PRE-EVENT SITE VISITS
PRE-REGISTRATION AND Welcome RECEPTION
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
MARKET OPPORTUNITIES SESSION
Harrison Horning outlined the principles that are driving Delhaize forward in their usage of natural refrigerants and where they themselves see potential. This potential was explored through the explanation of some of Delhaize’s pilot projects in light commercial, commercial and industrial refrigeration applications.
Roy Buchert discussed the huge growth potential for natural refrigerants in regards to McDonalds restaurants and restaurants in general in the U.S. Using the example of McDonald’s successful roll-out in Europe, Buchert explained the reasons pushing McDonalds to make the adjustment in America including sustainability, policy and environmental responsibility. Buchart updated the audience on the current availability of McDonalds equipment using hydrocarbons, with small refrigeration equipment (150 grams or less R290) now on the market in the U.S.
John Scherer explored the growth of low-charge ammonia systems in the industrial sector and how it can go a long way to supplying the mega-trend of increasing demand for cold storage in the U.S. As R22 is phased out, Scherer expressed an expectation that the market will adopt to low-charge ammonia as its long-term solution.
Bruce Karas discussed the importance Coca Cola’s point-of-sales equipment holds. Karas described their equipment as one of the few chances they have as a company to speak directly to the consumer and feel it is their responsibility as a corporation to ensure they show they care. In addition to their drinks equipment, they discussed how they are looking to improve environmental performance across the whole of their supply chain, to minimise their impact on the environment.
Working for EPRI, it is Ron Domitrovic’s job to advise utilities on new energy efficient equipment and he spoke of the growing importance of natural refrigerants and natural refrigerant-based equipment in helping utilities companies reduce demand for their grid. Domitrovic noted how the commercial refrigeration sector is the first area of focus as the systems are among the larger users (and leakers) of refrigerants.