Jerry von Dohlen of Newark Refrigerated Warehouse helped affect critical changes to the ammonia refrigeration laws in New Jersey to pave the way for he and others to convert from R22 to low-charge ammonia systems. In an exclusive interview for the sixth edition of Accelerate America, von Dohlen highlighted the reduced strain on warehouses and subsequent demand for low charge ammonia.
Van Dohlen eagerly anticipates phasing out of R22. With R22’s phaseout proceeding apace, the price of the refrigerant has skyrocketed. “Two years ago I paid $24 a pound ($10.8 a kg) for R22; it’ll be $40-$50 a pound ($17.3-$21.5 a kg) by 2016,” Von Dohlen said.
“Europe is eliminating two-thirds of HFCs by 2030, and we expect the U.S. to do the same,” he said. “So if you put HFC in, the most it’s going to last is 15 years, and then you’ll have to convert again.”