Hydrocarbons Are The Future & The Future Is Now

Take advantage of the growing amount of equipment utilizing R290 and R600a hydrocarbon refrigerants. With state and federal HFC phase-down regulations on the horizon, now is a great time to position yourself as your customer’s go-to supplier of hydrocarbon refrigerants. Hydrocarbons, like R290 and R600a, are non-toxic, have a low GWP (global warming potential), are highly efficient, and are a cost-effective HFC replacement option. At Dynatemp Refrigerants we can offer these high-quality products at an economical price.

Following Europe’s lead, where the hydrocarbons have been in use for over 20 years, the United States is working towards full adoption of low-GWP refrigerants through state regulations with the possibility of federal legislation through the AIM Act. To meet these rapidly changing US regulations, the HVAC industry is building equipment specifically made for hydrocarbons. A couple of examples of this are here and here. Also, the IEC has increased the charge limit on equipment from 150g to 500g in self-contained commercial display cases.

R290

R-290 is a highly refined propane. It is safe and environmentally friendly. Unlike HFCs that have a  high GWP, hydrocarbons, like R290, have almost negligible GWP. R290 replaces R134a in refrigerator applications and replaces R404a in freezer applications. It also has better heat transfer properties making your equipment more efficient.

R600a

R600a is refrigerant grade isobutane. Like R290, it is non-toxic, non-ozone depleting and has very low GWP.  R600a also has excellent thermodynamic properties. R600a replaces R12 and R134a and is much better for the environment.

Safety

While both R290 and R600a are classified as ASHRAE A3-Highly Flammable, when used correctly the risk is very low. Flammability happens when you charge fluorocarbon systems with hydrocarbons, which is illegal in the United States. There have also been fears of an increased explosion risk with propane refrigerators but studies show that there is less than a .001% chance of this occurring, even in kitchens that cook with gas. The real risk with hydrocarbons is if there is a leak in an unventilated space, like a control room. However, most of the equipment being built today is a closed-loop system to ensure safety.

The most important safety issue is that R290 and R600a can not be used in retrofitted systems, they must be used in new equipment.

For more information on these products for SDS sheets, click here.

Request A Quote

Let Dynatemp Refrigerants help you provide your customers with refrigerant options that meet the HFC phase-down regulations that are currently happening and will continue to happen in the future. If your customers invest in hydrocarbon systems now, they will be ahead of the game. To request a quote on these products click here. 

 

Sources:

https://files.ctctcdn.com/db8d7555401/2750a370-8188-4afd-8e19-4049b2237380.pdf

http://hydrocarbons21.com/articles/8994/in_reversal_iec_approves_increase_of_charge_limit_for_flammable_refrigerants

https://refrigeranthq.com/r-290-propane-refrigerant-info-fact-sheet/?highlight=290

https://www.webstaurantstore.com/blog/1702/refrigerant-regulations.html

 

 

An Update On The AIM Act

Did you miss the United States House of Representatives hearing titled the “American Innovation and Jobs: Legislation to Phase Down Hydrofluorocarbons”? If you did, you can check out the recorded version here.

As a reminder, this is the House version of the Senate’s AIM Act (S. 2754), which was introduced in October and is currently in committee. The AIM Act establishes a 15 year HFC phasedown schedule, while also giving the EPA the authority it needs to enforce the phasedown. Both bills have bipartisan congressional support as well as HVACR industry and environmental group support. In addition, Dynatemp Refrigerants was among thirty-two HVACR industry CEO’s to sign a letter of support for a federally mandated HFC phasedown. In the absence one, we will continue to see a patchwork of state by state phasedown legislation as we have seen with California, Vermont, Washington, and now New Jersey.

What are the next steps? Both the Senate bill and the House bill are in committee, you can track their progress through congress.gov. Senate Bill S.2754 and House Bill H.R.5544

If you haven’t already, use HARDI’s tool to email your Representatives and ask them to support a federally mandated HFC phasedown to give the HVACR industry the clarity it needs to plan for the next generation of refrigerants.

Additional Sources:

https://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2019/11/carper-and-kennedy-introduce-bill-to-phasedown-use-of-hfcs

 

Frequently Asked Questions About The DynaCycle Reclamation Program

Every month we compile and share a list of recently asked questions regarding our DynaCycle Reclamation program. It’s important to become a member of a trustworthy reclamation program, like DynaCycle, where you get paid for your recovered refrigerants. At DynaCycle we accept all refrigerants, there are no freight costs, and we pay for R22 and pure HFCs and HFOs.  If you aren’t currently a member of a reclamation program and you have any questions about DynaCycle that we haven’t covered here, please reach out to us at: info@dynacycle.com 

What reports and customer tracking does DynaCycle provide Distributors? 

Within about ten business days of DynaCycle receiving a shipment of filled recovery cylinders, the Distributor will receive a payment report (in pdf and/or excel format) that details the following information for each cylinder-
• Technician company information and ID#
• Distributor location and receiving-employee information
• Cylinder serial number or tag number
• Refrigerant type & purity level
• Weight of contents
• Applicable payments, charges, and credits based on Refrigerant Buyback and Service Fee Schedule

Additionally, DynaCycle will send the Distributor an EPA Compliant receiving report (pdf format) for each Technician Customer. DynaCycle reports can be customized according to the needs of the Distributor. For example, if a Distributor is sharing a portion of the program proceeds with customers, DynaCycle can produce a report detailing payment splits as defined by the Distributor.

Is freight really free both ways?

Yes! We cover 100% of the cost of freight to ship cylinders and/or tanks to and from your location.

What refrigerants does DynaCycle pay for?

We accept ALL refrigerants in the DynaCycle reclamation program. We pay for R22 and pure HFCs and HFOs.

What cylinders do you accept?

DynaCycle accepts 30 and 50 lb steel reclamation cylinders and our 50 lb composite cylinders. We also accept industrial gas sizes including 125 lb, 240 lb, and 1,000 lb tanks.

In addition, DynaCycle accepts non-DynaCycle reclamation cylinders. We are here to make this the most convenient reclamation program it can be!

For more information on the DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange Program please call (717) 249-0157 or email info@dynacycle.com.

A Bipartisan HFC Phasedown Bill That Puts America First

Recently Republican senator John Kennedy and Democrat senator Tom Carper, along with a group of fourteen bipartisan senators, filed the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2019 (AIM Act). A bill that would provide a federally structured phasedown of HFC refrigerants over the next 15 years. In addition to the group of bipartisan lawmakers, the AIM Act of 2019 has widespread industry support. Our CEO, Brad Kivlan, was among 31 leaders in the HVAC industry, as well as AHRI and The Alliance for Atmospheric Policy, to sign a letter urging Congress to pass the legislation. The environmental community is also in support.  The AIM Act of 2019 is something that everyone can agree puts the American HVAC industry first in a highly competitive global market.

Why does the AIM Act of 2019 have so much support?

  • It provides clarity to US businesses with a gradual and market-friendly  phasedown of HFCs
  • The HVAC industry has been preparing for an HFC phasedown for over a decade and has invested billions of dollars into the next generation of refrigerants.
  • It gives the EPA the authority it needs to mandate a phasedown of twenty substances known as HFCs but provides no extended authority to the EPA to regulate anything else
  • According to a study by the Interindustry Forecasting Group at the University of Maryland, the phasing down of HFCs over the next 15 years will create 33,000 new U.S. manufacturing jobs, add $12.5 billion per year to the U.S. economy, and increase exports of refrigerants and related equipment by 25 %.
  • The bill was prepared with tremendous input from experts at the EPA, in the environmental community, and the HVAC industry
  • The phasedown structure is aligned with the Kigali Amendment, which will keep the US competitive with the rest of the world
  • The phasedown works through an allowance allocation and trading program

Although there is a great deal of support across the board for this bill, there is still a question about whether the Trump administration will support it due to its history of deregulation.

If you would like to urge your senator to vote “yes” on the AIM Act of 2019, HARDI has created a user-friendly website where you can fill in your address and populate a letter of support that will be emailed to your state’s senators. Try it here. 

We will keep you updated as news of the AIM Act of 2019 becomes available. Continue to check our Twitter account for details.