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Rivacold Brings Natural Refrigerant Expertise to North America as New NASRC Silver Member

Atlanta, Georgia—Rivacold America has joined the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC) as a silver member. Rivacold is a manufacturer of refrigeration assemblies, including compressor receiver sets, open and housed condensing units, packaged and split systems, multi-compressor packs, air cooled and compact condensers, static evaporators, and unit coolers.

Established in Italy in 1966, Rivacold has grown to have a global presence and now offers a number of natural refrigerant technologies, such as CO2 condensing units and R290 packaged units for walk-ins. The company has engineered and installed hundreds of cost effective, efficient solutions utilizing natural refrigerants. More recently, Rivacold has begun to grow their presence in the U.S. market, where they are continuing to emphasize their natural refrigerant technologies.

“While we all continued to monitor the evolution of less environmentally impactful synthetic refrigerants, it became more and more clear that natural refrigerants have a long-term place in our industry. There is a visible trend today with multi-circuited parallel hydrocarbon and CO2 split systems, both of which Rivacold has great experience with. Therefore, when given the opportunity to be a part of NASRC and help accelerate the movement in the market to a more stable and responsible position, it only seemed …… natural and we look forward to getting more engaged.”

-Doug Schmidt, President, Rivacold America

Globally, the supermarket industry has begun to transition to climate-friendly refrigerants with low global warming potential (GWP). Natural refrigerants, including carbon dioxide (CO2), ammonia (NH3) and hydrocarbons, have extremely low global warming potentials and offer technically viable solutions in supermarkets. 

However, despite the growth in natural refrigerant adoption throughout Europe, natural refrigerants are not yet widely adopted in the U.S. due to a unique set of market barriers, such as upfront costs, lack of trained service contractors, and uncertainty around lifecycle costs.

The NASRC is a 501c3 nonprofit focused on taking action to eliminate the barriers slowing the widespread adoption of natural refrigerants in supermarkets and create a more climate-friendly future for refrigeration. The organization works with Rivacold and over 125 other industry organizations to take actions that overcome the challenges associated with naturals. 

 “We are excited to welcome Rivacold to our membership network. We look forward to leveraging their global expertise to add strength to our initiatives.”

- Danielle Wright, Executive Director, NASRC

In addition to Rivacold, NASRC is supported by a strong network of members, which represents over 24,000 supermarket locations in North America, major equipment manufacturers, service contractors, and other stakeholders.

“Our network of members is the driving force that propels our mission forward,” said Wright. “Together, we can move the needle on natural refrigerant adoption in the U.S., and we are pleased to have Rivacold participate in those efforts.”

More information about Rivacold is available at www.rivacold.com/ww/en.

Howe Corporation Joins NASRC As A Silver Member, Expanding Natural Refrigerant Equipment Options for Supermarkets

Chicago, Illinois—Howe Corporation has joined the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC) as a silver member. The NASRC is a 501c3 nonprofit taking action address the barriers slowing the widespread adoption of natural refrigerants in supermarkets to create a more climate-friendly future for refrigeration. 

Howe Corporation is a family-owned manufacturer of ice flakers and ice bins used in retail and industrial applications. The company was founded in 1912 when “artificial ice” began to gain traction over harvested ice imported by rail, allowing Howe Corporation to quickly grow as an industry leader. Since then, Howe Corporation has demonstrated great innovation along with a commitment to natural refrigerants through their CO2 and ammonia compatible flake ice machines and ice bins. Howe Corporation, as a leader in the market, has offered CO2 flake ice machines for commercial applications since 2009.

“We are proud to join the NASRC and emphasize our commitment to low-global warming potential solutions. The NASRC provides a forum for manufacturers, end-users, and other industry stakeholders to collaborate and develop solutions to remove barriers to market adoption of low-GWP technologies. We are proud to participate in this forum with our industry partners.”

-David Barrent, Vice President of Engineering and Operations, Howe Corporation

The supermarket industry has seen a recent increase in demand for low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant technologies. This has led to a rise in demand for natural refrigerants, which have negligible GWPs and are exempt from all existing and pending refrigerant regulations.

As the demand for low-GWP refrigerant technologies increases, a growing number of supermarkets are looking for equipment options that can be used with natural refrigerants. Howe Corporation is helping to ease the transition to natural refrigerants through their product offerings that are compatible with natural refrigerant technologies.

“No single refrigeration technology is going to be the right choice for every store. One thing supermarkets need right now is a variety of market-ready technologies that allow them to comply with refrigerant regulations without disrupting business as usual.”

- Danielle Wright, Executive Director, NASRC

Despite the growing demand for natural refrigerants, they are not yet widely adopted in the U.S. due to a unique set of market barriers. The NASRC is focused on removing those barriers to make natural refrigerants a strong economic choice for supermarkets.

The organization works directly with the strong network of industry stakeholders that make up NASRC membership to drive initiatives that address the upfront costs of natural refrigerant technologies, remove uncertainty around lifecycle costs, and ensure availability of service technicians who are qualified to handle natural refrigerants.

“We are pleased to welcome Howe Corporation to our network,” said Wright. “A number of our supermarket members are looking for equipment that help them seamlessly transitions to natural refrigerants, and Howe Corporation is a great example of a company providing those products. 

In addition to Howe Corporation, NASRC is supported by a strong network of members, which represents over 24,000 supermarket locations in North America, major equipment manufacturers, service contractors, and other stakeholders.

More information about Howe Corporation is available at www.howecorp.com.

Dorin Joins the NASRC as A Silver Member

Compiobbi, Italy— Officine Mario Dorin, has joined the NASRC as a silver member. Dorin is a 100 year old company (established in 1918), and is still run by the Dorin family. The company has worked in the refrigeration industry since 1932, and began to manufacture semi-hermetic compressors in 1957. Today, compressors are the core to their business and are used in a wide variety of applications, including the food retail, transportation, agricultural, and pharmaceutical industries worldwide.

Dorin began to develop compressors for CO2 transcritical systems in 1991, and has since contributed to tremendous progress of CO2 refrigeration. Today, the company has over 60,000 Dorin CO2 compressors in operation around the world. Dorin has also actively contributed technical support to define engineering standards for CO2 throughout Europe. More recently, Dorin has begun to expand their presence in the U.S. market, where CO2 continues to be a large part of their business.

“The USA and North American markets are becoming more and more interested in natural refrigeration following the global trends of reduction of GWP of refrigerants. We have decided to invest in the North American market because we believe that our customers have the right to have closer support, especially now with the rise of CO2 as a refrigerant. Therefore, the establishment of Dorin USA LLC is the natural step to show our commitment to the American market players.”

-Giovanni Dorin, Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer for Dorin

Natural refrigerants, including carbon dioxide (CO2), ammonia (NH3) and hydrocarbons, have extremely low global warming potentials (GWPs), and as a result are considered “climate-friendly.” Recent regulations at the global, federal, and state levels have caused more supermarkets to consider natural refrigerant technologies.

However, only a small percentage of the U.S. market has adopted natural refrigerant equipment due to a unique set of market barriers, including upfront costs, lack of trained service contractors, and uncertainties around lifecycle costs. The NASRC works directly with Dorin and over 120 other industry stakeholders to address and remove these barriers. 

 “Dorin has shown great leadership in advancing natural refrigerants worldwide. We are very excited to leverage their expertise to accelerate progress in North America.”

-Danielle Wright, Executive Director of the NASRC

In addition to manufacturers like Dorin, NASRC members represent other commercial refrigeration industry stakeholders, including service contractors, consultants, engineering firms, trade associations, nonprofits, refrigerant distributors, and over 22,000 supermarket locations in North America.

More information about Dorin is available at www.dorin.com.

R3 Retail Development Joins the NASRC as A Silver Member

Camas, Washington—R3 Retail Development, an efficiency-oriented consulting firm, has joined the NASRC as a silver member. R3 Retail Development’s services include energy management, design, construction project management, building commissioning, and equipment supply. In 2018, they were named a Top 10 Energy Management Solutions Provider in the U.S. by Energy CIO Insights Magazine.

The NASRC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization who works with over 100 commercial refrigeration stakeholders to overcome the unique barriers preventing the widespread adoption of natural refrigerants in commercial food retail applications.

R3 Retail Development has designed refrigeration and controls systems for the supermarket and light industrial industries for many years, and embraces new technologies that benefit long term sustainability for businesses and the health of the planet. 

“The transition of the industry back to natural refrigerants is a major step forward in the supermarket and cold storage industries to help reduce harmful effects on our environment. With HCFC and HFC refrigerants being phased out and becoming cost prohibitive, we work closely with our customers and vendors to evaluate natural refrigerant options to meet current corporate financial and sustainability objectives and mitigate future risk associated with refrigerant choice.”

-Rick Ferguson, Chief Engineer and Co-Owner of R3 Retail Development

Natural refrigerants, including carbon dioxide (CO2), ammonia (NH3) and hydrocarbons, offer many benefits to commercial food retailers, including flexibility for the future, regulatory compliance, and in some cases energy efficiency gains.

Despite their benefits, the supermarket industry has been slow to adopt natural refrigerants due to unique hurdles to adoption, including high upfront cost, out of date codes and standards, and a lack of trained service technicians.  

NASRC works directly with their members to tackle these barriers head-on through actionable solutions. In addition to R3 Retail Development, NASRC members include service contractors, manufacturers and suppliers, consultants, engineering firms, trade associations, nonprofits, refrigerant distributors, and over half of the supermarket locations in the United States. 

“It’s great to have R3 Retail Development join us in our work to overcome the barriers preventing the adoption of natural refrigerants by supermarkets. Their unique expertise touches on all facets of the industry and will no-doubt be a great value-add to our work.”

-Danielle Wright, Executive Director of the NASRC

More information about R3 Retail Development is available at https://r3retaildevelopment.com/.

Gas Innovations Joins the NASRC as a Silver Member

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La Porte, TXGas Innovations, a world-wide supplier of high purity hydrocarbons in the refrigerant, pharmaceutical, industrial, electronics and agricultural chemical industries, has joined the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC) as a silver member. The NASRC is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to overcoming the hurdles preventing the widespread adoption of natural refrigerants in commercial applications.

“Gas Innovations is committed to providing high purity refrigerant hydrocarbons in a safe and efficient package to the refrigerant industry.  Our membership with the NASRC will allow us the opportunity to participate in the development of hydrocarbons as a natural refrigerant.” said Ashley Madray, Executive Vice President of Gas Innovations.

Natural refrigerants, including carbon dioxide, ammonia, and hydrocarbons, are considered “climate-friendly” alternatives to traditional fluorocarbon refrigerants, which have been identified as the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Natural refrigerant technologies offer a “future-proof” solution for commercial end-users seeking exemption from increasing refrigeration regulations. Hydrocarbons, which are Gas Innovations’ specialty, also offer guaranteed energy savings for food retailers.    

Despite these benefits, natural refrigerants face a unique set of challenges that are preventing their widespread adoption, including upfront and ongoing costs, slow moving codes and standards, and availability of trained service technicians. NASRC is working with stakeholders from the commercial refrigeration industry to address those barriers head on. Gas Innovations offers a unique expertise that will contribute to these efforts.

“We are very excited to welcome Gas Innovations to the NASRC community,” said Danielle Wright, Executive Director of the NASRC. “They will be a key partner in our effort to remove barriers to and accelerate the adoption of hydrocarbon technologies.”

In addition to Gas Innovations, NASRC membership is composed of systems manufacturers, component manufacturers, service technicians, consultants, engineering firms, trade associations, nonprofits, refrigerant distributors, and nearly 14,000 US supermarket locations.

 

About Gas Innovations

Gas Innovations has become a world leading provider of high purity hydrocarbons in the refrigerant, pharmaceutical, industrial, electronics, and agricultural chemical industries.  Ancillary services and products offered are technical consultation, equipment, and turnkey logistics to satisfy your business needs by being strategically located at the Port of Houston.

More information about Gas Innovations is available at www.gasinnovations.com.