compressors.


Danfoss’ Turbocor TG series for low-GWP (Global Warming Potential) refrigerants enables chiller manufacturers to build climate friendly and sustainable solutions which are also supporting refrigerant regulations for reducing the direct and indirect CO2 emissions such as - the European F-Gas Regulation – and the US SNAP regulation.


Similar to the current TT series compressors, the TG series compressors are oil-free, variable-speed, magnetic bearing centrifugal compressors.  These products provide outstanding full and part load energy efficiency and feature a small footprint, light weight, low vibration, very low sound, intelligent controls, and soft starting characteristics. The cooling capacity is lowered by about 25% with an equivalent model using R134a, but the energy efficiency is slightly increased.


The new compressor models TG230, TG390, and TG520 are designed for standard temperature A/C applications


TG230 – Delivers a nominal capacity of 230kW (65 tons) at water-cooled conditions and 175kW (50 tons) at air-cooled conditions.  The TG230 compressor is available for nominal mains input voltages of 400V, 460V, and 575V.  


TG390 – Intended for water-cooled chillers and delivers a nominal capacity of 390kW (110 tons).  The TG390 is available for nominal mains input voltages of 380V, 400V, 460V, and 575V.   


TG520 Intended for water-cooled chillers and delivers a nominal capacity of 520kW (150 Tons).  The TG520 is available for nominal mains input voltages of 380V, 400V, and 460V.


A new compressor model for medium temperature applications is also available.  


TG230 MT – Available with the same range as the standard temperature version but with the capability to extend operation down to evaporating temperatures of -10 degrees C (+14 degrees F).


In addition to these models, the TG310 has been updated to include a new model for a nominal mains input voltage of 380V.  The TG310 was previously only available as 400V and 460V models.



Danfoss takes a proactive approach to further the development and use of low-GWP refrigerants to help abate global warming and to ensure the competitiveness of the industry.


Danfoss Turbocor TG compressors received AHR honorable mention in the green building category in 2017


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New AK-PC 782A for integrated and optimized pack control

New Danfoss AK-PC 782A for integrated pack control in transcritical CO2 booster packs is now available. Precise regulation, improved efficiency and enhanced user-friendliness are some of the highlights of the new controller. AK-PC 782A replaces AK-PC 781 in most transcritical CO2 applications.

The new AK-PC 782A offers fully integrated pack control in transcritical CO2 booster packs. Where previously multiple controllers were needed, AK-PC 782A performs all necessary control functions as one, integrated solution. The integrated control leads to precise regulation and high efficiency even in challenging operational conditions. AK-PC 782A handles up to eight MT and four LT compressors.

“The last couple of years have seen a fast growing interest in trans-critical packs as safe, efficient and environmentally-friendly solutions. With the new AK-PC 782A, we take the development of CO2 refrigeration to the next level and offer improved energy efficiency to all climate zones. At the same time, the new controller is easy to operate and takes up less space in the electrical panel”, says Kenneth B. Madsen, Head of the Danfoss Food Retail Applications Experts team

AK-PC 782A introduces floating receiver pressure control. This feature has been measured to return energy savings of up to four percent in warmer climates.

Easy to install, commission and use in daily operation

AK-PC 782A is easy to install and commission thanks to the wizard-like set-up tool. One visit to the site is all it takes, while fine-tuning to achieve optimum operating conditions can be performed remotely.

In addition to pack control, AK-PC 782A offers control of several other functions, including floor heating, space heating and pumps. The graphic interface has been greatly improved to support easy trouble-shooting and service during daily operation.

“AK-PC 782A marks an important step in electronically delivered services and data management. The new controller not only ensures high performance and efficiency, but also returns real-time and actionable data, allowing fast response to alarms and optimized operation at all times”, says Product Manager, Brian Skov.

AK-PC 782A is available now through all Danfoss sales channels.


Facts about AK-PC 782A

·      One controller for up to 12 compressors

o   8 MT/IT (IT = parallel compression) + 4 LT

·      Gas cooler and High Pressure system control

·      Floating Receiver Pressure control

·      Heat recovery control

·      Oil flow and oil pressure control

·      General purpose IO (25pcs)

·      General purpose PI controllers (3pcs)

o   By Quick Selection of the most common applications

·      Enhanced local and remote User Experience


For more information, please contact:

Brian Skov, Product Manager, Pack Controllers


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New Danfoss Pressure Sensor available for SIL 2 applications

Danfoss launches a new safety pressure sensor, DST P92S, approved for use in SIL 2 and PL d applications. The new sensor is designed to enhance safety, improve performance and reduce maintenance costs in material handling, construction, agriculture and forestry. DST P92S is TÜV approved as well as compliant with EN ISO 13849-1 and IEC 61508.

“Our ambition is to make development and certification of heavy-duty machines as easy and streamlined as possible and at the same time offer unquestionable safety for personnel operating on or close to the machines”, says product manager Lars Baunsgaard.

The sensor represents best in class functional safety with several built-in safety measures. Among others, the sensor performs start-up diagnosis at every machine start up. During operation, cyclic diagnosis is performed every 30-40ms.  If any failure is detected during start up or operation, the sensor switches to safe state.

The smart self-diagnosis of the sensor reduces the need for redundant, parallel circuits in the sensor itself reducing the size to one of the smallest in the market.

The new pressure sensor supports the functional safety of the entire machine.

“When our customers choose DST P92S, they are one step ahead in the safety approval process”, says segment manager Magnus Hansson.

DST P92S is available from the beginning of December 2016 through all Danfoss sales channels.


Facts about DST P92S

·      SIL 2 and PL d approved by TÜV

·      Complying with ISO13849-1 and IEC61508

·      E1 certified

·      Performs moisture and harness checks to detect moisture in the connector

·      Checks electrical interference on the signal line with 4-20mA/20-4mA dual output for the entire loop

·      Performs start-up and cyclic diagnosis every 30-40ms to detect possible failures, switching to safe state if a failure is detected.

·      Sealed transmitter and connecter to prevent moisture ingress even in harshest environments

·      Compact in design to fit all applications (Hex22)

·      Temperature range: 40-85°C

·      Pressure range: 10-2.000 bar

For more information, please contact:

Lars Baunsgaard, Product manager,




About Danfoss

Danfoss engineers technologies that enable the world of tomorrow to do more with less. We meet the growing need for infrastructure, food supply, energy efficiency and climate-friendly solutions. Our products and services are used in areas such as refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, motor control and mobile machinery. We are also active in the field of renewable energy as well as district heating infrastructure for cities and urban communities. Our innovative engineering dates back to 1933, and today Danfoss is a world-leader with 24,000 employees and serving customers in more than 100 countries. We are still privately held by the founding family. Read more about us at


Designing the future

40 years of experience. A firm basis for future plant automation.


Wiesbaden, 12/01/2017: Always keeping a close eye on the digital change and the range of topics dealing with IoT and industry 4.0, the Eckelmann AG can continue to build the future work of the automation technology drawing from a 40 years treasure of experience.

Founded 40 years ago, the manufacturer for one of the leading control technologies for refrigeration systems celebrates the continuation of the successful path towards an increasingly digitized world at the EuroShop 2017 (Hall 15, Booth G 42).


Since its very beginnings, the Eckelmann E*LDS control and remote monitoring system always set standards for energy efficient control technology of supermarket refrigeration systems or cold stores and the building automation. Having versatile know-how in automation technology together with digital pioneering spirit, Eckelmann perceives itself today as an initiator and proficient partner to drive the digital change for sustainable benefits to the retail food industry.



Information to company history and E*LDS control and remote monitoring system:



EuroShop 2017

March 05-09, 2017 Düsseldorf

Hall 15, Booth G42


Eckelmann AG

Berliner Straße 161

65205 Wiesbaden

Phone: +49 (0)611 7103-0  

Georg Fischer Piping Systems

Schaffhausen, Switzerland

14 March 2017



COOL-FIT 2.0 - The revolution for efficient cooling

To meet modern society’s growing populations and their need for comfort and safety, GF Piping Systems introduces its new COOL-FIT 2.0 pre-insulated PE100 plastic piping system.


COOL-FIT 2.0 is the non-corroding, non-condensing solution for the transport of chilled water in climate control systems inside residential and commercial buildings as well as for data centers and industrial process cooling.


The system uses the tried and tested electrofusion jointing technique known from the ELGEF system, with industrial grade PE100 as the carrier pipe. All components are pre-insulated with GFHE* insulation (0.022 W/m.K), together with a load bearing, robust outer jacket in black HD-PE or stainless steel. This unique combination leads to highly competitive characteristics:


-       100% corrosion free

-       50% faster installation

-       30% higher energy efficiency


COOL-FIT 2.0 is a PN16 system suitable for fluid temperatures from 0°C to +60°C. The carrier pipe/jacket dimensions range from d32 mm/75mm to d140 mm/200 mm. Both pipe and fittings are pre-insulated with GFHE* to a thickness of 20 millimetres. GF valves, plastic to metal transitions, as well as hoses for easy connection to appliances are all also provided pre-insulated.


30 percent higher energy efficiency

The pre-insulated system is revolutionary efficient to reduce running costs and CO2 footprint. U-values (heat transfer) of COOL-FIT 2.0 pipes are between 1.0 and 3.8 W/m.K, up to 30 percent better than traditional steel pipes with foamed NBR rubber insulation.


Installation times reduced by at least 50 percent

COOL-FIT 2.0 combines three products – carrier pipe, insulation and jacket – into one revolutionary new product. The 3-in-1 concept ensures “on-site” time is reduced to an absolute minimum. No post insulation of the piping system and no time consuming and expensive pre-insulated pipe supports or blocks are required.


Application areas

+6°C / +12°C        Chilled water in air conditioning

+15°C to +45°C    Industrial cooling water

+5°C/ +8°C           Rack cooling water in data centres

+35°C                   Water and glycol solutions for outdoor cooling towers


*GFHE :  High efficiency closed cell, rigid insulation from GF


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For further information please contact

Market Segments

Mark Bulmer, Global Market Segment Manager Cooling

T +41 (0) 52 631 34 42

About GF Piping Systems

GF Piping Systems offers system solutions, high-quality components, jointing technologies and services for the safe transport of water, chemicals and gases. Besides GF Automotive and GF Machining Solutions the company is part of the Georg Fischer AG group, founded in 1802, with its headquarter in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. GF Piping Systems serves its customers in more than 100 countries and develops and produces products for the use in industry, utilities and building technology at more than 30 locations across Europe, Asia and the Americas. In 2016, GF Piping Systems has generated sales of 1.49 billion CHF and employed over 6,500 people worldwide.


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Vulkan Lokring


LOKRING® Technology for the polar research station, Bharati

Temperatures reaching 45 degrees below freezing point, snow, ice and several stormy days in the year with wind speeds exceeding 250 km/hour - these are extreme conditions not only for the researchers who will be working at the Indian polar station, Bharati, but also for all of the equipment used and materials installed there. The LOKRING® tube connection technology withstands such extreme conditions and even provides additional benefits for the deployment in this special application.

With the Antarctic research station Bharati in the region of the Larsemann Hills (69°S, 76°O), the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research of the Indian Government is currently building the second active polar station for research on continental drift, climate change, weather development and environmental pollution. When the station goes into operation in spring next year, India will be one of the world's nine leading countries in the field of Antarctic research.

VULKAN Lokring is supplying innovative climatic technology for this innovative research project. "LOKRING® Rohrverbindungstechnik (tube connection technology) is used in the air-conditioning plants, which are related to the cooling of the entire electrical system, the power generators, the server rooms and the laboratory warehouse" explained Mr André Schlosser, the LOKRING Project Manager. "The building technology manufacturer and service provider YIT trusts and has confidence in our solder-free tube connection technology, particularly under these special conditions." Soldering or brazing the tubing would not have been any alternative for the design and construction of the air-conditioning plants since any damage to the existing installations resulting from fire would have meant an incredibly expensive and cumbersome logistics proposition: "You just cannot simply supply a few parts for replacing or repairing the damaged parts in Antarctica. With LOKRINGs as solder-free or braze-free tube connection technology, such risks are avoided right from the very outset" continued Mr Schlosser. In addition, the individual laboratory containers of the polar station have already been equipped before they are set up and constructed locally onsite. This is also why soldering or brazing were not considered as options for the connection technology.

The patented LOKRING® tube connections can be established without the need for large forces and using simple hand tools, and they ensure an absolutely secure, tight and purely mechanical tube connection with a permanent hermetic seal. This is confirmed by the special TÜV test and approval. The special challenge of air-conditioning in the polar station is that the tube connections must remain leak-tight even under the extreme minus temperatures that are prevalent there. "We guarantee reliable leak-tightness even with outdoor temperatures up to -45°C" stated Mr Schlosser. Apart from the various tube connections for the construction of the air-conditioning system, VULKAN Lokring also supplied the associated special tools as well as recovery and evacuation devices. "What was particularly important was that those in charge of the project took us on board right from the beginning. Consequently, we were able to provide comprehensive advice about the LOKRING® products to be used. This was particularly important since it is obviously not easy to make subsequent or additional deliveries to Antarctica."


Rütgers Kälte Klima GmbH

Rütgers Kälte Klima GmbH, Mannheim


ist Preisträger im Wettbewerb von

„100 Orte für Industrie 4.0 in Baden


Rütgers Kälte Klima GmbH, Mannheim


ist Preisträger im Wettbewerb von

„100 Orte für Industrie 4.0 in Baden 



Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg


20 Industrie 4.0-Leuchtturmprojekte ausgezeichnet 19. Februar 2016

Staatssekretär Peter Hofelich hat am Freitag (19. Februar 2016) die Preisträger der zweiten Runde des Wettbewerbs „100 Orte für Industrie 4.0 in Baden-Württemberg“ ausgezeichnet. Insgesamt wurden zwanzig Betriebe prämiert, die Industrie 4.0 erfolgreich im Unternehmensalltag umgesetzt haben.

Mit dem Wettbewerb sucht die „Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg“ nach innovativen Konzepten aus der Wirtschaft, die mit der intelligenten Vernetzung von Produktions- und Wertschöpfungsprozessen erfolgreich sind. Die Expertenjury bewertet neben dem Innovationsgrad auch die konkrete Praxisrelevanz für Industrie 4.0.

„Baden-Württemberg ist ein starker Innovations- und Wirtschaftsstandort. Gerade im Bereich der Industrie sind wir bei der Digitalisierung Vorreiter. Das zeigen auch die heute prämierten Unternehmen ganz deutlich. Mit der Preisverleihung wollen wir gute Ideen aus dem Land noch bekannter machen und auch andere Unternehmen und Institutionen motivieren, in der Industrie 4.0 aktiv zu werden“, sagte Staatssekretär Peter Hofelich. „Die heute vorgestellten Beispiele zeigen, wie durch den Einsatz von neuen Technologien die Unternehmen fit für die digitale Zukunft gemacht werden können.“

Die prämierten Projekte reichen von neuen Produkten, Komponenten, Maschinen und Anlagen über Software- und Vernetzungslösungen bis hin zu neuen Produktions- und Organisationsprozessen sowie neuen Leistungsangeboten für Industrie- und Privatkunden. Den ausgezeichneten Unternehmen und Organisationen bietet der Wettbewerb eine breite Bühne, um so ihre Industrie 4.0-Lösungen noch stärker zu bewerben.

„Der Wettbewerb zeigt, dass Industrie 4.0 für viele baden-württembergische Betriebe keine abstrakte Zukunftsvision ist, sondern gelebte Realität“, erklärte Dr. Dietrich Birk, Geschäftsführer des VDMA Landesverbandes Baden-Württemberg. „Die heute vorgestellten Lösungen illustrieren, wie eine pragmatische Umsetzung von Industrie 4.0 gelingen kann. Ganz besonders freut mich, dass vor allem der Mittelstand unter den Preisträgern stark vertreten ist.“

Die prämierten Unternehmen erhalten eine Ehrenurkunde zur Auszeichnung als einer der 100 Orte für Industrie 4.0 in Baden-Württemberg. Außerdem werden sie auf der Internetseite der Allianz ( präsentiert und in den Kompetenzatlas des Landes Baden-Württemberg aufgenommen.



Rivacold is proud to present its new range of air unit coolers for CO2 installations (R744).


The new range includes the SLIM and CUBIC unit coolers with 250 and 350 fans suitable for small and medium cold rooms at high, medium and low temperatures.


The Rivacold range of air unit coolers for Co2 installations features a highly resistant battery dedicated for the application with a working pressure that can reach up to 75 bar. This value is a great advantage, both in the event of downtime (reduces CO2 evacuation needs) and the use of the same battery on negative temperature cold rooms (-40°C) and positive temperature cold rooms to the air conditioning limit (+15°C).  


The operation for subcritical and transcritical systems with natural CO2 gas ensures that the range has a minimum direct environmental impact. In addition to using a highly efficient blade, the range has electronic fan motors with high energy savings that provides high performance and indirect minimum GWP.


The RSIX, RCX and RCMX models come with 1 to 4 fans that go from 260 to 19100 Watt.


The new unit coolers for cold rooms are part of the ECO2 LOGICALPOWER line that was developed for environmentally friendly, non-toxic, non-flammable installations with low energy consumption.


This range complements the existing CO2 (R744) line of products, designed and manufactured at the customer's request: subcritical and transcritical multi-compressor packs and  gas coolers .


The use of CO2 as a single coolant gas for the various applications ensures a reduction in installation costs and makes the product future-proof.



RIVACOLD : sustaining your future


ASHRAE Earns Prestigious UN Environment Award for

Dedication in Advancing Montreal Protocol


ATLANTA (Nov. 27, 2017) – ASHRAE has received the prestigious Partnership Award from the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UN Environment) Ozone Secretariat for its extraordinary commitment and contribution to the progress and achievements of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.


The award was presented to ASHRAE at the 2017 Ozone Awards ceremony on Nov. 23 in Montreal. The Partnership Award recognizes the work of civil society and other international organizations that have played a critical role in the development of the Kigali Amendment and/or implementation of the Montreal Protocol.


“We could not be more pleased to have earned this recognition. Receiving the Partnership Award is a great honor and acknowledgment of the tireless work ASHRAE and our members are doing to support the phase-out activities of ozone-depleting substances around the world,” said 2017-2018 ASHRAE President Bjarne W. Olesen, Ph.D. “We are proud to be a part of this initiative and look forward to continuing our partnership with UN Environment as we work toward a more sustainable built environment.”


Commonly referred to as “the treaty that saved the ozone layer,” the Montreal Protocol, signed in 1987, is an international agreement designed to substantially reduce emissions of substances that deplete the stratospheric ozone layer. The Protocol has led to the phase-out of more than 99 percent of nearly 100 ozone-depleting chemicals and significantly contributed to climate change mitigation, according to UN Environment.


“I congratulate ASHRAE for this well-deserved award honoring its exceptional efforts to support the advancement of technologies which help protect the ozone layer. We appreciate the organization’s dedication to the Montreal Protocol and its contribution to the success of the treaty,” said Tina Birmpili, head of the Ozone Secretariat.


ASHRAE’s partnership with UN Environment has been highly transparent and visible since it began and has been recognized with appreciation by governments around the world as well as the HVAC&R industry. Through ASHRAE’s more than 56,000 members in more than 100 countries, the Society has mobilized its resources to develop, implement and support UN Environment and Montreal Protocol projects.


Most recently, ASHRAE and UN Environment launched a work plan titled, “Working Beyond High Global Warning Potential (GWP) Refrigerants.” It is the organizations’ fifth joint biennial work plan and is another tangible example of ASHRAE’s dedication to promote the Montreal Protocol by leading the way in research to identify effective refrigerant alternatives with low GWP.


Another way ASHRAE is leading this charge is through its collaboration with the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Through a $5.2 million joint investment, the three organizations are funding vital research to expedite findings and establish a more robust fact base about the properties and use of flammable refrigerants, which will also help update international standards.


About the United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.



ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 56,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at


Saving time and money with pre-covered insulation systems


Arma-Chek application manuals in practical A5 format


Münster, 19 September 2017. – Pre-covered insulation systems allow significant time and cost savings. In its new application guides the insulation manufacturer now shows just how easy it is to install the Arma-Chek products made by Armacell. Using the flexible 2-in-1 products instead of cladding the insulation with metal jackets or PVC foils greatly reduces the fabrication and assembly effort. The free brochures in a handy format give clear step-by-step instructions for preparing and applying the pre-covered insulation systems.


Quick and easy to install

Unlike traditional insulation materials and coverings, Arma-Chek Silver and Arma-Chek D can be applied in one work step. An additional benefit of the flexible materials is that they can be installed easily, directly on site without the need for special tools. Even more time can be saved if the self-adhesive products are used. In general, Arma-Chek Silver and Arma-Chek D are just as easy to apply as the Armaflex tubes and sheets. But there are some differences which need to be heeded: when Arma-Chek D is installed on equipment located outdoors, the seams must always be additionally sealed with the Arma-Chek Mastic. In indoor applications, the seam is secured with a self-adhesive tape, as is also the case for Arma-Chek Silver applications. For insulating bends and T-pieces Armacell’s range includes pre-fabricated fitting covers made of Armaflex and the Arma-Chek Silver foil.


Coverings protect insulation against stress

Unlike open-cell insulation materials, Armaflex does not need a vapour barrier, i.e. it does not usually need to be covered. However, the insulation should be covered if it will be subject to high mechanical impact or if e.g. industrial equipment will be exposed to dirt, oil or chemicals or if it must be easy to clean. On outdoor installations coverings also protect the insulation against UV-radiation, weathering and the increased risk of corrosion. Traditionally, sheet metal or, in indoor applications, stucco aluminium foils or rigid plastics, such as PVC, are used. Flexible coverings offer high mechanical stability whilst still retaining a certain degree of flexibility and they are rot-resistant. Furthermore, when the lightweight products are used, it is not neces­sary to provide mounting structures, which are needed when larger objects are clad with metal jackets. Because these products have a higher coefficient of heat transfer than metals and no Parker screws penetrate the insulation during installation, they generally allow the use of thinner insulation thicknesses than metal jackets.


Tip: The free brochures can be requested from the Armacell Customer Service Centre or by email ( or downloaded at



About Armacell

Armacell is a global leader in flexible foam for the equipment insulation market and a leading provider of engineered foams. With 3,000 employees and 25 production plants in 16 countries, the company generated net sales of approx. EUR 560 million and EBITDA (before unusual items) of approx. EUR 100 million in 2016.


In addition to ARMAFLEX, the world’s leading brand for flexible technical insula­tion, Armacell offers thermoplastic insulation materi­als, covering sys­tems, fire protection and noise control solu­tions as well as special foams for a multi­tude of industrial applications. In recent years, Armacell has devel­oped new insulation systems for the oil and gas market, core foams for com­posite materi­als, and low-smoke products that have set new standards in the industry.


Armacell’s products make a significant contribution to global energy efficiency.


Further information on Armacell can be found at or


Chemours Announces Price Increase on Freon™ Refrigerants in EU


Geneva, Switzerland, April 3, 2017 – The Chemours Company (Chemours) (NYSE: CC), a global chemistry company with leading market positions in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts and chemical solutions, today announced the following price increases on Freon™ Refrigerants sold in the European Union, effective May 1, 2017, or as contracts and law allow.




% increase

Freon™ 404A



Freon™ 507A



Freon™ 407A



Freon™ 410A



Freon™ 407C



Freon™ 134a




Transition from high-GWP products like R-404A to low-GWP technologies like the Opteon™ range of refrigerant solutions will help drive the EU market to achieve the goals outlined in the F-Gas Regulation.

Chemours is well-positioned to help the market achieve this transition with products like Opteon™ XP40, Opteon™ XP44 and Opteon™ XP10 which are commercially available and successfully used in thousands of systems today.


About The Chemours Company

The Chemours Company (NYSE: CC) helps create a colorful, capable and cleaner world through the power of chemistry.  Chemours is a global leader in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts and chemical solutions, providing its customers with solutions in a wide range of industries with market-defining products, application expertise and chemistry-based innovations.  Chemours ingredients are found in plastics and coatings, refrigeration and air conditioning, mining and oil refining operations and general industrial manufacturing.  Our flagship products include prominent brands such as Teflon™, Ti-Pure™, Krytox™, Viton™, Opteon™, Freon™, and Nafion™.  Chemours has approximately 8,000 employees across 35 manufacturing sites serving more than 5,000 customers in North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.  Chemours is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol CC.  For more information please visit or follow Chemours on Twitter at @chemours.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, which often may be identified by their use of words like "plans," "expects," "will," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "anticipates" or other words of similar meaning. These forward-looking statements address, among other things, our anticipated future operating and financial performance, business plans and prospects, transformation plans, resolution of environmental liabilities, litigation and other contingencies, plans to increase profitability, our ability to pay or the amount of any dividend, and target leverage that are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are based on certain assumptions and expectations of future events which may not be realized. The matters discussed in these forward-looking statements also are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements, as further described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. Chemours undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements.


F-Gas Solutions: The mobile App for everyone!


Refrigeration, air-conditioning, heating and renewable energy professionals-be sure to choose the right refrigerant according to F-Gas regulation 517/2014

In 2014, our industry is once again facing the challenge of new developments, such as the end of reclaimed HCFCs and new F-Gas regulations. The experience acquired by Climalife from within the Dehon Group and its 140 years' experience, is here to help you to choose the solutions for tomorrow with its comprehensive product range and the launch of "F-Gas Solutions".


"F-Gas Solutions" is a smartphone application developed by Climalife for professionals in the fields of refrigeration, air conditioning, heating and renewable energy. It offers simple and user-friendly assistance in dealing with the new European regulation 517/2014 or "F-Gas II", that comes into force on 1 January 2015.


This mobile application provides a useful calculator that will tell you the GWP of the refrigerant used in an installation, as defined by the F-Gas Regulation. By entering the refrigerant charge in kg into the ‘App' it will also tell you the CO2 equivalent Tonnes for that refrigerant and charge. These are two essential criteria under the new F-Gas regulation.


The "Climalife approved F-Gas solutions" module offers professionals information on the range of refrigerants available on the market and the solutions recommended by Climalife regarding F-Gas regulations for new and existing equipment.


Professionals will find a solution to suit their needs regardless of the type of application (air conditioning, heat pumps, domestic cooling, non-commercial refrigeration, transport/automotive), or the equipment chosen (Mono Split, hermetically sealed systems, centralised systems, etc.); be it new or existing.


The refrigerants covered by this application include all commonly used fluids (HFC, HFO, hydrocarbons and others) with an ASHRAE number.  New products and blends under development will be added as they are released on the market.


The "F-Gas solutions" application is available for a preview on our stand 210, Hall 5, and will soon be available on Google Play and the Apple Store for i-phone and i-pad in several languages: English, French, Dutch and German.


Regular updates will be made to the application, as and when new information is available.

Climalife, a key partner for energy performance


Developing innovative, sustainable solutions for climate control systems


For more than a century, Climalife has been Europe's specialist in cooling fluids for refrigeration and air conditioning.


Its dynamism and commitment to quality and protecting the environment has also enabled it to gain cutting-edge expertise in the heating and renewable energy markets.


More than 250 employees are available to share their knowledge on diverse sectors such as: industrial markets, commercial markets (large outlets, local stores, etc.), housing and apartments, and the service sector (offices, hospitals, airports ...).


They can meet your needs with a range of products and services suitable for any climate control system: refrigerants, secondary refrigerants/heat transfer fluids, lubricants, equipment, cleaning, brazing alloys, analysis, services.


Climalife benefits from the structure of the Dehon Group, a key player in performance chemistry, developing innovative solutions and building special partnerships with professionals, particularly producers, manufacturers, industrial firms, and distributors.


Innovative services developed for safety and the environment, regular technical and regulatory information, and high-performance tools complete this comprehensive plan.


Climalife offer their products and services worldwide, thanks to a global distribution network made up of 13 subsidiaries (Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Hungary, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Italy, Russia, Panama, and Romania), and local representatives (India, China, Singapore and Malaysia) and an export subsidiary, Galco-Climalife, for the rest of the world.

Climalife - Launching Greenway® Neo range 

Climalife, a leading specialist in the formulation of heat transfer fluids for more than 30 years, is strongly committed to solutions from plant resources.

Greenway® Neo : a technological and environmentally friendly alternative!


The Climalife R&D department has developed and patented this new formula Greenway® Neo for use across a range of applications inclu­ding refrigeration, air conditioning, heat pumps, central heating, thermal solar energy and sprin­klers. Climalife's objective is to offer a reliable and effective technical alternative to traditional based fluids.The Greenway® Neo secondary refrigerants / heat transfer fluids are formulated based on 1,3-Propanediol (Bio-PDOTM), the raw material used and produced by fermen­tation of natural 99.7% purified glucose syrup, and long-lasting organic corrosion inhibitors. The Greenway® Neo formula continues to be borax-free in compliance with European Direc­tive 2005/58/EC dated 15/09/2008.


In compliance with the ISO 11930 international standard, Greenway® Neo is bacteriostatic. This anti-microbial protection prevents bacteria proliferation in thermal facilities. The new range of Greenway® Neo is approved on the A list from the French General Health Department for heat treatment by simple water exchange intended for human consumption as defined by ANSES and also approved by Belgaqua, the Belgian Professional Federation for the water sector, according to the standard NBN-EN 1717 as a fluid category 3.


The new range of Greenway® Neo is the re­sult of a technical collaboration between Clima­life and Dupont Tate & Lyle, manufacturer of the raw material Bio-PDOTM (Susterra®).

The contribution by DuPont Tate & Lyle of the technical characteristics of this new plant-based raw material has allowed Climalife to add its expertise to its application and to deve­lop a specific formula that meets the needs of each business sector. (refrigeration, air condi­tioning, heating, renewable energy).


Our partner:

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products is proud to offer Susterra® 1,3-propanediol to the market because our company's mission is to provide customers a competitive advantage by offering a glycol with superior performance from a petro leum-free, sustainable and renewable resource.

The unique thermal stability of Susterra® offers differentiated protection from acid buildup at high temperatures seen in applications such as solar thermal. A decrease in acid buildup re­sults in a more efficient system with a longer lifespan, which means a better return on a cus­tomer's investment in equipment.

Susterra® offers excellent freeze protection and has better viscosity than propylene glycol at low temperatures, so it can help increase the efficiency of pumping equipment. Susterra® 1,3 propanediol is also readily biodegradable, ma­king it a good choice for customers looking for a safe glycol with low toxicity. It is less irritating to the skin than propylene glycol, and is safe for incidental food contact.

Now, materials like Susterra® 1,3 propane­diol can be derived from renewable sources, making the promise of carbon neutrality and independence from petroleum a possibility. Susterra® is certified 100% biobased by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, making it at­tractive for business owners seeking renewable content in their products.

A peer reviewed life cycle assessment (LCA) demonstrates that the production of biobased propanediol offers significant environmental benefits including up to 40 percent less green­house gas emissions and 40 percent less non-renewable energy used in production ver­sus petroleum-based glycols.

At DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, we be­lieve products such as Susterra® can offer our customers differentiated performance while still protecting the environment and reducing the world's dependence on petroleum.


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Climalife, a key partner for energy performance


Developing innovative, sustainable solutions for climate control systems


For more than a century, Climalife has been Europe's specialist in cooling fluids for refrigeration and air conditioning.


Its dynamism and commitment to quality and protecting the environment has also enabled it to gain cutting-edge expertise in the heating and renewable energy markets.


More than 250 employees are available to share their knowledge on diverse sectors such as: industrial markets, commercial markets (large outlets, local stores, etc.), housing and apartments, and the service sector (offices, hospitals, airports ...).


They can meet your needs with a range of products and services suitable for any climate control system: refrigerants, secondary refrigerants/heat transfer fluids, lubricants, equipment, cleaning, brazing alloys, analysis, services.


Climalife benefits from the structure of the Dehon Group, a key player in performance chemistry, developing innovative solutions and building special partnerships with professionals, particularly producers, manufacturers, industrial firms, and distributors.


Innovative services developed for safety and the environment, regular technical and regulatory information, and high-performance tools complete this comprehensive plan.


Climalife offer their products and services worldwide, thanks to a global distribution network made up of 13 subsidiaries (Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Hungary, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Italy, Russia, Panama, and Romania), and local representatives (India, China, Singapore and Malaysia) and an export subsidiary, Galco-Climalife, for the rest of the world.

CLIMALIFE - Launching HFO Refrigerants to market

Climalife remains at the forefront offering new lower GWP refrigerants to its customers to help them meet the requirements of the new F-Gas regulations.


Climalife were one of the first to offer Performax® LT (R-407F) which has established itself as the prime lower GWP alternative to R-404A and is already in widespread use in both commercial and non commercial installations. With a GWP of 1825 it is more than 50% lower than that of R-404A at 3922.

Climalife are working closely with a number of customers to develop the use of the very low GWP refrigerants such as R-1234ze, which has the potential to offer some real energy saving benefits in chiller, heat pump and medium temperature applications for new equipment as alternative to R-134a. The GWP is just 7 (IPCC 4th assessment) and already good results are being reported by those who are leading the way in its use.


The very low GWP HFOs can also be used in blends with other refrigerants to try and closely match the desired properties of much higher GWP refrigerants.

Climalife   in conjunction, with producers are bringing new solutions to their customers so they can trial these new refrigerants in both existing and new technologies that they are developing.  One of the first of these is Solstice® N13 (R-450A) a non flammable replacement for R-134a with a GWP of 605 (IPCC 4th assessment). The product is launched at Chillventa and Climalife will be in a position to distribute commercial quantities, as required. Initially it is being used in supermarkets medium temperature systems, but it can also be used in other applications where R-134a has traditionally been used.

The latest Climalife Contact 7 magazine, which will be available at Chillventa will features some new case studies from Climalife operations across Europe where low GWP refrigerants have been successfully used.

These include the use of R-450A in a cascade refrigeration system at French supermarket chain, Auchan, the use of R-407F in a refrigerated transport application in Switzerland by Heller AG and the use of R-1234ze and HFO Blend Solstice® N40 (R-448A) in the UK by Precision Refrigeration in new refrigerator and freezer counter models for food service applications.


The new F-Gas regulations bring many challenges, not least the move to lower GWP refrigerants over the next few years and Climalife are excited to be at the forefront of bringing new refrigerants to their customers to achieve the demands that are placed upon them. Climalife are well versed in change having helped their refrigeration and air conditioning customers successfully move from CFCs and then HCFCs in the past.


More refrigerants are under development, some, such as Solstice® N40 (R-448A) are expected to be available early next year and Climalife are well placed to help their customers trial, share technical expertise and help them decide which are best suited for their requirements in their specific applications.


Manifold product enhancements - for use with new refrigerants

TITAN R-134a / R-404A / R-407F Manifold

Climalife announce a new arrival to complement their range of equipment for refrigeration professionals. The 4 valve manifold has been designed to use with new refrigerants such as

R-407F as well as R-134a and R-404A.

It can be useful for all Performax® LT installations, but also during R-404A / R-407F retrofits.

This 4 valve manifold is offered with class 1 80mm diameter pressure gauges for comfort and optimal reading accuracy.

TITAN R-32 / R-410A Manifold

With the development of R-32 now available on the market, there is demand from air conditioning technicians for new manifolds. In order to support its customers and their daily needs, Climalife now offers an R-32 / R-410A manifold specifically for air-conditioning installations.
This 4 valve manifold is equipped with class 1 pressure gauges for optimum accuracy.


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The choice of the oil/refrigerant combination is crucial for the proper operation of installations


A compression refrigerator produces cooling at constant pressure by evaporation of a refrigerant in the liquid state, followed by compression and condensation of the fluid to transform it from vapour to the liquid state. It uses a compressor which in most cases must be lubricated. Proper operation and optimum performance are ensured by choosing fluids and oils that are compatible with the machines, types of evaporators (direct or embedded expansion system) and the desired operating conditions.

The refrigerating circuit is subject to pressure, temperature and expansion phenomena which requires perfect compatibility between oil and refrigerant.


Role of the lubricant in a refrigerating circuit, 3 main functions:

- Lubrication of moving parts,

- Leak tightness,

- Motor fluid for some control and cooling devices in the case of screw compressors for example.

Though the lubricant is essential for the compressor to reduce friction, wear and improve the seal during compression, conversely, oil in the refrigerating circuit must be kept to a minimum to prevent heat transfer loss.

Essential properties:

- Lubricity: related to the thickness of the oil film.
- Solubility with the refrigerant in the gaseous state.
- Miscibility with the refrigerant in the liquid state.
- Viscosity: resistance to temperature variations.
- Flocculation point: important, particularly in the context of installation conversion.

E.g. in an installation converted with R-134a + POE ISO 22, the flocculation temperature of POE will increase from -53°C without residual mineral oil to +16°C with 5% residual mineral oil.

Oil has many other properties such as pour point, stiffness, dielectric, moisture content, chemical stability, thermal stability, hydrolysis resistance and acid value.


Installation conversion: oil as a flush solution


When converting an installation in good condition to hydrofluorocarbons , POE oil can be used as a flush solution for the oils in service. Climalife, on the strength of its many experiments with this type of operation, recommends using POE oils with an appropriate viscosity grade for machines to remove mineral oils or alkylbenzenes from circuits by successive draining and operating with HCFC, as well as the in-service compressor.

The compatibility of all system components should be checked beforehand and will be combined with a number of implementation measures and precautions. When the residual minimum has been reached (checked by DPH analysis), after recovering the HCFC fluid and changing all incompatible components, the HFC replacement fluid can be loaded with a new POE oil.


The installation will then be restarted and optimised by the appropriate settings. When the use of a solvent is not necessary, this solution is much easier and faster to implement.


Checking the state of the oil:

The oil plays a key role in the proper operation and useful life of the installation. There are several ways to check its in-service state

Acidity test: Climalife offers
Acitest Unipro in a single bottle to instantly check the acidity of the in-service oil on site (regardless of its type MN/AB/POE, etc.).

analyses: for larger installations or those with a maintenance contract.

The DPH, performed in the laboratory, determines the health of your oil and therefore your installation with as much precision as a medical analysis. The oil's values are compared to standard values and recommendations are made by our experts.

Article written by Pierre-Emmanuel Danet
Climalife Technical Support Manager

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Schiessl exhibits at Chillventa 2014

Frequency controlled compressor unit E-FU-DO


The Robert Schiessl GmbH increased the product range of frequency controlled compressor units.

In the new product line the HI-compressors from manufacturer Dorin are used, which are especially Designed for the operation by a frequency converter.

This compressors stand out through their extraordinary smooth running performance in the whole Frequency range from 20 to 90 Hz.

This is achieved by using the internal patented ‚kinetic accumulator‘.

Further new components are the Power Electronic Yaskawa frequency converter, which operates with the new TCC control concept. Compressor units which two compressors start with one compressor frequency controlled at low refrigeration load, at increased load demand both compressors are operated parallel by the frequency converter.

The result is a wide capacity range with an excellent control performance of the units.

There five different sizes offered with one compressor and five different sizes with two compressors.

The frame concept originates from the well known E-FU-BO compressor unit series.

The units are designed primary for the use with refrigerant R134a at medium temperature conditions.

Photo 1 (Schiessl) for download as a PDF at the end of the text.

ECO Rack Cascade Modul for Refrigerant R134a/ CO2

The compressor rack series ECO Rack which was shown at the Chillventa 2012 will be enlarged with cascade moduls and racks for the creation of a subcritical cascade System for medium temperature/low temperature which operates with R744/ CO2 in the low stage.

This concept allows with the three parts ECO Rack for MT/cascade modul/ Eco Rack for LT a flexibel creation of cascade systems.

The common frame concept allows the positioning side by side and create an optical unity.

Having three parts gives advantages for transport, insertion on site and certain flexibility for placement.

The three components have to be connected only at the refrigeration lines.

The cascade moduls are available in 13 different sizes and will be expanded. For start there are 13 corresponding COECO Racks with three compressors available. Also the product line of this CO2 compressor racks will be widened for the future.

Photo 2 and 3 (Schiessl) for download as a PDF at the end of the text.

Beck GmbH Druckkontrolltechnik

May 2014:

New differential pressure transmitter model 982R for original equipment manufacturers


At the Mostra Convegno Expocomfort exhibition held in Milan in March 2014, we presented a new differential pressure transmitter model 982R for monitoring low air pressures. This differential pressure transmitter has primarily been developed for OEM customers, with the focus on ventilation equipment manufacturers.


The 982R is a differential pressure transmitter that has been reduced to essential functions in order to sell it at a lowest possible price.


Ventilation equipment manufacturers know very well the technical specifications of the components to be used in the products they make and are aware of what measuring range and what output signal are necessary for this purpose.

Beck manufactures and supplies the 982R differential pressure transmitter exactly in conformity with these requirements concerning both the measuring range and the output signal. Just the signal attenuation can be subsequently adjusted locally. Complex selection functions on the product have been omitted so that the pressure transmitter will be ready for instant installation at the customer's production line.


The 982R comes exclusively in OEM packages containing 100 items per carton. This is similar to the 930.8x Climair® OEM differential pressure transmitters that are supplied in lots of 45 pieces per carton.


First samples for certain measuring ranges are already available, while series production for any other measuring ranges will be started by late May 2014.


 Thus, we hope we again can provide you with another product that will emphasize your and our competence in differential pressure measuring.


HKT Huber-Kältetechnik-GmbH

Product information for Chillventa 2014

Chillventa 2014 Hall 4A, Stand 321


Natural refrigerants, low GWP and special applications with Goeldner-Compressors


On 2014 HKT Huber-Kälte GmbH, manufacturer of Goeldner-Compressors, will emphasise on the natural- and low  GWP refrigerants, as well as efficient special applications.

Within this context a high temperature heat pump for domestic hot water preparation, which has Goeldner-Motion-Compressor on board, will be presented. Through this unit it is shown how efficient a heat pump working at 80°C can be, if it is built of high quality components and a sophisticated concept.

Secondly a R723 (mixture of ammonia and dimethylether) out of the range "TwinEco" will be on HKT booth. This device uses the electrical drive capacity in both directions.
With it 5,2kW thermal and 4,3kW cooling energy are produced from 1kW electrical energy. In a hotel for example you can make warm water or heat the spa/swimming pool on the warm side and run the air condition/cold room on the other side.

The Goeldner-Motion-Range HS/HT 12 to HS/HT 34 will be equipped with the new on board inverters (IP65). In co-operation with the manufacturer of the inverters it was possible to program the motec 8400 with the same characteristics like the predecessor types with 15 years experience. The new devices can be adopted to the existing system without big changes. At this the system not only gets profit from the new design (smaller and less weight) it also has a much higher starting torque (200% for 60sec compared to 160%). If an inverter of the range 8400 has to be changed it is equipped with a storage module which can be plugged into the new one and no more programming is necessary. The machine is in operation again without delay.

As well the whole Goeldner-Compressor-Range, with its unique features like the bearing of the eccentric shaft by ball bearings and the pipette lubrication system, will be shown. This design makes the compressors operating very well and absolutely reliable also with the extremely oil soluble hydrocarbon refrigerants in a wide speed range from 20 to 75Hz (600...2200rpm).

All open-type Goeldner-Compressors made by HKT Huber-Kälte-Technik GmbH are given free for NH3 (R717) as well ammonia/dimethyl-ether (R723). The direct coupled motor-compressor unit, type O 12 1DK100, will be there. It is the smallest available unit on market, only having a stroke volume of 6m3/h.

Additionally different compressor units, parallel units and condensing units built of the HKT construction set with Goeldner-Motion-Compressors on board will be shown. With these units HKT is in the position to supply tailor made and energy efficient solutions for nearly every demand.

Further the delivery extent and configuration of the compressors and units are pushed. At which the Goeldner-Motion-Condensing-Units are equipped with EC external impeller motors in addition with the relevant controls. But also the big 4 cylinder compressors, type HS/HT 54, are by standard equipped with the latest diagnosis motor protection device, combined with the AMS mini triple PTC-Thermistors placed inside the wiring.

HKT Huber-Kälte-Technik GmbH
D-83128 Halfing
Tel.: 08055/9187
Chillventa 2014 Hall 4A, Stand 321


Linz, 28th January 2013

HAUSER unveils MERANIS IMM-XL deep-freezing cabinet


New refrigerated cabinet from HAUSER helps to save energy and reduce carbon emissions


With the new MERANIS IMM-XL deep-freezing cabinet, HAUSER has set new standards in goods presentation. In keeping with its slogan 'so cool. so beautiful.', HAUSER has combined energy-efficient technology with attractive design in its latest refrigerated cabinet. Direct integration of the shop-around end in the long island not only ensures a visually coherent design but also simplifies installation of the shop-around end considerably. For the first time, energy-saving LED lighting is directly incorporated into the handrail, producing highly even illumination. The new deep-freezing cabinet has already been installed at Burkl in Dachsbach, one of the first carbon-neutral supermarkets in Germany. Thanks to HAUSER's energy efficient technology, the supermarket is now saving around 50 percent in energy, 62 percent in operating costs and 46 percent in carbon emissions (compared to a conventional supermarket of similar size). "The MERANIS IMM-XL deep-freezing cabinet combines elegant design and improved goods presentation with a cost-efficient refrigeration concept. The unit therefore represents a secure long-term investment for the customer", explains Gerold Knapitsch, Managing Director of HAUSER.


HAUSER's MERANIS IMM-XL deep-freezing cabinet is notable for its homogeneous design, which makes installation easier and allows the shop-around end to be regulated separately from the long section. The transparent design eliminates the central support between the glass panels and promises 30 percent greater product visibility thanks to a glass height of 415 millimetres. Meanwhile the integrated shop-around end conceals any cabinet joint and facilitates a full view of the goods. HAUSER has also enhanced handling for the MERANIS IMM-XL thanks to its lower profile, removable and easy-to-clean floor compartments, removable base tub, large components and fewer plastic parts. At the same time, the goods presentation surface is 16 percent larger than that of the predecessor model.


Clear view for greater merchandise density

As for the glass cover, customers have several options. Curved and flat versions are available: the Clear Ice Push opens by pushing up while the Clear Ice Slide opens by sliding sideways. The new Clear Ice Push3 version (a three-part, curved glass cover that slides within itself and has no central support) makes access to products particularly easy.

The illumination of goods has also been optimised: efficient LED lighting available in two colours consumes nearly 70 percent less electricity than conventional neon tube lighting.


Improved refrigeration concept, simple assembly

For the MERANIS IMM-XL, HAUSER has also optimised thermal management and refrigeration technology for the long term. The result is a 7 percent reduction in overall energy consumption per square metre and a 26 percent reduction in the electrical rating compared to the predecessor model.


Saving energy and cutting carbon emissions

At the highly energy efficient supermarket in the German town of Dachsbach, HAUSER designed the entire refrigeration system in line with the H-POLE energy optimisation concept. At the heart of the system is the new MERANIS IMM-XL deep-freezing cabinet, combined with a CO2 hybrid system and HAUSER's Eco ES Geo compound cooling and heating system. The system utilises waste heat from freezing and normal refrigeration as a heat source, along with geothermal energy via ground probes. In this way, the supermarket is able to achieve significant energy and cost savings. Compared to a standard R404A system or a conventional heating system, the supermarket with the HAUSER refrigeration system realises annual savings of around 237,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and €20,365 in operating expenses as well as 193 tons of carbon dioxide. The saving on carbon emissions alone is equivalent to the annual output from 103 cars. The HAUSER refrigeration system also facilitates a reduction of around one third in the TEWI value (total equivalent warming impact). HAUSER is already working hard on its next innovation: an energy upgrade that will also raise the evaporating temperature significantly.



HAUSER is the one-stop supplier of refrigeration technology for the food retail sector and industry. The company was established in Linz in 1946 as a servicing and installation business for refrigeration systems. Today, HAUSER production sites in Linz, St. Martin im Mühlkreis and Kaplice in the Czech Republic manufacture turnkey refrigeration systems for supermarkets, discount stores and service station shops as well as commercial and industrial enterprises. The company, which has around 540 employees, generated turnover of €125 million in 2011. HAUSER exports to more than 28 European countries; the export ratio stands at 76 percent.


Auto-Purger ® Plus Technology Package


Hansen Technologies introduces the APPT Auto-Purger®

Plus Technology Package for APP purger models. APPT

package components include a six inch monochrome

touch screen display panel with multi-lingual language

support and ethernet connectivity for remote monitoring

and programming.

The APPT offers enhanced information display screens

to provide added insight into the purger operational state

and aid in troubleshooting.

The Hansen APPT is available as a purchase option with

APP purger models or as an easily installed field upgrade kit.

Easy connection and setup

The APPT Technology Package software, included on

cd-rom, is easily installed on your computer or laptop (for

remote monitoring). Access is secure, with two available

levels of password protection for "View Only" and "View

with Control" security options.


  • Monitor and control the APPT from anywhere in theworld where there is an internet connection
  • Standard ethernet; RJ45 connector
  • Setup for static or dynamic IP addresses


The APPT package is available with the following purger

models or as an easily installed field upgrade kit to

APP purgers built after August 2012.

Models: APPTC, APPTC-2

APPT08, APPT08-2

APPT16, APPT16-2

APPT24, APPT24-2

Kit: APP Upgrade Kit; consult factory.


  • 6" monochrome touch screen display panel withintuitive interface and screen saver
  • Ethernet connectivity for remote monitoring, troubleshooting and programming
  • Alarm history log
  • Diagnostic/status screens
  • User selectable multi-lingual support for English, Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish and Portuguese


Multi-Valve Platform Valve Station


Hansen Technologies introduces the MVP13 valve station

to the MVP Multi-Valve Platform product line. The MVP13

offers the enhanced control functionality of a solenoid or

pulse width expansion valve in a minimized, lightweight

valve body. Ships pre-tested and assembled for quick and

easy installation, requiring only two welds to complete most

valve station applications. No disassembly is required.

The rugged, compact MVP13 has a 1⁄2" (13mm) port size

and is configured using standard Hansen parts and parts

kits-saving you time and money on installation and training.

The MVP13 with solenoid valve option is well suited for

applications including liquid make-up feed to vessel, liquid

overfeed to evaporators, hot gas defrost to evaporators,

and purge points.

The MVP13 with Pulse Width Expansion (PXV) option

is for modulating liquid feed to an evaporator or chiller,

liquid make-up to small surge vessels, liquid injection to

compressors, and wherever a thermal expansion valve

would be used.

Up to six separate functions are possible: shut-off valve,

strainer, control valve (solenoid/pulse width), check, hand

expansion, and shut-off valve.

Suitable for all Hansen approved refrigerants including

ammonia, R134a, R404, R507 and CO2

  • Parts and parts kits same as Hansen individual valves-saves on stocking spare parts and training
  • Four to six control functions in one
  • PXV adjustable capacity stem (5 to 60 nominal tons of ammonia)
  • Manual opening function standard on solenoid and pulse width valves
  • Full size standard 100 mesh strainer
  • All stop valve stems are in vertical up position
  • Simple, identifiable configuration
  • Eliminates flange gasket leak potential


Installed cost savings is a huge advantage of the MVP13;

faster installation and less pipe cutting, welding, assembly

time, insulation and freight equals reduced cost. In

addition, the compact valve body saves installation space.

The MVP13 includes one 1/4" NPT pressure tap to measure

pressure at the inlet of the control position, as well as a

1/2" NPT side connection.


Safe Working Pressure: 600 psig (41 bar g)

Operating Temperature: -60° to 240°F (-51o to 115oC)


Body: Forged steel, ASTM A105

Bonnet: Ductile iron, ASTM A536


1⁄2" (13mm)


Threaded: 1⁄2" and 3⁄4" (13mm and 20mm)

Socket Weld: 1⁄2" and 3⁄4" (13mm and 20mm)

Butt Weld: 1⁄2" to 1" (13mm to 25mm)

ODS: 5⁄8" to 11⁄8" (16mm to 28mm)


ASHRAE Seeks Additional Comments for Proposed Standard Assessing Moisture Affected Areas, Fungal Contamination of Educational Facilities


-- Those interested in commenting on the standard may do so until Dec. 25 –


ATLANTA (Nov. 16, 2017) – ASHRAE seeks a second round of public comments on BSR/ASHRAE/IAQA Standard 3210P, Standard for the Assessment of Educational Facilities for Moisture Affected Areas and Fungal Contamination. Standard 3210P is open for a 45-day public review until Dec. 25. Those interested in reviewing and commenting on the proposed standard can do so at


A joint ASHRAE-IAQA standard, Standard 3210P is intended to provide a uniform and repeatable procedure, specifically tailored to educational facilities, to identify areas in buildings, materials, equipment and systems that are subject to moisture or are suspected of fungal contamination or adverse conditions associated with fungal contamination.


The proposed standard will provide essential information and guidance to determine if and to what degree facilities that are used for educational purposes are contaminated. This standard does not apply to biological contamination beyond fungal growth.


“Gaining input from the public on new ASHRAE standards is crucial toward improving the safety of education facilities,” says Jay Stake, chair of the Standard 3210P committee. “The goal of SPC 3210P is to guide professionals through the proper assessment to obtain a healthy indoor environment for educational facilities and its occupants.”


According to ASHRAE research, moisture damage and microbial growth cause billions of dollars in repair costs and interruption of building operations. The buildup of moisture indoors can be controlled through the building’s design, construction, and operation and the actions of its occupants.


To make a comment or learn more, please visit



ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 56,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at


About the Indoor Air Quality Association

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of customers and the public. IAQA was established in 1995 and is the nation’s largest indoor air quality trade association with over 2,000 members and some 20 local chapters. More information is available at


The complete HITEMA range of products

High technology and tailor-made products as per Customer needs



- ENR series, air-cooled liquid chillers with 
axial fans. Cooling range 1,6÷440kW

- ENRF series, free-cooling liquid chillers with 
axial fans. Cooling range 23÷355kW

- CSE series, air-cooled liquid chillers with 
centrifugal fans. Cooling range 30÷377kW

ENW or enrC series, water-cooled liquid chiller or condenserless. Cooling range 


- CFT series, air-cooled liquid chillers with 
axial fans. Cooling range 7,9÷440kW 


- SBS series, air-cooled liquid chillers with axial fans. Cooling range 98÷1.349kW

- SBSF series, free-cooling liquid chillers with axial fans. Cooling range 94÷1.033kW 

- SBSF-OPT series, optimized free-cooling liquid chillers with axial fans. Cooling range 100÷811kW 


- PRP series, air-cooled liquid chillers with axial fans. modularunitsof101kWand117kWeach

COOLING BIG EVOLUTION series (R134a or R1234ze):

- EET series, air-cooled liquid chillers with 
axial fans. Cooling range 233÷1.498kW

- EEF series, free-cooling liquid chillers with 
axial fans. Cooling range 242÷1.330kW.


- EET-HA45/HA50 series, air-cooled liquid chillers with axial fans. Designed for max amb. temp. +45°C and +50°C. Cooling 
range 216kW÷1.248kW.


The complete Hitema range of products

Our focus is keeping Customers’ business running 100% efficiently


- ISV series, air-cooled liquid chillers with ax- ial fans and inverter driven screw compres- sors. Cooling range 265÷1.140kW

- ISVF series, free-cooling liquid chillers with axial fans and inverter driven screw com- pressors. Cooling range 262÷912kW 

- ISVF-OPT, optimized free-cooling liq- uid chillers with axial fans. Cooling range 300÷676kW 

(R134a or R1234ze):

- EWb series, water-cooled liquid chillers. 
Cooling range 291÷2.240kW

- EWbH series, water-cooled liquid heat 
pumps not reversible. Heating range 

- CWB series, condenser less liquid chillers. 
Cooling range 270÷2.004kW 

TURBOCOR series (R134a or R1234ze):

- AHA series, air-cooled liquid chillers with eC axial fans and Danfoss TurboCor oil free compressors. Cooling range 245÷1.400kW 

- AHF series, free-cooling liquid chill- ers with eC axial fans and Dan- foss TurboCor oil free compressors. Cooling range 245÷1.100kW 

TURBOCOR series (R134a or R1234ze):

- AHW series, water-cooled liquid chillers and Danfoss TurboCor oil free compressors. Cooling range 260÷3.500kW

Special Applications

HITEMA is specialized to supply chillers international for special applications.

* 226kW low water temperature chiller
water inlet/outlet temperature: -20° C / -25° C screw compressors, r407F.

23kW low water temperature chiller * water inlet/outlet temperature: -18° C / -21° C reciprocating compressors, r404A


About HITEMA international

HITEMA is a specialist manufacturer of sustainable solutions for process cooling and comfort applications. Since its inception over 25 years ago, HITEMA has grown, selling worldwide, becoming a leading specialists in temperature equipment. We supply high quality products as well as tailor made versions at the request of our Customer.

45 employees and 10 ranges of products with 3 production plants with a total of 15.000 m2 of indoor space.


The sales HITEMA network has a presence in over 45 Countries throughout the World.


Small - Compact - Handy: the WEH® TW111 for refrigerant filling


The WEH® TW111 Refrigerant Filling Connectors, with their distinctive blue and red colouring, have been a longstanding proven tool for servicing refrigeration and air conditioning systems.


The TW111 is now available as a smaller and more compact version and therefore easier to handle in tight spaces with difficult accessibilities. The new versions of WEH® TW111 have an outer diameter of only 25 mm. In addition to the existing model with a central media inlet, WEH has developed two further models with a 90° media inlet.

By cutting the loss of refrigerant on disconnection by more than 99 %, the WEH® TW111 connectors are truly environmentally friendly. Compared to traditional hand tightened connectors, the WEH solution enables remarkable time and money savings. The TW111 just needs to be placed onto the receptacle, the grip sleeve pushed forward and filling starts - it doesn't get any easier!


The new TW111 models retain the same outstanding properties as before: integrated shut-off valve, standard 1/4" SAE connection, red or blue coloured grip sleeve for high or low pressure. The integrated shut-off valve prevents the escape of refrigerant and keeps it in the filling tube.   


WEH offers a complete range of products for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, including a large variety of quick connectors for testing cooling and refrigerant systems as well as for filling and evacuation of air conditioning units and heating systems. All products are certified to ISO 9001 standards and subjected to extensive tests in WEH‘s own test laboratory. 

WEH GmbH Precision Connectors

Josef-Henle-Str. 1

89257 Illertissen



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General information about the WEH Company:

Since 1973 WEH® has offered an innovative range of test connectors, which enables pressure- and function-tight connections in seconds. WEH® offers a complete product range for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, including a large variety of quick connectors for filling and evacuation of refrigerants as well as for function testing, pressure testing and leak testing.

WEH® products are suited for filling and evacuation of air conditioning components and heating systems as well as testing of cooling and refrigerant systems, heat exchangers and automotive systems. Swivel joints, check valves and purpose designed connectors for specific applications complete the range of WEH® products.

As a long-standing partner to the international automobile, hydraulic, ACR and manufacturing industries, our experts have developed advanced solutions for many applications. These advanced solutions are evidence of the long tradition of excellence engineered into every WEH® component.

In addition to being ISO 9001 certified, the latest manufacturing facilities and continuous improvement processes guarantee that the highest standards of quality are met.

WEH® is a global thinking and acting group of companies with more than 140 employees. It has an international sales network and is represented in more than 40 countries worldwide - with products in use all over the world.


Automate refrigeration - integrate heating - save energy


Wiesbaden (Germany), 21.10.2014: At this year's Chillventa the E*LDS team from Eckelmann presented, amongst other things, innovative solutions for combined refrigeration and heating. The focus was on CO2 transcritical booster systems with multi-stage heat recovery via a continuously regulated gas cooler bypass. Installed in large supermarkets it can often completely replace conventional heating, quickly paying off the somewhat higher investment in the refrigeration system. The heat recovered is used to heat drinking and heating water. Regulation concepts for CO2 hybrid systems (R744 subcritical and R134a) with cascade heat exchanger will also be presented.

In numerous projects of all sizes Eckelmann as system partner has gained unparalleled expertise in the intelligent regulation of refrigeration system with heat recovery, from discounters to food wholesalers. Even special solutions such as the integration of geothermal energy and air heat pumps into combined refrigeration and heating systems can be simply realised with the highly flexible E*LDS control system.

Eckelmann not only offers a comprehensive, application-optimised range of refrigeration electronics - from case controllers and pack controllers to the E*LDS system control centre. The competent E*LDS team of specialists for control technology and experienced refrigeration technicians also provides customer support during planning and commissioning, as well as realising individual special functions at short notice. "Our customers' ideas enrich our innovation process", stated E*LDS product manager Michael Suhre. "This is also reflected in our trade fair motto ‘Powering Your Performance'."

The high end pack controller VS 3010 CT, specially developed for CO2 transcritical applications, combines all the regulation functions required for transcritical operation in one component. Thus the VS 3010 CT ensures extremely stable plant operation in all operating modes. The heat recovery is integrated into E*LDS via configurable function modules on the basis of programmable controllers (DDC) from Eckelmann. This enables e.g. the setpoint for the heat recovery to be seamlessly adjusted to the demands of the building control technology. This ensures that the refrigeration system always provides precisely the right amount of heat required at any time, intelligently and efficiently coupling refrigeration and heating.


Caption: E*LDS controlled CO2 transcritical booster system with heat recovery (Graphic: Eckelmann AG)

Lindner Group

New technology for heating and cooling with Lindner Plafotherm® Heated and Chilled Metal Ceilings
Excellent sound absorption by perforated heat conducting profile

The latest product range "Acoustics" expands the range of versions of the product line Plafotherm® Heated and Chilled Metal Ceilings.

The new, perforated heat conducting profile enables an excellent sound absorption. The product name "Plafotherm® B 100 Acoustics" shows the application of the new heating and cooling technology unlike the "Plafotherm® B 100" which contains a non-perforated heat conducting profile.

The sound absorption coefficients of the perforated heat conducting profile are nearly comparable with inactive metal ceiling systems. Both with and without mineral wool inlay the new technology provides excellent results. Thus, e.g. a sound absorption coefficient aw of 0.70 without mineral wool and even 0.80 with mineral wool will be achieved with a perforation of 20 % open area and complete distribution with heat conducting profiles. The cooling loss of 15 %, when using the perforated heat conducting profile, is almost negligible compared with the 60 % higher sound absorption of the new technology.

The high vertical range of manufacture of Lindner and the flexible production enable both customised ceiling panel formats with or without cut-out and the perfect realisation of your individual project demands. Every heating and cooling coil is manufactured object-related and customised. Cut-outs - e.g. for luminaires, beamer lifts or other fixtures - are individually observed at the coil manufacturing. Thus, the maximum distribution of the area resp. the maximum heating and cooling capacity can be carried into the room.

The manufacturing of our heat conducting profiles shows that Lindner Group pays special attention to an environmentally friendly production. There is little wasted material due to the order-related and customised production of the cold-rolled heat conducting profiles in our plant in Arnstorf. Furthermore, Lindner Heated and Chilled Metal Ceiling elements with powder coating, acoustic tissue and thermally conductive heating and cooling coils are classified as toxicological harmless. Tests proved that the content of VOC - volatile organic compounds - is far below the evaluation limit. Using the new heating and cooling technology, you are improving the acoustics in your room while supporting us with the environmental protection.

For more information regarding Lindner Heated and Chilled Metal Ceilings please visit our homepage

Danfoss GmbH

EuroShop 2017:

Shop operational and energy efficiency in Danfoss Smart Store


With smart and integrated solutions from pack to HVAC, Danfoss Smart Store opens its doors to operational and energy efficiency. Visit our Smart Store at EuroShop 2017 and get the latest updates on CO2 refrigeration, smart grid integration, and experience how intelligent control optimizes operation 24/7.  


Düsseldorf – At EuroShop 2017, Danfoss invites visitors to enter a supermarket of systems and components for next generation food retail solutions. A wide range of technologies all tied together by a genuine intent to create sustainable supermarkets based on innovative concepts for improved operational and energy efficiency.


- Explore compressor racks with heat recovery, variable speed drives and new ejector technology

- Discover how the supermarket is transformed from energy consumer to energy producer with a new heat recovery unit and connection to local smart grids

- And how digitalization and electronic controllers open new opportunities for one-view store management and predictive maintenance

- See and experience the new controller tray that handles up to 300 different control variants

- And discuss with Danfoss experts whether remote, semi plug-in or plug-in is the right solution


“With smart and integrated solutions for compressors, refrigerated display cases, cold rooms, HVAC, lighting and connections to external grids we can prove energy savings of up to 50 percent. With our Smart Store concepts we demonstrate that connected and sustainable stores are not a future dream, but highly feasible and profitable solutions today,” says Henrik Schurmann, VP Danfoss Food Retail.

Focus on CO2 refrigeration with ejector

One of the special highlights presented by Danfoss at EuroShop 2017 is the mobile training unit for CO2 refrigeration. Here, visitors can get hands on experience with CO2 systems and simulations of refrigeration systems optimized for CO2; notably the brand new Ejector technology that brings profitable CO2 solutions with high energy efficiency to warmer climates.


On show is also the next generation cold chain management system, that offers seamless, cloud-based monitoring of the entire value chain. 


Facts about Danfoss Smart Store

Danfoss Smart Store has been developed based on more than 30 years of close cooperation with the global community of food retailers and more than 80 years in the HVAC/R industry. The solution is running in more than 8,000 stores worldwide and the proven savings are up to 50 % per store.

Danfoss Smart Store is located in Hall 16 booth C73at EuroShop. The Danfoss CO2 training unit is located in the outside area close to hall 16.

For more information, please contact:

Anne-Julie Andersen, Danfoss Marketing Communications Manager, Food Retail


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About Danfoss

Danfoss engineers technologies that enable the world of tomorrow to do more with less. We meet the growing need for infrastructure, food supply, energy efficiency and climate-friendly solutions. Our products and services are used in areas such as refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, motor control and mobile machinery. We are also active in the field of renewable energy as well as district heating infrastructure for cities and urban communities. Our innovative engineering dates back to 1933, and today Danfoss is a world-leader with 24,000 employees and serving customers in more than 100 countries. We are still privately held by the founding family. Read more about us at

Emerson Climate Technologies

Emerson Aligns Its Organization to Markets and Channels Focusing on Increased Customer Value


AACHEN (GERMANY), October 25, 2017 – Emerson (NYSE: EMR), today announced a new organizational structure for its Commercial & Residential Solutions business in Europe, designed to increase customer focus and support the company’s transformation into a comprehensive global solution provider across all markets: from cold chain to residential and commercial buildings.


In 2015 Emerson started a strategic repositioning of its business by streamlining its five business platforms into two: Emerson Automation Solutions and Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions. With this repositioning, Emerson optimized its portfolio to focus on core business and competencies, thus enhancing growth and investment opportunities, and further strengthening its culture of innovation-driven product and solution development.

“This organizational change is focused on aligning our European sales and marketing teams around core markets and channels,” said Jean Janssen, President of Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions Europe. “It keeps Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions Europe consistent with Emerson’s global strategic repositioning.”


The new sales organization is led by Rainer Dietrich, Vice President of Sales for Europe, with the support of a team of long-time Emerson executives. Dietrich will continue leading the sales of core refrigeration and comfort products in Europe, including compressors and controls sold through the OEM and Wholesale channels. In addition, he will be responsible for newly formed teams dedicated to Electronics and to Solutions offering now including the Cargo and the Retail Solutions Business. To further strengthen the solutions approach with OEM partners, Stephane Bertagnolio is promoted to Director of OEM Solutions Development & Sales. Bertagnolio will lead a dedicated team of experts in electronics and HVACR systems, reporting to Dietrich.  This team comes with a deep understanding of components, systems and data driven algorithms that are the essence of high performing integrated solutions. This new organizational approach for Europe will not affect current sales channel structures in any way.


About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Our Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information visit



Chemours Chillventa 2016 Press Conference –
Opteon Refrigerants

Global Perspectives and Chemours Strategies
for Sustainable Refrigerants

Speech by Diego Boeri
Vice President – Chemours Fluorochemicals


Welcome, and thank you for taking time to join us today during a busy show. It’s an interesting and challenging time in the HVAC industry – in fact, it has been both interesting and challenging for about a quarter of a century now.


In the last 25 years, our industry has been through multiple transitions in refrigerant technology. Each time one new solution was in place, it was soon time to start working to develop and adopt another one. Constant transition is incredibly difficult, particularly when it isn’t certain when it will end. Today, I’m pleased to announce that the future is finally clear with our expanded portfolio of Opteon™ HFO refrigerant technologies. This week at Chillventa we are announcing that we are expanding our Opteon™ portfolio with the latest innovations in sustainable refrigerant technology. I am confident that our Opteon™ HFO refrigerant technologies will be the industry choice as a long-term solution for a wide variety of refrigeration, air conditioning and heating applications in Europe, as well as globally.


I’ll talk more about these new products in a few minutes. First, I want to make a few comments about Chemours, and its history in refrigeration, and the environmental and regulatory factors that are driving change today.


As you may be aware, Chemours is the former $5.7B DuPont Performance Chemicals business, which was spun off from DuPont in mid-2015, becoming a separate, publicly traded stand-alone corporation. The DuPont Refrigerants business came along with this spin, and while the name may have changed, the same high quality people, experience and products remain.

The Chemours refrigerants business has a long-standing commitment to the HVACR industry. Chemours has been the leader in refrigerant innovation for over 85 years, and in fact, we pioneered much of the science that makes air conditioning and refrigeration possible. We have demonstrated this leadership by continually delivering more sustainable, high-efficiency refrigerants to enable the industry to meet changing requirements while still meeting performance needs.


Each time this industry has been required to make a transition, the goal of Chemours has been to offer our customers the best and the broadest options. At Chemours we have continuously used our expertise in refrigeration science to develop new cooling solutions that to help meet these transition challenges. Today we offer the broadest range of refrigerant solutions for new and existing equipment.

And although we all thought we had arrived at an end point with HFCs, we are now faced with the challenge of moving to new solutions with low global warming potential. With this challenge facing the industry, the first priority of Chemours was to offer a range of effective solutions that our customers and their customers will be able to utilize for the long term. Today I can tell you that we are already helping the industry with this challenge.


To date, Chemours has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to bring to market the most sustainable refrigerants with no ozone depletion potential and low global warming potential.

We are leading the way in innovation and commercialization. We were the first manufacturer to invest in capacity for HFO-1234yf, and have the largest supply capacity today. We currently have commercial manufacturing facilities operating in Japan and China producing Opteon™ YF, and in May of this year we announced that Chemours will invest hundreds of millions of dollars over the next three years to construct a new facility at the Chemours Corpus Christi site in Ingleside, Texas, with start-up expected in the second half of 2018. This investment will triple capacity of Opteon™ products. Also, we previously announced our plans for the world’s first commercial facility of HFO-1336mzzZ – a zero ozone depleting, low global warming potential product that improves energy efficiency in a wide range of refrigeration and foam additive applications. Start-up is expected middle of 2017.


Today we are introducing an expansion of our Opteon™ HFO refrigerant portfolio, with four new low GWP, high performance refrigerants. These new products complement the refrigerants we announced here at Chillventa two years ago. These products, and all the scientific expertise and investments that have made them possible, are a clear signal of our commitment to your industry for the long-term.


Nobody knows better than the people in this room how much the HVACR industry has done to adopt new and more sustainable technologies over the years. Now, a growing concern about climate change is driving an entirely new set of regulatory demands.

HFCs in particular have been singled out for future control to limit their contribution to CO2 levels in the environment. Moving away from HFCs and their high GWP will be another incredible challenge, considering how extensively they are used in today’s HVACR industry. Currently, the total global supply of HFCs is on the order of 700,000 metric tonnes. The European Union uses over 80,000 metric tonnes of HFCs annually for all applications, which represents more than 180 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent. And, the HVACR industry in the EU comprises about 75 percent of the EU total.


This pervasive use of HFCs illustrates the magnitude of the challenge facing the HVACR industry to transition away from HFCs. Still, there isn’t any doubt that a transition will be required, both by regulations now in place and regulations under development.


With the F-gas regulation that is now in place, the European Union has stepped out to take a leadership position in reducing the CO2 contribution of the HVACR industry. This regulation uses an effective combination of HFC cap and reduction, and GWP limits for various applications. We project that the new regulation will achieve a reduction of about 1300 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent between 2015 and 2030, which is similar to the reduction that would be achieved by having power plants burning roughly 600 million fewer tonnes of coal.


The new F-Gas regulation recognizes that the commercial refrigeration market has the largest CO2 footprint in relation to the other segments. This is largely because its mainstay HFC is R-404A, which has one of the highest GWPs of the common HFCs. In fact, the EU commercial refrigeration market has the largest R-404A demand in the world – even larger than that of the U.S. Many of the new and developing regulations are focused on drastically reducing the R-404A footprint over time. However, other HFCs such as R-134a and R-410A, used in chiller, air conditioning and heat pump applications, will need to transition as well to lower GWP replacements to achieve the F-Gas CO2 reduction goals.


In addition to the European F-gas regulations, we’re seeing other countries, especially the U.S. and Japan, proposing similar regulatory programs to restrict certain HFCs.

In addition to the efforts of the European Union and other countries, there is growing support for an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to create a framework for global action to phase down HFCs. All of these developments will magnify the need for long-term solutions that offer lower GWP and improved environmental sustainability.


To help the industry meet these regulatory challenges, Chemours has developed a full portfolio of low GWP, high performance refrigerants for a wide variety of applications. Our new family of products is being sold under the Opteon™ brand.


The Opteon™ brand stands for the optimal balance of properties required to meet market needs. In addition to meeting regulatory targets, our family of Opteon™ refrigerants also deliver the optimal balance of environmental sustainability, efficient performance, total cost of ownership and safety in use. The Opteon™ portfolio can enable the industry to readily meet its regulatory challenges and also ensure efficient and sustainable refrigeration and air conditioning into the future.


Opteon™ products from Chemours are based on hydrofluoro-olefin technology – or HFO technology. We have more than a dozen products at various stages of development, from those at the early stages of laboratory testing to those that are already commercialized. The first Opteon™ product commercialized was Opteon™ YF, or HFO-1234yf, for automotive air conditioning. This refrigerant was developed to enable automakers around the world to meet EU requirements, and it has a GWP of less than one. On 1 January 2017, all new car models in the EU must use a refrigerant less than 150 GWP and 1234yf is the refrigerant being used to meet that goal. It is estimated that by the end of 2016 there will be over 24 million cars on the road globally using 1234yf.



This week at Chillventa we are featuring several newly commercialized Opteon™ products for stationary refrigeration, chiller, air conditioning and heat pumps applications. At Chillventa in 2014 we led the industry with the introduction of the Opteon™ XP Series of low GWP non-flammable solutions for new equipment and retrofit of existing equipment for refrigeration and chiller applications. These products have been met with great success not only in the EU but around the world, and demand has grown exponentially since 2014. Now we are further expanding our Opteon™ portfolio with the addition of the Opteon™ XL Series, which are low GWP, mildly flammable refrigerants for new equipment designs.


In a moment, my colleague Eric Youngdale will share details about these new products.

We have still more Opteon™ refrigerants in our pipeline, and, as you would expect from Chemours, we are also developing other low GWP, high-performance fluids for additional applications, including foam insulation, high temperature heat pumps and organic Rankine cycles.


These solutions from Chemours are certainly not the only low GWP offerings on the market. A variety of reduced GWP technologies are being made available. These include non-F-Gas options such as CO2 and hydrocarbons. However, these non-F-Gas options do not have the optimal balance of properties for all applications. In fact, for some applications they are not at all viable from a safety, cost or efficiency perspective. Therefore, Chemours will make available options that offer properties closer to the incumbent HFCs with similar, if not improved performance, to allow a smooth and efficient transition to very low GWP products.


We anticipate that our new family of products will reduce greenhouse gas content of refrigerants by some 325 million tons CO2 equivalent in total worldwide by 2025.

We know the industry needs refrigerant solutions that have the optimal balance of properties for a variety of applications. This is what the Opteon™ family of HFO refrigerant technologies is all about. They will enable the industry to meet the EU regulatory commitments, and they will deliver efficient, safe and cost-effective refrigeration and air conditioning for the long-term. The future is clear. The future is here. The future is Opteon™.

Chemours Chillventa 2016 Press Conference –
Opteon™ Refrigerants

New Chemours Low GWP Innovations for Refrigeration,
Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps

Speech by Eric P. Youngdale
Global Market Manager – Opteon™ Stationary Refrigerants


Good afternoon. As Diego noted, at the last Chillventa conference we announced our Opteon™ XP Series, and this year we are announcing our new Opteon™ XL Series. I’d like to give you a brief progress report on the XP Series since their launch, and then share with you details about our new XL products.


As Diego mentioned, the current F-Gas regulation (EG) 517/ 2014 poses a great challenge to the EU refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump market. The industry must achieve two objectives in parallel – first, it must meet the objective of maintaining and operating the growing installed base of equipment, which currently requires over 50,000mt of refrigerants, and second, at the same time reduce the average GWP of the total refrigerant mix to meet the declining HFC CO2 cap over time.


Many new refrigerant and equipment technologies are being developed and introduced to the EU market, and because of the wide variety of current refrigerants and equipment technologies, these will all be required to enable the EU market to meet these parallel objectives. These new technologies include many traditional and new fluorochemical refrigerant based approaches, but there are also now many variations, including hybrid CO2/HFC cascade systems, HC, NH3 and CO2 systems.


We and others have evaluated several scenarios of what mix of technologies will be required to achieve the CO2 cap reductions. One key conclusion of this analysis is that because of the very large installed base of higher GWP HFCs, the cap reductions cannot be met solely through the use of new equipment designed for lower GWP refrigerants. The reality is that a large portion of the installed base will need to be retrofitted to lower GWP refrigerants to meet the 2018 required reductions, as well as the later reductions in 2021, 2024, etc. This means that the market will have a very large and critical need for lower GWP refrigerant solutions that offer fast, easy and cost-effective retrofits or remodel.


This need for a large retrofit wave was highlighted in the heralded “Gapometer” report, sponsored by EPEE. The Gapometer modelled the EU refrigerants market and the necessary application transitions necessary to achieve the F-Gas cap reduction goals, and it became immediately apparent that a large % of the 404A installed base needed to be quickly transitioned to lower GWP refrigerant, through retrofits, in order to meet the 2018 steep cap reduction of 37% or 68 Million tons of CO2e.


This market reality was largely the motivation for the launch of the non-flammable Opteon™ XP Series in 2014, which were specifically designed to enable an easy and quick low GWP transition for not only retrofits but for new systems as well. In many cases these produces even delivered immediate energy savings over the incumbent refrigerant, allowing for both better performance for the environment and the business utilizing them. Such lower GWP, easy-to-use non-flammable refrigerants are critical to address the large retrofit need because the lower GWP non-fluorinated refrigerant solutions, often referred to as “Industrial Gases,” cannot meet these requirements.


At Chillventa in 2014, we launched three Opteon™ low GWP HFO-blend refrigerants – Opteon™ XP10, XP44 and XP40. These three refrigerants have been met with great success and have become the preferred low GWP choice for many customers throughout the EU and around the world – both for retrofit, remodel and new equipment designs.


Since the 2014 launch, we have experienced exponential sales growth of the XP Series.

Opteon™ XP10, which has an ASHRAE number of R-513A, is our leading low GWP, non-flammable replacement for R-134a. It has a GWP 56% lower than R-134a and is an azeotropic HFO-based blend with very close match in properties and performance to R-134a. Since its launch in 2014, several major global chiller OEMs, notably JCI and Trane, have made public announcements about their plans for XP10 as a low GWP replacement for R-134a in some of their products. XP10 has also been selected by many retailers and refrigeration equipment manufacturers to replace R-134a in supermarket and other refrigeration systems.


Opteon™ XP44, which has the ASHRAE number of R-452A, has a GWP about 50% lower than R-404A. XP44 was specifically designed for equipment needing the closest discharge temperature match to R-404A, which makes it an ideal replacement for applications such as transport refrigeration and hermetic compressor systems, especially in low temperature conditions. Since its commercialization, a number of leading global manufacturers, including ThermoKing, Carrier Transicold, and Tecumseh, have made public announcements regarding their plans for XP44 (R-452A) as a low GWP replacement for R-404A in some of their equipment.

And last but not least, Opteon ™ XP40, with an ASHRAE number of R-449A, has been met with great success since its launch in 2014. XP40 has become our flagship low GWP, non-flammable replacement for R-404A and R-507A in new and existing stationary commercial refrigeration systems. XP40 delivers a GWP 65% lower than R-404A, is a very close match in properties and performance to R-404A, and also versatile enough to replace other HFCs such as R-507A, R-407A and R-407F. A unique and extremely valuable feature of XP40 is that it has consistently demonstrated lower energy consumption compared to R-404A after a retrofit. So in addition to providing a 65% reduction in direct GWP, XP40 can deliver up to 12% lower energy use.

We announced earlier this year that XP40 is on pace to be used in over 1000 supermarket & commercial refrigeration systems globally by the end of 2016. Market projections suggest that XP40 could be used in over 10,000 systems by 2020. XP40 has been selected by leading supermarkets across the EU, including Spain, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and many others. Some of these case histories have been made available to you in your press kit. As further evidence of XP40 gaining position as the preferred R-404A replacement, several of the leading refrigeration contractor companies here in Germany, such as Epta and Dresdner Kuehlanlagenbau (DKA), have endorsed Opteon™ XP40 as their refrigerant of choice for replacing R-404A.

This year at Chillventa we are announcing the expansion of our Opteon™ portfolio with the addition of the Opteon™ XL Series, which is a family of very low GWP, mildly flammable refrigerants for new equipment designs. A fair question to pose is the following – can the F-Gas goals be met solely with a combination of non-flammable low GWP HFO-blend options such as the XP Series, for new and retrofit, and non-fluorine solutions for new equipment such as CO2 and hydrocarbons? There is a growing industry consensus that the answer is no – and there 2 key reasons for this conclusion:


First, market modelling indicates that in order to meet the long-term CO2 reduction goals, a large % of the smaller refrigeration new equipment market, as well as other growing applications such as heat pumps, must transition to GWP levels below that of the current non-flammable solutions – for example 500 and below - and in many of these cases, CO2 and hydrocarbons are not viable options due to safety, efficiency and cost reasons.


The second reason is that the F-gas regulation requires refrigerants with less than 150 GWP for several refrigeration applications starting in 2022, and again, in many of these cases, CO2 and hydrocarbons are not viable options due to safety, efficiency or cost reasons.


To meet this market need for even lower GWP options that are safe and effective for a broad range of applications, the Opteon™ XL Series was developed. Just as the Opteon™ XP Series were designed to enable an efficient and cost-effective transition by virtue of their close match to the HFCs they were designed to replace, many of the XL Series refrigerants offer the same benefits. However, because these much lower GWP solutions are all class 2L mildly flammable according to ASHRAE and ISO standards, they can only be used in equipment designs where mildly flammable refrigerants can be used safely. This suggests that the non-flammable XP Series refrigerants will also be required as long-term solutions for larger equipment that cannot accept flammable refrigerants.


One key advantage of the class 2L mildly flammable XL Series over other very low GWP options such as hydrocarbons is that the allowable charges size, according to the applicable standards, can be up to 10X that of ASHRAE/ISO class 3 extremely flammable hydrocarbons. This enables these very low GWP solutions to be safely applied over an even wider range of equipment type and designs.

The Opteon™ XL Series includes a portfolio of options to enable equipment manufacturers to choose the optimal solution for their specific equipment. Today we are introducing 4 products within the XL Series – two for refrigeration applications and two as HFC-410A replacements for air conditioning, chiller and heat pump applications.


Opteon™ XL20, or R-454C, and Opteon™ XL40, or R-454A, are both very low GWP replacements for use in refrigeration applications that currently use R-404A, 507, and the 407s. XL20 has a GWP below 150 which makes it perfectly suited to meet the F-Gas 150 GWP limits, and XL40, with a GWP just under 250, offers a much closer match to R-404A, so as to be an excellent transition option for smaller equipment designed for
R-404A today, where less than 150 is not required.


Opteon™ XL41, or R-454B, and Opteon™ XL55, or R-452B, are both very low GWP replacements for
R-410A, and can be used in air conditioning, chiller and heat pump applications that currently use R-410A. XL41, with a GWP of under 500, is the lowest GWP match to R-410A, and offers excellent performance and efficiency. XL55 has a higher GWP of 676, however relaxing the GWP to this slightly higher level allows for the optimization of properties, including the closest match to R-410A, the best efficiency for many equipment types, and the lowest flammability characteristics of the leading R-410A replacements within the 2L classification.


All four of these refrigerants are now available for purchase from Chemours in the European market.

A common question we receive is whether the European market is prepared to use 2L mildly flammable refrigerants safely in such a wide variety of applications. As I indicated previously, these new refrigerants are not recommended for retrofit, and should only be used in new equipment designed specifically for 2L flammable refrigerants. Codes and standards that address safe equipment design and refrigerant handling, such as EN378, have been amended to address 2L refrigerants and have been accepted by Member States. The new version of EN378 is expected to be published this year.


We at Chemours are continuously creating tools and information to support OEMs developing equipment for the XL Series, including an Opteon™ XL Series safety bulletin. Also, many industry organizations such as AREA, the pan-European contractor association, have developed guidelines and training on the safe use of these new 2L mildly-flammable refrigerants.


There is no doubt that the F-Gas regulation is creating a high level of uncertainty and interest as the industry develops strategies to meet these new requirements while continuing to meet the EU’s needs for refrigeration and air conditioning. We are pleased to reassure the industry that with our Opteon™ family of low GWP refrigerants, the future is no longer uncertain – indeed the future is now clear – and the future is already here. Opteon™ is the long-term choice to meet these challenges for today and tomorrow.

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ASHRAE Offers Free Residential and Refrigerants “Mini-Tracks” at AHR Expo

ATLANTA (Nov. 2, 2017) – ASHRAE will present a series of refrigerant and residential building “mini-track” seminars at the 2018 AHR Expo.


The 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference takes place Jan. 20-24 at the Palmer House Chicago with the co-sponsored AHR Expo being held Jan. 22-24 at McCormick Place. To register for the conference, which includes free access to the Expo, visit


The eight seminars are free, and no badge is required to attend. They take place from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22.


According to Michael Collarin, conference chair, high-efficiency home materials and the drive to incorporate low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants are timely subjects for building industry professionals.


“The refrigerant and residential mini-tracks featured at this year’s AHR Expo highlight two industry segments that are experiencing rapid change,” he said. “The goal is to provide an integrated look at these two important topics, in order to equip manufacturers, designers, building owners and other users with the resources they need to improve residential energy efficiency and overall sustainability.”


The seminar topics by track are:

Residential Track

Senses and Cents: Reducing Sound, Improving Comfort and Enabling Energy Efficiency in Residential Buildings 
People complain about a lot of stuff, but when it comes to residential heating and cooling systems it’s all about the noise, discomfort and forking out money to an unfriendly utility. Learn to apply the fundamentals in duct and pipe design for the benefit of your client's senses and cents.


Real-World Experience Providing Residential Energy Excellence

High performance residential buildings combine modeling skills, designs for sustainable performance, installation practices that implement the integrated designs and strategies that satisfy a diverse set of occupant needs without penalizing energy performance or indoor environmental quality over the life of the building.  This seminar highlights the importance of a trained workforce in meeting expected design and performance targets, shows the benefits of modeling to achieve exceptional performance affordably, compares model predictions with monitored performance in multifamily applications and demonstrates the positive impact of awareness and actionable energy data on occupant behavior.


Keeping Occupants Happy and Healthy Through Affordable and Flexible Air and Water Control Strategies

Hidden opportunities for improving home energy and environmental performance include inexpensive filtration approaches that clear the air we breathe, and simple and reliable water system design strategies that reduce the amount of hot water needed for bathing, washing clothes and washing dishes.  This seminar highlights challenges and opportunities to better understand and control exposure to ultrafine particulate matter in homes.  Domestic hot water design and control strategies to minimize the amount of water in the distribution system along with optimizing consumption requirements are addressed.


ASHRAE's Duct Size Calculator Tool for Easy, Reliable Residential Duct Sizing

ASHRAE has developed a new duct calculator tool that uses the results of ASHRAE research to provide practitioners with better and quicker ways to size/design duct systems - particularly for flexible ducts. This seminar discusses the research and methodology underlying the calculator tool and provides demonstrations and examples of how to use it in various residential applications and duct designs.


Refrigerants Track

Lubricant Changes for Low GWP Next Generation Equipment

This seminar focuses on the lubricant changes and challenges needed for next generation refrigerants and replacement for R123, R134a, R404A and R410A.


Some Low GWP Next Generation Refrigerants Will Be Flammable:  What Does It Mean to Be Flammable?
This seminar focuses on the fundamentals of flammability, issues in handling flammable refrigerants and ASHRAE and industry funded research into flammable refrigerants.  Product and standard changes needed to handle flammable refrigerants are also discussed.


Next Generation of Lower or Low GWP Next Generation HVAC&R Equipment

New lower and low GWP next generation refrigerants are being offered in equipment today in the market place.  This seminar focuses on the type of new equipment being offered with lower GWP refrigerants and also includes retrofitting of equipment with high GWP HFC’s with lower GWP refrigerants. Seminar topics include discussions on new equipment in the area of chillers, unitary, commercial refrigeration, portable HVAC&R equipment and retrofitting of existing R404A commercial refrigeration with lower GWP refrigerants.


Contaminant Control:  What Is the Same and What Is New When Using Low GWP Refrigerants?

This seminar focuses on the contaminant control needs, differences and experiences when using next generation low GWP refrigerant-containing products.


For more information about the speakers and when the sessions take place, visit  Professional Development Hours will be available for each of the sessions.


In addition to exhibitor presentations, demonstrations and seminars, the AHR Expo Innovation Awards will honor the most inventive and original products, systems and technologies showcased at the expo. 


The AHR Expo hosts more than 2,000 exhibitors and attracts crowds of 65,000 industry professionals from every state in America and 165 countries worldwide during the three day exhibit. For complete conference and expo information, visit the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference and the AHR Expo websites.


ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 56,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at


Chemours to Unveil New Lower GWP Refrigerants at Chillventa 2016


New Offerings Provide Optimal Balance of Properties for New Equipment Designs


Geneva/Switzerland, September 2016 – The Chemours Company (Chemours) (NYSE: CC), a global chemistry company with leading market positions in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts and chemical solutions, plans to showcase its expanding portfolio of low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant solutions at the 2016 Chillventa International Exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany (hall 7, stand 7-224).


Highlights will include a brand-new line of lower GWP refrigerants, the Opteon™ XL Series, which can be used to further reduce CO2-equivalents in new equipment designs while maintaining or increasing performance. Furthermore, the company will present recent adoptions of its Opteon XP Series, launched at Chillventa 2014, for new equipment and retrofit of existing refrigeration systems. Chemours will also give an outlook on new low GWP alternatives for high-temperature heat pumps and organic rankine cycles (ORC).


At the Specialists Forums (, Chemours experts will present papers about new products and applications.


The Opteon™ portfolio of fluorochemicals from Chemours represents a breakthrough line of low GWP solutions. They were developed to help meet increasingly stringent global regulations while generally maintaining or improving performance compared to the products they replace. As the leading supplier of more environmentally sustainable refrigerants, Chemours has and continues to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to develop this portfolio of new products and additional capacity as the need for low GWP solutions grows throughout the world.


About The Chemours Company


The Chemours Company (NYSE: CC) helps create a colorful, capable and cleaner world through the power of chemistry. Chemours is a global leader in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts and chemical solutions, providing its customers with solutions in a wide range of industries with market-defining products, application expertise and chemistry-based innovations. Chemours ingredients are found in plastics and coatings, refrigeration and air conditioning, mining and oil refining operations and general industrial manufacturing. Our flagship products include prominent brands such as Teflon™, Ti-Pure™, Krytox™, Viton™, Opteon™ and Nafion™. Chemours has approximately 8,000 employees across 35 manufacturing sites serving more than 5,000 customers in North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Chemours is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol CC. For more information, please visit or follow Chemours on Twitter at @chemours.

Eckelmann AG


Combi Gateway

Comfortable interface to E*LDS: CAN-Bus to LAN, XML or optional Modbus-TCP


Wiesbaden, October 9, 2013: Eckelmann AG has extended its E*LDS product range with a Combi Gateway. It combines the CAN bus with LAN and is equipped with an integrated XML interface for the standardised and platform-independent data exchange. It facilitates a rapid CAN bus connection (ca. 250 kbit) with the CI 3000 store computer (version 5.07 and higher). The gateway serves as an interface for accessing and configuring the E*LDS system. The integrated web frontend, which can be called up via a web browser, also facilitates comfortable remote access (without hyperterminal), providing an overview of all the field devices in the E*LDS system, displaying their current measured values.

The IP configuration of the Combi Gateway can be simply transferred using a USB stick, i.e. installers without any network expertise can easily put it into operation with a pre-prepared configuration. The Combi Gateway can also be used as an optional Modbus TCP gateway. This requires a licence key.

The E*LDS Combi Gateway replaces the previous LAN Gateway with a device with more functions and greater operating comfort.

Caption: Combi Gateway. (Photo: Eckelmann AG)


E°EDP - clever online documentation for E*LDS


Wiesbaden (Germany), 21.10.2014: At Chillventa Eckelmann launched E°EDP, their new online documentation platform for E*LDS. E°EDP stands for Electronic Documentation Platform and now offers E*LDS users simple and continually updated access to all data sheets, operating manuals and software updates. E°EDP replaces the previous documentation CD.

The modern web application can be opened in all standard browsers, and even on tablets and smartphones. E°EDP can also be used offline, in case there is no on-site Internet access during commissioning or servicing.

Thanks to its clear structure and the intelligent search function with a drop-down suggestion list you can quickly find the desired information. In the integrated viewer the documents can be read directly or downloaded as a PDF file. Thanks to the intuitive interface you will quickly find your way around.

Hardly anyone needs all the documentation all the time. Instead, why not compile collections of your most frequently used documents. This function is especially useful for commissioning: On a project-by-project basis you can collate all the required documents, storing them under e.g. "My Supermarket". An additional feature is the comfortable integration and organisation of your own documents, such as R&I flow diagrams, parameter lists etc.


Register now:


Caption: E°EDP, clever online documentation for E*LDS (Picture: Eckelmann AG)


Armacell BIM plug-in for planning technical insulation


Integrated planning across the trades; information is always up-to-date


Münster, 22 August 2017. – The future of construction is digital. Even though many architects and specifiers are still scep­tical about this development, the digitization of the construction industry is making great strides. Because buildings can be planned completely digitally from design to commissioning, maintenance and demolition, ‘Building 4.0’ allows greater planning security, process optimiza­tion, efficiency and sustainability. In the field of technical insulation Armacell is a BIM pioneer and now offers a plug-in allowing technical insulation materials for building service equip­ment to be planned digitally.


Faster, more efficient and always up-to-date


As early as 2011, Armacell introduced a BIM module for the Autodesk Revit® program in the USA. In 2015, the company was the first manufacturer of flexible insulation materials in the UK to provide BIM objects, which can be downloaded from the NBS National BIM Library free of charge. Now the company has gone a step further with the Europe-wide launch of an Autodesk Revit® plug-in for planning technical insula­tion materials for building service equipment. The plug-in is seamlessly integrated in the AutoDesk Revit program and provides key product infor­mation for planning technical insulation. It was developed as an add-on module for Revit versions 2015, 2016 and 2017.


Greater reliability in the planning process


The new Armacell plug-in greatly simplifies the planning of technical insulation with BIM: unlike sanitary objects, for example, insulation has to be designed for equipment which has already been planned. The insulation material depends on defined param­eters (such as the pipe diameter) and therefore has to be selected actively by the user. Selecting and manually entering data from the catalogue not only requires extra effort, there is also a great risk of error. In contrast, the new Armacell BIM plug-in accesses the data required directly in the model and supports the user in select­ing and configuring products. The direct export from the Armacell product database allows the entire product planning to be auto­mated. This makes the planning and design process simpler and faster for the user and also reduces errors.


Lean data set for complex models


 ‘Less is more’ is Armacell’s motto when developing tools for BIM. The company endeavours to keep the file size as small as possible, to avoid further ‘inflating’ models which are already very large. In addition, many attributes are not rele­vant for planning and the more the process can be automated, the more practi­cal the instruments are for the specifier. Developing and enhancing the plug-in requires considerable effort on Armacell’s part as it has to be updated regularly for all the markets. But this tool not only makes it significantly easier for specifi­ers to embed technical insulation in the BIM model, it also provides greater planning reliability. The next step will be to collect experiences and feedback from users in order to further develop the plug-in.


BIM in the building services sector


While BIM is rapidly becoming the standard in architects’ offices, the building services sector is still lagging behind. So far only a few, mainly larger, consult­ant engineering offices work with 3D models. Yet BIM would be of particular benefit for planning building services where a high calculation effort is involved and the individual trades are interdependent. For building operators the advantages extend far beyond the design and construction phase, because all the information on the building can also be provided for its operation. This allows considerable cost savings in terms of both maintenance and energy consumption. But it is only possible to make full use of the potential if all steps in the value chain – i.e. also the planning and installation of the building services – are included. With BIM the building services can be integrated in the planning at an earlier stage than usual and all the relevant trades can be coor­dinated with each other in the model. BIM also enables improved clash detec­tion in the design phase and contributes to achieving greater efficiency in the construction phase, reducing construction costs and shortening the construction time. So building service consulting engineers are well-advised to rise to the new challenge.


Tip: The Armacell BIM Plug-in can be downloaded free of charge from An introduction to the tool is given in a video tutorial which can also be found here.



About Armacell


Armacell is a global leader in flexible foam for the equipment insulation market and a leading provider of engineered foams. With 3,000 employees and 25 production plants in 16 countries, the company generated net sales of approx. EUR 560 million and EBITDA (before unusual items) of approx. EUR 100 million in 2016.


In addition to ARMAFLEX, the world’s leading brand for flexible technical insula­tion, Armacell offers thermoplastic insulation materi­als, covering sys­tems, fire protection and noise control solu­tions as well as special foams for a multi­tude of industrial applications. In recent years, Armacell has devel­oped new insulation systems for the oil and gas market, core foams for com­posite materi­als, and low-smoke products that have set new standards in the industry.


Armacell’s products make a significant contribution to global energy efficiency.

Further information on Armacell can be found at or


Güntner GmbH & Co. KG

Güntner: Michael Freiherr appointed CTO




Michael Freiherr, Head of Product Management at Güntner, is now
Chief Technical Officer (CTO) as of August 1.


Global responsibility for products and laboratory

Michael Freiherr is now responsible for the global product development, the product management and the world-wide lab utilisation. This includes the task of analysing the product requirements in different regions, coordinating the corresponding research topics and the resulting synergetic effects between the labs, and then incorporating them into product development.



About Güntner

Based in Fürstenfeldbruck near Munich, Germany, Güntner GmbH & Co. KG is a world leader in the manufacture of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment components. With approx. 3,000 employees worldwide and production sites in Germany, Hungary, Romania, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil and Russia, the company shows a strong presence for their partners in all markets. Decades of experience in the industry and the consistent integration of the latest technologies and research findings ensure the high-quality standard of Güntner solutions. The international areas of application comprise energy & process cooling projects, industrial and commercial applications in the field of food production and storage as well as HVAC applications for buildings and specific applications such as server room cooling.

Bitzer Kühlmaschinenbau GmbH

BITZER’s Chinese partner SONGZ takes over Lumikko Technologies Oy


SONGZ buys Lumikko


-       Strategic partnership between SONGZ and BITZER expanded

-       SONGZ is entering the European market


Shanghai/Sindelfingen/Seinäjoki, 04.12.2017. The Chinese company SONGZ AUTOMOBILE AIR CONDITIONING CO., LTD. is taking over Lumikko Technologies Oy. The Finnish company has been part of the BITZER Group since 2012 and is specialised in the development and manufacture of refrigeration systems for the truck and trailer sector. In future, Lumikko will thus be part of SONGZ, BITZER’s long-standing partner in China.


The Chinese market leader for air-conditioning in buses has worked closely together with BITZER for almost 20 years. On the first of December 2017, BITZER and SONGZ have signed a contract covering the acquisition of the specialist for truck and trailer refrigeration. As soon as the People’s Republic of China authorities have issued all relevant approvals, Lumikko will be 100 per cent owned by SONGZ. The parties have agreed not to disclose any details of the transaction.


‘This transaction is of strategic importance for all three companies and it represents a very large opportunity to create a major and global player in the field of refrigerated trucks and trailers,’ said Gianni Parlanti, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at BITZER. ‘The refrigeration units from Lumikko have been tailored to exactly match BITZER compressors – the new innovative hybrid compressor is just one example. As well as the new generation of user interfaces for mobile applications made by LODAM, which is the BITZER competence centre for electronics, combined in an unattainable performance.’


With the acquisition of Lumikko Technologies, SONGZ is entering the European market. We are thus extending our partnership, which has long been successful in Asia, into Europe. This is a win-win situation for everyone, as Lumikko’s powerful and robust refrigeration units complement SONGZ’s product portfolio very well.’


Partners in Europe and Asia


With a very large share of the city bus market, as well as trains and automotive climate solutions, SONGZ leads the market in China. It is listed on the stock exchange, has its headquarters in Shanghai and employs more than 2,000 staff members. ‘With its purchase of Lumikko, SONGZ is extending its area of business to offer high-quality refrigeration units for truck and trailer applications. The partnership has been successful in Asia for almost 20 years and we are now going to pursue the same success in Europe,’ said Parlanti about the cooperation with SONGZ.

‘With mature products and advanced technology provided by Lumikko and SONGZ’s rich experience in the expanding Asian market, it would be a promising future for both companies to strengthen their business in Asia as well as Europe,’ said Chen Rui, Secretary of the Board, about the prospect of the cooperation.



The BITZER Group is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of refrigeration compressors. With sales companies and production sites for reciprocating, screw and scroll compressors as well as pressure vessels and heat exchangers, BITZER is represented all over the globe. In 2016, 3,400 employees generated sales of €680 million.


SONGZ AUTOMOBILE AIR CONDITIONING CO., LTD was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Shanghai with 2,000 employees today. The company specialises in the research and development, manufacturing and marketing of air-conditioning applications used in commercial and passenger vehicles.


Founded in Finland in 1970, Lumikko now produces innovative and reliable refrigeration systems for transport cooling, including refrigeration units for trucks and trailers, at its Seinäjoki site. Since the end of 2012, the transport cooling division Lumikko Technologies Oy has belonged to the BITZER Group, the world’s largest independent manufacturer of refrigeration compressors.

Bitzer Kühlmaschinenbau GmbH

BITZER and Maersk Container Industry sign ten-year agreement. The manufacturer of refrigerated transportation equipment and the specialist in refrigeration compressors have extended their long-standing Star Cool™ unit collaboration


BITZER and Maersk Container Industry sign ten-year contract


-       Maersk Container Industry and BITZER continue their partnership for future growth based on successful past

-       Engineered for efficiency and reliable cold chains for perishable food: Star Cool™ refrigeration unit

-       Compact, lightweight, reliable and efficient: OCTAGON reciprocating compressor


Sindelfingen, 29/11/2017 - BITZER, the specialist for refrigeration compressors, is announcing a new 10-year agreement to extend its collaboration with Maersk Container Industry (MCI), the leading manufacturer of refrigerated transportation equipment and part of the Transport and Logistics division of Danish A.P. Moller-Maersk.


As part of the contract, BITZER will continue to supply MCI with 2-stage OCTAGON aluminium compressors for maintaining optimal temperatures for perishable food transport. The semi-hermetic reciprocating compressors are the heart of the Star Cool™ refrigeration system, which was launched by MCI to meet the increasing needs of their customers with optimal cargo quality and focus on energy efficiency as primary objective. The specific compressor technology developed by BITZER and the dedicated electronic control developed by Lodam, have contributed to Star Cool’s wide recognition of its proven low energy consumption and innovative cargo preservation features. Lodam, the Danish BITZER subsidiary, developed the system’s electronic control unit specifically for the Star Cool™ refrigeration unit. Lodam has been part of the BITZER Group since 2007 and specialises in control systems.


MCI and BITZER have been working together for more than 15 years. Today the Star Cool™ system is installed in over 250,000 reefer containers operated globally across more than 40 international shipping lines and multinational fruit companies.


Oliver Rathfelder, Director Sales Transport at BITZER, states: ‘The Star Cool™ refrigeration system and OCTAGON compressors are a perfect match – just like MCI and BITZER. The transport sector requires elaborate solutions which we are very pleased to be able to provide together.’


OCTAGON reciprocating compressors for reliable cold chains


‘We look forward to continuing to work intensively with Maersk Container Industry over the next ten years. With this long-term declaration, the two companies confirm that the partnership has been successful and that we can achieve great things together. With our partnership, we ensure that cold chains for perishable goods are reliably maintained throughout transport – around the world,’ says Gianni Parlanti, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at BITZER.

‘Technology and design are key as we continuously aim to advance Star Cool™ containers’ proven high energy efficiency and performance. We are pleased to continue the collaboration with BITZER and further build on the competitive strengths of Star Cool™ together’, says Soren Leth Johannsen, Chief Commercial Officer at MCI.




The BITZER Group is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of refrigeration compressors. With sales companies and production sites for reciprocating, screw and scroll compressors as well as pressure vessels and heat exchangers, BITZER is represented all over the globe. In 2016, 3,400 employees generated sales of €680 million. For more information visit:



About Maersk Container Industry (MCI)

Maersk Container Industry (MCI) develops and manufactures refrigerated containers, dry containers and the Star Cool™ refrigeration unit for the intermodal industry, including shipping lines, fruit multinationals and leasing companies. Widely recognised as the most energy-efficient reefer, the Star Cool Integrated™ reefer features innovative technologies such as Controlled Atmosphere (CA). The company employs around 5,000 employees. It has R&D and engineering test facilities in Denmark, two production facilities in China and one in Chile, as well as a global network of 400 service providers. Building on a heritage of more than 100 years in shipping and strong core values, MCI is part of the Transport and Logistics division of A.P. Moller-Maersk. For more information visit

Beck GmbH

Pressure monitoring for safety in buildings, air conditioning and clean-room technology

Eight-range universal-type differential pressure transmitter

Wherever gases are being conveyed under low pressure, differential pressure sensors can be used to derive some conclusions on the condition of the system. They find out, for example, whether butterfly valves are open or closed, filters are tight or fans are defective. In this connection, pressure variations are reliable indications of any changes in parameters. Thus, the most significant operating data will be permanently available in fields such as building automation, air conditioning and clean-room technology. To fit the various designs of such systems and to meet their requirements a new differential pressure sensor now offers eight different measuring ranges that can be selected. This will always allow you to choose your suitable measuring range without taking any expensive logistic and storekeeping efforts.

Being capable of covering all measuring points within a system by one and the same device will practically make your work a lot easier. This is what a type differential pressure transmitter having a wide, adjustable measuring range is ideal for. Even after subsequent modifications such as replacing a filter, you can quickly select the proper measuring range without any cumbersome sensor replacement. That is why the new sensor from Beck Druckkontrolltechnik even offers you eight different pressure ranges you can choose from with the aid of a rotary selector switch. To guarantee clear, linear response for each range the designers allowed the 984Q sensor to have automatic zero-point calibration. This is to reliably compensate any drifting as caused by ageing, temperature or by system-inherent influences.

This new piezo-resistive sensor can measure differential pressures from +/- 0.5 to +/- 5.0 mbar within four different ranges. Another four measuring ranges from 0 to 10 mbar are also available for choice. The three-wire output can be configured by means of a jumper to obtain a signal of 0...10 V or of 4...20 mA (with a load of 20...500 Ohms). Also with the aid of a jumper, the user can choose between a linear or a square-rooted signal. The latter is, for example, useful for measuring volume flows. At a supply voltage of 24 VAC/VDC, the maximum current consumption, including an LED display, is 210 mA. The sensor's IP54 enclosure has a diameter of 85 mm with an installation height of 58 mm. Two 6 mm tube ports for the pressure connection as well as M 16x1.5 or M 20x1.5 cable unions for cables and stranded wires of up to 1.5 mm² in size ensure easy fitting at the place of installation. The transmitters are in conformity with EN 60770 and EN 61326 as well as with RoHS according to 2002/95/EEC.

Bitzer Kühlmaschinenbau GmbH

Compressor specialist BITZER offers a special training course on how best to convert existing refrigeration systems


New training course: converting refrigeration systems with R404A and R507A for use with low-GWP refrigerants

-       Intensive training in theory and practice

-       Designing systems to be future-proof

-       Increase in refrigerant prices


Sindelfingen, 17.11.2017. For decades, BITZER has been promoting the development of compressors for refrigerants with low global warming potential (GWP). The specialist in refrigeration compressors has now developed a new training concept: on 28 November, at the Rottenburg training centre, company experts will be explaining for the first time how to convert systems for use with low-GWP refrigerants such as R448A and R449A.

During the one-day training course, BITZER experts will explain key details of the F-gas Regulation, compare refrigerants based on their specific characteristics, and show how planners and technicians can choose these for a future-proof solution. Following the theoretical part, participants will work in small groups on existing systems and learn how to convert reciprocating and screw compressors for use with eco-friendly refrigerants.


‘Systems planned today also have to meet the stringent regulations of tomorrow, whilst the operation and service of existing systems have to be ensured. The prices for high-GWP refrigerants are skyrocketing due to the quota regulation, demonstrating just how urgent the issue already is today,’ says Volker Stamer, Director of the SCHAUFLER Academy. ‘Due to the higher costs, there’s increased economic pressure on system operators, planners and technicians to use low-GWP refrigerants. But converting and operating systems requires special knowledge, as low-GWP refrigerants often have unique thermodynamic characteristics and, in some cases, demand more stringent safety precautions. Natural refrigerants thus reduce, for example, direct CO2 equivalents, though some of them are toxic, as in the case of ammonia, or flammable, as in the case of propane,’ emphasises Stamer. ‘At the SCHAUFLER Academy we show technicians and planners how to convert systems for use with low-GWP refrigerants and thus ensure that in the future refrigeration systems are not only eco-friendly, but also reliable, efficient and safe.’


Drastic shortage of F-gases from 2018


The EU’s F-gas Regulation will drastically reduce the amount of usable F-gases beginning in 2018: calculated using CO2 equivalents (based on GWP and amount of refrigerant), the quota is reduced to just 63 per cent of average consumption for the years 2009 to 2012. But taking into account those devices imported from outside the EU and filled with refrigerant, this means an actual reduction of around 44 per cent. The use of F-gases has to be lowered gradually by 79 per cent by 2030. ‘Such a drastic reduction is only possible with low-GWP refrigerants. The SCHAUFLER Academy is one of the few training centres where those who need to be able to overcome these challenges on a daily basis can be trained,’ says Stamer. ‘At BITZER, we not only support our partners with modern compressors, but also with practical training courses.’


BITZER’s SCHAUFLER Academy is a state-of-the-art 1,500-square-metre training centre in Rottenburg. Experienced engineers and company technicians teach the courses and are not only well versed in the theoretical requirements, but also in the practical operating conditions associated with refrigeration systems. Training courses are offered to small groups of participants in German and English – in five theoretical training rooms and three rooms for practical content.



The BITZER Group is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of refrigeration compressors. BITZER is represented across the globe through distribution companies and production facilities for reciprocating, screw and scroll compressors, pressure vessels and heat exchangers. In 2016, 3,400 employees generated sales of €680 million.


Armaflex submersed in ice: Customised insulation solution for British Antarctic Survey Research Station


Snow, ice, gale-force winds and temperatures down to -55 °C – conditions at the Halley VI Antarctic Research Station can hardly get any tougher. Now a crack discovered along the ice-shelf means the mobile research station is to be moved 23 km across the ice. The complex relocation requires new pipework and relies on Armaflex insulation materials to prevent pipes from freezing. In this extremely sensitive ecosystem, the conservation of natural resources is of the highest priority.


The Halley Research Station is an international research platform for monitoring atmospheric changes and space weather in the Antarctic. Built on a floating ice shelf in the Weddell Sea, Halley VI is the world’s first relocatable research facility. This award-winning and innovative research station provides scientists with state-of-the-art laboratories and living accommodation, enabling them to study pressing global problems from climate change and sea-level rises to space weather and the hole in the ozone layer – first discovered by the Halley station in 1985.


Extreme weather conditions

Temperatures at Halley rarely rise above 0 °C although they do reach  +10 °C on sunny summer days. Typical winter temperatures are below -20 °C with extreme lows of around -55 °C. There is 24-hour darkness for 105 days of the year when flying becomes impossible and residents are completely isolated from the outside world by the surrounding sea ice. Only a nearby colony of emperor penguins keeps them company.


Research station on the move

Halley VI is the first Antarctic research station to be designed specifically to cope with the movement of the ice shelf towards the sea, as well as with the annual 1.5 m of snowfall and significant snowdrift. The research station, located on the Brunt Ice Shelf, is currently sitting downstream of a crack that could eventually cut the station off from the rest of the ice shelf. The relocation of the station further upstream will ensure Halley’s continued safe operation long into the future. This will be the first time that the station has been moved since it became operational in 2012.


The research station is made up of a series of eight pods that can be disconnected. The individual pods sit on skis to enable towing across the ice using specialist heavy vehicles. The station was designed and built to provide excellent laboratory and living accommodation that is capable of withstanding extreme winter weather, of being raised sufficiently to stay above metres of annual snowfall, and of being relocated upstream periodically to avoid calving events as the floating ice shelf moves towards the sea.


Armacell high performance insulation to prevent freezing

As part of the Halley VI relocation project a new wastewater system for the living accommodation is being installed. In early August 2016, Armacell were contacted by the relocation project engineers from British Antarctic Survey regarding a solution for insulating the wastewater system in severe weather conditions. The use of water in Halley VI is minimized by providing spray and aerated taps, dual low-flush toilets and low-flow showers. Grey water from washing is used to flush toilets and reduced water consumption means lower volumes of wastewater. Biodigestion creates clean wastewater and dry solids that can be taken out from Antarctica.


The piping scheme bores deep into the ice shelf where the temperature requirements remain close to -20 ºC throughout the year. AF/Armaflex Class O was recommended as the main thermal insulation material. Armaflex elastomeric foam products have the benefit of remaining flexible and operational down to -50 ºC, expanding and contracting with temperature changes without becoming brittle. Armacell recommended the use of a multilayer construction with a primary layer of high temperature HT/Armaflex to accommodate the heat tracing temperatures. A top layer of Arma-Chek R provides a flexible mechanical resistance barrier to protect the pipe against impact damage and movement of the ice. Armacell recommended 25 mm HT/Armaflex sheet and 19 mm thick AF/Armaflex Class O tubes for pipe diameters of 76 and 114 mm. The flexible Armaflex insulation materials significantly reduce the energy input needed for the heat tracing by preventing heat losses to the surrounding ice.


Customised insulation coils for transport to the Antarctic

The insulation system of HT/Armaflex, AF/Armaflex Class O and Arma-Chek R ensures a flexible pipe that can be coiled up for transport ready for installation on site. Non-standard AF/Armaflex Class O tubes sizes were manufactured at Armacell’s UK factory especially for the project and spooled onto large drums for transport to the Antarctic. Once the research station has been moved to the new site, the wastewater pipeline constructed by the BAS team in the UK is ready to install and will service Halley for many years.


The materials were supplied by SIG Technical Insulation in Norwich and distributed directly to the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge for shipment in September 2016.


Since the ice movement and weather are unpredictable in the Weddell Sea, the move is planned in stages and the science infrastructure that captures environmental data will remain in place while the station modules are relocated.


The project details of "Moving Halley" and images can be found on the following link:


Jay Davey, Sales Manager South Armacell UK Ltd. :

“Having just joined Armacell at the time, the Moving Halley project showed me the possibilities of Armacell’s products for equipment operating in even the most remote locations. It was a very satisfying experience working with the BAS, the distributor and various Armacell departments to ensure a fast turnaround and tailored insulation solution for this demanding project.”



About Armacell

Armacell is a global leader in flexible foam for the equipment insulation market and a leading provider of engineered foams. With 3,000 employees and 25 production plants in 16 countries, the company generated net sales of approx. EUR 560 million and EBITDA (before unusual items) of approx. EUR 100 million in 2016.

In addition to ARMAFLEX, the world’s leading brand for flexible technical insulation, Armacell offers thermoplastic insulation materi­als, covering sys­tems, fire protection and noise control solu­tions as well as special foams for a multi­tude of industrial applications. In recent years, Armacell has devel­oped new insulation systems for the oil and gas market, core foams for com­posite materi­als, and low-smoke products that have set new standards in the industry.

Armacell’s products make a significant contribution to global energy efficiency.

Further information on Armacell can be found at or


Güntner GmbH & Co. KG

Güntner: Andrea Belloni new Sales Director Western Europe



Andrea Belloni is our new Sales Director for Western Europe. He takes over the task of Miguel Garrido who joined our US sales office. Following the significant recovery of economy accompanied by increased investment activity, the sales area Western Europe plays an important role.


Andrea Belloni has been responsible for Güntner's global Energy & Process Cooling (EPC) sector since 2015 and will continue to manage this area. He also continues to assume his task as Sales Director Far East Asia.



About Güntner

Based in Fürstenfeldbruck near Munich, Germany, Güntner GmbH & Co. KG is a world leader in the manufacture of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment components. With approx. 3,000 employees worldwide and production sites in Germany, Hungary, Romania, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil and Russia, the company shows a strong presence for their partners in all markets. Decades of experience in the industry and the consistent integration of the latest technologies and research findings ensure the high-quality standard of Güntner solutions. The international areas of application comprise energy & process cooling projects, industrial and commercial applications in the field of food production and storage as well as HVAC applications for buildings and specific applications such as server room cooling.


Carrier Kältetechnik Europe

Carrier Commercial Refrigeration to Present Sustainable Refrigeration

Solutions for All Store Formats at EuroShop 2017


Stand A04/B04, Hall 16, EuroShop, Dusseldorf, Germany, 5 - 9 March 2017


COLOGNE, Germany, Feb. 20, 2017 — Carrier Commercial Refrigeration will promote innovative and sustainable new products and technologies including tailor-made solutions for a wide range of retail and industrial refrigeration applications at EuroShop 2017 in Düsseldorf. Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).


Among the new products it will highlight, Carrier will introduce its advanced CO2OLtec Evo™ transcritical CO2 systems, featuring the newly developed adjustable modulating ejector technology. This new technology increases system energy efficiency making the CO2 systems a viable alternative in warmer climates as well as providing heat reclaim advantages in cold and mild climates. CO2 systems use the natural refrigerant CO2, which is a safe and non-ozone depleting gas with a global warming potential (GWP) of one, making it the baseline against which the GWP of all other refrigerants are measured. The GWP of CO2 is also lower than the GWP of other natural refrigerants, such as hydrocarbons. As such, there is no global warming impact resulting from any potential refrigerant leaks.


“As a leading refrigeration equipment and solutions provider, Carrier is committed to innovating and elevating our product performance to set new industry standards and meet the expectations of our valued customers,” says Bertrand Gueguen, president, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration. “Participation at the EuroShop exhibition gives us a great opportunity to showcase our latest developments.”


Carrier’s stand will encompass more than 1,700 square meters and feature a wide range of sustainable and complete solutions for commercial and industrial refrigeration applications. The environmentally sustainable solutions are designed to maximize product display, enhance the retail environment and increase shopper comfort, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. Carrier will also present a complete range of new medium-temperature multi-deck and semi-vertical cabinets, a range of plug-in cabinets and a fully operational refrigerated locker solution for e-commerce applications.


In addition, the stand will feature a wide range of serve-over and self-service counters and plug-in solutions, a semi plug-in range and after-sales services.


“Visitors to our stand will have an opportunity to learn about our latest products and services in a comfortable environment featuring good food and refreshments,” says James Nutting, marketing director, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration. “We look forward to seeing our customers and meeting new ones.”


For more information on Carrier’s participation at EuroShop 2017, together with the full range of products and services, visit Follow Carrier on Twitter: @SmartColdChain.


About Carrier


Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier is a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy-efficient products, building controls and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit or follow @SmartColdChain on Twitter.


Groundbreaking ceremony for Armacell manufacturing facility in Bahrain


·      Construction of greenfield plant in the Kingdom of Bahrain

·      Serving growing domestic demand in the GCC states

·      Continuation of international growth strategy


Luxembourg, Manama, 17 May 2017 – Armacell hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction of its manufacturing facility in Bahrain. The official ceremony was held in the presence of Bahraini government representatives at the Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP).


H.E. Zayed R. Al Zayani, Minister for Industry, Commerce & Tourism said: “Bahrain’s government has built a robust manufacturing and logistics sector with world class infrastructure and supportive reforms and policies in place. We are seeing more companies taking advantage of this business-friendly environment and Armacell’s investment is a reflection of Bahrain’s strengths as regional hub for manufacturing and logistics. We look forward to supporting Armacell here in Bahrain and in the wider GCC.


Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) said: “Armacell is the latest in a long line of international manufacturing companies to base their regional operations in Bahrain. Bahrain remains the destination of choice for manufacturers who want to take advantage of the competitive benefits that our operating environment offers such as the availability of a highly skilled local work force, low costs and our strategic location at the heart of the GCC.


Patrick Mathieu, President & CEO of Armacell International S.A., commented: “The greenfield construction of our own production site in Bahrain reinforces our commitment to the Gulf Region, strengthening our presence in this high-growth market where we have been operating since 2008. We are excited to begin our operations early next year, benefiting from Bahrain’s modern business environment, central location and world-class infrastructure.


Guillerme Huguen, Vice President EMEA, added: “The construction of our own production site in Bahrain is the logical next step to serve the continuously growing domestic demand in the Gulf Region. The EDB has been supporting us from the start in our endeavour and we are very pleased with the substantial progress we have made since the beginning of this year.

Starting production in 2018, the Armacell Group, through Armacell Middle East Company S.P.C., will manufacture a comprehensive range of products at the BIIP, including high-density materials and elastomeric insulation for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.


Establishing a manufacturing facility in Bahrain is part of Armacell’s goal to grow the group’s manufacturing footprint in the Gulf Region. Located at the BIIP high quality 247 hectare business park, the plant will initially provide approx. 100 jobs. Armacell’s Middle East team has been active in the Gulf Region for a decade and is led by Neville D’Souza, general manager of Armacell Middle East Company S.P.C.




About Armacell

Armacell is a global leader in flexible foam for the equipment insulation market and a leading provider of engineered foams. With 3,000 employees and 25 production plants in 16 countries, the company generated net sales of approx. EUR 560 million and adjusted EBITDA of approx. EUR 100 million in 2016.

Armacell operates two main businesses:


Advanced Insulation develops flexible foams for the insulation of technical equipment utilised for the transport of energy - such as heating, ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC) and heating & plumbing (H&P) in residential and commercial construction, process lines in the heavy- and oil & gas industry, equipment in transportation, as well as, accessories and acoustics.


Engineered Foams develops high-performance foams for the use in a broad range of end markets including transportation, automotive, wind energy, sports and construction.

Armacell´s products significantly contribute to global energy efficiency.

For more information, please visit:

Armacell International S.A.

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Bitzer Kühlmaschinenbau GmbH

For its customer magazine, BITZER has opted for the benefits of a digital version

BITZER COMPACT with a new look

•        Readers can contact the editorial team directly

•        All the benefits of cross-media communication can be exploited



Sindelfingen,14 September 2017. New look, same standards: BITZER has revamped the look and layout of its BITZER COMPACT customer magazine. No longer published in print, COMPACT is now only available in digital form.


BITZER is changing with the times and that also applies to its media, which is why the company has revamped its BITZER COMPACT customer magazine. Instead of a print issue, customers will now receive a digital glimpse into the world of BITZER three to four times a year. ‘The new format offers our customers lots of benefits,’ says Patrick Koops, Head of Public Relations at BITZER’s headquarters in Sindelfingen. ‘Our readers can share content directly via social media and contact the editorial team with just a click of the mouse. The development process has accelerated internally, as we no longer need to plan in time for printing and dispatch. We’re also more flexible in terms of the design and can take advantage of all media channels, meaning we’re able to share information with our customers in an exciting format.’


Holding on to what works

Despite all the visual changes, one thing has remained the same: the standards. ‘As always, we would like to inform our customers about relevant topics in our industry in a high-quality, easy-to-understand format,’ says Koops. ‘Our readers will therefore continue to find lots of general topics such as independent studies and training opportunities, as well as questions about the future of refrigerants and interviews with experts in our customer magazine. We’re already planning the next issue of COMPACT. Now that the process is faster, we’re hoping to be able to provide our readers with another issue this year,’ he adds. ‘And, of course, we’re always happy to hear your ideas and suggestions for topics. Simply email us at’







The BITZER Group is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of refrigeration compressors. BITZER is represented across the globe through distribution companies and production facilities for reciprocating, screw and scroll compressors, pressure vessels and heat exchangers. In 2016, 3,400 employees generated sales of €680 million.


An overview of BITZER

Year established: 1934

Head office: Sindelfingen

Investments in 2016: €40 million

Research and development: €33 million

Locations: 62

Production sites: 15

Employees: 3,400


Danfoss is driving transformation in the cooling industry forward


Nürnberg – Automotive engineering is widely acclaimed for its innovation power and for pioneering cutting-edge technologies. At Chillventa 2016, Danfoss sets out to demonstrate the equally strong innovation drive of the refrigeration and HVAC industry in the effort to meet current challenges of climate change and scarcity of resources.

Under the heading ‘Transformation starts here’ – Danfoss shows the importance of continuous transformation in the cooling industry. In particular, it will be highlighting aspects of digitalization and changes in refrigerants, as well as the development of products and professional skills within the industry. Products are getting easier and easier to install, yet ongoing training and staying up to date have never been as important as today.


Five stand areas


Danfoss’s stand is split into four product areas (commercial refrigeration, food retail, industrial refrigeration, and air conditioning) with one dedicated area for refrigeration contractors. This proven structure should help visitors quickly familiarise themselves with the various product/business areas.


The area specially designed for refrigeration contractors – Transformation of competencies and regulatory landscape in the cooling industry


Danfoss has dedicated an area of its stand for refrigeration contractors at Chillventa 2016. Contractors can visit this area to learn more about the latest technologies and findings related to the Ecodesign Directive and the use of refrigerants with lower global warming potential; they can also come here to discover a variety of training programmes to enhance their knowledge and skills. For example, this stand area will present updated apps that inform system contractors about the migration to environmentally friendly systems with lower global warming potential, and which train and support them in dealing with these systems.


The focus of this area will be on the new condensing unit Optyma™ Plus INVERTER with speed control, which is authorised for use in refrigeration applications with moderate temperatures and for the lower GWP environmentally friendly refrigerant R407A/F. The Optyma™ Plus INVERTER currently boasts the best SEPR  value on the market. It can be used to lower operating costs by 20% to 30% compared to alternative technologies. It is perfect for cold rooms, display cabinets and fermentation rooms, and is suitable for refrigeration applications where accurate temperature and humidity control matter. The condensing unit is also designed for systems having more than one evaporator.


Another highlight is Danfoss’s calculation and selection software Coolselector®2. This software programme facilitates selection, the graphical display of pressure drops and now also shows the performance data of compressors and condensing units. All these features make it a complete selection and calculation tool for experts in the cooling industry. One unique feature offered by Coolselector®2 is that users can save projects and return to them to make adjustments and additional calculations

Commercial refrigeration area – Transformation of cold rooms and food service systems


Sustainability, efficiency, food safety, reliability and connectivity are the drivers behind all Danfoss components for cold rooms, glass door merchandisers, display cabinets and other food applications.

Special highlights in the commercial refrigeration area include the latest solutions for compressors, condensers, controllers and valves that are approved for use with the refrigerants R448A, R449A ,R452A and R290.


The latest version of the intelligent, multifunctional ERC 21x refrigeration controller will also be presented at Chillventa. It can be used in combination with many different sensors, and offers predefined programmes for most typical applications, such as refrigerated counters, cold rooms, cases and other freestanding refrigeration systems, and its on-demand defrost function and integrated, intelligent evaporator fan control make for a high degree of energy efficiency.


Food retail area – Transformation of supermarkets


At Chillventa 2016, Danfoss will be showcasing the potential of its Smart Store solution: better food safety, lower energy consumption, integrated refrigeration control, HVAC, lighting, and smart grid integration. A special highlight is the complete Danfoss product range for CO2 refrigeration, including its brand-new ejector technology, which paves the way to high-efficiency transcritical refrigeration technology in warmer climates.

The VLT® Refrigeration Drive will also be presented. It is being brought to market with improved features that can be used to lower the energy consumption of refrigeration applications by up to 25%.


Industrial refrigeration area – Transformation of  industrial refrigeration systems


Danfoss is developing solid platforms for valves and controllers for industrial refrigeration worldwide, and is taking the next step by supporting the design and construction of complete industrial refrigeration systems. The brand-new valve stations are optimised for natural refrigerants, especially ammonia and CO2, and offer unparalleled energy efficiency.

Visitors to the Danfoss stand can discover the industry’s largest product portfolio of valve stations (ICF). They are available in nominal sizes ranging from DN 15 to DN 80 and with three, four or six modules made of carbon or stainless steel.

Danfoss will also be presenting a new series of pilot valves that are suitable for ammonia and CO2, and for a large range of pressures and temperatures.


Air conditioning area – Transformation towards more environmentally friendly solutions with high overall energy performance


Danfoss will be presenting its extended range of products and solutions for the HVAC industry here. The next generation of air-conditioning appliances are designed for new systems and system upgrades, and comply with the new requirements regarding overall energy performance. Special components for air conditioning systems include the new generation Danfoss scroll compressors with built-in IDVs DSH and DCJ, Inverter Scroll VZH and the oil-free Turbocor compressors, which deliver improved performance with low-GWP refrigerants.

The ETS Colibri® will also be presented. The innovative ETS Colibri® has the shortest response time of any electric valve on the market, and is designed for precise liquid injection for evaporator applications.

With four new models, the expanded range of Micro Plate™ heat exchangers (MPHE) rounds out Danfoss’s air conditioning range at Chillventa 2016.


Danfoss offers a complete lecture programme


Danfoss will be giving a total of 14 presentations as part of the Chillventa Congress programme. Danfoss will be covering subjects like the application benefits of condensing units with variable speed compressors, supermarkets in a new energy perspective, and the basics of temperature glides.

From 11 to 13 October you will find Danfoss at Chillventa in Nuremberg in Hall 7, Stand 126.

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Emerson Climate Technologies

Navigating the shift to Clean Cold


30 years on from the Montreal Protocol, and almost one year since the global agreement to abandon HFCs, a new report highlights both the challenge and the opportunities facing European retailers. 


October marks the one year anniversary of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, mandating the phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).


Industry research finds European retail sector is behind schedule in the phase-down of HFCs, which can be 4000 times more damaging to the climate than CO2.


A new report from University of Birmingham concludes that there is a need for retailers to act swiftly, but transition to natural refrigerants must not come at the expense of achieving other long term energy and environmental benefits.


It calls for decisive action from European governments to use the transition to natural refrigerants to encourage operators to adopt the most environmentally sustainable solutions.  


AACHEN, GERMANY, OCTOBER 10, 2017 – A new report from the University of Birmingham, commissioned by Emerson to coincide with the one year anniversary of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, has highlighted the significant challenge facing the European retail industry as it transitions from damaging HFCs to natural refrigerants.


Last year the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol set an aggressive global phase-down schedule for HFCs.  HFCs were introduced to replace CFCs after they were found to damage the Ozone layer. However, HFCs can have a significant impact on climate change, creating a global warming effect that is up to 4,000 times more damaging than CO2.  If left unchecked, the use of these greenhouse gasses could cause global warming of 0.5 degrees.


The retail sector is key to the transition away from HFCs, as an average supermarket refrigeration system can leak up to 25 percent of its refrigerant charge annually, resulting in approximately 1,556 metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions — producing the same environmental impact as the annual energy used by 165 homes.


However, the report authored by Professor Toby Peters, highlights industry analysis that indicates the European retail sector has already fallen behind schedule in phasing out HFCs and replacing them with natural refrigerants. As a result, the report raises concerns that growing environmental and societal pressure, coupled with increasingly stringent regulations, must not drive retailers to focus on solutions which eliminate HFCs but fail to maximise the wider energy efficiency, operational and cost benefits available from industry leading refrigeration technologies.


Discussing his report, Professor Peters said: “The original Montreal Protocol was a momentous moment for the planet and our environment.  It is one of the few occasions where we can point to a single collective global decision and identify the benefits it brought about. However, as we phased out CFCs we introduced HFCs, and in so doing replaced an imminent environmental disaster with a long term climate crisis.  As we respond to the Kigali amendment and introduce alternatives to HFCs, there is a collective responsibility to ensure the best possible long term solution is adopted, which not only addresses refrigerants, but maximises overall energy efficiency.” 


He added: “The report released today highlights the need for the refrigeration industry, and retailers in particular, to consider the holistic, long term impact of their technology choices. The phase out of HFCs provide a unique opportunity to look beyond the choice of refrigerant, and to fundamentally rethink store and system architectures to ensure that they maximise environmental and operational benefits. Refrigeration systems introduced today could still be operating in 15 years’ time and it’s imperative that we grasp the once in a generation chance to deliver genuinely clean cold. Given the size of heating and cooling demands within our society, this is essential as we transition to sustainable energy.” 


Eric Winandy, Director of Integrated Solutions, Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions, said: “The aggressive phase-down schedule of HFCs presents both a challenge and an opportunity for the retail industry. Although there is certainly pressure for retailers to act quickly, we must be careful not to rush into choosing new refrigeration systems which eliminate HFCs, but miss the opportunity to maximise energy efficiency and other long term environmental benefits.  After all, improved energy efficiency equates to tangible cost savings and improved profitability, so making the right environmental choice can also deliver multi-million Euro savings for retailers across Europe.”


The report, Retail Refrigeration: Making the Transition to Clean Cold, examines what the move to natural refrigerants means for retailers and offers recommendations for the path forward. The conclusions and recommendations include:


Although progress is being made, retailers are not transitioning from HFCs to natural refrigerants quickly enough to meet phase-down targets.


As retailers make the transition it is important to consider the whole system impacts of refrigeration, not just the need to meet refrigerant targets.

In particular, the long term energy efficiency of the wider system must be considered to ensure that any refrigeration technology selected maximises the overall environmental benefits and economic opportunities.


Other factors should also be considered, including the complexity of installation and long term maintenance requirements of different technologies, which can have a significant impact upon operations and cost.


The report also makes recommendations for Governments across Europe:


Governments have a critical role to play in encouraging retailers to transition to natural refrigerants and to ensure that the solutions adopted deliver maximum long term benefit.


Governments should invest significantly more into research and development into sustainable refrigeration and integration into energy systems.


They should support the development of a clear pathway for sustainable refrigeration, not just low GWP refrigerants.


Governments also need to provide incentives, not just penalties, for end-users to accelerate transition to low-impact systems. They should, for example, consider increasing depreciation allowances for investments in new refrigeration systems that are both low-GWP and demonstrably produce the best energy efficiency outcome for the proposed location.


Invest in the skills required to support the long term transition to natural refrigerants, recognising that an expanded workforce, with new competencies and certifications, is going to be required.


As alternatives to HFCs are considered, there are two primary solutions available – CO2 and hydrocarbons.  The report noted that although CO2 systems are most commonly being installed across Europe, some major retailers have selected integrated display cases, which operate more like domestic fridges, and use propane as their refrigerant. 


Industry analysis from these retailers highlighted the benefits of these systems, including improved energy efficiency, reduced refrigerant leakage and lower maintenance requirements, which can contribute to improved environmental performance and significant cost savings in the right application.   


To access the full complimentary whitepaper, Retail Refrigeration: Making the Transition to Clean Cold, visit


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