Last updated on 12 December, 10:30 GMT.
The latest natural refrigerant-based HVAC&R solutions are in the spotlight at the ATMOsphere Europe 2018 conference, with 70 presentations in 17 sessions over the three days.
Key industry experts, including policymakers, manufacturers, end users, NGOs, academics and more have gathered to discuss the latest market developments for natural refrigerants, provide updates on regulations and standards, and showcase new technology innovations.
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SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE FROM ATMO EUROPE 2018
Follow along our social media coverage from ATMOsphere Europe 2018 with the newest updates on top of the page.
SITE VISIT TO ITALMARK BRESCIA STORE
#ATMOEurope participants visiting the Italmark Brescia store and its engine room, spotting FTE transcritical CO2, which is EPTA GROUP’s leading innovation.
FUTURE OF THE INDUSTRY DEBATE
“I think we have a huge #challenge to achieve the [HFC] phase-down.” — Andrea Voigt, EPEE
In commercial AC: “The lower you go with [GWP] the more likely it will be #flammable.”
“The battle we all have to fight is to get those building codes at a #national and local level [revised].” — Andrea Voigt, EPEE
“There is space for natural refrigerant air-conditioning.” — Marco Buoni, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration European Association (AREA)
Summarising the tone of three-day #conference, this brand-new on-stage debate session will include key #experts sharing their thoughts and predictions of where the HVAC&R sector is heading in the #future! Welcome to the ‘Future of the Industry Debate’!
HVAC (INDUSTRIAL, RESIDENTIAL AIR-CONDITIONING AND COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS)
Peter Rindler of Frigotherm Ferrari talks about #refrigeration plant with high #temperature heat recovery from river #water through double stage ammonia #HeatPump! The plant is running for 2.5 years already!
Lars Munkoe of Purix talks about Instant #Green Cooling — Plug&Play Solar-& District cooling. “#Product is suitable for end users, who look at #price, reliability and #savings in energy costs of the systems.”
Isroiljon Khasanov of UNDP presented the demonstration project for alternative refrigerants and environmentally friendly technology — renovation of a centralised air-conditioning system at a hospital with low-charge ammonia.
It’s time for ‘HVAC (Industrial, Residential Air-Conditioning and Commercial Applications)’ session chaired by shecco’s Charlotte McLaughlin and Alvaro de Oña with efficient energy, UNDP, Purix, GEA and Frigotherm Ferrari on stage!
SOLUTIONS FOR SMALLER STORES & APPLICATIONS
Heat exchanger design can save you space, #refrigerant charge, weight — which #translates into #money. “I am inviting you to #Montreal to visit MTL Cool factory.” — Yoram Shabtay, Heat Transfer Technologies
“Capacity control optimisation is crucial, it’s the key driver for energy efficiency and is a pillar of our strategy.” — Nicolas Pondicq-Cassou, Carrier
Welcome to ‘Solutions for Smaller Stores & Applicatoins’ session chaired by shecco’s Andrew Williams with Carrier, Heat Transfer Technologies, Reftronix, Carel, Panasonic and Rivacold on stage!
“Why should they choose a #CO2 chiller?” The system is efficient, can heat and cool and can be used with ejector technology. “Chillers with carbon dioxide are a reality.” — Mariagrazia Chinellato, Enex
At Simonegatto, a processing plant in Sicily, Italy, #Euroklimat installed a #propane industrial system. “The chiller designed and installed by Euroklimat is able to provide cooling for two parts of the industrial process.” — Giulia Fava, EUROKLIMAT
Due to #efficiency of the ammonia / CO2 cascade at certain times of the year the #cold storage company can sell energy from its photovoltaic system back to the grid. “Very low consumption compared to other systems.” — Enrico Zambotto, Arneg
SCM Frigo installed a CO2 TC in a 12,000 sq.m. cold storage facility in Verona, #Italy. “Technology improvement in compressor and components in general are making CO2 the alternative choice to ammonia in industrial applications up to 5MW.” — Mirko Bernabei, SCM Frigo
“Most of our industrial applications are #ammonia.” Now they are working on a new low-charge ammonia project that they recently installed. “The heating [..is] recovered from the ammonia #refrigeration systems.” — Paul Arrowsmith, Sainsbury’s
We have Sainsbury’s, SCM Frigo, Arneg, Euroklimat and Enex on stage talking about refrigerants trends in industrial refrigeration.
COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION — SOLUTIONS FOR WARMER CLIMATES
“Many parts of the world would like to go to CO2, but they feel like they are not ready yet. Our response to this challenge is to provide simple solutions to run, maintain and install while achieving the best results in energy savings” — Francesco Matrapasqua, EPTA #GoNatRefs
Starting off with ‘Commercial Refrigeration — Solutions for warmer climates’ chaired by @NTNU’s Armin Hafner with Carrier, EPTA, Frascold and LU-VE on stage!
Day three of this year’s last ATMOsphere #conference has just started! After the breakfast, participants can choose to participate in one of the two parallel sessions ‘Commercial Refrigeration — Solutions for warmer #climates’ and ‘Industrial Refrigeration’!
ACCELERATE EUROPE AWARDS CEREMONY
Congratulations to all our Accelerate Europe award winners! The five awards recognise the companies and individuals that have done the most to advance natural refrigerant adoption.
With over 900 votes received, winners of the Accelerate Europe award are:
• METRO AG (Best-in-Sector, Food Retail)
- Unilever (Best-in-Sector, Light Commercial)
- E.ON Sweden (Best-in-Sector, Industrial)
- GEA Group (Innovation of the Year)
- Sergio Girotto (Person of the Year)
The 2nd Annual Accelerate Europe Awards recognises companies and individuals leading the transition to natural refrigerant-based technologies.
END USER PANEL
The company’s goal is to reduce the GWP of refrigerants by 50% by 2020 and 70% by 2025. “The development of this [CO2] technology also reduced the energy consumption.” — Andrea Skory, Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
The #supermarket first started working with CO2 transcritical a few years ago. “In 2015 we opened up a new [CO2] shop,” using “heat recovery for air-conditioning.” — Oscar Pesavento, Fresco & Vario
“At this moment we want to open a new logistic warehouse and given the results we’ve obtained over the last few years we think we will have this new type of refrigerant [CO2].” — Oscar Pesavento, Fresco & Vario
“When people ask what is the cost of CO2, I ask what is the cost of not going CO2.” — Alex Kuzma, Woolworths South Africa
Clare Perry and Sophie Geoghegan, from Environmental Investigation Agency and Klara Zolcer Skacanova of shecco, talked about the launch of their report: ‘Technical report on energy efficiency in HFC-free commercial refrigeration’, which should serve as an information source for end users looking for energy efficient HFC-free alternatives.
Franziska Menten and Riccardo Savigliano from UNIDO and Marc Chasserot of shecco presented opportunities for companies to join the network of European and international companies for the development of the Food Cold Chain in South East Asia and to expand their business in these markets.
MAC — MOBILE AIR-CONDITIONING WORKSHOP
“Regulations are a key diver in this industry to update technologies in the mobile air-conditioning industry.” — Laurent Descourtieux, Fives Filling & Sealing
Welcome to ‘MAC — Mobile Air-Conditioning Workshop’ chaired by Charlotte McLaughlin, multimedia reporter at shecco and Marc Chasserot, CEO of shecco.
Silvia Minetto from Italian National Research Council presenting about #awareness raising, technical #knowledge improvement as well as #SuperSmart_EU project at #ATMOEurope.
COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION — LATEST NATREF TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
“Propane is the future of light commercial refrigeration.” — Vicente Guilabert Hernandez, Huayi Compressor Barcelona
“Adding the right lubricant for the right technology drives performance of the refrigeration system.” — Alessandro Di Maio, Mobil
“The Alchemist adiabatic extra cooler improves the #efficiency of transcritical CO2 systems, even in retrofits and even in the hottest cities of southern #Europe. “ — Michele Vio, MITA
“We compared three integrated #HVAC&R systems installed in supermarkets in #Spain, two based on CO2 and one based on R404A. CO2 was the most #EnergyEfficient solution by 15% and 19% respectively.” — Javier Atencia Escudero, Tewis
“Innovations continue to improve CO2 refrigeration systems.” — Mads Holst Nielsen, Danfoss
“Innovations continue to improve CO2 refrigeration systems.” — Mads Holst Nielsen, Danfoss
Next up at #ATMOEurope: ‘Commercial Refrigeration — Latest NatRef Technology Solutions’ session chaired by @NTNU’s Armin Hafner with TEKO, Danfoss, Tewis, MITA, Mobil and Huayi Compressor Barcelona on stage!
HFC phase down in the USA:“There is real inertia at the Federal level but States are [taking charge].”
“At the State level there is a lot of movement,” with a local group, the Climate Alliance, which is working on phasing down HFCs. - Marie Battesti, shecco
What’s next for the IEC standard #proposal on moving the limit for #hydrocarbons like propane to 500g? “The game is still open.” — Rita Tedesco, European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standards (ECOS)
If you are interested in #flammable refrigerant standards Rita Tedesco from European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standards (ECOS), urges the HVAC&R industry to get in touch with #LIfeFront project.
The #Estonia government will provide 0.6M euros for various #natural refrigerant and other low-GWP #solutions. “We will do a train the #trainer program with DTI (The Danish Technology Institute).” — Stanislav Stokov, Estonian Environmental Research Centre
Stanislav Stokov from Estonian Environmental Research Centre pointed out that there is a language barrier: “Every material that is available in #English we have to translate them so it will be understood by our people in the field.”
Davide Sabbadin from Legambiente made the #business case for NatRefs!
“AC has a long process as it has not been able to use #natural refrigerants [due to standards].”
The #EU’s F-Gas Regulation is serving as #inspiration throughout the world. “#California called us [a long time ago] and asked us what we were doing and how we are doing it.” — Bente Tranholm-Schwarz, European Commission
The #KigaliAmendment will phase-down HFCs by 80% over the next 30 years. “We are no longer talking about the EU having a very strict policy [on HFCs].”
“Try to stay away from HFCs if you can that’s the message.” — Bente Tranholm-Schwarz, @EU_Commission
Day two of #ATMOEurope conference started with ‘Policy Session’ chaired by shecco’s Klara Zolcer Skacanova: “F-Gas Regulation is the most ambitious in the world [..] many are looking to us for inspiration.”
THOUGHT LEADERS PANEL
“We have half a million trained on HFCs and now we need to get them #certified in NatRefs.”
“When they built first #car, which looks like a horse carriage […].”
“With CO2 you can get more compact equipment delivering the same [kW] #cooling power.”
“We have been pushing hard with NatRefs at #Dorin.” — Giacomo Pisano, Dorin
“New [HFO/HFC] blends are coming out on the industry all the time [..] this is a strong pain for us.” — Giacomo Pisano, Dorin
“One thing we don’t do is CDUs we leave it to the #Japanese and others.”
“Its difficult to enter the [CO2] #business here because of the volume.”
Biggest growth: “In Southern and Eastern #Europe.” — Kenneth Madsen, Advansor
“4,500 #CO2 transcritical systems in surface and that number is increasing as we speak.” — Kenneth Madsen, Advansor
Opportunities? “If you sell a unit to Eastern #Europe. They want to learn and fix it by themselves.”
The company installed first TC CO2 rack in 2006!
“The future? High demand for #green alternatives.” — Fabio Fogliani, Beijer Ref
“Roughly 60% of our turnover is [commercial #refrigeration + industrial refrigeration]”
“We are also developing an internal #strategy to produce [NatRef] units.” — Fabio Fogliani, Beijer Ref
“I think #China will go faster than the Europeans. It normally goes faster there.”
“What I did personally for natural refrigerants? I spent an indecent amount on [NatRef] refrigeration trailers.” “They are still running in the #market.” — Victor Calvo, Carrier
Welcome to #ATMOEurope’s ‘Thought Leaders Panel’ where Carrier, Beijer Ref, TEKO, Advansor, Dorin, efficient energy and Centro Studi Gallileo will share their latest success stories, lessons learned, challenges and next steps regarding NatRef-based technologies!
MARKET INTELLIGENCE BY SHECCOBASE
Talking about #hydrocarbon refrigeration, Klara Zolcer Skacanova, from shecco said “This is really the area that #Europe is lagging behind. Though there is portable #R290 with 220,000 units installed in Europe.”
“The biggest challenge is air-conditioning and need for AC will increase with rising #temperatures and growing middle classes.” — Klara Zolcer Skacanova, shecco.
“Over 20,000 stores are using #CO2 transcritical #technology. Europe of course is the leader.” — Klara Zolcer Skacanova, shecco Talking about tech trends for #small stores, Skacanova said there are “More than 6,000 CO2 CDUs/ mini boosters.”
Next up: ‘Market Intelligence by sheccoBase’ where Klara Zolcer Skacanova, shecco’s market development manager is presenting the latest #MarketResearch and statistics of natural refrigerant #technologies!
“Training is [now] a top priority. Safety remains key.” — René van Gerwen, ENTROPY Cooling Solutions
“The vast majority of future #refrigerants are flammable.” “Flammability is not unique to our #business. We use #flammable substances safely in many other aspects of our lives.” — René van Gerwen, #ENTROPY Cooling Solutions
“Hydrocarbons are one of the major long-term refrigerants.” “Energy wise #hydrocarbons are the most #attractive. You gain 10% energy for like, pretty much for #free.” — René van Gerwen, ENTROPY Cooling Solutions
Andy Pearson from Star Refrigeration on ammonia: “There is a fear of ammonia” based on fantasies not fact. The way to minimise the fear of flammability and toxicity is by lowering the charge.
“There is a point where the charge becomes low enough to reduce the safety risk without compromising on system #performance. That’s the sweet spot that contractors are trying to hit for their #customers.” — Andy Pearson, Star Refrigeration
“The increase in heat rejection loss and the large temperature glide with CO2 are actually #opportunities to use this natural refrigerant in hot water #HeatPumps. This is unique to #CO2, and a heat pump is ideal for this — you can use CO2 for space #heating, #cooling, and to produce hot water.” — Armin Hafner, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Next up: ‘Technology Trends’ session where industry’s leading experts from @NTNU, Star Refrigeration and ENTROPY Cooling Solutions gave the audience an exclusive in-depth look at the latest technology trends!
END USER INTERVIEW WITH GECINA
The key problem for Gecina is that they don’t have space on the roof to put new air-conditioning #technology in their existing #buildings. So he asked the #ATMOEurope how to overcome this problem and retrofit their #Paris buildings with NatRef #HVAC.
“We are the biggest [real estate investment trust] in Europe. We have 200 offices […] and 6,000 apartments in Paris.”-Laurent Bataille, Gecina “We are committed and engaged to a low carbon target” and Gecina wants to make NatRefs part of that reduction.
Brand new session at #ATMOEurope — End User Interview! Laurent Bataille of Gecina talked about implementing NatRefs in #HVAC applications of commercial buildings and his plans to upgrade all their buildings to natural refrigerant-based technologies.
WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
“The EU F-Gas Regulation has been a major driver for our [NatRef] industry.” “Europe has been leading the way but think about the others who are behind.” “I think the transition to NatRefs [for HVAC] will be fast.” — Marc Chasserot, CEO, shecco
Welcome to the 9th annual #ATMOEurope 2018! We’re off to a good start with over 450 industry leaders in the room! “We’re trying to make sure when we have our ATMOsphere’s we have the latest technologies and innovations.” — Marc Chasserot, CEO, shecco #GoNatRefs
SITE VISIT TO ITALMARK BRESCIA STORE
The store features Epta cabinets and FTE system, which will show a practical example of what will be discussed during the company’s presentation during the conference.
Participants will be able to visit both the store and the engine room. Transfer will be provided free of charge.
Registration is free of charge but mandatory and subject to approval. Maximum 3 delegates per company allowed.
Two special workshops exclusive for our registered participants will take place before the official launch of the conference on 19 November:
- ebm-papst workshop on fans for refrigeration systems with flammable refrigerants
This workshop will take a closer look at different fan solutions for flammable refrigerants such as hydrocarbons and serve as a guideline for system designers to select the right fans in respect to safety and efficiency. Learn more & register for free here.
- SuperSmart workshop on energy-efficient food retail stores
This workshop will discuss the EU eco-label for food retail stores, and at how to remove non-technological market barriers for the adoption of energy-efficient solutions for supermarkets. Learn more & register for free here.
High-level executives and experts representing several natural refrigerant-based technologies and industries, policy makers, manufacturers, NGOs, academia and end users from many different sectors.
End users (e.g. cold storage facilities, supermarkets, hotels, etc.) of HVAC&R technologies are welcome to attend our conference free of charge.
ATMO Europe 2018 Press Release
The 9th annual ATMOsphere Europe conference is set to take place next week in beautiful Lago di Garda, Italy on 19–21 November.
The latest natural refrigerant-based HVAC&R solutions will again be in the European spotlight at the conference, with 70 presentations in 17 sessions over the three days. Over 400 key industry experts, including policymakers, manufacturers, end users, NGOs, academics and more will gather to discuss the latest market developments for natural refrigerants, provide updates on regulations and standards, and showcase new technology innovations. The main conference sessions will be simultaneously translated into English and Italian.
The programme will feature brand new sessions, including an interview with French end user Gecina about implementing natural refrigerant-based technologies in HVAC applications in commercial buildings, a dedicated session on natural refrigerant market trends by sheccoBase, and a future of the industry debate with HVAC&R industry associations.
ATMOsphere will also highlight new technologies, with parallel sessions covering the full range of natural refrigerant applications, from commercial and industrial refrigeration to HVAC and mobile air conditioning (MAC).
Other programme highlights include the Technology Trends session, with well-known industry experts Armin Hafner, Andy Pearson and René van Gerwen giving the audience an in-depth look at the latest trends with regard to CO2, ammonia and hydrocarbon-based technologies respectively.
Another all-star session of the conference is the End User Panel with Nestlé, Woolworths South Africa, Fresco & Vario, METRO and Migros. Some of the other end users in attendance include Pingo Doce, Biedronka, Colruyt, Delhaize Serbia, Modelo Continente, CERN, Renmans, and COOP Italy.
ATMOsphere Europe will also be hosting the 2nd Annual Accelerate Europe Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 20 November. The winner of the Innovation of the Year award will be chosen by a public vote and is now open to all. Polls close at 16:00 on 20 November. To vote, please click here.
The final session is the Future of the Industry debate, during which key experts will share their thoughts and predictions on where the HVAC&R sector is heading.
Pre-event workshops will be held by ebm-papst and SuperSmart, and after the conference a site visit to a supermarket will be organised by Italian manufacturer EPTA.
ATMO Europe 2018, organised by shecco, is the biggest event in the global ATMOsphere conference series and is supported by 55 sponsors and partners. Click here to see the full programme. To register to attend, click here.
Click here to see the ATMOsphere global event calendar for 2019.