Chillventa 2014, the future of refrigeration

Chillventa 2014, el futuro de la refrigeración

Chillventa 2014, the future of refrigeration

In a few weeks the next International Exhibition Chillventa will be held in Nuremberg, monographic which to a great extend set the trends of European cooling industry. In spite of the short duration of this edition, reduced to 3 days (from 14th to 16th October), it promises to count on a great affluence of exhibitors and visitors, facing the uncertainties of the industry. The question is what to expect and the new developments to be exhibited.

Furthermore, Chillventa is a technologic forum further anticipated to reality of the industry. In other words, the industry leads prudently the exhibited developments at Chillventa. For this reason, many of these developments will not be materialised in the short term.

The truth is that this forum and the European legislative lobby feed-back each other, leading to new directives and rules which reinforce subsequently the industry. This is the case of recent F-gas directives or the Eco-design rule, which will inexorably set the trends to be found in the exhibition. In the same way, the new EN 378 rule draft will be discussed. This draft is expected to condition the design, making and installation of every equipment and cooling system.

Change for the sector

Therefore and challenging the new scenario led by the F-gas directive, which imposes to phase out the current refrigerant by those having low greenhouse-effect, new cooling solutions are expected to be found at Chillventa, like Co2, ammoniac and hydrocarbons, in this order of importance and above synthetic refrigerants with lower GWP, like HFOs.

An important focus of attention is the improvement of energetic performance of cooling installations, where the retail industry or supermarkets have great opportunities to be optimised. In this sense, innovative solutions will be found, like those for centralised control of supermarkets or those combining both refrigeration and air conditioning.

Besides, short-term solutions will be exhibited, like Intarcon new developments conceived to meet an immediate response to the F-Gas restrictions. This way, you’ll find R134 units and other comprising lower green-house power refrigerants like R407A or indirect systems of glycol water.

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