CAREL introduces new products for Japanese market at ATMOsphere network Tokyo

By Janaina Topley Lira, Apr 08, 2014, 15:00 2 minute reading

Alongside presentations on market trends and policy developments, the third ATMOsphere network Tokyo, organised by shecco Japan in Marunouchi, Tokyo on 2 April, provided participants with the opportunity to learn about CAREL’s cutting edge technologies for CO2 commercial refrigeration. More than 50 delegates attended the CAREL sponsored event, part of a series of informal business networking meetings to promote and accelerate the uptake of natural refrigerant solutions in J

The central theme of the April 2014 edition of ATMOsphere network Tokyo was “Natural Solutions for Japanese Convenience Stores”. The programme included high-profile speakers from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and the Ministry of Environment (MOE), who provided the latest update on the Japanese f-gas regulation revision, and on subsidies supporting the introduction of natural refrigerant-based technologies.

Both Japanese and international stakeholders attended, with representatives from leading retailers such as Lawson, AEON and Family Mart, as well as long established suppliers such as Compact, Panasonic, Sanden, Bitzer, Nihon Netsugen Systems, Yamato, Okamura and Fukushima Industries, in the audience. JRAIA (The Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association) was also present.

CAREL: investment in R&D brings innovative CO2 solutions
 
Katsunori Shibata, president of CAREL Japan presented the first Japanese-made CO2 booster system, developed by CAREL Japan and Shibata Welding Construction (SWC). Premiered at HVAC&R Japan 2014, the system is currently undergoing testing.
 
In Japan, CO2 systems are rapidly becoming a popular solution for convenience stores, already used by Lawson for example, and also for refrigerated warehouses. To meet this growing demand we are currently testing and developing a CO2 transcritical booster system, a technology already widespread in Europe. We plan to have a working installation operational in Japanese supermarkets within the fiscal year,” said Katsunori Shibata.

Introducing CAREL’s control solutions and technological advances for CO2, was Michael Englebright, Global Key Accounts Manager for Retail at CAREL. Thanks to significant R&D investment, CAREL has developed a controller for CO2 integrated systems that have a single compressor rack able to supply refrigeration, AC and hot water. These systems are becoming increasingly popular in Europe. For warm climates, CAREL is researching parallel compression technology to increase the efficiency. Other research avenues include CO2 ejector technology and CO2 hot gas defrost, a promising method of increasing CO2 system efficiency.
 
Carel continues to cooperate with international partners and customers to develop new environmentally-friendly solutions. With our solutions that are part of the CAREL retail sistema, we have developed - and are continuing to develop - numerous applications based on CO2, both transcritical and subcritical, in countries around the world with positive results,” said Michael Englebright, CAREL.

Update on CO2 commercial refrigeration trends in Europe
 
shecco’s Managing Director Marc Chasserot presented the company’s new study on the European market for CO2 commercial refrigeration, which puts forward some of the strongest evidence that natural refrigerants are now a mainstream solution in the commercial refrigeration sector. According to the study, retailers in Germany, France, UK, Denmark and Norway now deem CO2 and hydrocarbons to be on par with HFC systems in several key areas.
 
Chasserot also spoke about market trends observed at one 2014’s major European trade show, EuroShop 2014: “In my 10+ years of following natural refrigerants I have never seen so many commercial products for R744 and hydrocarbons, from so many companies.”

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By Janaina Topley Lira

Apr 08, 2014, 15:00




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