Installation of a refrigerant separator in Bristol (UK)
A-Gas, a company specialised in the lifecycle management of refrigerant gases, announced the opening of a new GBP 1 million refrigerant separator at its plant in Portbury near Bristol (UK). This significant investment will allow the the site to double its reclamation capacity.
According to A-Gas UK Manager Director John Ormerod, "As the F-Gas Regulations have a greater affect on supplies of high GWP virgin refrigerants, reclaimed gases will have a growing role to play in the market place. Next year a 37% reduction in the quota of virgin gases will become a reality. This investment by A-Gas in separation technology highlights our commitment to providing the industry with the capacity and infrastructure to support the F-Gas phase-down. A continued reduction in the use of HFCs will put significant pressure on the supply of high GWP refrigerants. There are shortages of some high GWP refrigerants already and prices have risen considerably. Reclaimed refrigerants are much needed to fill this gap in the market as the industry comes to terms with change."
The new separator is made of steel and is 12 metres high. The type of waste handled by A-Gas has changed over the years as mixtures have become more complicated and greater quantities of mixed gases emerge. Several different refrigerants combined together in one mixture further raises the bar, and without the latest separation technology it is near impossible to return the gases to the same kind of quality as virgin material.
The separator uses distillation technology to separate refrigerants of different boiling points. Once a gas leaves the separator it is sampled, certified to the meet the AHRI 700 standard and re-supplied to the market.
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