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Refrigerant 4-1-1
  In the August 18, 2011 Issue:
Contractors, Supermarket Execs Debate Door Issue
Emerson Provides Updates to Refrigerant White Paper
Danfoss Issues Guide to Hydrocarbon Components
Filling Gaps in Ammonia Refrigeration Training
McQuay Resource Center Provides Myriad Refrigerant Info
Venstar Names Polar Technology for Puerto Rico Distribution
Refrigerant Management Canada Adds Disposal Fee for CFC-11

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Contractors, Supermarket Execs Debate Door Issue
by Terry McIver, executive editor

Our 2010 Refrigeration Roundtable took up the wide-open topic of doors: should all cold cases be enclosed by glass doors, to preserve energy? Doing so would be going against long-standing habits, but the energy savings might be worth the change. Here's what our experts had to say about doors, and also about training and recruiting next gen technicians.

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Field Notes
Emerson Provides Updates to Refrigerant White Paper

Emerson Climate Technologies has updated its white paper on refrigerants for commercial refrigeration applications. Recent advancements have led to a refresh of the white paper, which is written to provide information to key stakeholders, to address the challenges the industry faces.

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Danfoss Issues Guide to Hydrocarbon Components

The following document provides a guide to hydrocarbon-friendly components offered by Danfoss. Hydrocarbons (HCs) propane and isobutane are naturally occurring substances with very low GWP. Thermodynamically, they are very good refrigerants, but they are flammable. So far, their use is limited to applications with very small refrigerant charges in which ignition points such as relays, switches and thermostats are isolated and protected. Applications include domestic and small commercial refrigerators and freezers.

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Filling Gaps in Ammonia Refrigeration Training

The U.S. federal government has proposed a 20% reduction in its 2012 budget for career and technical education. However, industry is calling for better technical education to address the shortage of qualified candidates to fill openings, especially in the ammonia refrigeration industry.

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McQuay Resource Center Provides Myriad Refrigerant Info

The McQuay Refrigerant Resource Center is an example of how manufacturers are using the Internet to provide enhanced refrigerant-related information.

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Recovery/Reclaim Corner
Venstar Names Polar Technology for Puerto Rico Distribution

Venstar, a leading thermostat and energy management systems supplier, recently announced that it has signed the San Juan office of Polar Technology, Nashville, TN as the exclusive distributor for Puerto Rico of its commercial and residential thermostat HVAC control products.

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Refrigerant Management Canada Adds Disposal Fee for CFC-11

Refrigerant Management Canada (RMC)
announced implementation of a new disposal fee for CFC-11 refrigerant entering the award winning extended producer responsibility (EPR) program. Effective August 1, 2011, RMC will begin charging an $8.00/kilogram disposal fee for CFC-11 refrigerants. The program has provided the industry with the means to comply with stewardship regulations in all provinces and at the federal level since 2001.

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• Ritchie Engineering Company, Inc.


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