European amendment on HFCs - Cleaning refrigeration facilities - Voiles du Froid





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Why clean the circuits in refrigeration units?

The effective operation of a refrigeration system is dependent upon the internal cleanliness of its circuit.

Impurities present in the circuit, whether they be water, solder residues or solid contaminants such as metal oxides, can cause system failures.

Many causes of contamination can be encountered, the most common include:

  • Compressor "burn out" in hermetic or semi-hermetic units.
  • The presence of water in the system.
  • Lubricant deterioration.
  • Acid formation.
  • Build-up of oxides and metal oxides around the soldered and brazed parts performed without evacuating the oxygen contained in the pipes using an inert gas.

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On the 5, 6 and 7 June : head for the Ile des Embiez, France, for the 23rd Voiles du Froid Regatta

On Friday 5 June, 19 First 31.7 single-hull vessels will set off for Ile des Embiez from the port in Seyne sur Mer.

Located close to the mainland of France, this island is internationally renowned among regatta sailors and sea-lovers across the world. Coves, rugged inlets, rocks carved out by the sea, and clear waters all await you!

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EU proposal to phase-down HFCs

The European Union (EU) submitted a proposal to amend the Montreal Protocol to control hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), used in refrigeration, air-conditioning, fire protection, aerosols and foams.

The EU move follows similar proposals submitted since 2009 by the USA, Canada, Mexico and Micronesia, and would significantly reduce HFCs in developed countries by following a phase-down schedule closely matching the EU F-Gas Regulation, groundbreaking legislation adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 2014.

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