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May 18, 2022 Tokyo, Japan - AGC Develops New Composition of Amolea 1123

AGC Japan has successfully developed a new composition of Amolea 1123 (HFO 1123), a refrigerant which is low in Global Warming Potential (GWP). It is develop in cooperation with University of Tokyo.

Read the press release here.

May 11, 2022 US - Daikin Applied  To Increase Price

 Daikin Applied is set to increase its price by up to 12% on commercial heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment. This increase will apply to new orders from May 25, 2022 onwards.

April 26, 2022 UK - Toshiba Carrier UK Launches Heat Pumps Using R32 Refrigerant

Toshiba Carrier UK has launched a lower GWP R-32 Refrigerant Heat Pumps providing space heating as well as domestic hot water (DHW). There are four models available in the ESTIA range, from 4-11kW. 

It is using Toshiba award-winning twin rotary compressor with energy efficiency rating of A+++.

It can deliver 62°C hot water even if the outdoor temperature drops to -25°C.

April 15, 2022 Tokyo, Japan - Mitsubishi Electric Develops Airflow Visualization & Control Technology

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed an airflow visualization & control technology that will help to predict airflows and temperatures in the room. The Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis will help to achieve a more uniform room-wide temperatures and reduces uncomfortably strong airflows.

See more details here.

April 14, 2022 Oxford, England - Carrier AquaSnap Air-Cooled Chillers to be used at Oxford University 

The Oxford University Laboratories in England, UK have been installed with four AquaSnap Air-Cooled Chillers 30RBP with Greenspeed Intelligence from Carrier. The chillers are used to replace the old chillers which were at the end of their working life. 

Features of the chillers:

  • R-32 Refrigerant
  • Pumps with variable speed to reduce energy consumption
  • Condenser with low noise variable speed fan
  • Communication technology over IP to a centralized energy management system and easily accessed from the internet
  • 4.3 inch touch screen interface

April 1, 2022 Mumbai, India - Voltas Launches India's First Inverter Air Conditioners With Hepa Filter

Voltas India has launched India's first inverter air conditioners with Hepa Filter that will provide filtration besides cooling. The AC will be able to trap airborne particulates in the air, providing a cleaner air to the space being cooled. Low GWP (Global Warming Potential) R32 refrigerant is also being used. It will be able to keep users comfortable even with a temperature of 52°C.

Voltas Limited is the largest air conditioning company in India. 

Read the press release here.

Mar 31, 2022 Westminster, CA, USA - Absolute Air Flow Acquires BWR Heating & Cooling

Absolute Air Flow, a HVAC company established in 2018 has acquired BWR Heating & Cooling in its move to expand it's business in California. The acquisition will add about 5,000 customers developed over 18 years to its business.

Mar 24, 2022 Dallas, USA - Lennox International Appoints Alok Maskara as New CEO

Lennox International Inc. has appointed Alok Maskara as its new chief executive officer effective May 9, 2022 replacing Todd Bluedorn.

Lennox International is a leader for its innovation in heating, air conditioning and refrigeration markets.

Mar 21, 2022 Hangzhou, China - Carrier China Provides Chillers and Controls to Zhejiang Cloud Computing Center

Carrier China provides 30 AquaEdge 19XRV centrifugal chillers for mission critical Zhejiang Cloud Computing Center. Carrier Comfort Network® communicating controls will also be provided in this project. Features of AquaEdge 19XRV:

  • Water-Cooled Centrifugal Chillers
  • R134a Refrigerant
  • High-Variable Speed Compressors
  • Hermetic Compressor Motor
  • Multi-Lingual Display
  • Low inrush current for high voltage application

Mar 17, 2022 USA - EPA Energy Star Home Upgrade

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the Energy Star Home Upgrade with six high impact energy improvements for your home. Significant cost savings will be achieved by following the guidelines. It will also help the transition from fossil fuels to cleaner energy source.

  • Clean Heating and Cooling
  • Super-Efficient Water Heater
  • Smart Thermostat
  • Well-Insulated and Sealed Attic
  • High Performing Windows or Storm Windows
  • Electric Vehicle Ready

Read more here.

Mar 10, 2022 London, UK - Carrier AquaSnap 61AF Heat Pumps to be used in 60 schools in London and West Midlands

Over 180 units of Carrier AquaSnap 61AF will be used in the effort to reduce carbon emissions and cutting energy bills in London and West Midlands. These heat pumps will be installed in 60 schools and funded under UK's Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS). Features of AquaSnap 61AF:

  • R407C Refrigerant
  • Scroll fixed-speed compressor
  • Operating range allows outside temperatures down to -20°C
  • Generating domestic hot water applications up to 65°C.
  • Certified Eurovent energy efficiency class A
  • Communication technology over IP to a centralized energy management system and easily accessed from the internet
  • 4.3 inch color touch screen interface

Feb 28, 2022 Bath, UK - Carrier AquaSnap Air-Cooled Chillers to be used at Royal United Hospitals

The Royal United Hospitals in Bath, UK will upgrade its air conditioning systems to two AquaSnap Air-Cooled Chillers 30RBP from Carrier. Features of the chillers:

  • R-32 Refrigerant
  • SEER Rating of 5.18
  • Condenser with low noise variable speed fan
  • Communication technology over IP to a centralized energy management system and easily accessed from the internet
  • 4.3 inch touch screen interface

Feb 25, 2022 USA - Carrier Collaborate with Marriot International

Carrier announced on Feb 16, 2022 that it is collaborating with Marriot International to develop new technologies to shape the hotels of the future. It aims to improve customer experience, shorten construction costs, reduce construction time and enable more sustainable buildings.

Feb 23, 2022 - Camfil Expands Manufacturing Plant in Malaysia

Camfil, a leading producer of air filters for clean air solutions is investing MYR50 million to expand the current plant in Ipoh, Malaysia. It is scheduled to be in operational by Q4 2022. Camfil is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and has been producing clean air solutions products for more than half a century.

See the press release here.

Feb 22, 2022 -USA, New DC Vacuum Pump from Yellow Jacket

This new product BULLET®DC Vacuum Pump from Yellow Jacket uses Brushless DC Motor which is more efficient, lighter and has higher torque compared to the AC Motor type. It is designed for use with A2L refrigerants.

The built-in cooling fins are designed to cool pumps and increase performance. There is also a built-in mounting points for optional shoulder straps.

It has a IPX4 Rating which is resistant to water splashes from any direction, has a two-year warranty and is made in the USA. 

Feb 21, 2022 - World Refrigeration Day(WRD) Theme: "Cooling Matters”  

World Refrigeration Day is held every year on 26 June.

Steve Gill, the founder of WRD had announced that the theme for 2022 will be "Cooling Matters" and said “Our objective is to make the public aware of cooling’s essential benefits, how cooling impacts daily life, and how technology choices foster environmental well-being of future generations.”

According to UNEP(United Nations Environment Program) OzonAction, there are 3.6 billion cooling units in use today and by 2050, that number is expected to be 9.5 billion. 

Refrigeration will also help to reduce food waste globally.

Feb 17, 2022 USA - Daikin Applied SiteLine Building Controls launched

Daikin Applied based in Minneapolis has launched the Building Automation Controls for HVAC that is cloud-based and making remote monitoring and controls possible.

  • SiteLine for Dedicated Equipment - Monitoring and control of HVAC equipment
  • SiteLine for Wireless BAS (Building Automation Systems) - Wireless Building Controls Technology
  • SiteLine for Pre-Programmed BAS (Building Automation Systems) - Automate BAS with any Daikin equipment that is BACnet MS/TP compatible

More details at Daikin Applied

2022 AHR Expo Innovation Awards Winners

  • Building Automation - iSMA CONTROLLI S.p.A. / iSMA-B-MAC36NL Hybrid IoT Controller powered by Niagara Framework
  • Cooling - Danfoss / Danfoss Turbocor® VTCA400 Compressor
  • Heating - Carrier / Infinity® 24 Heat Pump with Greenspeed® Intelligence
  • Indoor Air Quality - Antrum / AntrumX™ IAQ Facilities Monitoring System
  • Plumbing - Franklin Electric / Little Giant, Inline SpecPAK, Multi-Pump Pressure Boosting System
  • Refrigeration - ebm-papst Inc. / AxiEco 630-910 Axial Fan
  • Software - Bluon, Inc. / Bluon Support Platform
  • Sustainable Solutions - Enginuity Power Systems Inc / E|ONE Home Power System
  • Tools and Instruments - Fluke Corporation / Fluke 378 FC Non-Contact Voltage True-rms AC/DC Clamp Meter with iFlex
  • Ventilation - Aldes / InspirAIR® Fresh

Feb 10, 2022 USA - Emerson's Sensi Smart Thermostat Wins AHRI 2021 Integrated Home Contest

The Sensi Smart Thermostat from Emerson has won the Integrated Home Contest 2021. This thermostat has a color touch screen and helps homeowners to save up to 23% of their HVAC energy usage.

Features include 7-day scheduling, remote access and compatible with smart home platforms including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit and SmartThings.

Feb 9, 2022 USA - ASHRAE Nominees for 2022-2023

ASHRAE slate of nominees for 2022-2023 Officers and Directors.

  • President-Elect: Ginger Scoggins
  • Treasurer: Dennis Knight
  • Vice Presidents: Billy Austin, Dunstan Macauley, Sarah Maston, Ashish Rakheja
  • Regional Directors and Regional Chairs: Bryan Holcomb, James Arnold, Susanna Hanson, John Constantinide, Cheng Wee Leong
  • Directors-at-Large: Blake Ellis, Luke Leung, Wei Sun
  • Alternate Director-at-Large: Patrick Marks

Feb 8, 2022 US/Japan - Carrier Acquiring Toshiba Carrier

Carrier had signed agreement to acquire Toshiba Carrier, a VRF(variable refrigerant flow) and light commercial HVAC joint venture with Carrier.

Toshiba Carrier has its own proprietary inverter technology that is used in the VRF products. The acquisition includes R&D centers, manufacturing operations and the brand.

Jan 27, 2022 - Eiffel Tower's New Cooling System Using Honeywell R-1234ze Refrigerant

Honeywell's R-1234ze refrigerant which has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of less than 1 has been used in the new cooling system at Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Previous cooling system was using R-407C refrigerant which has a GWP of 1,774. 

The new system is installed at the west pillar of the tower where the souvenir shop, information center and a lift are located.

R-1234ze is an alternative refrigerant to R-134a which is used in chillers, heat pumps, refrigerators and vending machines.

Jan 24, 2022 - Rheem Acquires DEJONG

Rheem announced on Jan 12, 2022 that it had acquired DEJONG, a producer of stainless-steel hot water tanks. DEJONG was established in 1859 and is based in Gorredijk, Netherlands.

The tanks are used in applications such as solar, heat pump and boiler configurations.

Jan 20, 2022 - MCE Italy Postponed due to pandemic

The Mostra Convegno Expocomfort 2022 in Milan, Italy scheduled for Mar 2022 has been postponed to June/July. Both physical and digital events will be held during this time. See new dates:

Start: June 28th, 2022
End: July 1st, 2022
Venue: Fiera Milano, Milan, Italy

Digital Event: 28th June -6th July, 2022

Jan 14, 2022 - WellAir Launches Air Cleaning Device

WellAir has launched Defend 400 air cleaner which can help to clean the air from pathogens, particulates, VOC(volatile organic compound), gases and odors. Viruses, bacteria and fungi can be deactivated up to 99.9%.

The Defend 400 is a FDA Cleared Class II Medical Device.

WellAir is headquartered in Connecticut, United States and Dublin, Ireland and is a leading provider of infection control solutions.

Jan 13, 2022 - Daikin Acquires ThermalNetics and TriState HVAC Equipment

Daikin Applied Americas has acquired two of its current representatives. ThermalNetics is based in Detroit and TriState in Pennsylvania.

ThermalNetics has been in heating and cooling business for 50 years and is an authorized Daikin applied products. It also services and repairs HVAC equipment. It services customers in eastern Michigan area.

TriState HVAC Equipment has represented many manufacturers including Daikin and predecessor for over 30 years. It services customers in the eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. 

Jan 12, 2022 - Johnson Controls Acquires Foghorn

Johnson Controls has acquired Foghorn, a developer of AI Software IoT(Internet of Things) solutions. This acquisition will enable the integration of Foghorn's Edge AI platform throughout Johnson Controls OpenBlue. See a brief video of OpenBlue below.

Jan 10, 2022 - Daikin Launched ATMOSFERA with R-32 Refrigerant

Daikin North America has launched single zone ductless split heat pumps using R-32 refrigerant with capacity from 9,000 to 24,000 BTU. Efficiencies can go up to 27.4 SEER, 13.8 HSPF and 16.3 EER. These models are more efficient than their R-410A predecessors. 

The R-32 refrigerant is a A2L refrigerant that is being used worldwide by more than 40 manufacturers.

Verona, Italy - Jan 6 , 2022 - AERMEC Multipurpose Heat Pumps

This heat pumps produced by AERMEC are able to provide cooling, heating and also domestic hot water for the needs of many diverse applications such as hotels, office buildings and house complexes.

Significant energy savings, reduction in noise, reduction in carbon dioxide emission and reduction in installation cost are some of the benefits of using these heat pumps.

Find out more here.

Jan 5, 2022 - Carrier Heat Pumps Ultra-low GWP 1234ze refrigerant chosen for London project

Carrier AquaForce® 61XWHZE heat pumps will be used in the upgrade of Citigen energy centre, a power station in London. 

  • Using Global Warming Potential refrigerant 1234ze which is lower than 1.
  • Cuts carbon emission up to 50%.
  • Heat pumps will extract thermal energy from water pumped from aquifer 200m beneath the surface.
  • Waste heat will be harnessed to produce 4MW of 80°C hot water 
  • Low total cost of ownership. See diagram below:

Jan 4, 2022 - Smart WIFI-enabled Smoke + CO Detector from Kidde

This innovative product from Kidde can be used in conjunction with the new mobile apps. You can now receive alerts via mobile notification. Some good features:

  • Detect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide
  • Voice control capabilities using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Options to notify friends and family when smoke or CO is detected

Kidde is a part of Carrier Global Corporation.

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. - Jan 3, 2022 Carrier Sells Chubb Fire & Security Business to APi Group Corporation

Carrier completes the sale of Chubb Fire & Security Business to APi Group Corporation for $3.1 Billion.

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