Embraco, the Brazilian hermetic compressors manufacturer, has developed and delivered two natural refrigerant training systems to help provide vital refrigeration skills in the Gambia.
Working with the Italian training provider, Centro Studi Galileo, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI), Embraco developed the refrigeration training systems, which use the natural refrigerant R600a (refrigerant grade Isobutane).
UNIDO is promoting the use of natural refrigerants in developing countries to replace the high penetration of HCFC refrigerants, such as R22, and HFC refrigerants, including R123a and R404a. HCFC and HFC refrigerants have high global warming potential (GWP).
UNIDO started its work to cut high GWP refrigerants in Africa with the project in the Gambia, West Africa. Increasing the skills of local refrigeration engineers in how to handle low GWP refrigerants is a core strategy for UNIDO.
Embraco's Renzo Casamassima said:
“For the Gambia Project, Embraco has developed two educational systems with R600a, equipped for detecting temperature, pressure, power consumption and designed for the recovery of refrigerants .”
The systems and training materials from Embraco will help begin the process of introducing sustainable commercial and domestic refrigeration systems into the developing world.