Friday, October 14, 2011

HARDI National Conference

RemTec International and Patti Ellingson personally invite you to stop by our booth (#304) for important information about our Buy Back & Recovery Program during the 2011 HARDI National Conference October 22nd -26th

Let us help you turn your used refrigerants into CA$H!
If you are interested in scheduling a meeting with me one on one prior to the booth please call me at 419-575-9490.
I look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, October 10, 2011

International golfers for Pan Gulf event

OVER 100 golfers from around the world will be taking part in the Pan Gulf Golf Day at Awali Golf Club on October 14.

The event, which is being held in cooperation with Pan Gulf Industrial Systems, will consist of two competitions.

The first, teeing off in the early morning, will be a strokeplay tournament comprising more than 100 entrants. It will also act as a KPAO (Kingsbury, Pinhey, Ayto, O'Sullivan) qualifier, the final of which will be held at Awali Golf Club in April next year.

The other is an invitational Stableford competition. Scheduled to tee off at around midway, around 20 invited golfers from the US, Australia, Bahrain and the rest of the GCC will be in the fray.

Both tournaments will be played over 18 holes along Awali Golf Club's sand course.


The players taking part are all amateurs. They will be vying for attractive cash prizes in each competition, with additional awards for the day's various side competitions also to be given out, such as a Harley Davidson motorbike for the first player to sink a hole-in-one.

"The main aim of our Pan Gulf Golf Day is for everyone to have a good time out on the golf course and to make some money for charity," event organiser Martin Allison told the GDN yesterday.

Part of the event's proceeds will be donated to the Think Pink charity.

Following the day's play, there will be live music featuring the Gruesome Twosome band and a dinner.

The Pan Gulf Golf Day's main sponsors are Remtec and Chemetron; while other sponsors are Notifier, Autronica, Stahl, Nalco, DNH Speakers and ATP.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Phl to start ODS phaseout

By Michael Punongbayan (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government will finally start to put an end to the use of harmful substances that deplete the earth’s ozone layer by 2013.

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje announced the other day that a freeze order on the importation of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) more than a year from now.

He said the ban on ozone-depleting substances (ODS) is pursuant to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, to which the Philippines is a signatory.

“Starting 2013, we are putting a cap on the importation of HCFC to 2,644 metric tons (MT) — the country’s average import of HCFC from 2009 to 2010,” Paje said.

From the base level of 2,644 MT, the HCFC import will be gradually reduced by 10 percent, to 2,3796 MT by 2015; 35 percent to 1,718.6 MT by 2020; then 67.5 percent, to 859.3 MT in 2025.

Paje said that from 2030 to 2039 the DENR would allow the import of the substance to only 66.1 MT annually, representing 2.5 percent of the base level, for the continued use of the servicing sector.

HCFCs are a group of ODS controlled by the Montreal Protocol and comprise the last of eight ODS groups to be phased out pursuant to the Protocol.

The other ODS that have already been phased out in the country include chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) 11, 12, 113, 114, halon 1301 and 1211, carbon tetrachloride, and methyl chloroforms.
HCFC consumption in the Philippines is attributed to HCFC-22, more commonly known as R-22, HCFC-141b, HCFC-123 and blends of HCFC-225.
HCFCs are commonly used as substitutes for CFCs in the foam blowing, refrigeration, fire extinguishing, solvent and servicing sectors.
Of these HCFCs, Paje said the DENR will prioritize the phaseout of HCFC-141b because it has the most ozone-depleting potential (ODP) of 0.11 as compared with HCFC-22 or R-22 with an ODP of .055 only, HCFC-123 with 0.02 and HCFC blends, from .025 to .033.
He said phaseout would initially cover the foam sector, particularly the polyurethane rigid foam in appliances, panels and sprays.
A total of 364.34 MT of HCFCs is projected to be phased out under the project, which is being implemented by the DENR through the Environmental Management Bureau in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
Paje said a total of $2.26 million was granted to fund the project from Japan and the Multilateral Fund.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Legal Loophole Drives Hot Sales of Air Conditioning Units

By Bob Tita
Published September 30, 2011

--Air conditioning companies producing components using banned refrigerant

--Manufacturers use regulatory loophole to resume production

--Components with banned refrigerant popular with consumers

A frosty battle has broken out in the U.S. air-conditioning market, as manufacturers confront consumers' unwillingness to pay up for equipment without an ozone-depleting refrigerant.

A legal loophole has allowed companies to continue to produce air conditioning units with a refrigerant banned in the U.S. last year. The move has driven a wedge through an industry struggling to respond to a weak economy and a moribund housing market that dropped shipments of air conditioning units last year to 36% below volumes from a decade ago. Some executives warn that continuing to provide equipment with the hydrocholoroflorocarbon-22 refrigerant, or R-22, will make it difficult to attract buyers for higher-margin, more energy-efficient systems using a more environmentally friendly refrigerant.

"It's really bad environmental policy," said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer for Carrier Corp. "We ought to be getting back on track with what's been understood for decades, that R-22 should be phased out."

Manufacturers expected sales of their newest models to receive a boost when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year banned the production and sale of residential air conditioning units with R-22. But cash-strapped consumers have been opting to overhaul their existing R-22 systems with new outdoor condensers for $1,500 to $2,000, rather than pay $3,500 for an entirely new system. Manufacturers started to produce older-model condensers again under a provision in the EPA regulation that allows them to supply replacement parts for R-22 systems as long as they're not charged with the refrigerant at the factory. Instead, heating and air conditioning contractors add it when they install the units.

Some analysts estimate that R-22 condensers accounted for as much as 20% of the air conditioning shipments during the second quarter, double the R-22 volume from the first quarter. Companies say the increasing demand for R-22 condensers reflects consumers' need for lower-cost alternatives to a completely new air conditioning system.

"We have a lot of homeowners who can't afford that new system," said Carol Baker, vice president for marketing at Missouri-based Nordyne, one of the first manufacturers to restart production of R-22 condensers.

Ingersoll-Rand PLC (IR), which makes heating and air conditioning equipment under the Trane brand, was one of the last manufacturers to resume production of R-22 condensers. Chairman and Chief Executive Michael Lamach said rivals backed out of a pledge made two years ago to only produce equipment for the new coolant, known as R-410A.

"One by one, they began to ship heavily into the [R-22] market," Lamach said. "We were the last one left standing that wasn't producing R-22. But if a Trane dealer needs an R-22 unit today, he'll be able to get an R-22 unit." While everyone is making R-22 condensers again, some of the largest manufacturers want to close the loophole that's allowed production to resume.

Carrier, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (UTX), petitioned the EPA earlier this year to designate R-22 condensers as sub-systems that cannot be replaced as entire units. Ingersoll-Rand, Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI), the maker of York equipment, and Lennox International Inc. (LII) have endorsed Carrier's petition.

Ingersoll's Lamach worries that consumers are being conditioned to accept half-measure replacements that will destroy the market for the new systems using R-410A that have cost manufacturers hundreds of millions of dollars to develop and market.

But Philip Windham, vice president of sales for Nordyne, whose brands include Frigidaire, Tappan and Westinghouse, disputes the notion that homeowners would buy significantly more systems with R-410A if the R-22 condensers weren't available. Instead, he suspects they'd just resort to even more stop-gap repairs with lower-margins for manufacturers.

"If a homeowner has a choice, they'll choose a full upgrade," he said. "But the average homeowner doesn't have enough money in the bank to afford it now and can't get financing like a few years ago."

A spokeswoman for the EPA said Thursday the agency continues to evaluate Carrier's request to reclassify R-22 condensers. Industry analysts expect the agency to eventually deny the petition to avoid being seen as increasing the regulatory burden on consumers during tough economic times. The attraction of the R-22 condensers is likely to weaken in the coming years as the refrigerant becomes increasingly scarce. The price of R-22 has ballooned to more than $300 for 30 pounds from $40 a couple of years ago, said Barry Logan, vice president for investor relations at Watsco Inc. (WSO), a Florida-based distributor for Carrier, Trane, Nordyne and other brands of heating and air conditioning equipment.

"Over the new few years, the loophole is going to go away because there wouldn't be enough R-22 to service these systems beyond 2015 and certainly by 2020," he said.

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Arctic ozone loss at record level

Ozone loss over the Arctic this year was so severe that for the first time it could be called an "ozone hole" like the Antarctic one, scientists report.
About 20km (13 miles) above the ground, 80% of the ozone was lost, they say.
The cause was an unusually long spell of cold weather at altitude. In cold conditions, the chlorine chemicals that destroy ozone are at their most active.
It is currently impossible to predict if such losses will occur again, the team writes in the journalNature.
Early data on the scale of Arctic ozone destruction were released in April, but the Nature paper is the first that has fully analysed the data.
"Winter in the Arctic stratosphere is highly variable - some are warm, some are cold," said Michelle Santee from Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
"But over the last few decades, the winters that are cold have been getting colder.

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"So given that trend and the high variability, we'd anticipate that we'll have other cold ones, and if that happens while chlorine levels are high, we'd anticipate that we'd have severe ozone loss."
Ozone-destroying chemicals originate in substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that came into use late last century in appliances including refrigerators and fire extinguishers.
Their destructive effects were first documented in the Antarctic, which now sees severe ozone depletion in each of its winters.
Their use was progressively restricted and then eliminated by the 1987 Montreal Protocol and its successors.
The ozone layer blocks ultraviolet-B rays from the Sun, which can cause skin cancer and other medical conditions.
Longer, not colder
Winter temperatures in the Arctic stratosphere do not generally fall as low as at the southern end of the world.
Polar stratospheric cloudsOzone destruction takes place within polar stratospheric clouds, with chlorine the main culprit
No records for low temperature were set this year, but the air remained at its coldest for an unusually long period of time, and covered an unusually large area.
In addition, the polar vortex was stronger than usual. Here, winds circulate around the edge of the Arctic region, somewhat isolating it from the main world weather systems.
"Why [all this] occurred will take years of detailed study," said Dr Santee.
"It was continuously cold from December through April, and that has never happened before in the Arctic in the instrumental record."
The size and position of the ozone hole changed over time, as the vortex moved northwards or southwards over different regions.
Some monitoring stations in northern Europe and Russia recorded enhanced levels of ultraviolet-B penetration, though it is not clear that this posed any risk to human health.
While the Arctic was setting records, the Antarctic ozone hole is relatively stable from year to year.
This year has seen ozone-depleting conditions extending a little later into the southern hemisphere spring than usual - again, as a result of unusual weather conditions.
Chlorine compounds persist for decades in the upper atmosphere, meaning that it will probably be mid-century before the ozone layer is restored to its pre-industrial health.