*Last updated: 25 Jun 2015
Wednesday 24 June 2015
Participants will be able to choose among the following site visit options organised by the following sponsors:

Hillphoenix symposium

Hillphoenix will host a private symposium that will showcase the very latest retail food store technologies and industry advancements.

Attendees will be provided with transportation to and from the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead – both for an RSVP dinner the night before (Tuesday, June 23rd) as well as the day of the Hillphoenix Summit. Hillphoenix has planned a full day program with a special lunch provided by world-famous Chef Steve from Unified Brands. For more information, please contact Debbie Jones at +1 770-285-3257 or

More details and highlights about the tour can be found at here
Bitzer tour
BITZER will organise two compressor seminars to be held at its manufacturing campus outside Atlanta.

The schedule is as follows:

08:00–09:00 Travel to BITZER

09:00–12:00 BITZER NH3 compressor seminar

12:00–13:00 Lunch

13:00–16:00 BITZER CO2 compressor seminar

16:00 – 17:00 Travel to Hotel

Plant tours are also available on Wednesday afternoon.  Attendance is subject to space limitations. Transportation will be provided. For information and registration, please email
Hussmann Suwanee facility tour

This tour will feature a visit to the new Hussmann product display center in Suwanee, Georgia facility. This facility is the home for Hussmann refrigeration system business where the company manufactures energy efficient and sustainable equipment while offering food retailers design flexibility. During the visit there will be a tour of the manufacturing operation, presentations about its new alliance with Systemes LMP for transcritical CO2 refrigeration systems and discussions about other natural refrigerant solutions for food retailers in NorthAmerica. Please email Cheryl Beach at if you want to take the Hussmann Suwanee facility tour.

Depart @ 1:30pm from Grand Hyatt Atlanta at Buckhead to Hussmann Suwanee
Depart @ 4:30pm from Hussmann Suwanee (return to hotel) ** participants need to be back at hotel in order to attend 6pm Welcome Reception)
Pre-registration and an Informal Welcome Reception will be held at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead
Informal Welcome Reception from 18:00 - 20:00, open to all - Sponsored by Emerson

*Last updated: 25 Jun 2015
Thursday 25 June 2015
Registration & Welcome coffee - Sponsored by Parker Temprite
End users discuss their future plans involving natural refrigerants, including their technology needs and the opportunities for natural refrigerant technologies across various applications in North America

Moderator: Marc Chasserot, shecco

Co-Moderator: Nina Masson, shecco

End users from the following companies and sectors:

Harrison Horning, Delhaize America, Market Opportunities

Roy Buchert, McDonald's, Market Opportunities

John S. Scherer, Los Angeles Cold Storage Company, Cold Storage Market Business Opportunities

Bruce Karas, Coca-Cola North America, Reducing our Impact

Ron Domitrovic, Electric Power Research Institute, Market Opportunities
Coffee and Networking break - Sponsored by ”CAREL” BAC AHT
State of the Industry Session
Sponsored by Bitzer

Leading North American vendors will give 5-7 minute strategic and visionary presentations sharing their latest success stories, lessons learned, challenges and next steps with regards to natural refrigerant based technologies

Introduction by Joe Sanchez, BITZER

Moderator: Nina Masson, shecco

Nina Masson, shecco, State of the Industry - Introduction

Scott Martin, Hillphoenix, Advances in Refrigeration Utilizing Natural Refrigerants

Quentin Crowe, Hussmann, Building Confidence in Natural Refrigerants

Marc-André Lesmerises, Carnot Refrigeration, CO2 is good, not only for supermarkets!

Dustan Atkinson, Hillphoenix, An industry in transition

Mark Tomooka, Mayekawa USA, Trending: #Natural #Efficient #Safe

Joe Sanchez, BITZER US, Changing with the times

André Patenaude, Emerson, Responsible refrigerant planning for retail enterprises
Networking Lunch - Sponsored by Hussmann
Technomercials will be presented during the lunch break by the following sponsors:
Session 1

Hillphoenix presents A natural in refrigeration solutions for an HFC-free world

Emerson Climate Technologies presents The Helix Innovation Center

presents Highly efficient hydrocarbon solutions

AHT Cooling Systems 
presents Environmental aspects of food refrigeration

Session 2

Mayekawa presents Towards 100 - Advancing refrigeration through cooperation

Carnot Refrigeration presents Carnot's CO2 refrigeration for datarooms

Danfoss presents See how Danfoss is engineering tomorrow

Sanden presents Sanden CO2 products


Don Newlon, Emerson Climate Technologies, Emerson Climate Technologies presents The Helix Innovation Center

Reinhold Resch, AHT Cooling Systems GmbH, AHT Cooling Systems presents Environmental aspects of food refrigeration

Mark Tomooka, Mayekawa USA, Mayekawa presents Towards 100 - Advancing refrigeration through cooperation

Marc-André Lesmerises, Carnot Refrigeration, Carnot Refrigeration presents Carnot's CO2 refrigeration for datarooms
Parallel Break-Out Sessions Day 1 - Part 1
Participants will be able to choose from the following parallel break-out sessions:
Food Retail Panel
Leading end users will share their experiences using different types of natural refrigerant technologies
including benefits, challenges and
future plans

Moderator: Michael Garry, shecco

Michael Garry, shecco, Progress and Prospects for Natural Refrigerants

Harrison Horning, Delhaize America, Delhaize America's experiences with natural refrigerants

Gary Cooper, Lowe's Pay and Save, Is 290 the end game -or- Just a proof of concept?

Tristam Coffin, Whole Foods Market, Whole Foods Market's world of natural refrigerants

Ken Welter, Baltic Trail Engineering, The path to transcritical - TC or not TC: that is the question
Training Panel
Leading organizations will share their knowledge with regard to training the North American HVAC&R market to use natural refrigerant based technologies

Moderator: Pega Hrnjak, University of Illinois

Joe Sanchez, BITZER US, Bitzer natural refrigerants training programs

Arthur Miller, RSES, Hydrocarbon refrigerant training

James Kalish, Advanced Refrigeration Stark State College Canton OH, College-Company-Community outreach services for a better environment

Jim Price, Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA), Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association

Rusty Walker, Hillphoenix, Is training really necessary?
Natural Refrigerants Label Workshop
Interactive workshop to discuss the business case for introducing a North American label for natural refrigerant based technologies in the HVAC&R industry. This workshop will be repeated on Friday, 26 June at 16:00.

Moderator: Nina Masson, shecco 
Coffee and Networking break - Sponsored by Stellar Embraco
Parallel Break-Out Sessions Day 1 - Part 2
Participants will be able to choose from the following parallel break-out sessions:
Commercial Refrigeration Case Studies - Part 1
Leading suppliers and technology pioneers share their latest natural refrigerant based projects and product innovations, covering best practices, lessons learned, efficiency and cost analysis, as well as next steps

Moderator: Reggie O'Donoghue,
Emerson Climate Technologies

Jeff Newel, Hillphoenix, Case study with a national retailer – comparing calculated energy consumption and actual energy results of a CO2 booster system

Reggie O'Donoghue, Emerson Climate Technologies, The advantages of using electronic controls in CO2 booster systems

Tom Wolgamot, DC Engineering, Tristam Coffin, Whole Foods Market, A case study of the CO2 systems in Whole Foods Market Northern California region

Klaas Visser, KAV Consulting, A desktop study into the energy efficiency and environmental benefits of CO2 refrigeration in USA supermakets
Contractors Panel
Challenges, opportunities and future trends for natural refrigerant based technologies will be discussed from the contractors point of view, including topics about awareness, training and pricing in regards to other contractors and also different stakeholders along the supply chain

Moderator: Mark A. Turner, Stellar 

Mark Allen Turner, Stellar, 3 things you should know about the changing refrigeration climate

Jose Mergulhao, CIMCO Refrigeration, Contractors perspective

Rob Arthur, CTA , Natural refrigerant technologies – A design consultants perspective

Rusty Walker, Hillphoenix, Things to consider when installing CO2 DX refrigeration systems
New Applications Case Studies
New applications: Presentation of projects or technologies that are the first of its kind, exploring new application areas beyond commercial and industrial refrigeration, such as heat pumps, server cooling, magnetic cooling or new methodologies

Moderator: John Prall, Embraco

Marc-André Lesmerises, Carnot Refrigeration, First CO2 transcritical system for server rooms at telecommunication provider Bell Canada

John Prall, Embraco North America, Richard H. Bair, Thermo Fisher Scientific, The first hydrocarbon variable speed ULT freezer

Yoram Shabtay, Heat Transfer Technologies LLC , New copper-tube technologies for CO2 heat exchangers

Michael Duggan, RLS LLC, Braze-free refrigeration fittings and connections

Vincent Delecourt, Cooltech Applications, First integrations of industrialized magnetic cooling devices into refrigerated cabinets
End of Day 1 - Networking & Free Time
Dinner Networking Reception at the Georgia Aquarium - Sponsored by Hillphoenix

Dinner speech: Eduardo Navarro, Hillphoenix

Shuttle buses will be provided to take participants to the Aquarium and back to the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

*Last updated: 25 Jun 2015
Friday 26 June 2015
Registration & Welcome coffee - Sponsored by Sanden Wieland
Coffee and Networking break - Sponsored by  Blupura Danfoss
Regulations & Standards Session
Sponsored by Heatcraft

Presentations by government representatives and industry experts on the latest regulatory issues and standards regarding natural refrigerants in North America 

Introduction by Augusto Zimmermann, Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration

Moderator: Marc Chasserot, shecco

Gerald Wozniak, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), EPA regulatory update

Antonio M. Bouza, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), DOE's Building Technologies Office: refrigerant R&D

Glenn Gallagher, California Air Resources Board, California Air Resources Board - Regulation of high-GWP refrigerants

Randall Haseman, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Refrigerants and UL standards

Klara Skacanova, shecco, Policy trends for natural refrigerants in Europe, Japan and China
Networking Lunch - Sponsored by Mayekawa
Parallel Break-Out Sessions - Part 1
Participants will be able to choose from the following parallel break-out sessions:
Food Service Panel
Hydrocarbons and CO2 light commercial application examples from different perspectives including a fast food chain, beverage provider, convenience store and a leading supplier of light commercial units in North America

Moderator: Marc Chasserot, shecco

Charles Hon, True Manufacturing

Roy Buchert, McDonald's, The McDonalds you dont know

Paige Dunn, Red Bull North America, Hydrocarbon coolers: efficiencies for retail spaces

Paul Camera, Starbucks, Starbucks & natural refrigerants: implementing R290 into retail stores
Low Charge Ammonia Panel
Low charge ammonia solutions are revolutionizing the industry, creating new opportunities within industrial applications but also in commercial and HVAC sectors. Some of the pioneers in this field will present the latest technology updates and discuss market forecasts.

Moderator: Pega Hrnjak, University of Illinois

Pega Hrnjak, University of Illinois, What should low charge do for ammonia?

Gerard Von Dohlen, Port Newark Refrigerated Warehouse, The business model

John S. Scherer, Los Angeles Cold Storage Company, NXTCOLD ultra-low ammonia charge technology

Paul Delaney , Southern California Edison, Do low charge ammonia systems save energy?

Kurt Liebendorfer, Evapco, How to safely ride the wave
Heat Pumps & Commercial Refrigeration Case Studies - Part 2
Coffee and Networking break - Sponsored by True Manufacturing CIMCO
Parallel Break-Out Sessions - Part 2
Participants will be able to choose from the following parallel break-out sessions:
Discussions will look at technology updates and the business case for using CO2 in smaller light commercial units from the perspectives of one of the world's leaders in the beverage industry and its key suppliers

Antoine Azar, Sustainable Solutions, R744 for light commercial applications

Bruce Karas, Coca-Cola North America, Light Commercial Applications

Mike Weisser, SandenVendo America, An introduction to CO2 refrigeration in food and beverage marketing equipment

Marco Giulietti, ISA, Today is possible

Junya (Joe) Ichikawa, SANDEN Environmental Products Corp., Sanden, in partnership with nature

Andrés Martínez-Negrete, Imbera, Success in CO2 cooler development
Industrial Refrigeration Case Studies
Following the low charge ammonia panel featuring discussions between suppliers and end users, this session will present some real-life examples of this new technology and other industrial ammonia technology break-throughs from leading suppliers

Benoit Rodier, CIMCO Refrigeration, New development in natural refrigerant equipment

Joe Sanchez, BITZER US, An industrommercial CO2 system

Terry L. Chapp, Danfoss Industrial, Jeremy Olberding, Colmac Coil Manufacturing, Ammonia DX low charge system proves sustainability
Natural Refrigerants Label Workshop (Day II)
Interactive workshop to discuss the business case for introducing a North American label for natural refrigerant based technologies in the HVAC&R industry

Moderator: Nina Masson, shecco
Final remarks
Farewell Drink - Sponsored by Carnot

*Last updated: 25 Jun 2015
Saturday 27 June 2015
Mayekawa training session (from 9am to 12pm)

The following topics will be discuss: 

Natural Refrigerants (NR) Overview
Types of systems (worldwide solutions also considered)
NR Check list/ Steps towards success: process to help evaluate how natural refrigerants can work for you and your company.

For more information or to sign up for the event, please send an email to Maiko Hirayama at
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