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New refrigeration concept for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by minimising refrigerant charge

Objective

MINIREF addresses the following strategic objectives:

1) Offering a solution for the problems faced by SME's and IAG's in the refrigeration sector related with use of the HFC greenhouse gasses and their natural alternatives;

2) Giving SME's, manufacturing and installing refrigeration equipment, a leading position in a worldwide market expanding rapidly in the upcoming markets;

3) Contribution to the European objectives of substantial reduction of the use and emissions of the HFC greenhouse gasses;

The European refrigeration sector (end-users, manufacturers and installers, mainly SME's) is confronted with the consequences of various international obligations such as:
- Obligations of the EU to reduce the emissions of HFC green house gasses (Kyoto);
- Safety aspects for the HFC-alternatives: natural refrigerants like ammonia (EU directives 96/82/EC (SEVESO II) and 97/23/EC (PED)).

The refrigeration sector recognises minimisation of refrigerant charge as a major solution to the problems faced. However, due to fragmentation of the sector, the required technological innovations do not take place. Therefore a collective approach on an European scale is a necessity.

MINIREF addresses the faced problems by minimisation of refrigerant charge on an integral system level, this in contradiction to currently performed research focusing on minimization on component level. By removing refrigerant buffers, traditionally accounting for the stability of the system, and by increasing the frequency of refrigerant circulation MINIREF can achieve an estimated decrease of 95 % in refrigerant charge.

MINIREF dissemination and training is carried out mainly by the IAG's. For a successful exploitation of the concept in a fragmented market early involvement, after but also during the research phase, of the sector by means of the IAG's is a prerequisite.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SME-2
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Funding Scheme

Collective - SMEs-Collective research projects

Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO
Address
Schoemakerstraat 97
6090 Delft
Netherlands

Participants (16)

AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION
Belgium
Address
Bea Site Premiere Avenue 88
Rixemsart
EUROPEAN COLD STORAGE AND LOGISTICS ASSOCIATION
Belgium
Address
Avenue De Broqueville 272
Brussels
KRAJOWE FORUM CHLODNICTWA (NATIONAL REFRIGERATION FORUM)
Poland
Address
Ul. Zamieniecka 25
Warsaw
NEDERLANDSE VERENIGING VAN ONDERNEMINGEN OP HET GEBIED VAN KOUDETECHNIEK EN LUCHTBEHANDELING
Netherlands
Address
Boerhavelaan 40
190 Zoetermeer
VERENIGING VAN NEDERLANDSE KOEL- EN VRIESHUIZEN
Netherlands
Address
Brussellaan 7A
9713 Eindhoven
EST ENERJI SISTEM TEKNOLOJILERI SANAYI IC VE DIS TICARET LTD. STI
Turkey
Address
Ferahevler, Deniz Sokak No 30/8 Tarabya
Istanbul
ALFA LAVAL GRONINGEN BV
Netherlands
Address
Peizerweg 97
Groningen
LODAM ELECTRONICS A/S
Denmark
Address
Grundtvigs Allé 163
Sonderborg
INGENIEURS- EN HANDELSBURO WIJBENGA BV
Netherlands
Address
Burg. Hondelinkstraat 3
Beesd
TH. WITT KALTEMACHINENFABRIK GMBH
Germany
Address
Lukasstrasse 32
Aachen
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUR KALTETECHNIK UND WARMEPUMPE GMBH
Germany
Address
Weidendamm 14
Hannover
TECNICA EN INSTALACIONES DE FLUIDOS S.L.
Spain
Address
Pol. La Portalada Ii, C/cordonera, 2
Logroño
ALU HEAT EXCHANGER A/S
Denmark
Address
Norgesvej 17
Svendborg
BORT DE GRAAF B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Zuidwenk 78D
Spakenbrug
CTP PEROZZO IMPIANTI SRL
Italy
Address
Viale Dell Industria 6
Cittadella
ZUDEK S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Strada Per I Laghetti, 9
Trieste