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REFRIGERANTS


Reclaimed gases: the way forward


A-Gas commercial strategy director Dr Patrick Amrhein on how the refrigeration industry should react to the new challenges laid down by the F-Gas Regulations.


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he months ahead will be ones of consolidation in the refrigeration industry, but having said that, change will take place this year as suppliers of virgin R404A run down their stocks of this legacy gas. If contractors are looking to use this refrigerant rather than a low GWP alternative, it is now likely that they will be supplied with reclaimed R404A. In this respect, installers can be safe in the knowledge that reclaimed R404A will not lead them to breach the F-Gas Regulations as this reclaimed gas has the nod of approval from the regulators. You can be sure that reclaim will be a part of the refrigeration mix – along with the new generation of gases – for many years to come.


A-Gas has been working hard to extend its range of reclaimed gases to customers. It has invested heavily in expanding reclamation facilities in the UK and abroad, and built two new tanks at its site in Portbury near Bristol to increase its storage capacity.


In Continental Europe, A-Gas purchased German refrigerant supplier Arthur Friedrichs Kältemittel (AFK)


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and plans to use its site in Hamburg for a new refrigerant reclamation facility. The business also has a base in Holland following its acquisition of refrigerant specialists BTC.


In tandem with this growth is the success of the A-Gas Rapid Recovery service, making its mark in the UK and in Europe after its launch at Chillventa last year. This is a quick and easy way to recover refrigerant on-site and A-Gas Rapid Recovery can tackle jobs of all sizes at short notice.


The immediate years to follow 2019 will be ones of great change. Next year there’ll be a ban on the placing on the market of stationary refrigeration equipment using high GWP refrigerants (>2500 GWP) with an exception for equipment operating below -50°C.


The ban on the use of virgin refrigerants with a GWP of more than 2500 will give the industry plenty to think about. Irrespective of the size of the system, this means you will be unable to install refrigeration equipment that uses gases above this threshold. This effectively brings


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