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News from the ASHRAE in Long Beach

The 2017 ASHRAE Summer Conference was held in the westernmost part of the USA, specifically at the legendary Long Beach, in California, on June 23-28. What brought a few thousand people to the ASHRAE Conference? Well, apart from the beach, good fish, and nice weather, there were a few topics that really aroused the interest of professionals down there. The hot topic was above...
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Chillers: what are the trends in refrigerants?

Most wine, beer and milk are made by a process that uses a chiller. It is essential to take away the heat produced by mixing, cooking and pasteurisation. Chilling systems are also indispensable in the medical industry. In particular, magnetic resonance imaging uses chillers to take away the heat generated by the equipment. The air-conditioning in most shopping centres and offices is also...
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XVII European conference “The latest technology in refrigeration and air conditioning”

Politecnico di Milano, 9-10 June 2017   Lively: this is the adjective I would use to describe the conference held at the Politecnico di Milano , which also saw Carel’s contribution. Amongst the topics presented by the speakers and discussed between participants, two in particular garnered the most attention: the future of refrigerants, and the contribution that the HVAC/R...
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IoT: data processing in a world of connected machines

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become a reality. It is estimated that 8.4 billion objects will already be connected in 2017 , a 30% increase with respect to 2016, resulting in a total business of 2 trillion dollars. In 2020 , it is estimated that connected objects will generate more than 900 exabytes (1018) of data (Gartner sources). This development is an excellent opportunity in...
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Beverage cooler technology to cool bottles efficiently

Ever since beverage coolers were patented in 1979 , hundreds of variations have been made to these cabinets that keep our bottles cold so we can enjoy a cool drink any time. Something that is especially pleasant these days, with maximum temperatures of 30°C in Padua, or even higher, 38°C in Madrid. So, before going into details about how efficient beverage coolers should be (also called ...
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Is your humidification system hospital-proof?

Hospital and health care facilities are often home to top of the range technologies as far as technical equipment is concerned. Everything must be able to operate without interruption in the most harsh conditions possible, guaranteeing flawless performance. The cost of failure in these applications is really too high not to take all the possible precautions. These quality requirements...
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12th IEA Heat Pump Conference: what challenges were discussed?

When the first warm weather arrived I left Italy, where people were starting to worry about how to cool their houses, heading to the Netherlands, where one of the main concerns is how to heat buildings in winter. The purpose of my trip was to attend the 12 th IEA heat pump conference and learn more about the technology that can heat, cool and provide domestic hot water with just one...
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Decarbonisation of Heating is possible with IoT Heat Pumps

Brussels, May 11. Despite the bad weather forecast, it was a sunny morning when more than 200 people arrived at the first DecarbHeat Conference organised by EHPA , the European Heat Pump Association. I was delighted to spend two days discussing the future of the heating and cooling sector in Europe with policy makers and industry representatives to understand the extent of...
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Five advantages of the water loop system for refrigeration in supermarkets

In the last few years, a new system has been gaining ground in the commercial refrigeration market , involving a water loop with variable speed compressors . This system represents a change in approach compared to traditional systems. Traditional systems are centralised , with compressor racks - generally installed in equipment rooms or on the roof of the building - that supply...
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Debunking the myths about humidity

Often the word humidity is associated with commonplaces that have negative connotations. In reality, many ideas we have about humidity are wrong, based on just superficial knowledge of what it really is.  The aim of this article is to list some of the most common "false myths" regarding humidity, to understand how it is more useful (and often essential) than is often thought...
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