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YOUR IDEAL CHILLER PARTNERS • Intelligent Cooling Specialists • Trade discounts • Flexible Warranty Agreements • Proven Product quality • FGas Registered • Confidentiality assured • Reliable deliveries • 30 years established • Installation services if required. W: E: T: 01827 213401 NEWS ColdChainComplianceWeek: Refrigeration industry urged to draw ‘line in the sand’ on compressor technology The refrigeration industry is being urged to draw a ‘line in the sand’ on legacy compressor technologies in order to truly embrace refrigerants with a low global warming potential (GWP). The warning, from Vert Technologies, focuses on the need for refrigeration OEMs and design engineers to consider compressor technology optimised to operate with natural, low-GWP refrigerants such as CO 2 and ammonia. Nicol Low, Chief Operating O‚cer at Vert Technologies, comments: “The F-Gas Regulation remains a major talking point for Cold Chain Compliance Week. Ultimately, the decisions that are being made today will impact systems which remain in operation long after the 2030 phase-down of refrigerants such as R404A, R410A and R134A. While the environmental benefits of low-GWP refrigerants are well-documented, their high-pressure ratios and high absolute pressure requirements present a number of operational challenges for traditional scroll or screw compressors. “Often, these types of compressor have to be daisy-chained to meet the required pressure ratios or absolute pressures, adding size, cost and ine‚ciency to a system. However, the emergence of new compressor technologies presents an opportunity for OEMs and design engineers to draw a line in the sand for those which have inhibited the use of low-GWP refrigerants at scale.”

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