Azane’s New VP Business Development Closed the IIAR Conference with a Presentation on Low Charge Ammonia
Thursday March 31, 2016
Following his recent appointment as Azane’s new VP Business Development, Caleb Nelson offered attendees of the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration an overall view of low charge ammonia refrigeration technology for commercial and industrial applications at the event’s conference closure. The appearance marked Nelson’s first sanctioned presentation in his new role, with comments confirming that attendees received a holistic overview of the low charge refrigerant landscape.
Held annually, the IIAR Conference is a place for the industry’s most innovative minds to connect, collaborate and share. With remarkable environmental credentials, minimal regulation and safer components, low charge NH3 systems have undoubtedly emerged as the natural solution of choice for reducing refrigerant charge at existing facilities and R22 replacement, as well as the alternative to HFC phasedown. Representing Azane, Nelson examined the use of NH3 in commercial applications and offered real examples from his extensive experience in some high profile cases across the USA using ammonia/CO2 for retail applications.
“Safe, reliable and efficient, low charge NH3 has continually demonstrated its suitability as a natural, future proof option across a wide variety of sectors and applications – whether of a small, medium or industrial size. It was very encouraging to explore its consolidating dominance further at the IIAR Conference with a focus on future trends and opportunities that are set to shape the future of ammonia refrigeration for both commercial and industrial applications,” says Nelson.
As well as conventional grocery store installations, Nelson looked at the use of low charge ammonia in several “non-grocery” applications. By exploring its diversity, Nelson revealed the flexibility of NH3 in a low charge design, and how this characteristic will help it become the world’s refrigerant of choice.
After highlighting the different uses of low charge NH3, Nelson explained the key driving forces behind the shift towards the ultra-efficient refrigeration technology. This includes the world’s growing environmental conscience, business/economic factors and the system’s high energy performance. Finally, Nelson disclosed some of his own opinions on future trends set to shape the emergence of low charge NH3, and some of the opinions collected through a survey carried out by Azane during the three day event.
The results demonstrated high levels of awareness in relation to the benefits of low charge ammonia technology, including knowledge about its high efficiency compared to HFCs and traditional ammonia technologies, its environmental advantages, its high safety record by achieving charge reductions of up to 90%, its burden free credentials from OSHA’s PSM and the EPA’s RPM requirements, and its inherent cost savings, including lower installation, operating and energy costs.
“A very encouraging sign for low charge ammonia technology was the high number of respondents (56%), including both HVACR contractors and end-users who reported to be considering low charge ammonia for use at their facilities,” said Nelson.
For more information on low charge ammonia, the EPA R22 phase out and refrigerant replacement options, visit /why-low-charge-ammonia.aspx.