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NASRC Board of Directors Elects New Officers 

The Board of Directors for the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC) is excited to announce a newly elected team of Board Officers who will build on the great work of our former Officers - Keilly Witman of KW Refrigerant Management Strategy, Paul Anderson of H-E-B, and Aaron Daly of Whole Foods Market. NASRC Board Officers play a critical role in shaping NASRC’s strategies that contribute to our mission of overcoming the barriers preventing the widespread adoption of natural refrigerants in supermarkets. 

“I am confident that the leadership of our new Officers will continue to drive us closer to accomplishing our mission. Our new officers have all been committed to the NASRC since our inception, and are very much committed to our goals. I’m also very excited to welcome Brad Person as our new CFO. Brad adds significant depth to our leadership team having served in many businesses that support the grocery retail arena. I would also like to say ‘Thank You!’ to the former NASRC Board Officers for their service. Keilly, Paul, and Aaron have provided significant leadership to the NASRC since our founding.  Without their contributions, NASRC would not be in nearly as good of position as we currently are.” 

-Bryan Beitler, NASRC Board President and CEO.


NASRC Board Officers

Bryan Beitler, President and CEO

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Bryan Beitler, Vice President of Engineering at CoolSys, has served as the NASRC Board President and CEO since our founding in 2015, and was recently re-elected for another term. He also leads NASRC’s Partnership Committee and our Contractors & Service Technicians Progress Group, which focuses on increasing the number of service technicians and contractors that are well-versed in natural refrigerant technologies, equipment installation, and maintenance. With over 35 years of experience in refrigeration and HVAC design, sales, energy, and operations, and over 30 contractors licenses in various states and regions, he is well-suited to lead the NASRC’s Board of industry leaders and help us accomplish our mission.

Peter Dee, Chair

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Peter Dee, the Chair of the NASRC Board of Directors, is the Sales & Service Director of Danfoss Electronics North America, a global manufacturer of high-efficiency heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, and motion systems. Peter has been with Danfoss since 2012 and leads the companies’ development of business in supermarkets and commercial refrigeration. He is also responsible for accelerating the adoption of natural refrigerants and technologies to reduce energy consumption, giving him a unique expertise that aligns with many NASRC initiatives. Peter has over 30 years of industry experience, and worked as the President of Cool Controls and Energy MCS prior to his role at Danfoss.

Todd Washburn, Secretary

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Todd Washburn, Secretary of the NASRC Board of Directors, is the Director of Sales and Marketing for True Manufacturing’s Retail and Display Division. In addition to leading a team of sales and marketing professionals, Todd is responsible for True Manufacturing’s product portfolio expansion and successfully launching new technologies into the commercial refrigeration market. Todd’s engineering background along with two decades of experience in the refrigeration industry has allowed him to drive energy efficient technology and environmentally responsible products like natural refrigerants. His expertise and creativity have led to the development of a number of innovative NASRC strategies. In addition to his role as Board secretary, Todd serves as the head of the NASRC Donations Committee.

Brad Person, CFO

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Brad Person, CFO of the NASRC, is the President/Owner for Sustainable Energy Expense Reduction and Refrigeration (SEER2), a family operated business focused on facilitating key customer objectives, including asset retirement, environmental compliance, operations, energy efficiency, controls, and performance. Brad is a third-generation commercial refrigeration industry professional and entrepreneur and has held a variety of roles in the commercial refrigeration industry. His strong industry knowledge, experience, and relationships are a significant contributor to his ability to help shape the NASRC’s financial and organizational strategies.

Click here for more information about the NASRC’s Board of Directors.

Walmart’s Jim McClendon Joins the NASRC Board of Directors

Jim McClendon, Director of Energy Efficiency for Walmart Stores Inc., has joined the Board of Directors for the NASRC.

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“I’m really excited to be a part of this forward-thinking organization,” said Mr. McClendon. “As we navigate the uncertainties of the refrigeration landscape, it seems apparent that legacy approaches and technologies will not sustain the industry. Whether in terms of refrigerants, efficiency, or practice, we must be innovative and insist on new, lower-carbon solutions.”

Since 2005, Mr. McClendon has led Walmart’s initiatives to reduce their total energy consumption in new and existing stores, contributing to their greenhouse gas emissions goals.  

With over 20 years of diverse experience in the HVAC/R industry, Mr. McClendon can offer perspectives from a variety of stakeholders, including end-users, engineering and design firms, and service contractors.

 “We are thrilled to welcome Jim to our Board of Directors,” said Peter Dee, Chair of the NASRC Board, and Sales & Service Director for Danfoss Food Retail. “He is an outstanding addition to the industry leaders who currently sit on the Board, and his expertise will no doubt contribute to our mission of addressing the hurdles of natural refrigerants.”

Read more about Jim McClendon and the rest of the NASRC Board of Directors here.

RSES Offers NASRC Members Over 50% Off Hydrocarbons Training

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The Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) has generously offered NASRC members a discounted rate for the RSES Hydrocarbon Safety Refrigerants Training Course Third EditionNormally priced at $150, NASRC members can now participate in the RSES hydrocarbons training for a discounted rate of $72 per technician. 

About the Training
The RSES training includes a full eLearning course on working safely with Hydrocarbon refrigerants. Currently in the third edition, this course covers practices for the following refrigerant families: 

  1. HC R-290 (propane)

  2. HC R-600a (isobutene)

  3. HC R-441A (a blend*)

  4. HC R-170 (ethane)

  5. HFC R-32 (difluoromethane)

The course is composed of four parts:

  1. Standards and Regulations

  2. Refrigerant Properties and Safety System Component Compatibility

  3. Servicing Procedures

  4. The Refrigeration Cycle Cylinder Storage and Transport


The course includes a PDF of the study guide, a narrated online presentation highlighting key topics from the study guide, and a certificate test assessing your understanding of the material.
 
Read more about the training here.

Contact the NASRC for instructions to access the training discount!

NASRC to Present Natural Refrigerant Seminar And Live CO2 Demo

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Thursday, January 10th, 1PM - 4:30PM (networking reception to follow)
Danfoss Headquarters, Baltimore, MD


On January 10th, the NASRC will present a free seminar, which will provide an overview of natural refrigerant applications in supermarkets, and why they are considered a "future-proof" alternative to HFC refrigerants. Gain insight into refrigerant regulations and how they will impact the supermarket industry. Learn about the latest natural refrigerant technology trends, barriers, and solutions to accelerate adoption.

This informative session will feature a special focus on CO2 technologies, an update on CO2 standard development, and live demonstration of a CO2 transcritical system. 

Agenda

  • Natural refrigerant options for supermarkets, advantages, challenges, and case studies

  • Incentives for low-GWP refrigerants 

  • Refrigerant regulations at international, federal, and state level 

  • Update on the IIAR CO2 standard for commercial refrigeration 

  • Technology advances & automated controls 

  • Live demonstration of CO2 transcritical system  

Attendees will include food retail end-users, service contractors, educators, utilities, policy makers, NGOs, and environmental stakeholders.

networking reception sponsored by CoolSys and Danfoss will follow the seminar.

This event is generously hosted by Danfoss. 
Space is limited and registration is required.


Thank you to our sponsors!

Free Natural Refrigerants Workshop Provides Insights for Commercial Refrigeration Stakeholders

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Burlington, Vermont -- The state of supermarket refrigeration is changing rapidly. Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants are the most commonly used refrigerants today and have been named the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions globally. This recognition has caused an onslaught of new refrigerant regulations at the federal, state and local levels, causing many food retailers to rethink their refrigeration strategies. Natural refrigerants, including ammonia, carbon dioxide (CO2), and propane are considered “future-proof” refrigeration options, but are not yet widely adopted by the industry.  

On October 3rd, the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC), VEIC, and Efficiency Vermont, the statewide energy efficiency utility operated by VEIC, sought to provide insight on these future-proof refrigerants though a free Natural Refrigerants Workshop sponsored by Danfoss and True Manufacturing. The event was attended by roughly seventy commercial refrigeration stakeholders, including end-users, service contractors, manufacturers, engineering and design firms, consultants, nonprofits, utilities, and suppliers.

“The purpose of this workshop was to get commercial refrigeration stakeholders together in one room to discuss the many natural refrigerant options and the obstacles still facing the industry,” said Ali White, Energy Consultant at VEIC. “We often work in silos, so our objectives were to encourage the sharing of perspectives, to generate business relationships, and to increase the understanding of natural refrigerant technologies.”

Keilly Witman, owner of KW Refrigerant Management Strategy, facilitated the workshop. She set the stage with a discussion of the “mega-trends” influencing supermarket decisions, including growing urban populations, the changing function of brick and mortar stores, increasing regulations, technology advances that outpace codes and standards development, and human capital shortages.

For the remainder of the workshop, several commercial refrigeration manufacturers shared insights on natural refrigerant choices for new and existing stores, and how the mega-trends relate to each technology option.

Michael Lehtinen of Kysor Warren kicked off the manufacturer presentations with an overview of natural refrigerant rack options in new store construction, including CO2 transcritical, ammonia/CO2 cascade, and propane/CO2 cascade. Lehtinen echoed the sentiment that natural refrigerants are a future-proof option that present opportunities to get ahead of increasing refrigeration regulations.

Todd Washburn of True Manufacturing followed Lehtinen with a discussion of self-contained propane systems in new stores. He discussed the opportunities presented by this technology, including significant energy efficiency gains and increased merchandising flexibility.

The second half of the workshop focused on natural refrigerant options for existing stores, disputing the misconception that natural refrigerants are only a viable option in new stores. Efficiency Vermont started the conversation by announcing their exploration of a CO2 condensing unit pilot program in 2019 to test the potential energy savings this technology could offer to small-format stores. Though condensing units are available in other areas of the world, they are not in use in the United States, making this potential program even more exciting. 

“CO2 condensing units offer tremendous potential for commercial refrigeration applications, from large supermarkets to small-format convenience stores,” said Danielle Wright, Executive Director of the NASRC. “This technology makes the transition to low-GWP refrigerants more economically feasible by allowing for retrofit options and offering efficiency gains.”

John Prall of Embraco followed the announcement with a presentation on self-contained propane options in existing stores, including a walk-in remodel and a full store remodel to replace a rack system. He spoke of the benefits an increased propane charge limit would have on both the available options for remodels and the potential energy savings. There is currently an international proposal to increase the propane charge limit from 150 grams to 500 grams, which will go to a final vote in December or January.

David Tomicki of Hussmann followed Prall with a discussion around the use of CO2 transcritical systems in existing stores. He shared a case study of a Hannaford Brothers store in New England that adopted a CO2 transcritical system in an existing store, highlighting that these projects can be done without any down time, without impacting customers, and with minimal risk to products.

Peter Dee of Danfoss concluded the manufacturer presentations with a discussion of automated controls and the benefits they offer for all systems and equipment, including potential energy savings, reduced carbon emissions, and increased food safety and quality.

“It was great to attend the workshop in Burlington, Vermont to discuss natural refrigerants and some of the new technology and equipment that is available,” said Josh Smith, Manager of Refrigeration Services at Ahold Delhaize’s Retail Business Services. “I enjoyed being able to give feedback to manufacturers as well as discover new ways that we can incorporate natural refrigerants into future projects.”

The day closed with a discussion of the opportunities and threats presented by each mega-trend. There was an overwhelming sentiment from workshop attendees that though natural refrigerants present a number of opportunities, there are still hurdles that still need to be addressed to give natural refrigerants an equal spot on the market.  

Primary hurdles presented by the NASRC included upfront and ongoing costs, service readiness, and codes and standards. The NASRC is working directly with stakeholders from the commercial refrigeration industry to address these barriers head-on and put natural refrigerants on par other refrigerant options.