Refrigerant manufacturer Honeywell, which co-developed R1234yf with Chemours, has filed an application with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking approval for the use of YF as a retrofit refrigerant in R134a systems. This step, previously considered unlikely due to YF’s A2L mild flammability rating, was motivated by growing concern about the availability and Continue reading R1234yf retrofits coming after all?
Results from the 2022-2023 motor vehicle refrigerant survey are in, suggesting a bit of a bounce-back for hydrocarbon refrigerant usage – although participation in the survey was higher with 548 vehicles analysed compared with 500 last year. Continue reading HC bounceback detected in 2022-2023 vehicle refrigerant survey
The last of this year’s future:gas refrigerant seminar series take place in Darwin and Perth during the first week of September. More alternative refrigerants and technologies are on the horizon as the global automotive industry grapples with the technical challenge of simultaneously keeping vehicle occupants comfortable and every component of an electrified drivetrain at optimum Continue reading Final two future:gas seminars for 2023
In line with the recently released National Electric Vehicle Strategy (NEVS), the Australian Government has opened public consultations for the design and introduction of a fuel efficiency standard (FES) that will apply to passenger and light commercial vehicles – and the question of refrigerant global warming potential is included. Australia, like Russia, is one of Continue reading Should Australia’s fuel efficiency standard give a free kick to gas guzzlers running R1234yf?
More automotive industry bodies have pledged their support for the 2023 future:gas refrigerant seminar roadshow, with MTA SA/NT, MTA WA and VACC joining the AAAA, TaT, SAE-A and VASA alongside Refrigerants Australia, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia and the Australian Refrigeration Council in helping organise, fund and promote this important industry-led education initiative. Corporate sponsorship from Opteon, Continue reading Automotive leg of future:gas 2023 approaching fast!
Eight of the HVAC industry’s top experts – three of whom are VASA directors – will deliver this year’s future:gas refrigerant seminar series, which for the automotive sector kicks off in late July aimed at businesses and technicians in the automotive air-conditioning business. The impressive speaker line-up comprises Refrigerant Reclaim Australia general manager Kylie Farrelley, Continue reading Automotive speaker line-up confirmed for future:gas 2023
Just as the adoption of R1234yf is slowly gaining traction in Australasia after car-makers dragged the chain for far too long, the ultra-low global warming potential refrigerant could be banned due to its classification as a PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance). Known as ‘forever chemicals’, PFAS – found in many everyday products including refrigerants – Continue reading European PFAS laws may kill R1234yf before it reaches widespread uptake Down Under
Tickets to the 2023 future:gas refrigerant roadshow are now on sale at futuregas.ac/automotive The automotive section of the tour will kick off in Auckland, NZ, on July 25 and end in Perth, WA, on September 6. A separate tour aimed at the stationary sector and facilitated by VASA will start in Vanuatu on May 11 and Continue reading Tickets to future:gas 2023 on sale NOW!
An informal straw poll of new vehicles on the Australian market suggests that R1234yf is finally becoming more commonplace as vehicle manufacturers begin to send cars here charged with the ultra-low-GWP refrigerant. However, some continue to drag the chain. Continue reading Uptake of R1234yf in cars imported to Australia seemed to accelerate during 2022
The refrigerant safety panel at Wire & Gas provided a stark reminder to all in the automotive repair sector need to be vigilant about hydrocarbon refrigerants when working on air-conditioning systems, and to ensure they are not adding to the problem by contaminating their refrigerant cylinders with flammable mixtures. Refrigerant Reclaim Australia (RRA) general manager Continue reading Automotive repair sector must remain vigilant of hydrocarbon refrigerants