The Middle East is a high growth region for the HVACR industry, but the phaseout of R22 and the drive towards lower GWP refrigerants raise important questions about how the sector will change in the next few years. Stuart Corr, Techno Commercial Director of refrigerant manufacturer and supplier Mexichem, discusses alternative refrigerants for the region.
To better understand the situation, we need to take a step back to the 1987 Montreal Protocol, which set out to eliminate certain ozone depleting substances (ODSs), notably chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and the transitional HCFCs. These ODSs were widely replaced by the ozone-benign hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). However, regulation is a dynamic process and with increased focus on man-made global warming, the Kigali Amendment to the Protocol in October 2016 sought to incorporate HFCs for the first time with a proposed phase down in their global production and consumption.
Brian Suggitt, Managing Director Middle East at Systemair AB, has been elected as the first Chairman of Eurovent Middle East.
Brian has worked in the region for more than 30 years at American Air Filter, Dorma Automatic Doors, Colt International and Systemair.
Bradford-based air handling solution specialist, Mansfield Pollard, has designed and delivered bespoke, self-contained recirculation canopies for the kitchen at the Pearl Hotel in Dubai.
The recirculation solution removes around 98% of the grease, smoke and oil particles from air extracted from the kitchen. The air passes through a series of filters which remove particles down to the sub-micron level. The system then quietly puts the air back into the kitchen.
The system uses an electrostatic precipitator which removes almost all airborne grease particles. This means that it reduces the cost associated with cleaning ductwork, filter cleaning and other maintenance.