SCALING THE HEIGHTS OF LOW GWP ENERGY EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES: Younger France Skates for Natural refrigerants


SCALING THE HEIGHTS OF LOW GWP ENERGY EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES: 

Younger France Skates for Natural refrigerants

When the French market of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heat pump is showing sharp rise in use of HFCs, even amidst the economic recession, the young university students in France have designed the use of Natural Refrigerants as alternative to HCFC--‐22 for the use in existing skating rink by retrofitting. What more, they have also incorporated the heat removed from the skating rink for use to heat the swimming pool!

While congratulating the students and professor, Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre and former Director in UNEP said, “if the success story of the Montreal Protocol has to continue, the younger generation like these students should be in the lead for the technology and policy change. We need to look at the phase out of HCFC, the last remaining challenge under the Montreal Protocol through the innovative lenses and not ‘business as usual”. Mr. Shende was commenting during the award ceremony where two engineering students, Valentine Leroy and Julien Libert, guided by their Professor Patrice Delcourt from the Lycee Edmond LabbĂ© in Douai, France  received  the trophy for their project of converting a skating rink, which presently uses HCFC--‐22. The trophy was instituted jointly by ADEME, AFCE, and PYC. In France there are more than 100 skating rinks of large size and all of them use either HCFC22 or HFCs. As per European F--‐ Gas regulations the use Fluorinated refrigerants is discouraged. ‘ Market will soon realize that Refrigerants with Low GWP and energy efficient systems will contribute to reducing the Financial difficulties that Europe is facing today.’ Said Mr. Shende during the award ceremony. “It is also good example to follow for the developing countries who have skating rinks like in China, Korea, UAE, India and Eastern European countries. TERRE Policy Centre would prepare the case study for the dissemination of this innovation in the developing countries. The plans to establish the similar award for the Asian Universities to encourage ‘out of box’ and ‘not--‐in--‐kind’ technologies are being .finalized.

Contact: Vinita Apte,
TERRE
Policy
Centre
www.terrepolicycentre.org

Notes to the editors:
HCFC 22: a major Hydro chlorofluorocarbon used as refrigerant. Its production and consumption is targeted for the phase out under the Montreal Protocol. Its Global Warming Potential is nearly 2000 times more than Carbon dioxide.
HFC: Hydroflurocarbon: Used as refrigerant, whose emissions are controlled under the Kyoto Protocol.
AFCE: www.afce.asso.fr
ADEME: www.ademe.fr
PYC: www.pyc.fr

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