The U.S. subsidiary of Star Refrigeration, Azane, is playing a leading role in the U.S. as low-charge ammonia freezers and chillers increase their market penetration, replacing R22 and HFCs. In the latest edition of Accelerate America, focused on industrial refrigeration, Azane’s business development manager Derek Hamilton explained ammonia’s new lease on life in the U.S..
“We’re seeing that the U.S. will have to do things differently and low-charge ammonia will be part of that,” said Hamilton. “Over the past 18 months there’s been a real buzz surrounding this at the trade shows.”
“The phaseout of R22 is having a larger and larger effect on the industry,” Hamilton said during a presentation at the IIAR Conference and Expo last month in San Diego. “The amount of R22 that’s available is going down and the price is going up. Facilities are at risk if they have a large leak and can’t find refrigerant.”
“This is not like a central machine room with massive amounts of ammonia. We’re trying to make the transition to ammonia a much easier thing.”
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