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Heatcraft celebrates an AIRAH Award win with Refrigeration Innovations

The winners of the prestigious 2016 AIRAH Awards have been announced at a black tie gala event at Sydney’s Luna Park. Refrigeration Innovations was awarded Best HVAC&R Retrofit or Upgrade for the refurbishment of IGA Boccaccio Cellars, Balwyn VIC project.

The IGA Boccaccio Cellars project consisted of a multi-million dollar refurbishment, including an enlarged supermarket and liquor area, refurbished and enlarged wine cellar, delicatessen, butcher, green grocer, basement car park and aboveground apartments.

With energy savings and carbon reduction objectives, the project team lead by the Project Consultant Dave Redden of Refrigeration Innovations (pictured below), adopted a holistic approach, which included a Kirby hybrid CO2 / R134a parallel rack system to deliver heating and cooling, Copeland digital scroll compressors, variable speed drives, EC fans, an advanced Emerson control system, enclosed refrigeration cases, LED lighting and rooftop solar panels.

The supermarket increased from 1200m2 to 2400m2. The low temperature refrigeration increased by 60% sales capacity, while the medium temperature refrigeration increased by 380% sales capacity. As a result of all the technologies employed, initial estimates indicate the owners will achieve savings in the region of 20-30%.

Mr Redden accepted his award acknowledging the wider project team consisting of;
Fuller Refrigeration, the installing contractor
Heatcraft Australia, responsible for the design and supply of the refrigeration system, including the hybrid parallel rack system and remote condenser
Emerson Australia, responsible for the supply of the refrigeration control system and Copeland digital scroll compressors
LMOB Electrical Control – Project Electricians

He commented;
“We first approached Heatcraft with the idea of producing a hybrid rack that was dimensionally acceptable for the sound proof container plant room we would need to use for the project. Right from the start Heatcraft rose to the challenge. Coupled with the great efficiencies produced by the Copeland CO2 scroll compressors, we felt we were on the right track of achieving the client’s goals of a sustainable energy efficient system. From there we expanded the holistic approach to the store comfort cooling and heat of rejection from the plant to warm the store when needed, the plant performed these duties admirably.”
“It was definitely a team effort with a common goal of high efficiency, energy saving and sustainability for the future.”

Tom Overs Vice President and General Manager, Heatcraft Australia added;
“Heatcraft Australia congratulates Refrigeration Innovations on this award winning project. The Kirby hybrid CO2 / R134a parallel rack system was the 2nd developed together with Dave Redden. The success from the IGA Boccacio project has led to continued traction with similar hybrid systems being sold into other supermarket installations.”

To contact Refrigeration Innovations, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To contact Fuller Refrigeration, phone (03) 9722 2622. For more information on the Kirby parallel rack system and other equipment used on the project, contact Heatcraft Australia on 13 23 50.

New Kirby Digital Scroll Fridgebox - Variable Load Perfection

The popular Kirby® Fridgebox™ Outdoor Condensing Unit has undergone a versatile update now offering an enhanced configuration range featuring a Copeland Scroll Digital™ compressor.

The Kirby® Digital Scroll Fridgebox™ with Copeland Scroll Digital™ compressor technology matched to highly efficient micro channel condensers achieves best in class capacity & close temperature modulation, excellent COP’s and system efficiency.

With its wide variable capacity between 20% and 100%, the Copeland Scroll Digital™ compressor is unmatched by any other compressor technology on the market today. The capacity output is continuous and seamless, allowing for extremely accurate room temperature control and less energy-consuming compressor start-stops. Copeland Scroll Digital™ technology is also extremely intelligent, automatically adjusting its energy consumption according to the demand load.

Ross McKinnon, Cold Chain Segment Manager at Heatcraft Australia commented;

“The Kirby® Digital Scroll Fridgebox™ allows Heatcraft the opportunity to incorporate leading compressor technology into a well-known favourite. Installing contractors have a proven, superior product that will assist their customers reduce running costs and achieve more stable temperature control.”

“The extra value proposition of being a fully enclosed unit with a compact footprint for outdoor installation allows business owners to maximise on valuable internal merchandising space.”

The Kirby® Digital Scroll Fridgebox™ also includes a Dixell XC Controller for ultimate controllability. A special algorithm balances the run hours of the compressors to distribute the work load uniformly.

The Kirby® Digital Scroll Fridgebox™ is suited to the convenience sector, coolrooms and a variety of merchandising display cabinet applications where refrigeration capacity ranges from 5 to 10kW.

Download the brochure or consult your Heatcraft representative on 13 23 50 for more information.

Australia adopts International Standards for Refrigeration Safety

Standards Australia Media Release: 19 October 2016

• Strong industry and government engagement sees Australia adopt ISO standards for refrigeration safety
• Documents supersede the AS/NZS 1677 series

Significant changes have been made to refrigeration standards, with the following now published and available:

• AS/NZS ISO 817:2016, Refrigerants — Designation and safety classification
• AS/NZS 5149.1:2016, Refrigerating systems and heat pumps - Safety and environmental requirements - Part 1: Definitions, classification and selection criteria
• AS/NZS 5149.2:2016, Refrigerating systems and heat pumps - Safety and environmental requirements - Part 2: Design, construction, testing, marking and documentation
• AS/NZS 5149.3:2016, Refrigerating systems and heat pumps - Safety and environmental requirements - Part 3: Installation site
• AS/NZS 5149.4:2016, Refrigerating systems and heat pumps - Safety and environmental requirements - Part 4: Operation, maintenance, repair and recovery

Phil Wilkinson, Executive Manager–Government Relations and Technical Services at the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH), explained the significance of these publications.

“The adoption of these standards is a really important step as the HVAC&R industry transitions to a low emission future. This weekend saw the announcement that global agreement had been reached on an HFC phase down and this international alignment of standards supports our shift away from HFC refrigerants and towards low global warming refrigerant alternatives.

“The HVAC&R industry strategy to transition to low emissions, PRIME, identified very early on that AS/NZS 1677 needed to be reviewed. Standards Australia in response to stakeholders’ needs worked closely with industry and government and supported PRIME to achieve this major milestone,” said Mr Wilkinson.

As direct or modified adoptions of international standards, AS/NZS ISO 817 supersedes AS/NZS 1677.1:1998, Refrigerating systems - Refrigerant classification and the AS/NZS 5149 series supersedes AS/NZS 1677.2:1998 Refrigerating systems - Safety requirements for fixed applications.

Global Agreement reached to limit the use of HFCs

On Saturday 15 October, close to 200 developed and developing nations struck a landmark deal to phase down the production and use of HFCs by 85 per cent at the Montreal Protocol meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda.

The agreement is being celebrated as the biggest environmental success since last year’s Paris climate deal, which aims to limit the global temperature rise to 2C.

HFCs are widely seen as the world’s fastest-growing climate pollutant. Australian Minister for Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg said HFC gases are used in more than 45 million pieces of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and contribute up to two per cent of Australia’s carbon equivalent emissions.

The reduction in emissions will be achieved through a gradually declining cap on imports and is estimated to achieve up to 72 billion tonnes in carbon dioxide equivalent emission savings by 2050.

“This will not only benefit the environment but provide long-term investment certainty to industry, allowing a gradual and low cost transition to alternative gases and equipment,” Mr Frydenberg has said.

As your HVAC&R Business Partner, Heatcraft offers a complete Gas2Go® product and service solutions offer to help you understand and prepare for the changes ahead. As part of the Gas2Go® Total Gas Management System, Heatcraft can assist you to be informed and have access to new and existing refrigerant technologies from overseas markets so you can navigate the retrofit of HCFC and HFCs.

Heatcraft Gas2Go® is available from all Heatcraft and Heatcraft Plus outlets across Australia and New Zealand. In addition, Heatcraft Australia offers a national network of account managers and field engineers dedicated to guiding you through your unique refrigerant requirements.

Heatcraft New Zealand announces agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Heatcraft New Zealand is pleased to announce a distributor partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Heatcraft branches will now stock the standard SRK-ZMA range, with the SRK-MXA high-efficiency range and other MHI units available on request.

Mark Meyer, Heatcraft New Zealand Sales Manager commented;

“This is an exciting addition that allows us to offer a broader heat pump selection to our customers. All our branches have displays in-store and we have stock on hand ready for the peak season”.

Heatcraft also offer a complete range of pair coil, ducting, brackets and install items, making Heatcraft a one-stop-shop for HVAC equipment and install.

ZMA capacities range from 2.0 kW cooling capacity to 9.2 kW cooling capacity. Please contact your local branch or Heatcraft Account Manager on 0800 653 330 for opening specials.


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