Starting Monday, 10 October, HVAC&R experts enjoyed four days of conferences, exhibitions, events and networking visiting 844 exhibitors from 43 countries gathering in Nuremberg, Germany, for Chillventa 2022. Over 30,000 visitors convened in the Bavarian city to witness first-hand the advancements the companies showcased.
Various CCC members were present at the trade show, connecting with customers and explaining their innovations. Dorin, Efficient Energy, GEA, Mirai Intex, Secon and Teko’s booths attracted the attention of passers-by throughout the three days of exhibitions, explaining solutions and the latest advancements with natural refrigerants and energy efficient equipment.
In the refrigeration sector, the trade show presented multiple solutions from a great variety of actors working with carbon dioxide/CO2 (R744) and hydrocarbons, especially propane (R290). Almost all suppliers showcased equipment based on natural refrigerants, presenting systems covering the entire price and quality range.
Heat pumps were front and centre at this edition of Chillventa. This was mainly due to the this technology’s relevance in reducing fossil-fuel needs in the European heating sector, an effort propelled both by climate change and the current energy crisis. Many companies showcased hydrocarbons-based equipment, sending a strong signal to policymakers attending the trade show and the market. Likewise, chillers also heavily featured, with multiple solutions based on natural refrigerants being already available on the market.
Finally, the HFO/TFA/PFAS risk related to halogenated refrigerants featured heavily across the multiple conversations CCC members had with trade show attendees. ATMOsphere, a member of the CCC, recently published a report collecting scientific, peer-reviewed evidence highlighting the risk of using the next generation of halogenated refrigerant. Uncertainty surrounding the future-proofness of these refrigerants was a main topic of discussion, mainly in the context of the upcoming PFAS Restriction Intention.