The message from ATMOsphere Europe 2015 was clear: the CO2 market in the EU is still in its ascendency. Although yet to reach its peak due to limitations in training as well as full acceptance as a solution for southern Europe, all trends are pointing to these barriers being overcome in the near future. The supply of CO2 transcritical systems continues to grow, with new players entering the market, and new technologies are increasing efficiency in warm ambient climates.This year’s ATMOsphere Europe, organised from 15-17 March in Brussels, presented a transformation of the market outlook for R744. Industry stakeholders are now less concerned with stating the case for CO2 refrigeration, and focused instead on ensuring that CO2 becomes the preferred refrigerant in both the north and south of Europe. Presenters from Carrier, Advansor, EPTA, Danfoss and Green & Cool spoke proudly of the in-roads that CO2 has made in Europe but noted there is room for improvement with regards to the availability of training and ubiquitous implementation of solutions for those countries that lie beneath the moribund ‘CO2 equator’.
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