Grenada technicians receive training in hydrocarbon technology

By Sabine Lobnig, Mar 17, 2011, 12:55 2 minute reading

The National Ozone Unit of Grenada has launched a series of training workshops to prepare for the phase out of HCFCs. The first in the series workshop was dedicated to natural refrigerant technology, whereby technicians got hands on experience in retrofitting HCFC refrigerators and mobile air condition systems with hydrocarbons.

On 12 March 2011, The National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance in Grenada conducted its first in a series of training workshops for 2011 on Natural Refrigerant Technology, at the Grenada National Stadium.

The training session was part of Grenada’s global effort to rid the planet of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and to introduce alternatives with low Global Warming Potential (GWP), as underlined by Project Officer in the NOU, Mr. Leslie Smith at the opening of the event.

About the natural refrigerant training session

Sixteen local technicians, representing various institutions and companies were trained in the application of hydrocarbons, ammonia, and carbon dioxide as refrigerants for the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector in Grenada.

Conducted by Mr. Michael Mitchell and Mr. Henry Frederick, two senior local technicians certified by the NOU, the workshop included both theoretical and practical components.

In his presentation, Mr. Fredrick pointed out that many experts have considered hydrocarbon refrigerants as the refrigerant of the future because of its low Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) and high energy efficiency. In Europe over the last ten years, hydrocarbon refrigerants have been used extensively in domestic refrigeration units.

During the workshop, technicians also gained hands-on experience in:
  • Retrofitting HCFC domestic refrigerators and mobile air condition (MAC) systems to hydrocarbon technology.
  • Safe handling and storage of hydrocarbons
  • Charging appliances with hydrocarbon refrigerant
About the training workshops:

The NOU training sessions are an integral component of Grenada’s HCFC Phase out Management Plan (HPMP) that is expected to be launched in April 2011. Under this plan, Grenada is required to phase out 35% of its consumption of HCFC refrigerants by the year 2020.

Mr. Smith urged participants to make full use of this training opportunity as it will provide them with the latest information on technologies available and offer a competitive advantage for the HVAC&R industry in Grenada, as new and emerging technologies are introduced on the market.


By Sabine Lobnig

Mar 17, 2011, 12:55

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