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As the National Ozone Unit evaluates the first year of its Refrigeration and Air-conditioning scholarship program, the NOU recognises the outstanding performances of the first group of students enrolled in the program.

A report from the TA Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) where scholarship recipients are pursuing a two year program in Refrigeration and Air-conditioning indicates that after the second semester all the students performed well and recorded a Grade Point Average (GPA) of over 2.0 on a 4.0 grading system.

One of the recipients of the scholarship, Denis Lyons performed exceptionally well during the second semester and was placed on the Dean’s list after achieving a GPA of over 3.5.

In a brief exchange with the National Ozone Officer, Denis attributes his success to his commitment to his studies, his passion for the area of study and his determination to make optimum use of the scholarship opportunity. He also praises the lecturers at TAMCC for the manner in which they present the material that facilitates the learning process and for the motivation that they provide.

Denis performed well in all courses but singles out domestic refrigeration and welding and brazing as his favorite subjects areas, although he was quick to add that he wants specialise in commercial air-conditioning and control systems.

The young student was also high in praise to the National Ozone Unit for opportunity afforded him and the other nine students in the program. He lamented that coming from a rural community it would have been difficult to find all the funding necessary for the two year of study. He encourages the other students to rise above the challenges and make optimum use of the opportunity.

The National Ozone Unit offers its congratulations to all of the scholarship students and would like to particularly recognize the outstanding accomplishment of Denis Lyons.

In the meantime applications are being received for the second group of student to be enrolled in the program. The deadline for submission of applications is Friday August 26th, 2011. Application forms are available at the National Ozone Unit and the T A Marryshow Community College.

Applications are invited from persons interested in benefitting from the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Scholarship Program sponsored by the National Ozone Unit in conjunction with the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association to attend the two year Refrigeration and Air-conditioning program at the T A Marryshow Community College for the semester beginning September 2011.

Ten (10) scholarships will be awarded to successful applicants for the first year of the course of the 2011/2012 academic year. Applicants must meet the TAMCC entry requirements for the course and will have to complete a 300 word essay on: “The importance of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning in Protecting the Stratospheric Ozone Layer.”

Application forms are available at TAMCC, and the National Ozone Unit in the Energy Division, Ministry of Finance.

All applications must be submitted to the National Ozone Unit, on or before August 26th, 2011. Applicant must also submit a recent passport size photo and copies of their CXC examination results.

For further information, kindly contact the National Ozone Unit on telephone numbers: 435-8708 or 409-8128 or e-mail energydivisionou@gmail.com

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Local Refrigeration and Air-conditioning technicians who have benefitted from training in Natural Refrigerant technology organized by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) are now finding business opportunities in this new and emerging market. Two of the beneficiaries of the training after consultations with the NOU have now invested into two separate business activities to supply HC refrigerants and compressors respectively.

Hydrocarbon technology has been introduced into the domestic refrigeration sector in Grenada for several years now. Local technicians have also being involved in retrofitting Mobile Air-conditioning (MAC) systems dating as far back as 2006. In more recent times, as a result of the training provided to RAC technicians, there have been several more retrofits in Mobile Air-Conditioning (MAC) and unitary split AC systems.

The promulgation of Hydrocarbon technology has lead to greater demand for servicing components. Previously, there has been a lone supplier of HC refrigerants on the island that supplied the local market and other Caribbean neighboring islands.

The inclusion of a second HC refrigerant supplier and introduction for sale of R-600a compressors for the domestic refrigeration sector is a much-welcomed initiative by the NOU.

The NOU praised the two local entrepreneurs for their initiatives and further encourages other technicians to get involved in this new and emerging market in Grenada and to take advantage of the benefits to be derived.

According to the local entrepreneur, these R-600A compressors have the added advantage over the R-134A compressors of being 30 – 40% more energy efficient, quieter, use less refrigerant charge, and does not contribute to ozone layer depletion or global warming. They also operate at a lower “head” pressure and are expected to have a longer operating life.

The National Ozone Unit views these initiatives as extremely significant as part of the Public Private Sector Partnership initiatives as we forge ahead with the implementation of the recently launched HCFC Phase out Management Plan (HPMP).

St. George’s Grenada, Friday July 1, 2011: The Government of Grenada recently launched the Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) to phase out the consumption of R-22 refrigerants in Grenada. This project advocates for the replacement of these ozone depleting substances with ozone friendly technologies with low global warming potential alternatives.

Cuba, a party to the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone layer, through their Ozone Technical Office has organized an International Workshop on Alternative Technologies to HCFCs: Experience in use of Hydrocarbon Refrigerants. The workshop will be held at Hotel Palco in Havana from July 5th – 7th 2011.

Grenada and several other Latin American and Caribbean countries have been invited to participate in this workshop. Hydrocarbon refrigerant technology, though not new, has been identified as the refrigerant of the future because of it’s almost zero ozone depleting and global warming potentials. Hydrocarbons have already being introduced in Grenada on a limited basis in domestic refrigeration and mobile air-conditioning systems (vehicles).

The National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Grenada will be sending one local technician to attend the workshop in Cuba. Experienced local technician and a trustee of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-condition and Ventilating Association (GRAVA), Mr. Emmanuel Bain has been selected to attend the training. All expenses including air travel, hotel, meals and a Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) will be provided by the NOU under the HPMP Project.

On Friday July 1st 2011, at a brief ceremony at the National Ozone Unit (NOU), Energy Division, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Bain was presented with his travel ticket and workshop documents by Project Officer in the NOU, Mr. Leslie Smith.

Mr. Bain is expected to leave Grenada on Monday July 4th and on his return is expected to transfer the knowledge and experience acquired to other technicians and to play a major role in the continued implementation of this technology in Grenada. This is the second time in recent years that the NOU has been sending technicians to Cuba for training. Several other technicians have also benefitted from attending training and seminars in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Guyana and St. Lucia.