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20180518_123423Friday June 28th, 2019, St. George’s, Grenada: As part of the celebrations to mark World Refrigeration Day 2019, the National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development Public Utilities, Energy, Transport and Implemetnation organized a National Refrigerant Symposium for stakeholders in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry in Grenada. The main objectives of the Symposium were to create awareness among refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) stakeholders on the new and emerging refrigerant technologies. The Symposium also aimed to highlight some of the major opportunities and challenges the RAC sector faces and to identify recommendations for the smooth transition to these new technologies. The Symposium feature a wide range of presentations by several experts on key topics including:

  • Responsible use of refrigerants;
  • The refrigerant journey
  • Market access to new refrigerant technologies
  • Opportunities, challenges and barriers to new refrigerant technology uptake
  • New obligations related to refrigerants under the Kigali Amendment.

Among the stakeholders present at the symposium were: RAC equipment and refrigerant importers, procurement officers, government officials, RAC technicians, the Grenada Bureau of Standards, academia and training institutions and end users.

Marketing companies were also given an opportunity to promote the availability and accessibility of low/zero GWP, energy efficient RAC technologies that are either already on the island or soon to be introduced. The participants were informed that there are two Grenadian based companies that have Hydrocarbon (R290) mini-split AC units commercially available and that there are three companies already supplying the hydrocarbon refrigerants. An announcement was made on the testing of R-32 equipment by another company and to make them commercially available on the local market by the third quarter of 2019. A rebate of XCD 100.00 will be offered for every ton of cooling capacity of R-22 and R-410A replaced with the new R-32 equipment. The representative from the Grenada Bureau of Standards also informed of the two new standards that were established for the RAC sector and gave an insight on others that are currently been developed.

In support of these initiatives, National Ozone Offcier, Leslie Smith informed the participants, that the NOU would continue to provide capacity development, training opportunities and equipment for stakeholders in Grenada in preparation for the new refrigerant reality.

20190627_141331Joseph Michael Mitchell, is one Grenada’s longest standing, active technician in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector.  His service to the sector dates back as far as 1972, when he entered the Grenada Technical and Vocational Institute (GTVI) to pursue the program in refrigeration and air conditioning. Forty seven (47) years later, he is still actively pursuing this career.

Upon completing his studies at GTVI in 1975, he immediately gained employment with Jonas Browne and Hubbards, one of the leading appliance suppliers, as a service technician. Like a bedrock, he remained with Hubbards until his retirement in 2019.  At Hubbard’s he climbed to the position of Senior Technician and Supervisor with responsibility for installation, repair maintenance and servicing of refrigeration and air-condition equipment in the commercial department.

In 2006, himself together with some other stalwarts in the field and with support from the National Ozone Unit (NOU), founded the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA). He was elected as the first President of GRAVA and served in that capacity for six consecutive years, from 2006 to 2012.  Currently, he is the treasurer of the Association.

He has also been engaged as a training consultant, providing training for technicians in Suriname, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, Barbados and Grenada.  Mr. Mitchell is considered as one of the main pioneers in the introduction of Hydrocarbons – R-290 refrigerants  in AC units in Grenada and the region.  He is an advocate for natural refrigerants and has been involved in training technicians in safe use of hydrocarbons and retrofitting of equipment.

Forty seven (47) years later he has kept himself abreast with all the technological 20190627_141218advancements in the sector and has completed several courses and certifications.

Forty seven (47) years later, on the occasion of the first World Refrigeration Day celebration, the honor was bestowed upon him, as he was presented with a Lifetime Award from the National Ozone Unit, for uninterrupted service and outstanding contribution to the refrigeration and air conditioning sector in Grenada.

The flammable refrigerant charge of commercial refrigeration appliances with an incorporated unit is currently ruled by IEC 60335-2-89. The charge is currently limited to 150 grams. Since 2014, a working group has been elaborating a proposal to raise this load to 500 grams for “highly flammable” refrigerants (classified A3) and 1200g for “flammable” (A2) or “mildly flammable” (A2L) refrigerants.
In July 2018, the National Committees voted 75% in favor of this proposal, whose vote was submitted to the various CIS member countries in March and April 2019.

In early May, the IEC announced that the measure was finally adopted. Commercial refrigerating appliances with an incorporated unit should therefore now be able to use flammable  type A and A2 / A2L refrigerants with respective loads of 500g and 1200g.
This is an important step that can contribute to the progressive reduction of HFCs, and also respects the Kigali Amendment and the European F-Gas Regulation.

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is in charge of
standardization in the fields of electricity, electronics, electromagnetic
compatibility, nanotechnology and related technologies. Its work is complementary to that of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), specialists in all other fields.

The International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), 29 May 2019

wrdSt. George’s, Grenada, June 21st, 2019.  The National Ozone Unit (NOU), Grenada, will join a number of refrigeration and air-conditioning institutions and organisations around the globe in celebrating the inaugural, World Refrigeration Day (WRD), on Wednesday June 26th, 2019.  The celebrations in Grenada will be centered around the theme: “Refrigerants for Life”. The NOU would also use the opportunity to join with the rest of the industry associations and professionals in the clarion call in raising awareness and understanding of the significant role that the refrigeration, air conditioning  industry plays in today’s fast changing world.

To celebrate, the NOU has organised a half-day Symposium, focusing on several aspects of new and emerging refrigerant technology. The Symposium will be held on Wednesday June 26, 2019 at the Public Workers Union (PWU) building in Tanteen, St. George’s, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Several experts and industry professionals in the RAC sector in Grenada will deliver presentations on the following topics:

SESSION 1:          9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Everything you wanted to know about refrigerants but was too scared to ask.

Moderator:             Mr. Christopher Joseph

  • Montreal Protocol  – Phase-out and phase-down of refrigerants – Leslie Smith (National Ozone Officer)
  • Understanding refrigerants – why are refrigerants so critical – Dr. John Telesford, Professor, TAMCC
  • The refrigerant journey Mr. Curllan Bhola (GIZ Technical Consultant)

SESSION 2:          10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Preparing Grenada for the New Refrigerant Reality

Moderator:             Mrs. Terah Antoine

  • Let’s Communicate: Public awareness and Education – Ms. Wendy Frederick, Rural Development Management Specialist, 
  • Responsible use of refrigerants – Mr.  Lance Simpson Operations Manager – Cooling Tech ltd)
  • Market access to new refrigerant technologies (Greenz Concept, Modern Electrical Solutions, Cooling Tech)

SESSION 3:          11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. The Road Map to a Smooth Refrigerant Technology Transfer Process

Moderator:             Ms. Kerricia Hobson

  • Opportunities, challenges and barriers to new refrigerant uptake – Mr. Curllan Bhola, (GIZ Technical Consultant)
  • Policy and legislative measures – MrRobert Medford, (Director, Grenada Bureau of Standards)
  • Capacity development, training and equipment upgrade MrHenry Frederick RAC Consultant

The Guest of Honor at the event is Mr. Joseph Michael Mitchell, a long standing RAC expert who was also a founding member and the first President of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA).  Mr. Mitchell will be presented with a Lifetime Award from the NOU.

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