The Future of Refrigeration

Refrigeration Regulations

Rules, equipment, timelines…

Are You Ready?

The time has come to stop wondering and make a decision!

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Simply, the refrigeration industry is in constant transition. New regulations, new environmental concerns, new ways to safeguard the health of the planet and all who inhabit it are coming. Some are already here. Some are already on the calendar for tomorrow.

What’s the retail food industry doing to meet an uncertain future? Today, the industry’s chosen commercial refrigerant in American supermarkets is R-404A. It’s a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) that is better than the refrigerants it replaced — but it is still a greenhouse gas.

This poses a dilemma for retail customers. Do nothing in the face of certain change to come later. Or, make a choice from two options: update/retrofit existing equipment or build new.

UPDATE OR BUILD NEW?

The need to choose will come sooner or later — for everyone. Even though HFC refrigerants like 404A have no ozone depletion potential, they are a greenhouse gas. Their use and production are already highly regulated by the EPA. Updating or retrofitting may be a viable alternative to some. A tad less disruptive and perhaps more economical in the short term. However, in the long run, it could cost a lot more depending on future regulations. Building new on the other hand, though initially more expensive, replaces leaking, problematic systems with new equipment. Plus, more importantly, it allows for the use of natural refrigerants like CO2 and hydrocarbons such as propane. Natural refrigerants are less expensive and abundant. They have zero impact on the environment and are more efficient, more economical and an all-around excellent choice for the future. No matter what your choice, the answer is always Hillphoenix. We’ve been offering low GWP, ODP solutions for years. We know how to do this because our expertise is grounded in time-tested experience. If you choose to upgrade or retrofit, we’ve got you covered with one of the most comprehensive product offerings in the industry. Choose to build new and HIllphoenix is still the answer. We can cover everything from simple rack replacement to a complete, from-the-ground up refrigeration system.

REGULATIONS AT A GLANCE

CARB

These proposed regulations should be approved in December 2020. If not, they are a laundry list of what is coming.

1. Refrigerants with a GWP greater than or equal to 150 will not be allowed in new, stationary refrigeration systems charged with more than 50 pounds. Compliance Date 1/1/2022

2. Refrigerants with a GWP greater than or equal to 750 will not be allowed in chillers (including process chillers) greater than -15 °F and ice rinks. Compliance Date 1/1/2024

3. Refrigerants with a GWP greater than or equal to 2,200 will not be allowed in new chillers ranging from -15°F through -58°F. Compliance Date 1/1/2024

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EPA & SNAP

1. Phase-out of class II ozone-depleting substances. Ban on remaining production and import of HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b.

While the US phased out CFCs and halons in the mid 90s, HCFC-22 (also called R-22) and HCFC-142b are the next two HCFCs on the chopping block.

• After 2020, the servicing of systems with R-22 will rely on recycled or stockpiled quantities.

• As of January 1, 2030, the ban on remaining production and import of all HCFCs will be complete.

2. Clean Air Act Revised Section 608 Refrigerant Management Regulation. This rule modifies refrigerant management regulations for substitute refrigerants, such as HFCs.

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Department of Energy

1. 20% to 40% energy reduction for WICFs with medium-temp condensing and self-contained systems. Penalties can be levied against manufacturers and suppliers who don’t meet the minimum requirements. Compliance Date 1/1/20

2. 20% to 40% energy reduction for WICFs with low-temp condensing systems, low-temp, self-contained units and medium- & low-temp unit coolers. Compliance Date 7/10/20

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U.S. Climate Alliance

The United States Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of 25 governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. The Alliance is led by state governments and is focused on state-to-state cooperation to accelerate the deployment of climate solutions needed to help each achieve their climate goals.

1. Implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26-28% below 2005 levels. Compliance Date 1/01/25

2. Track and report progress to the global community in appropriate settings, including when the world convenes to take stock of the Paris Agreement.

3. Accelerate new and existing policies to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy deployment at the state and federal level.

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Natural Resources Canada

1. Energy efficiency improvements for commercial refrigerator-freezers and commercial freezers.  Manufactured on or after 3/27/2017

2. Energy efficiency improvements for chillers. Manufactured on or after December 31, 2019.

3. Energy efficiency improvements for walk-in cooler and freezer, an enclosed storage space that has an area of less than 278.71 m2 (3,000 square feet).

Energy efficiency improvements for dedicated condensing refrigeration system.

Manufactured on or after June 5, 2017 for walk-in door assemblies and walk-in panels.

Manufactured on or after January 1, 2020 for walk-in cooler dedicated condensing refrigeration systems.

Manufactured on or after July 10, 2020 for walk-in freezer dedicated condensing refrigeration systems and walk-in cooler or walk-in freezer unit coolers.

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REFRIGERATION TECHNOLOGY TODAY & TOMORROW.

Our experts have years of experience dealing with the confusing and sometimes conflicting regulations from the EPA, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Climate Alliance, the Natural Resources of Canada and especially CARB. (California’s regulations are the strictest in the industry. We make compliance easy to understand and implement. We are the industry’s preeminent refrigeration supplier with food retail and industrial installations all across the globe. Below, you will see the products, systems, and services to back up such a bold claim.

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We have the products and expertise that you need!

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R744 CO2 

Future Refrigerants Advansor CO2 Booster

Advansor — with over 7,000 installations worldwide, this technology utilizes the natural refrigerant CO2 with zero impact on the ozone and a global warming potential (GWP) of one.

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R744 CO2 

AdvansorFlex CO2 Booster Refrigeration Systems

AdvansorFlex — provides a CO2 natural refrigerant solution at a competitive price point for applications that require a smaller footprint.

SoloChill Micro-Distributed Refrigeration System

Micro-Distributed

SoloChill Micro-distribued Refrigeration Systems

SoloChill — A micro-distributed system in a small, compact design with a smaller charge (<50 Lbs) of lower GWP synthetic refrigerant.

R290 Refrigeration Systems

R290 Propane

R290 Propane Refrigeration Systems

All Natural R290 — low-charge propane systems that utilize lower GWP and ODP propane which works perfectly in air-cooled and self-contained display cases.

InviroPak Indoor Distributed Refrigeration System

Synthetic Low GWP/ODP

InviroPak Distributed Refrigeration System

InviroPak — distributed systems that reduce greenhouse gas emissions with several refrigerant options: R407A, R448A and R449A.

AdaptaPak Outdoor Distributed Refrigerated System

Synthetic Low GWP/ODP

AdaptPak Distributed Refrigeration Systems

Adaptapak — utilizing a lower GWP, synthetic refrigerant, these distributed systems are mounted outside with a low-profile, compact design that is less noticeable.

PowerSystems for Commercial Refrigeration

Integrated Electrical Systems

Future of Refrigeration Power Systems

Power Systems — PowerWalls, PowerOn and PowerFlow provide remote monitoring services and can be adapted to any current, retrofit or new-build system.

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Turnkey Services

AMS Turnkey Refrigeration Conversions

AMS offers a variety of products and services for turnkey solutions to regulations compliance. Plus, AMS provides industry-leading engineering, installation, commissioning and after-sales support.

Common Refrigerant Choices

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