Following an inquest on the death of a firefighter in the cold store explosion at Tamahere, close to the urban area of Hamilton (New Zealand), safety concerns have been expressed regarding the use of flammable refrigerants.
The UK Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) released a Guidance Note called "Working in Machinery Rooms Safety Alert", following an incident where a HCFC-123 (R-123) leak from the centrifugal chiller of a refrigeration plant caused four workers to be asphyxiated, in a shopping centre basement plant room.
While the Antarctic Ozone Hole development in 2011 was rather similar to 2009, it remained near that size into early October, close to the maximum hole size for this time of the year.
A team of Oregon State University researchers has successfully tested a prototype of new technology using HFC-245fa in an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) that could recover part of the current waste of the energy produced by cars, factories and power plants.
On 26 September 2011 the Commission published its Review report COM (2011) 581 on the F-Gas Regulation’s impact across Europe, its application, effects and adequacy, based on the results of a consultant report for the Commission.
The Antarctic Ozone Hole development in 2011 is rather similar to 2009 (which was similar to 2007). The area covered by ozone depletion has reached a maximum of 25 million km2, lying between the mean and the maximum 2001-2010 values.
EFCTC believes that a market-based phase-down approach is the most appropriate way to reduce emissions
The US Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has launched the Low GWP AREP (Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program), an industry-wide cooperative research program on promising low GWP alternative refrigerants for air conditioners, heat pumps, dehumidifiers, chillers, water heaters, ice makers and refrigeration equipment.
HFC blown insulating spray polyurethane foam has been used to fix the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) Satellite Telescope.
One of the largest German city utilities companies, SWM (Stadtwerke München) is installing an HFC-245fa based 5 MW Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) System, which will feed the city’s district heating.