Commercial and industrial end users support natural refrigerants in July-August Issue of Accelerate America

By James Ranson, Aug 04, 2015, 15:50 2 minute reading

The July-August edition of Accelerate America looks at how leading organisations use carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, ammonia and other climate-friendly natural refrigerants in refrigeration, air-conditioning, and heating systems.

Produced by shecco, the worldwide expert in natural refrigerant news, Accelerate America is the first monthly news magazine written for and about the most progressive business leaders working with climate-friendly natural refrigerants in the United States, Canada and Mexico. 
Accelerate America is available online for free download. In addition, print editions of the magazine are distributed at major North American trade shows and to key players in, and served by, the HVAC (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning) and refrigeration industries.
In the July-August issue (No. 7), supermarket executives who participated in a panel discussion at shecco’s ATMOsphere America 2015 conference, held in Atlanta in June, provide insights into their progress with natural refrigerants.

For example, Maine-based Hannaford Supermarkets Delhaize USA, for example, is close to making a transcritical refrigeration system, which uses only carbon dioxide (CO2), its standard for new stores.

Whole Foods Markets is testing several different natural refrigerants, including carbon dioxide, propane and ammonia.

Texas-based Lowe’s Markets is finding that small propane condensing units, sitting atop freezer cases, can be an efficient refrigeration agents for those cases. And, Ahold USA is starting to test a transcritical CO2-only system in a store in Virginia.
The July-August issue also has coverage of food service companies who participated at ATMOsphere America 2015, including Starbucks, McDonald’s and Red Bull, all of which are using hydrocarbons to refrigerate stand-alone equipment and vending machines. Coca-Cola also talks about its CO2-based beverage coolers.

In addition, the issue reports on many other speakers at ATMOsphere America 2015, including OEM and component companies, as well as cold-storage operators, and policy makers from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, California Air Resources Board and Underwriters Laboratories.
The mission of the magazine is to advance adoption of natural refrigerants -- such as carbon dioxide, ammonia, propane, isobutane, water and air – by informing readers about how they are being used in HVAC and refrigeration applications across industries in North America.
“Natural refrigerant-based technologies are disrupting the HVAC&R industry in North America,” said Marc Chasserot, publisher of Accelerate America and managing director of shecco.

“Behind this wave of innovation are people with brilliant and creative ideas who are designing and using functioning technologies in brand new ways to meet exciting new business opportunities. These are the people, ideas and technologies we want to cover in Accelerate America.”
About shecco

For more than a decade Belgium-based market development expert shecco ( has been helping bring climate friendly technologies faster to market. shecco supports over 100 partners worldwide in the HVAC&R sector, where the focus is on sustainable refrigeration, heating & cooling technologies using natural refrigerants. It operates the websites, hydrocarbons21, and, and produces ATMOsphere conferences in Europe, Japan and America, while publishing research reports on the natural refrigerants marketplace.


By James Ranson

Aug 04, 2015, 15:50

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