It promises to be a major gathering, with more than 35 sponsors and organisations like RETA and IIAR on board as partners, alongside over 350 participants.
The global ATMOsphere conference series, which has already held events in Europe, Japan and Australia this year, has been known since 2009 for bringing together a comprehensive selection of policymakers, market experts, industry suppliers, and leading end users.
This year's American conference comprises three major themes: scaling CO2 refrigeration, hydrocarbons for America, and reinventing ammonia refrigeration. It will also feature the presentation of the first annual Accelerate America Natural Refrigerant Awards, given to a food retailer, industrial end user, and foodservice brand, as well as to a ‘Person of the Year’.
ATMOsphere America is noted for bringing end users together with industry suppliers to highlight their experiences with natural refrigerants. This year, small grocer pioneer DeCicco’s will discuss its new CO2 transcritical system while other leading retailers will outline their commitments to natural refrigerants.
Industrial end users, including Western Gateway, Port Newark Refrigerated Warehouse, LA Cold Storage Company and Shepherd’s Processed Eggs, will explore practical application of low-charge ammonia systems. End users, in conjunction with other industry stakeholders, will also be present in a panel to discuss new and emerging opportunities for natural refrigerants, such as the integration of HVAC requirements.
The popular session on regulations and standards – which are increasingly important for the wider adoption of natural refrigerants – will include representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), IIAR and Underwriters Laboratories.
CARB will explore its latest Proposed Strategy to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, including HFCs. With the latest EPA proposal to expand the use of hydrocarbons in some commercial refrigeration applications, UL will highlight safety and charge limitations in hydrocarbon-cooled equipment. The IIAR will discuss changes to the regulatory and standards environment impacting the adoption of low-charge ammonia systems.
The conference will also feature a session on utilities and incentives, which are often necessary to over come cost barriers and support the initial adoption of natural refrigerant systems.
Another session will tackle the growing role of contractors in helping end users, both industrial and commercial, to transition to natural refrigerants. A key part of that is training, which will have its own dedicated session featuring leading authorities RSES and RETA, as well as Professor Pega Hrnjak of the University of Illinois and Rusty Walker of HIllphoenix’s Learning Center.
To view the preliminary agenda for ATMOsphere America 2016, go to: www.atmo.org/america2016/program.