Danfoss CO2 Mobile Unit to Offer Hands-On Training and Live Demo

Danfoss will deploy its CO2 Mobile Training Unit across the Western US this Summer making stops in Anaheim, California and Boise, Idaho. The CO2 Mobile Training Unit will be hosted by Source Refrigeration in Anaheim, June 19-29th, and by DC Engineering in Boise, July 11-19th. Both locations will feature two-day hands-on training sessions of CO2 equipment, components and interactive learning modules.

The two-day hands-on trainings will be in-depth technical training targeted for retailers, contractors and service technicians featuring interactive learning modules ranging from simple booster systems to more complex parallel compression. The CO2 Mobile Training Unit is helping to meet the growing demand for system building, installers and service technicians that are familiar with CO2 refrigeration systems.

“CO2 is continuing to gain traction in commercial refrigeration as food retailers look for ways to comply with legislation that phases out higher-GWP refrigerants,” explained Peter Dee, food retail sales and services director. “Danfoss has already been involved in more than 10,000 installations of CO2refrigeration systems worldwide.”

NASRC will partner with Source Refrigeration in Anaheim, and DC Engineering and CTA in Boise, to offer Natural Refrigerant Seminars and Live Demos of the system. These events will be half-day sessions focused on providing a broader overview of natural refrigerants, including benefits and challenges, as well as case studies.

The CO2 Mobile Training Unit will also be on display at the ATMOsphere America Conference in San Diego, California, June 5-7.

NASRC Webinar - Quarterly Policy Update

Find out what NASRC members need to know about EPA refrigerant regulations and policy including the R-22 phaseout, EPA's SNAP program and compliance with section 608. This webinar will also feature a special focus on California and their next steps on HFCs.


Date: Thursday, June 1 2017

Time: 11:00 AM (PST) / 2:00 PM (EST)

This will be an informal session, exclusively for NASRC members, with plenty of time for Q&A.

To register, please visit: http://nasrc.org/quarterly-policy-update

Interested in Natural Refrigerants? Come to ATMOsphere America!

Learn about the latest developments in natural refrigerant technology, and network with the leading companies in this space, at the ATMOsphere America conference in San Diego June 5-7!

ATMOsphere America is free to food retailers, simply register using the 'end user' option; other NASRC members (contractors, manufacturers, consultants, etc.) can earn a $100 discount on admission by using the code NASRC576.

To learn about the program, click here

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ATMOsphere America will feature a food retailers panel discussion with representative from Whole Foods Market, Target, Hannaford Supermarkets, the Defense Commissary Agency, and AAA Refrigeration Service as well as a former Marks & Spencer executive.

Other sessions will include: commercial refrigeration case studies, a training panel, a utilities incentive panel discussion, a foodservice roundtable and others. California retailers will have an opportunity to engage with the California Air Resources Board on its plan to phase out HFCs with natural refrigerant technologies, at a special stakeholder workshop.

And Accelerate America magazine will announce its end-user awards in the food retail, foodservice and industrial categories, along with Innovation of the Year and Person of the Year!


Deciphering the Unknowns – Tips for a Successful Natural Refrigerant Pilot

Q&A with Steve Barbier, Key Mechanical

Steve Barbier of Key Mechanical shared his experience working with Whole Foods Market on the installation of the Propane and CO2 Cascade system at their Santa Clara facility. In this interview, Steve highlights the role of early planning and coordination in overcoming the unknown factors and ensuring the success of a pilot project. NASRC is offering a site tour of the facility on Thursday May 25th, 2017.

Given that this was a pilot using equipment being built for the first time, how did you approach planning for this project?

Everything was planned way before we even got involved. Before we bid the project, we sent our team out to the Carnot facility to review the system’s operation. There were many conversations before the project began,  with other vendors, in order that we might anticipate potential issues and discuss strategies for realizing optimal performance on the system.

How did you handle the unknowns during the bidding process?

We had all our answers and knew exactly what to expect by the time we began the project. In general, Whole Foods did a great job working closely with the design team to arrive at this innovative application. And when you bid from the design drawings you end up pretty much in the ballpark.

Were there any issues that came up during installation?

The biggest challenge was the equipment delays. Our crew ended up working a lot of overtime, and since the install schedule is always so tight, when the equipment is delayed it delays everyone. It’s important to order the equipment as early as possible to help avoid delays. That can quickly turn a project upside down and increase costs significantly. The customer rarely wants to push out their scheduled opening date.

Was there any additional training needed to work on the system?

Yes.  After the equipment was installed, Carnot sent a team to the site to provide a training course before the equipment was started up, as well as while the equipment was running.   With innovative design projects, there is always additional training that is necessary. It helps to keep everyone educated on new technology.

From your perspective, what factors helped make this project successful?

It takes a sharp team to complete a pilot project like this. The design process makes a big difference, it’s the best investment you could make. Working from a good set of plans sets the contractor up for success. Of course, there is an additional cost to collaborate on the design process up front but it will make a big difference in the success of the project and can save on unforseen costs in the end.

We were also familiar with Whole Foods approach to and preparation for a project like this.  We had already worked with them on several jobs where the designs differed from their other projects in this region. We had just finished the project in Dublin with an ammonia system on the roof. If we didn’t have such a strong partnership and trust built with the Whole Foods team, the project could have been much more of a struggle.

What are your lessons learned for next time?

It’s hard to plan for the unknown, especially when you are working with groundbreaking design.  That’s why it’s important to plan early and work with a good team that you trust.  It helps to minimize the surprises. The future will certainly hold more pioneering ideas for efficiency, as the world continues to move toward reducing global warming. It’s in our industry’s best interest to follow our customer’s lead

CEC Proposed Plan Could Make Millions Available for Natural Refrigerant Projects in California

The California Energy Commission (CEC) adopted its proposed 2018-2020 investment plan for the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program. The proposed plan makes over $120 million available on an annual basis to support the advancement of clean energy technologies, including projects that accelerate the use of refrigerants with low or zero global warming potential (GWP). The addition of initiatives for low GWP refrigerants came as a result of the CEC’s participation in the NASRC Workshop held at SMUD’s headquarters in March 2017.

The EPIC program was established by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in 2011 to support investments in clean energy technologies that benefit the electric ratepayers of California’s Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) including Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). The plan has funded initiatives for technology research and development, demonstration projects and other activities that support market transformation of clean energy technologies including the development of standards, best practices and training materials.

The proposed 2018-20 plan includes strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help meet the state’s climate goals. One approach, Initiative 1.7.1, focuses specifically on optimizing refrigeration compressor efficiency and testing and evaluating alternative refrigerants, such as propane, CO2 and others, for both small and large refrigeration units in commercial and industrial applications. The goal is to support the development of low GWP refrigerant applications that are both cost-effective and energy efficient.

The CPUC intends to begin a formal proceeding to review the proposed investment plan in May 2017. The plan is expected to be adopted by December 2017 and eligible projects could submit applications starting in January 2018.

NASRC would like to thank our members and partners who have contributed comments in support of the proposed plan. We look forward to sharing updates on the application process once the plan is approved.

For FAQs regarding the EPIC program, please visit: http://www.energy.ca.gov/research/epic/faq.html