CCAP Partners with CCI Hub on Energy Efficiency Roundtable Discussion

The Cold Chain Association of the Philippines partnered with the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project’s Cold Chain Innovation Hub on a roundtable discussion entitled “Energizing the Cold Chain” on September 15 at the Makati Sports Club.

The forum started with a welcome message by CCAP President Mr. Anthony Dizon followed by presentations from SolarNRG, Philippine Guarantee Corporation, George Fischer Pte., Ltd. And Developers of Renewable Energy for AdvanceMent, Inc. (DREAM). 

FCC Project’s National Policy and Regulations Coordinator Ms. Mae Valdez presented recent policy developments relevant to the cold chain industry such as the country’s ratification of the Kigali Amendment. She highlighted the benefits of leapfrogging to sustainable technologies and shared how the project facilitates enabling policy mechanisms to support the industry as it transitions to sustainable and energy efficient technologies, such as updating safety standards for flammable refrigerants, development of minimum energy performance policy instruments and capacity building activities through the Cold Chain Innovation Hub located at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Central Office in Taguig City. Dr. Aldrin Calderon, FCC project’s consultant for the MEP development presented the salient points of RA 11285 or the Energy Efficiency Law and how cold chain establishments can comply to its reportorial requirements.

The event was capped off with a summary by Mr. Dizon, concluding that, with the high electricity rates and the looming power shortages in the country, renewable energy and energy efficiency is the way forward for the industry.

Technology Training Week held at the CCI-Hub

CCI-Hub successfully conducted its Technology Training Week (TTW) on September 6-8, 2022 at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Complex in Taguig City. Attended by local and international speakers, it featured new innovation and technology applicable for the food cold chain. The sessions has both face-to-face and virtual participation from industry stakeholders.

The three-day event included presentations from Hussmann Oceania (Panasonic Group), Nihon Netsugen Systems, Güntner AHT, Cold Front Technologies Asia, GNQ, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Kilojoule Consultants International, Centro Nippon Fruehauf Cooltech, Nexty, Epta, and TESDA.

“Working closely with our industry partners from across the world, we have managed over the past 2 years to establish the CCI-Hub as the centre for sustainable food cold chain (FCC) technologies in Philippines and SEA. Access to the latest clean cooling technologies based on CO2, HCs and ammonia will play instrumental role in advancing the FCC in the country. The first Technology Training Week (TTW) with participation of expert speakers and local industry was the first of many steps in providing access to latest expertise and offering hands-on experience with these state-of-the-art systems that were not available in the country so far. We are excited about upcoming events and the 2nd TTW planned for early December with several demonstrations of newly commissioned systems.” said Jan Dusek, Head of Global Partners, CCI-Hub. 

“This Technology Training Week has been a very educational experience and the first of its kind in the country. All sessions are very relevant and useful as the RAC sector anticipates more natural refrigerant technologies to be available in the market in preparation for the Kigali phasedown. What’s unique about this training is that it has actual equipment shown at the CCI-Hub for practical discussions. RACTAP has always been at the frontline of raising the awareness of our refrigeration technicians on sustainable and environmentally friendly practices and we look forward to the upcoming training sessions”, said Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians for Development Association of the Philippines (RACTAP) President Mr. Augusto Quitco who was among those who attended the sessions.

The first CCI-Hub Technology Training Week was attended by 215 cold chain refrigeration technicians, trainers, facility managers and industry stakeholders.

CCI Hub set to Unveil its Technology Showcase on Sep. 6-8

The Cold Chain Innovation Hub (CCI-Hub) at TESDA in Taguig City features the best-in-class systems and components for sustainable cold chain applications from around the globe. This Technology Showcase housed at the CCI-Hub is a first of its kind in the country, ready to make Philippines a pioneer in sustainable cold chain development in the region.

Here’s a look at the Technology Showcase:

Hydrocarbon refrigerants have no ozone depleting substances (ODS) and global warming potential (GWP) less than 1. They are formed using very basic elements – hydrogen and carbon – and have been used in refrigeration during its nascent stage. Common hydrocarbons used in refrigeration are propane (R-290), isobutane (R-600a) and butane (R-600) and are widely used in commercial refrigeration. Hydrocarbon technologies found at CCI-Hub include the Plug n’ Cool R290 refrigeration machine by Embraco – Nidec. This unit is used for reach-in applications in food retail. It is an energy efficient refrigeration equipment which reduces energy consumption by more than 30%. It follows a modular concept, which simplifies the installation and accelerates the process by 70%.

Another is the R600a Solar Driven Chest Freezer by Vestfrost Solutions, an energy efficient unit designed for off-grid use. The unit is equipped with 200 watts 12-24 DC volts compressor designed to pull down the cabinet temperature to -15 C. This type of technology is suitable for preserving produce in areas that lack electricity. 

The Hydrocarbon Freezer and Chiller Display Cases for Commercial Food Retail from Epta use R290, which is a suitable and high efficiency solution for plug-in refrigeration cabinets.

Refrigeration unit for light commercial vehicle from PBX GmBH uses R290 refrigerant. The unit is currently being assembled to an insulated body of a refrigerated truck and will be for the first time previewed during the Technology Training Week on 8th September. 

CCI-Hub has already received also first CO2 refrigeration systems. CO2 (R744) is a climate-friendly refrigerant with a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1. It is non-flammable and non-toxic, and it has good heat transfer properties. Transcritical (TC) CO2 technology  has been widely introduced in air-to-water heat pumps as well as in the commercial and industrial refrigeration sectors. CO2 TC retail solutions presently available at the CCI-Hub include a CO2 supermarket showcase by Hussmann, two outdoor condensing units by Panasonic and a CO2 evaporator by Guntner. First two CO2 TC systems are planned to be commissioned at the CCI-Hub in the following weeks.

Besides the CO2 evaporator Guntner has also contributed a pump station which is an essential part of the R290 waterloop refrigeration system that is expected to be commissioned at the CCI-Hub by October 2022.

Finally, CCI-Hub also houses the NaturaLine, a 20ft ISO standard reefer container which is the world’s first natural refrigerant (R744) unit for container refrigeration, by Carrier Transicold, as well as various tools and equipment from Magic Aire.

These units will be showcased during the CCI-Hub Technology Training Week, its first ever hybrid activity, on September 6-8, 2022. The three-day event will present various themes related to cold chain innovation technologies subdivided into morning and afternoon sessions. Both on-site and online sessions are designed to provide users, trainers, technicians, policy makers and investors with an immersive and engaging environment to interact, discover, learn, and share how these new technologies can make the Philippine cold chain industry more sustainable and globally competitive.

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Green Cooling Summit 2022 Now Open for Registration

Green Cooling Summit 2022 which will be held on September 13-14 is now open for registration. This fully virtual event is intended for policymakers, technology providers, project planners, supermarket operators and other stakeholders working on green cooling. It has the following objectives:

  • Enhance international awareness about green cooling potential and related SDG benefits in supermarket refrigeration
  • Inform about latest policy and technology trends in supermarket refrigeration
  • Create a platform for discussion and knowledge exchange

This year’s theme is “Green Cooling in Supermarkets”

Interested participants may register in the event website: https://www.green-cooling-initiative.org/news-media/news/news-detail/2022/07/25/registration-open-green-cooling-summit-2022

CCI-Hub Event: Technology Training Week on September 6-8

CCI-Hub will conduct Technology Training Week, its first ever hybrid activity introducing best-in-class systems for the food cold chain. The three-day event presents various themes related to cold chain innovation technologies subdivided into morning and afternoon sessions. Both on-site and online sessions are designed to provide users, trainers, technicians, policy makers and investors with an immersive and engaging environment to interact, discover, learn, and share how these new technologies can make the Philippine cold chain industry more sustainable and globally competitive.

•    CCI-Hub Technology Training Week
•    September 6-8, 2022
•    On-site: Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Central Office, E Service Rd, Taguig City, Metro Manila
•    Online: via Facebook Live

Technology Training Week Schedule 

6 September 2022

Morning Session (9AM–12PM): Transcritical CO2

•    CO2 TC for food retail – Panasonic & Hussmann 
•    CO2 TC for cold storage and food processing – Nihon Netsugen Systems
•    CO2 Evaporator, key features (efficiency, installation, maintenance), case study – Güntner

Afternoon Session (1-4PM): Hydrocarbons

•    R290 waterloop system for food retail – Coldfront Technologies Asia & AHT
•    BaseSys Heat Converter Unit, key features (efficiency, installation, maintenance), case study – Güntner
•    HC solutions for commercial refrigeration – Embraco
•    R600a solar freezer – Vestfrost & CCI-Hub

7 September 2022

Morning Session (9AM–12PM): Transcritical CO2

•    CO2 TC for food retail – Panasonic & Hussmann 
•    CO2 TC for cold storage and food processing – Nihon Netsugen Systems

Afternoon Session (1-4PM): Ammonia

•    Energy Efficiency Solutions for ammonia refrigeration systems – GNQ & JCI  
•    Single screw ammonia compressor – American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
•    Industrial Refrigeration Ammonia Safety Lecture – Kilojoule Consultants International

8 September 2022

Morning Session (9AM-12PM): Transport

•    R290 refrigerated truck – Coldfront Technologies Asia & PBX
•    Cold chain monitoring system – Nexty
•    NaturaLINE CO2 TC container – Carrier Transicold & CCI-Hub

Afternoon Session (1-4PM): Hydrocarbons

•    HC solutions for food retail  – EPTA
•    R600a solar freezer – Vestfrost & CCI-Hub

We are excited to kick off CCI-Hub trainings through this event, which will a first of many.

To ensure the quality of the sessions, we have limited the on-site participation to one (1) representative per organization/company. For those who are interested to join on-site, please send an email to Mr. Manuel Azucena via mpajegus@yahoo.com not later than September 1. For those who would like to view the Facebook Livestream, you may do so via the TESDA and CCI-Hub Facebook pages.

Thanks and see you!

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