Refrigeration sector monitoring
Positive impact of recent MEPS on the air conditioner market in China
In June 2023, CLASP published a report highlighting how a recent, more stringent MEPS precipitated the rise of more efficient air conditioners in just two years.
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Simplifying the preservation at very low temperature of tissues used in ophthalmology
Researchers have compared the effects of −28 °C (standard freezer) and −80 °C preservation on human amniotic membrane, which is commonly used in ophthalmic...
LHC season 3: cryogenic cooling system upgrade
The particle accelerator returned to service in 2022 after numerous improvements, including an increase in cryogenic cooling power at point 4.
Measures towards energy-efficient air conditioning in Southeast Asian countries
The IEA projects that electricity demand from air conditioning could reach 300 TWh by 2040 in the ASEAN region (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). Energy efficiency measures...
The high potential of ground-source heat pumps to decarbonise the European building sector
A potential reduction of 20-40% and 30-50% of energy demand in buildings, for heating and cooling respectively, could be achieved through increased use of geothermal heat pumps.
Extracting cannabinoids using cryogenics
Several companies specialising in liquefied gases are developing systems operating with liquid nitrogen for cannabidiol (CBD) producers.
Italy limits air conditioning to 25°C
The country has set a limit on air conditioning in schools, post offices and other public buildings. The temperature cannot be lower than 25°C from May 1, 2022.
Adoption of long-awaited standard for flammable refrigerants
International Electrotechnical Commission standard approves increased charge of flammable refrigerants in domestic installations.
Cold storage of evergreen seedlings affected by global warming
Due to global warming, conifer seedlings are more often exposed to desiccation during snow-free winters. Overwinter cold storage allows to improve their survival, provided that...
AHRI releases March 2022 US heating and cooling equipment shipment data
AHRI provides monthly data on heating and cooling equipment shipped by US manufacturers in the US market. The data provided covers the two months prior to the month of release....
UK frozen food sales in 2021
The annual report by the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) reveals that frozen food sales have maintained a growth momentum in 2021, despite sales volumes being slightly down...
Europe: the proposal to review the F-Gas Regulation has been published, and the proposal to ban PFAS has been delayed.
At the beginning of April, the European Commission published a proposal to update the F-Gas Regulation . In addition, the proposed PFAS ban has been delayed for six months.
Food cold chain: improving temperature control to reduce loss
Recent review articles provide an update on technologies to monitor temperature in the food cold chain, in order to avoid food loss during transport and...
Cryogenic carbon capture technologies
Cryogenic carbon capture is in the early stages of development, however, several projects have achieved a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 6, for applications such as blue...
Refrigerated transport: innovations and challenges for sustainability
Review of the most promising technologies for refrigerated transport: vapour compression systems with natural refrigerants, photovoltaic systems with electrical energy storage,...
Reefer container throughput in main European ports.
In 2021, Europe’s leading ports were back to pre-pandemic levels of cargo and container throughput.
EU requires cold treatment for citrus imports
According to a new EU legislation, a mandatory cold treatment will be required for citrus fruits imported from non-EU countries.
US HFC phase-down: alternative refrigerants for commercial refrigeration
2022 marks the start of new HFC regulatory requirements in the US. An online tool is available that presents alternative refrigerants for commercial refrigeration.
A low-GWP cooling system for the Eiffel Tower
The ageing R407C cooling system in the tower’s west pillar has been replaced with an energy efficient system using low GWP R1234ze(E).
Honey is an efficient natural cryoprotectant in fertility preservation
While several review articles point to the need for new, effective and less toxic cryoprotectants, honey has proven to be an effective non-penetrating...
Latest IPCC report predicts an increased risk of heatwaves
The IPCC report published in February 2022 highlights several risks posed by rising temperatures, such as increased heat waves and greater energy demand for space...
Radiative cooling: protecting ice from melting under sunlight
Researchers have developed a biodegradable film made of cellulose acetate which, thanks to its radiative cooling properties, effectively protects ice subjected to solar radiation from melting, with possible...
The potential for seabed geothermal energy in the UK
An international study has shown the potential for using capillary heat exchangers for heat pumps in the shallows of the seabed, with the potential to provide heating for homes.
The strong growth of the cold chain in China
Supported by five-year development plans, the field of cold chain logistics is growing strongly in China, as illustrated by the 17% increase in cold storage capacity in 2020 compared to the previous...
US : increasing use of CO2 and propane in commercial refrigeration
As a result of regulations aimed at limiting the use of HFCs, the use of CO2 and propane as refrigerants in supermarkets in the United States is experiencing a steady growth.
Latest news about regulation in Europe
The European “F-gas” Regulation and the EN 378 standard are currently being revised at European level. Latest news on these two flagship texts.