Could R32 refrigerant be the ideal low-GWP replacement?


1. R-32 can be topped off. – Because it’s a single molecule, R-32 can be topped off without a change in composition. 2. R-32 can be reclaimed. – That single molecule comes in handy! It makes R-32 easy to reclaim. 3. R-32 has zero glide. – Unlike a zeotropic blend, R-32 has one boiling point making it easier to work with.

We need to study the impacts of any phase out or down proposal plans


FETA chair Mark Hughes says the EU approach to F-Gas regulations revision are a cause for significant concern in the UK. Speaking at the annual FETA lunch, Hughes, who is also president of the British Refrigeration Association (BRA), added that he was encouraged by the UK government’s response. He said: “The EU is deep in the process of detailed negotiations … Read More

Refrigeration Pioneer

James Harrison Cover

April 17th: James Harrison Day – This day in RACHP history Today is James Harrison Day. Harrison (born #onthisday April 17th 1816) is the epitome of an engineering pioneer in the field of mechanical refrigeration. Harrison was born in Bonhill, in Dunbartonshire, Scotland but moved to Australia to take up a position as a print machine ‘compositer’ for a publisher … Read More

Disposables may contain dangerous mix


ITALY: Tests on the contents of illegal disposable cylinders, which have been flooding the European market, have revealed that some may contain dangerous mixtures. General Gas, a leading Italian refrigerant distributor, has revealed that tests on at least one of those illegal cylinders, supposedly containing R134a, contained a mixture of several components including the now illegal HCFC R22. The European … Read More

Forane® 427A (R427A) – the Easy R-22 Retrofit™

Forane by Arkema

Forane® 427A (R427A) – the Easy R-22 RetrofitTM Forane® 427A (R427A) is the Easy Retrofit™ when it comes to retrofitting many R-22 applications, including air conditioning, heat pumps, and low- and medium-temperature refrigeration. Forane® 427A (R427A) is closest match to R-22 in terms of performances and operating pressures and was developed to minimize the work necessary during an R22 retrofit. … Read More

Chinese refrigerant prices surge


CHINA: A surge in refrigerant prices in China in the final months of 2017 look set to increase pressure on HFC refrigerant prices worldwide. Any reassurances from price decreases mid-year, after increases of up to 150% on certain refrigerants at the beginning of 2017, were shattered by further leaps in price in the final quarter. The increases are, again, mainly due … Read More