News

Thailand runs R290 safety test for AC units

The Thailand Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA) has conducted Thailand’s first live safety testing of R290 (propane) for AC units. The results, which support the safety of the flammable refrigerant, have been submitted to the Thai government to assist in its review of the country’s building code, says the organisation. […]

Cómodo
Products

Putting the AC in accessories

Fujitsu has developed a wearable cooling device called the Cómodo gear that can be worn around the neck. It uses uses ventilation, water cooling and Peltier elements to lower body temperature. The device cools the blood flowing through the carotid artery and sends the heat to a water-cooled heat sink worn on the waist. It […]

General News

Study on spread of COVID-19 in air conditioned bus

The coronavirus could be transmitted over a longer distance than previously thought, especially within an enclosed air conditioned environment, according to a study by a team of Chinese government epidemiologists. The research by the Hunan-based team throws into question the official guidelines from China’s health authorities on COVID-19 prevention to keep “a safe distance” of […]

Products

Hitachi introduces FrostWash Technology

In response to what it perceived as an unmet need for greater cleanliness in air conditioning systems, Hitachi has introduced “FrostWash Technology”. “Air is always travelling across the surface of the heat exchanger,” says Hitachi. “Dust, mould and bacteria can accumulate, leading to reduced performance and perceivable odours. Keeping the heat exchanger clean is the […]

Refrigerant
News

R32 expanding rapidly in EU

The Building Services Research & Information Association (BSRIA) has predicted the R32 market share for split systems in Europe will exceed 80 per cent by 2023. According to its research, R32 accounted for approximately 37 per cent of the market in 2019. R32 has a lower global warming potential (GWP) than other refrigerants (of 675), […]

Global Cooling Prize
Events and conferences

Finalist countdown for Global Cooling Prize

The Global Cooling Prize – a competition designed to spur development of a radically more energy efficient cooling technology – will be announcing its finalists at a ceremony in New Delhi, India on November 15. This event is being co-hosted by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India; Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI); and Mission Innovation. It will […]

Products

AC in your pocket

A Sony-affiliated startup has announced the Reon Pocket, a small Bluetooth device that can fit into a pocket and will cool and heat the wearer. Other companies and research teams are working on bringing heating and cooling to a wearable level, but the Reon Pocket looks like the first such product that could break into […]