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Bitzer reveals new training programme

Bitzer has introduced a training course for contractors in order to assist them in converting refrigeration systems running on R404A and R507A to operate with low-GWP refrigerants.

Participants will be able to work together on the conversion of reciprocating and screw compressors.

On 28 November, at the Rottenburg training centre, company experts will be explaining for the first time how to convert systems for use with low-GWP refrigerants such as R448A and R449A.

During the one-day training course, Bitzer experts will explain key details of the F-Gas Regulation, compare refrigerants based on their specific characteristics, and show how planners and technicians can choose these for a future-proof solution.

Following the theoretical part of the course, participants will work in small groups on existing systems and learn how to convert reciprocating and screw compressors for use with eco-friendly refrigerants.

Volker Stamer, director of the Schaufler Academy stated: 'Systems planned today also have to meet the stringent regulations of tomorrow, whilst the operation and service of existing systems have to be ensured. The prices for high-GWP refrigerants are skyrocketing due to the quota regulation, demonstrating just how urgent the issue already is today.

'Due to the higher costs, there’s increased economic pressure on system operators, planners and technicians to use low-GWP refrigerants. But converting and operating systems requires special knowledge, as low-GWP refrigerants often have unique thermodynamic characteristics and, in some cases, demand more stringent safety precautions. Natural refrigerants thus reduce, for example, direct CO2 equivalents, though some of them are toxic, as in the case of ammonia, or flammable, as in the case of propane.'

'At the Schaufler Academy we show technicians and planners how to convert systems for use with low-GWP refrigerants and thus ensure that in the future, refrigeration systems are not only eco-friendly, but also reliable, efficient and safe.'

Drastic shortage of F-Gases from 2018

The EU’s F-Gas Regulation will drastically reduce the amount of usable F-Gases beginning in 2018. Calculated using CO2 equivalents (based on GWP and amount of refrigerant), the quota is reduced to just 63 percent of average consumption for the years 2009 to 2012. However, taking into account those devices imported from outside the EU and filled with refrigerant, this means an actual reduction of around 44 percent. The use of F-Gases has to be lowered gradually by 79 percent by 2030.

Mr Stamer added: 'Such a drastic reduction is only possible with low-GWP refrigerants. The Schaufler Academy is one of the few training centres where those who need to be able to overcome these challenges on a daily basis can be trained. 

'At BITZER, we not only support our partners with modern compressors, but also with practical training courses.

21 November 2017

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