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05.05.2020

Minimising Cold & Chill Storage Energy Consumption and Carbon Emissions

Find out how to optimise the efficiency of your temperature-controlled storage unit, thus reducing energy consumption and minimising the costs incurred to your business. An average increase of 30% in energy prices across the last

23.03.2020

F-Gas Conversion

How F-Gas regulations affects business and what should be considered for the future. Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, typically referred to as F-gases, are manmade chemicals developed for use as refrigerants in the HVACR industry. They have

12.03.2020

New Energy Performance ‘Best Practice’ Guidelines for Cold Store Refrigeration Facilities

How to measure the energy performance of a cold or chill store: using Specific Energy Performance as an efficiency measure enables operators to benchmark energy improvements (kWh/m3/yr) Over the last 25 years, various studies of

08.08.2019

Low Temperature Chillers for Pharma and Petrochemical Industries

Chiller technology has been around for almost 100 years. In that same period, chillers have been used for a myriad of applications in equally numerous configurations and set-ups. It is therefore imperative to consider and

08.08.2019

River Source Heat Pumps for District Heating

River Source heatpump

How river-based cities across the world could curb greenhouse gas emissions The UK government recently declared a climate emergency, in the wake of environmental protest staged nationally and growing concern for the future of our

05.06.2019

What are the Hidden Costs of an Inefficient Refrigeration System?

A refrigeration system’s efficiency is influenced by a number of factors but one that is often overlooked is refrigerant leakage. It’s estimated that some refrigeration systems have the potential to lose more than 20% of

07.05.2019

How Ethos is Driving Carbon Reduction and Hitting Targets

Ethos helps end users of refrigeration systems save money and cut carbon emissions Time is running out to reverse the effects of global warming, which means the pressure on industry and businesses to reduce their

31.07.2018

Remote Monitoring of Refrigeration and Heating Systems: Challenges and Learning Opportunities

Remote monitoring systems such as Star Technical Solutions specialist software, Ethos, are changing the way companies collect and analyse data from industrial refrigeration and heating plants. Collecting valuable information in real time can help make

21.06.2018

How to Make Sure Your Ammonia Refrigeration Systems are Safe

Ammonia has been for many years the refrigerant of choice for businesses with a need for process cooling, temperature controlled storage and distribution, food and drink manufacturing and many other applications. The benefits of using

01.03.2018

Turning Data into Meaningful Information

In the face of rising energy costs, carbon taxes, and more stringent environmental legislation, regulation and corporate responsibility, businesses operating refrigeration plant face some serious challenges. Metering, monitoring and analysis can help businesses simultaneously ace

01.03.2018

Measurement and Analysis Change Habits to Achieve Improved Efficiency

Rising energy costs, carbon taxes, and achieving the EUs fast approaching 20% carbon reduction target for 2020 regulation leaves responsible businesses with significant challenges. The corporate vision of many businesses is focussed on sustainability and

21.02.2018

Improving the Energy Efficiency of Cooling Systems

Crunching the Numbers The efficiency of a refrigeration system has a direct effect on a business’ environmental and financial performance. This should be in every end-user’s mind when selecting and operating cooling equipment. There are

21.02.2018

Cool in the Face of Challenge

Rob Lamb talks about the considerations plant owners and operators face in terms of refrigerant choices and legislation Given the restrictions placed on F gas production under the European F- gas regulations, the recent response

27.01.2018

F-Gas Regulation and HFC Phasedown

How does the F-Gas regulation affect your business and how you can plan for the future. What are F-gases? Fluorinated gases are used in a number of applications including refrigeration and air conditioning. When released

13.06.2017

Star Refrigeration Inspires Youngsters at Local Primary School for International Women in Engineering Day

The UK’s engineering sector skills shortage is well documented and the number of women in the industry is still disproportionately low. Despite initiatives to get girls interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) subjects,

27.04.2017

Future-Proof Refrigerants: What is the best option for small industrial refrigeration applications?

The Institute of Refrigeration published a paper which describes the refrigerant options available in the future. The phase down of HFCs in Europe under the F-gas regulation and worldwide through the Kigali Amendment to the

06.03.2017

Heat Pumps and Energy Efficiency Influences – Making the right choice

What to look for when purchasing energy efficient heat pumps for district heating & industrial processes. Energy efficient heat pumps are proving to be a clean, affordable and efficient way of heating homes and commercial

16.09.2016

Benefits of Low Charge Ammonia Refrigeration Systems

The low charge ammonia refrigeration insurgency & the HFC phase down Today, the world celebrates the 22nd International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer just days after the world witnessed another major breakthough

13.09.2016

How Condition Based Maintenance and Remote Monitoring Can Help Your Businesses Slash Costs and Stay Compliant

In the face of rising energy costs, soaring carbon taxes, and more stringent environmental legislation and regulation, businesses with operating temperature controlled environments face some serious challenges. Planned aftercare and remote monitoring can help businesses

28.06.2016

EcoDesign Directive Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Refrigeration Systems – How does the new legislation affect chiller efficiency?

For the last seven years, the European Commission (EC) has been consulting with the industrial refrigeration industry to establish EU-wide rules for minimum energy efficiency and labelling requirements for refrigeration and cooling products. The EcoDesign

23.06.2016

Women in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) Engineering

On 23rd June, National Women in Engineering Day will be celebrated worldwide for the third time, giving the industry a platform to celebrate current women engineers and to encourage other young women to consider a

29.01.2016

Regular Maintenance and Aftercare – What’s the cost?

Maintenance, Aftercare, Vibration and Condition Site Monitoring of Industrial Refrigeration Systems Refrigeration is vital to the survival, safety and continued operation of businesses. But, more often than not, refrigeration is neglected and relegated to the

02.06.2015

Cooling and Heating as a Utility

Ask most members of the public what utilities they use and most will say gas and electricity. Business users are probably in the same boat, perhaps adding water which will be metered. And this is

18.05.2015

Preventative Maintenance and Remote Monitoring

In the face of rising energy costs, soaring carbon taxes, stricter environmental legislation and increasingly stringent regulation, businesses operating temperature controlled environments face some serious challenges. Planned aftercare and remote monitoring can help businesses simultaneously

06.01.2015

F-Gas Regulations

Refrigerant Gas costs set to increase by 20% - Effects of the F-Gas Regulations on refrigeration gas production, equipment, service and maintenance. New European Union (EU) regulations will dramatically affect the cost and availability of synthetic

17.10.2014

Energy Matters

Enhancing The Efficiency of New and Existing Cooling Systems - A Win Win Solution The efficiency of a company’s refrigeration system has a direct effect on environmental and financial performance. This should be in every