eurammon at the Chillventa 2016

Press release


Press release

eurammon at the Chillventa 2016

Frankfurt (Main), 08/11/2016. Chillventa is just around the corner: the international trade fair for refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation and heat pumps will be held in Nuremberg from 11 to 13 October 2016. This year again, eurammon will have its own booth at the international trade fair.


Expertise and networking at the eurammon booth

eurammon will be in Hall 9, Booth 309 to update trade fair visitors on various aspects related to the use of natural refrigerants. Once again, the initiative will organize its booth in cooperation with IIAR (International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration), AAR India (Association of Ammonia Refrigeration) and the GIZ (Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit). Experts from various fields of refrigeration and air conditioning industries will be happy to answer any question related to the topic.


Lecture event gives international insights

As part of eurammon's lecture event on Wednesday 10/12/2016, international experts will report on current use of natural refrigerants in China, Romania, Colombia, South Africa and in developing countries. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. in Hall 9, Booth 9-531.


From 12:00 p.m. onwards, following the lecture, eurammon invites all interested parties to an informal "Brunch for Friends of Natural Refrigerants", to exchange their views on the current situation and future prospects on applications using natural refrigerants.

Chillventa 2016: Lecture Event Presentations

Here you can find and download selected presentations of the eurammon Lecture Event 2016.



Stephan Sicars: Alternative refrigerants - trends in developing countries: production, use, service





Raul Perea: The use of natural refrigerants in Colombia – status quo and experiences






Xiangping Zhang: Experience and challenges with natural refrigerants in China




Lecture event at the Chillventa

Different countries, different conditions – natural refrigerants in global application

Frankfurt, 21. November 2016 Every two years, specialists from the refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation and- heat pump sector come together at the Chillventa exhibition to exchange ideas and experiences on the latest trends and developments in their industry. On October 12, 2016, eurammon, the joint initiative for natural refrigerants, invited to attend its lecture event "Applications with Natural Refrigerants – Country Situation and Experiences". International experts provided their insights into different, country-specific general conditions.


“With more than 100 participants, the lecture event was very well attended," says Bernd Kaltenbrunner, Chairperson of eurammon who hosted this event. "The high number of visitors as well as the many inquiries and the discussions relating to the individual lectures show not only how actual this issue is but also the high level of interest of the public in learning more about the use of natural refrigerants in different regions of the world," adds Kaltenbrunner. After the lecture event, the industry representatives attended the "Brunch for Friends of Natural Refrigerants" at the eurammon booth – the popular meeting point for experts – to inform themselves about the application fields of natural refrigerants, exchange views and ideas, and make new contacts.


Emerging and developing countries – all heading in the right direction

The use of natural refrigerants will strongly gain in importance in the coming years in emerging and developing countries such as Algeria or Tunisia, especially in the field of commercial refrigeration applications, for example in supermarkets. This growth is supported by international agreements which limit the use of refrigerants with a high GWP value. Inhibiting factors are the weak innovation culture due to the insufficient competences of engineers and developers. The high demands on system safety combined with a severe lack of qualified employees slow down this development, as Stephan Sicars of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) reports.


Columbia – good training courses and long waiting times

Columbia is moving forward. Parallel to the strong growth of the gross domestic product, the demand for industrial and commercial refrigeration is also increasing. The country with its 48 million inhabitants already possesses extensive knowledge concerning ammonia-based refrigeration systems. Their importance will continue to grow in the future, especially when it comes to cooling fruit and vegetables for export. Juan and Raul Perea of ALFRIO provided insight into the current legislation and showed how the use of environmentally-friendly refrigerants is advancing. One example is through founding of RSIS – the first education center for industrial refrigeration technology that educates specialists in how to handle refrigerants. One flaw: In Columbia processing of a permit to operate an ammonia refrigeration system takes three months on average.


South Africa – a model country in terms of ammonia

Ammonia has been in use in South Africa since the 1930s. At present, an estimated 3,000 refrigeration plants use corresponding refrigeration systems. They are in use across all industries and application fields, mainly, however, in cold storages, breweries, wineries, slaughterhouses and in the food industry. More and more supermarkets are also opting for ammonia systems, reports Isolde Döbelin, Director of the Open Trade Training Center in Dersley, Springs. A very strict legislation, that frequently exceeds the European standard, ensures the highest degree of system safety. South Africa is also well-prepared in regard to qualification: several national institutes educate technicians in the operating of ammonia systems, and issue the required certificates, once they have obtained the corresponding expert knowledge. The South African market is a role model for the use of natural refrigerants.


China – the start of a long journey

China still mainly uses synthetic refrigerants for building air conditioning as well as for industrial and commercial refrigeration applications. At the same time, China is acutely aware that it urgently needs to switch to environmentally-friendly refrigerants. Dr. Xiangping Zhang from the Henan Institute of Engineering, explains the measures China is implementing to speed up the transformation process, which will certainly still take years, and where they face challenges and risks.


Romania - extensive changeover measures on the agenda

Romania has ratified the Montreal Protocol (1987) as well as the Kyoto protocol (1997) and is obligated – as a new EU member – to implement the European legislature concerning the environment and the climate goals. As reported by Prof. Gratiela Tarlea from the Technical University of Civil Engineering in Bucharest, Romania is facing a wave of changeover projects: a large share of existing systems is presently still operated with refrigerants that are harmful to the climate. HFCs are to be replaced with natural refrigerants in the future. The climate-friendly projects will be sponsored financially to 50% by EU funds. Romania registered the highest growth in systems with natural refrigerants in the food and beverage industry.


Picture 1:

More than 100 participants attended the eurammon Lecture Event at the Chillventa.


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International experts gave exciting insights into country-specific conditions. (LTR: Dr. Xiangping Zhang, Dr. Karin Jahn (eurammon), Bernd Kaltenbrunner (eurammon), Prof. Gratiela Tarlea, Monika Witt (eurammon), Stephan Sicars, Isolde Döbelin, Juan Perea)


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eurammon invited experts from the industry to the „Brunch for Friends of Natural Refrigerants“ (LTR: Thomas Spänich, Dr. Karin Jahn, Monika Witt, Bernd Kaltenbrunner)