Legislation Updates

Flammable charge limits on the move again

Charge sizes for flammable refrigerants in HVAC&R equipment are changing with a proposal to raise international limits for room air conditioners, and the adoption of a new standard in Australia for refrigeration appliances. An International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) working group has released a proposal to update safety standard IEC 60335-2-40. This would allow larger amounts […]

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Grosvenor launches natural refrigerant service

Technical services company Grosvenor Engineering Group has introduced a dedicated natural refrigerant technology service for HVAC&R systems. Through the service, the company hopes to help the Australian commercial office market reduce its carbon footprint by providing a green alternative. “The opportunity for the use of natural refrigerants is broad within the commercial market,” says Grosvenor […]

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Education News

Advice on flammables

Asercom, the European refrigeration and air conditioning components manufacturers group, has published a guide for the safe handling of components used in compression refrigeration circuits with flammable refrigerants. “The component manufacturers organised in Asercom have noticed a high degree of uncertainty among refrigeration and air conditioning specialists when dealing with flammable refrigerants,” says Asercom president […]

News

How flammable is ‘mildly flammable’?

A multi-million-dollar research project led by AHRI, with support from ASHRAE, the US Department of Energy and the California Air Resources Board, has comprehensively tested refrigerants to answer questions around their flammability. In Australia, the topic continues to provoke debate, and understandably so. Because of the HFC phase-down, previously common non-flammable A1 refrigerants are giving way […]

Events and conferences

MHIAA announces training on A2/A2L refrigerants

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australian (MHIAA) and Superior Training Centre are running a course on A2/A2L refrigerants in Sydney on June 7. Pushed along by the HFC phase-down, manufacturers have been rapidly switching their split system air conditioning units from R410a (with a GWP of 2,088) to R32 (GWP 675). According to the Expert Group […]