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Japan to Raise RAC Energy Efficiency Standard Values in April 2022

Japan to Raise RAC Energy Efficiency Standard Values in April 2022

The new Japanese energy-saving performance standard for room air conditioners (RACs) is expected to come into effect in April 2022. This is the first revision since 2006. With this revised version, the Japanese government will further improve the energy-saving performance of RACs, and will oblige manufacturers to reduce the power consumption of split-type RACs by up to around 30% from the current level, aiming at the overarching realization of carbon neutrality in 2050.

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BESA: whitty urges businesses to invest in ventilation

Investing in building ventilation will play a key role in helping the country recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare for future health emergencies, according to the government's chief medical adviser Professor Chris Whitty.


Swegon: WISE received an award in Finland

Swegon’s WISE-system was awarded “Energy Solution of the Year” at the Building Energy Seminar in Finland on November 9.The energy seminar for buildings 2021 was the first one of its kind and organized by FINVAC.


Regal Rexnord acquires arrowhead systems, expanding conveyor offering into sub-systems, palletizing

BELOIT, Wis., Nov. 23, 2021 — Regal Rexnord (NYSE: RRX), a global leader in the engineering and manufacturing of industrial powertrain solutions, power transmission components, electric motors and electronic controls, and specialty electrical components and systems, today announced that it has completed the strategic acquisition of Arrowhead Systems (“Arrowhead”), based in Oshkosh, Wis.


MHI Publishes Integrated Report “MHI Report 2021”

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) today published the MHI Report 2021. This year’s report focuses on the growing interest in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors and modern society’s questioning of the current state of capitalism, presenting MHI Group’s management philosophy and information on specific corporate activities based on these factors.

Daikin: making hospitals more efficient

Daikin has recently taken part in an important project involving hospitals in Istanbul, Turkey.  It is a government project, aiming at making hospitals more energy efficient through the replacement of chillers and other components of the HVAC system providing these building with cooling or heating.

EPREL Update (GEN - 1316.00)

GEN - 1316.00. A new version of EPREL (1.59.0) has been made available in the ACCEPTANCE environment from Friday 19 November 2021, to perform testing and schedule necessary adaptations. The same version will be made available in the PRODUCTION environment from Friday 26 November 2021.

Thomas Richter elected Chairman of Eurovent PG-ERC

Brussels, 26 November 2021. During the online meeting of the Eurovent Product Group ‘Energy Recovery Components’ (PG-ERC) on 16 November 2021, the participants unanimously elected Thomas Richter (Head of Product Management, Hoval), former Vice-Chairman of the group, as its new Chairman.

Cover Story

ISK-SODEX Boosts Turkish HVAC&R Export Potential

The Turkish air conditioning market is showing signs of recovery despite the pandemic. In the variable refrigerant flow (VRF) segment in particular, there are bright spots thanks to the government’s subsidy system. In fact, İSKİD, the Turkish Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Manufacturers Association, reported that expanded use of mini-VRFs exerted a positive effect on overall VRF sales, which resulted in striking market growth of 9% year on year in the period spanning January to August 2021.

Is the U.S. Unitary Market Cooling after Overheating?

The combined shipments of central air conditioners and heat pumps in the United States this year are showing strong growth, according to data from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). These central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps are called ducted air-to-air (ATA) cooling-only and heat pump systems mainly outside the United States. Therefore, they are simply referred to as central ducted air conditioners here. Cumulative shipments from January to June 2021, announced by AHRI on August 13, 2021, increased by 19.1% compared with the same period last year. In particular, the shipment increases in April and May were remarkable, with year-on-year increases of 55.2% in April and 31.5% in May.

Interview

Daikin Applied Changing to Deliver More Comprehensive Solutions

JARN interviewed Michael Schwartz, chief executive officer (CEO), Daikin Applied Americas, to hear about the Daikin’s develop ment and production system as well as product and refrigerant strategies in the United States and also on the global stage.

Michael Schwartz (S): The chairman is nominated to serve for a year, and help align and codify positions that the association and its members have on critical issues. This currently includes issues such as improving indoor air quality (IAQ), a need greatly amplified by the pandemic, and following mandates to adopt lowerglobal warming potential (GWP) refrigerants to reduce hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), support environmental sustainability and decarbonization, and boost energy efficiency.

ebm-papst Solves Customers’ Problems

Thomas Nürnberger, managing director of Sales and Marketing at the ebm-papst Group since April 2021 and president of ebm-papst China for five years, talks about internationality, what he has learned from China and what customers can expect from him.

Climate Neutral by 2050 with Future-proof Heat Pumps

JARN interviewed Johannes Brugmann, chair of the Heat Pump KEYMARK scheme and vice president of the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA), to hear about the contribution of heat pump technology to a greener and more sustainable future as well as the importance of certified quality products on the market.

Market

Crēdo Cube™ Shippers go to Extremes

Peli BioThermal products are designed for extremes. To prove it, we went to extremes. Literally.
 
We put our Crēdo Cube™ passive, reusable shipper to the test in the two most challenging climates--the Mojave Desert in California and space. The Mojave Desert temperature ranges from an average of 34.5°C (94.1°F) in the hottest month of the summer to an average low temperature of 3.2°C (37.8°F) in the heart of winter.

Viessmann: we reached our goal: one million trees!

Allendorf (Eder) – The big global Viessmann family passed the one million tree mark this Wednesday with its ViMove for Climate reforestation campaign. Participants in the #baumstark! initiative, Viessmann employees and their families, specialist installer partners, and many other sporty climate activists have given their all in nearly 30 different sports disciplines since October 31 to achieve this goal as quickly as possible. Just 25 days after the start of the fall round of the campaign, we’re making it happen: Year after year, one million trees will contribute to the removal of CO₂ from the air as they grow, thereby helping to protect the climate.

(Domestic sales only) MHI Thermal Systems Receives “2021 Minister of the Environment Award for Climate Action” for “Q-ton Circulation” Air-to-Water Heat Pump

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems, Ltd. (MHI Thermal Systems), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has received 2021 Minister of the Environment for Climate Action Award sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment for its “Q-ton Circulation,” an air-to-water heat pump jointly developed with Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. The award was given in the Technological Development and Commercialization category in recognition of the development and promotion of an air-source type heat pump using a refrigerant with a low global warming potential (GWP)(Note1). The award ceremony will take place on December 8 at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition hall.

Product

Rosenberg Introduces New Ecofit High-Efficiency 192-Mm E-Wheel Backward-Curved Fans That Boost Efficiency, Reduce Noise

Ecofit-brand high-efficiency E-Wheel backward-curved impellers are now available from Rosenberg USA in the popular 192-mm (7.5-in) size. Available in both 115V (PN U24-A4) and 230V (PN U24-B1) models, the new impellers improve ventilation efficiency and save energy while reducing operating noise.  They replace Ecofit PN C10-A6 (115V) and PN J47-A5 (230V).

Lochinvar: The End of the Gas Boiler is not Nigh25 November 2021

Despite what you might infer from the government’s new Heat & Buildings strategy, the gas boiler still has a long future, says Steve Addis, Product Manager at Lochinvar.

Powering ahead to Chillventa 2022

Following the fantastic success of the European Heat Pump Summit this year, preparations for Chillventa are in full swing. “The European Heat Pump Summit has shown how important it is to meet one another in person again. Buoyed by this positive momentum, we are starting the 2022 round of Chillventa with a spring in our steps,” says Daniela Heinkel, Director of Chillventa and the European Heat Pump Summit at NürnbergMesse. The world’s leading exhibition for refrigeration technology will take place live on site in Nuremberg from 11 to 13 October 2022, when the international refrigeration, AC, ventilation and heat pump community will come together again to network in person, discover innovations, and discuss the latest trends and future developments. As usual, the event will kick off the day before the exhibition with the high-calibre Chillventa CONGRESS, which will deliver answers to the issues impacting the industry. Prospective exhibitors can already book their stands easily and conveniently online to be part of this highlight in the industry calendar.

Photo Report

Food Technologies Gather at Fooma Japan 2021

From June 1 to 4, 2021 International Food Machinery & Technology Exhibition (Fooma Japan 2021), Asia’s largest comprehensive trade show in the food technology sector, sponsored by the Japan Food Machinery Manufacturer’s Association (FOOMA), was held at Aichi Sky Expo in Aichi Prefecture. The 44th edition of Fooma Japan 2021 was held under the theme of ‘Creativity will change the future of food.’ A total of 661 companies exhibited in all 19 fields, such as the food manufacturing and processing fields, engineering robots and the Internet of Things (IoT) field, the cutting-edge automation segment that solves labor shortages and is labor saving, as well as hygiene measures and the management field that are useful for introducing hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP). The total number of visitors over the four- day period was 22,420.

CR Expo 2021, Shanghai

–Continued from May Issue

Heat Pump Area—acted at CR 2021 as an interactive and centralized display platform for residential AC&R manufacturers. In the area, leading Chinese manufacturers such as Midea, Gree, Haier, and New Energy displayed their heat pumps, and CRAA promoted its certification program for heat pumps. Conferences on heat pumps were also held in the conference area.

Chinese AC Manufacturers Play Active Role at the 129th Canton Fair

Themed ‘Canton Fair, Global Share’, the 129th China Import and Export Fair, Canton Fair, was held successfully online from April 15 to 24, 2021, with 35.38 million visits on the official website and registered and participating buyers from 227 countries and regions. The fair was held under the leadership of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Guangdong Provincial Government, with the great support of various departments of the central government, local commerce departments, and Chinese embassies and consulates abroad.

 
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