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The new successor to R410A?

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has given Honeywell’s new stationary air conditioning refrigerant R466A (also known as Solstice N41) the official designation A1 – non-toxic and non-flammable. The classification could be a key factor for manufacturers deciding which refrigerant to use in their systems in the medium-term. As a result of […]

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Crackdown on refrigerant offences

The Department of the Environment and Energy has issued a number of fines for offences under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989. A New South Wales-based refrigeration mechanic has been fined $2,520 for discharging R410A while installing an air conditioning system. According to the Department, the offender holds a permit issued […]

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Polaris re-launches R22 retrofit solution

Sydney-based Polaris Technologies has re-launched a popular R22 retrofit option for HVAC systems. The Polaris “Intelligent Series” allows you to upgrade only the outdoor unit. Existing pipework and the indoor unit remain. Polaris Technologies director Tony Power, Affil.AIRAH, says that these systems are well proven in Australia. “A patented Australian technology based around the sophisticated […]

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Honeywell announces “breakthrough” non-flammable AC refrigerant

Honeywell has announced a new non-flammable refrigerant called Solstice N41 for stationary air conditioning systems that it says could replace R410A, and could also potentially be a rival for R32. The HFC phase-down has prompted the search for alternatives to high global warming potential (GWP) gases such as R410A. At present, many original equipment manufacturers […]