President of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) left Grenada on Thursday February 23, 2012, to assist in conducting a training workshop in Hydrocarbon Technology under the theme – “Taking the Myth out of Hydrocarbons.” The training workshop was conducted on Saturday February 25th, 2012 at the Floyd Erskire Sandford Centre and was hosted by the Barbados Refrigeration and Air-condition Association.

Grenada being among the leaders in the implementation of HC technology in the Caribbean has been engaged in a number of activities to promote this technology in other Caribbean islands through South-South co-operation activities. Only recently in January 2012, three executive members of the Barbados Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Association visited Grenada to participate in a Hydrocarbon retrofit demonstration exercise

Mr. Mitchell who has been involved in training of technicians in Grenada, has over 30 years experience in the RAC Sector and has successfully completed numerous training courses in the area of HC. He is also an approved trainer for the National Ozone Unit of Grenada in Good Refrigeration Practices and Natural Refrigerant Technology. Mr. Mitchell was responsible for conducting the practical component of this training, which involved the conversion of several RAC appliances into hydrocarbons. President of the Barbados association, Mr. Grantley Parris, conducted the theoretical sessions.

Fifty-eight (58) technicians attended the training, which focused on the following topics:

  • Hydrocarbon Refrigerant – Chemical and Physical Properties;
  • Safe Handling;
  • Charging Techniques;
  • Retrofitting; and practical sessions which involved the retrofitting of refrigerators and Mobile Air Conditioning Systems (MAC) and conversions of small mini split AC system.

Mr. Mitchell expressed his satisfaction in the outcome of the training and was particularly impressed with the level of interest shown by the Barbadian technicians. The training ended with a practical demonstration in the use of hydrocarbons during which two (2) vehicles, one (1) bottle cooler, one (1) domestic refrigerator and a mini-split air-conditioner was converted to hydrocarbon.

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