ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA Monday, December 03, 2012: The National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Grenada in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Program Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP ROLAC) and the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) conducted a very successful training workshop for refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians from the English Speaking Caribbean on Alternative Refrigerant technology that focused on Natural Refrigerants, particularly hydrocarbons.

The workshop, which took place from November 27th to 29th, 2012 at the Grenada National Stadium, was part of a South-South Co-operation initiative for technicians of the region.

Grenada being at the forefront in the application of hydrocarbon technology in the region hosted over thirty technicians over the three days; from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bahamas, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Grenada.

Experienced local technicians, Mr. Michael Mitchell and Mr. Henry Frederick, conducted the hydrocarbon component of the training while Mr. Badasee Nanan, a Certified Member (CM) of the Refrigeration Services Engineering Society (RSES), conducted the training on the final day, in R-410A technology.

A wide range of topics were covered, with focus being placed on safety considerations, installation differences, and conversion procedures.

The training also incorporated a practical component during which the participants were involved in the conversion of domestic and commercial refrigeration equipment, mini-split AC and mobile air-condition (MAC) systems to hydrocarbons.

Gary Peters one of the visiting technicians from St. Vincent and the Grenadines expressed pleasure to see that a small island as Grenada can play a leading role in the sharing of expertise and experiences to the rest of the region on technology options in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector. Another participant, Mr. Frederick Beausoleil, secretary of the Association of tecnicians in St. Lucia said in his evaluation, “I have been to three workshops on hydrocarbons in the past where I received a lot of information, however, the delivery of this one was most effective”. Similar sentiments were also expressed by most of the participants. President of the Bahamas Association of technicians summed it up best when he said, “I have been to several workshops of this nature but this one stands out amongst the best I have attended…”.

Participants were presented with certificates of participation during a short closing ceremony on the final day. Addressing the participants during the closing ceremony were: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Timothy Antoine; Program Officer form the UNEP ROLAC, Mr. Marco Pinzon; and President of GRAVA, Mr. Henry Frederick. Mr. Antoine, in his address, indicated that there are numerous opportunities in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency and that the technicians have a pivotal role to play in taking advantage of these opportunities. Mr. Antoine, leading by example, recently had the AC system of his vehicle converted to hydrocarbon technology during Grenada’s Energy Week celebrations.

Please click on the following link to view the  the Workshop Report: