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petra.jpgSt. George’s Grenada, August 26th, 2017: During a tour of the recently established Regional Pilot Training Centre for low-GWP flammable refrigerants at the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) on Friday August 25th, 2017, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Energy, Mrs. Petra Charles-Joseph, had the distinct pleasure and privilege to turn on the first hydrocarbon based (R-290) air-conditioning system installed in Grenada.  Grenada is the recipient of two 18,000 BTU, R-290 inverter AC units under a regional demonstration project for the introduction of low GWP flammable refrigerants in the region.

The use of natural refrigerants such as hydrocarbons (R-600a, R-290 and R-1270) is now widely promoted as a long term replacement for many of the fluorinated hydrocarbons such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used as refrigerants in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector.  These HFCs are known to have very high ozone depleting and global warming potentials (ODP and GWP) and contribute to ozone layer depletion, global warming and climate change.

At the recently held 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in November 2016, Parties adopted to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and agreed to address the phase-out of production and consumption of high GWP HFCs.

Hydrocarbons have long being used as refrigerants are widely known for their zero ozone depleting potential and very negligible global warming potential.  They also have the added advantage as been more energy efficient that the HFCs than are currently in use.  Other advantages include smaller refrigerant quantities needed, greater thermodynamic properties and lower operating pressures that can extend the life of the compressors.

This new air-conditioning system is installed at the refrigeration and air-conditioning laboratory at TAMCC and would be used for training of students and technicians in hydrocarbon technology in the air-conditioning sector. Efforts are already underway by the National Ozone Unit to bring in another thirty (30) such units into Grenada to be used for demonstration purposes.

St. George’s, Grenada, August 28th, 2017: The T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) in Grenada is the beneficiary of an initiative that resulted in the establishment of a Regional Pilot Training Centre for low-Global Warming Potential (GWP), flammable refrigerant technology. This training centre was officially launched during a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the college on Friday August 25th 2017. The symbolic cutting of the ribbon to mark the official opening of the Centre was done by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Energy, Mrs. Petra Charles-Joseph.  Mrs. Charles-Joseph was accompanied by Mrs. Ozunimi Iti, representing the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and Mrs. Marlene Findlay, Dean of the School of Arts and Applied Technology (SAAT), TAMCC.  Also present at the ceremony were Mr. John Auguste, Senior Energy Officer and Mr. Leslie Smith, National Ozone Officer, whose initiative it was to have the centre established here in Grenada.

The ceremony also formed part of the closing exercises of a four-day Regional Train-the-Trainers workshop in low-GWP flammable refrigerants that was held for refrigeration and air conditioning technicians in five Caribbean countries.

20170829_092745.jpgThis training centre has been equipped with state of the art tools and equipment specifically designed to handle flammable refrigerants.  The total cost of the equipment is in excess of EC 150,000 and include, recovery machines, vacuum pumps, refrigerant identifiers, electronics scales and leak detectors, charging stations, welding machines, multi-meters and several other tools and consumable items required for good refrigeration practices.

The training centre is not only for the benefit of local technicians but also for technical colleges and RAC technicians in the region.

The launch of the training centre is part of a regional project implemented by UNIDO with funding provided by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal protocol on Substances that Depleted the Ozone Layer.

mof-5.jpgSt. George’s, Grenada. August 28, 2017: Twenty (20) refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) technicians from across the sub-region participated in a four-day Train-the-Trainers Workshop and certification on low-Global Warming Potential (GWP), flammable refrigerant (Hydrocarbons) technology at the TA Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) from August 22nd – 25th, 2017.

Most of the low-GWP refrigerants that are currently entering the RAC sector are flammable gases and must be handled differently and under the strictest safety conditions.  These refrigerants in addition to being ozone and climate friendly have the additional benefit of being more energy efficient than the gases that they are replacing and their use in increasing at a very fast rate. RAC technicians therefore need to be properly equipped with the knowledge and experience in handling these flammable gases.

The training was conducted by Mr. Marino Bassi of the Centro Studi Galileo, Italy.  All twenty participants from the five participating countries (Bahamas, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Suriname and Grenada) were successful in their theoretical and practical examinations and would be certified in this technology.  The participants would also receive certification according to “Regulation (CE) No. 303/2008 by the European Commission”.  The latter certification would allow the technicians practice in any European country and in several other countries worldwide where the certification is accepted. These are the first technicians in the region to obtain this certification.

The four (4) day training constituted two days of theoretical work, one day of practical work and one day for theoretical and practical examination.  Among the many topics covered were: recovering and recycling of refrigerants, charging refrigerants, evacuation of systems, leak testing, risk assessment and general safety requirements

This training is part of the implementation activities of a regional project to train technicians in alternative ozone and climate friendly technologies in the RAC Sector and was facilitated by the National Ozone Unit in the Ministry of Finance and Energy in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Funding was provided by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

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Grenada to Host Regional Train-the-Trainers Workshop 

“Safe handling of low Global Warming Potential (GWP) flammable refrigerants”.

  1. GEORGE’S, GRENADAAugust 21, 2017.As signatories to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer, Grenada and other Parties are called upon to introduce longer-term alternatives with low-Global Warming Potential (GWP) and greater energy efficiency.

The phase out of ozone depleting substances (ODS), specifically in the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) sector has resulted in the introduction of some alternatives that have relatively high GWP and contribute to global warming.

Refrigerant manufacturers are now moving towards the production of alternative refrigerants with zero ozone depleting potential (ODP) and very low GWP, such as hydrocarbons (HCs).

However, these HCs are flammable and must be handled under the strictest safety conditions. Specialized training for technicians on flammability, needs to be done in order to ensure that only well trained technicians service and install HC based equipment, since the risk associated with flammability and the thermodynamic properties of these refrigerants have not always been taken into account

As a consequence, the National Ozone Unit in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy is collaborating with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to conduct a Regional Train-the-Trainers workshop and to launch a Regional Pilot Training Centre in the “Safe Handling of low GWP flammable refrigerants” at the TA Marryshow Community College (TAMCC).

The workshop which will be held from Tuesday 22nd to Friday 25th August,  2017, is part of the implementation activities under a Regional Project and would have a total of twenty (20) participants, four (4) each from the five partner countries: Bahamas, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname and Grenada.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • To enhance the expertise and confidence of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) technicians in handling low GWP flammable refrigerants
  • To expose RAC technicians to the latest hydrocarbon (HC) based equipment and components on the market
  • To equip RAC instructors and trainers with greater knowledge and experience to be able to conduct subsequent training to other technicians.

This certified workshop would be facilitated by the Centro Galileo Institute of Italy and will comprise of two days theoretical sessions, one day of practical work and a final day for evaluation and certification of successful participants.

At the end of the four-day training workshop, a Regional Pilot Training Center will be established at TAMCC. This center will be a model training facility, fully equipped with modern, state-of-the-art hydrocarbon specific equipment designed to handle flammable refrigerants – the first of its kind in the region.

Funding for this project is provided by the Multilateral Fund for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol and is being implemented by UNIDO, with Grenada as the lead executing partner.

August 2017

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