The European initiative for natural refrigerants initiated a new committee for technical issues and new developments in the field of natural refrigerants. Recently this year, Josef Riha took over the role of the chairman of the technical committee from co-initiator Hermann Renz (Bitzer Kühlmaschinenbau).
When Riha was asked to define eurammon's technical committee, he said: “We are a team of around 25 experts who look at technical issues covering all aspects of natural refrigerants that have been brought to eurammon's attention. The issues involved deal with the full range of refrigeration engineering where natural refrigerants are used or could be used.
The committee is open to all eurammon members interested in a professional exchange and keen to contribute to the further development of know-how in this field. The idea of the technical committee emerged during the eurammon members' meeting in May 2011, following a proposal made by Renz. He played a crucial role in setting up the committee, which he also chaired during the consolidation phase.
The team of experts consists of representatives of companies from all over Europe, working together to promote greater deployment of natural refrigerants under the umbrella of eurammon. Pooling professional competence and experience in this field offers an opportunity to make a contribution to the advancement of technical know-how, while at the same time expanding one's own expertise with regard to applications using natural refrigerants.
Companies, the political sector and organisations appreciate the know-how and experience which the initiative brings together. eurammon is therefore frequently asked to provide opinions or recommendations on many different topics in the field of refrigeration engineering. The technical committee provides support when in-depth technical understanding, practical experience and professional know-how are needed to clarify questions. eurammon members can also submit their own technical questions for clarification by the committee.
Exactly how does the technical committee work?
“There are two regular meetings every year attended by all the experts. Here we discuss various questions and then set up smaller working groups to discuss selected topics in greater detail and elaborate solutions. These groups can also meet at more frequent intervals as the need arises. The results of the working groups are presented at the regular meetings of the technical committee and at the eurammon members' meeting,” says Riha.
Which tasks is the technical committee dealing with at present?
Riha says: “At the moment, our attention is focused for example on putting together an international overview of the statutory regulations regarding the use of NH3 as refrigerant. On the one hand, this lets us give our members greater orientation so that they can find out about the statutory provisions and special requirements involved in using ammonia. On the other hand, we draw up basic principles that can also provide the foundation for further steps in future when it comes to developing new standards or harmonising legislation throughout the EU. Another item on our agenda includes developing a concept of initial and advanced training measures for eurammon members and their customers. In this way, we hope to give further impetus for planners, system engineers and users to decide in favour of natural refrigerants.”