GERMANY: Following the first installation of transcritical CO2 refrigeration technology on board a cruise ship last year, German manufacturer GEA says it has received orders for two new ships.
UK: Bacteria found in muddy marshes, estuaries and coastal sediment are said to be responsible for one of the Earth’s most abundant climate cooling gases.
JAPAN: Mitsubishi Electric has developed a thermal sensor which can distinguish between humans and other heat sources and identify specific human behaviour.
KOREA: Bitzer condensing units are playing a key role in ensuring that kimchi, the Korean national dish, reaches the consumer in perfect condition.
UK: Panasonic has introduced voice control with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa to its air conditioning portfolio.
UK: A leading refrigeration equipment manufacturer has questioned calls for a ban on open-fronted display cabinets, claiming there is more than one way for retailers to achieve energy savings.
GERMANY/USA: Bitzer has approved serial production of its Orbit (model range VL) and Orbit+ scroll compressors for use with the lower GWP A2L refrigerants R454B, R452B and R32.
USA/CHINA: Researchers from Tsinghua University and Brown University, Providence, RI, claim to have discovered a simple way to boost heat exchange in air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
While the F-gas phase down has had a specific marked effect on European HFC refrigerant prices, global prices are most affected by the price of the mineral fluorspar.
UK: Star Refrigeration has enabled a leading cheese spread manufacturer to upgrade its refrigeration plant to comply with F-gas regulations.