Tech Watch: Maersk Invests in Carrier’s Natural Refrigerant Container Units

100 NaturaLINE units ordered for operational testing

Technology advancements are progressing at an exponential rate in virtually every industry and the HVAC/R industry has been seeing it’s fair share of “tech”.

The world’s largest container shipping line, Maersk Line, is striving to further reduce the environmental impact of its global shipping operations. They have ordered the first 100 of a total of 200 refrigerated containers to be chilled by Carrier Transicold’s NaturaLINE natural-refrigerant based system.

“To meet our sustainability goals and stay ahead of the new EU legislation, Maersk Line is keen to carefully evaluate all alternatives to the current synthetic refrigerants,” says Ingrid Uppelschoten-Snelderwaard, head of global equipment, Maersk Line. “The NaturaLINE system is an advanced technology with interesting potential for reefers. We chose it after laboratory testing of the unit’s performance with perishable and frozen commodities and look forward to gaining further operational experience with the system.” => Read full article 

USCIB Letter to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson


February 13th 2017, the US Council for International Business submitted a letter to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The letter is one example of an industry group encouraging the new administration to remain engaged in multilateral environmental agreements.
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The Quest For Climate-Friendly Refrigerants Pose Complicated Choices

NIST quest for climate-friendly refrigerants finds complicated choices



Researchers at NIST has just completed a multi-year study to identify the “best” candidates for future use of air conditioning refrigerants. The objective is to find the refrigerants that have the lowest impact on climate.

Unfortunately, all 27 fluids NIST identified as the best from a performance viewpoint are at least slightly flammable, which is not allowed under U.S. safety codes for most end uses. Several fluids among the list of refrigerants are highly flammable, including propane, the fuel for outdoor grills.

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ASHRAE Award Goes To Andy Pearson

Andy Pearson receives ASHRAE Award for landmark district heating and cooling system


Dr. Andy Pearson is the engineer who led the design of the world’s largest ammonia water source heat pump for a town’s district heating and cooling scheme in Norway.

Dr Andy Pearson, Group Managing Director of Star Refrigeration and Azane Inc, has again been recognized by industry peers for his technically revolutionary high-temperature district heating and cooling system. Pearson was presented with the Award at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Winter Conference 2017 in Las Vegas.

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