|December 6-7, 2022, Taguig City – CCI-Hub’s technology training sessions that delved into CO2 and R290 cold chain refrigeration technologies was successfully held, as part of its initiative to conduct high-level training for engineers, technicians and end users. |
On its first day, technical presentations from international experts Inderpal Saund of SCM Ref Australia, and Sergiy Kolinchuk of Danfoss gave a deep dive into concepts and applications of CO2 cold chain refrigeration technologies. In the afternoon, Emilio La’o and Jaypee Cabañas of Cold Front Technologies discussed their R290 installation in the Hub, while CCI-Hub’s Jan Dusek gave a tour of the facility to discuss the technological showcase from each contributor.
The second day focused on project updates and international trends, as CCI-Hub’s Jan Dusek shared the latest cold chain systems and technologies using natural refrigerants featured at the Chillventa 2022 last October. In the afternoon, the discussions focused on national policies that will have an impact on the cold chain industry, such as the minimum energy performance standards and the Kigali Phasedown schedule.
From the technical sessions, Mr. Saund highlighted that natural refrigerants are a viable and long-term solution. “These technologies will take over the industry, it’s only a matter of ‘when?’. We could wait for 20 years or take advantage of the technology now”, he noted.
A lively discussion followed each presentation with participants inquiring about system processes, components, maintenance, and experiences on installation and operation of systems using CO2.
“It was great to see how the industry in the Philippines is starting to shift towards sustainable refrigeration solutions. From the two-day sessions, it appeared that the audience was hungry for knowledge. Although lots of further efforts are required to make people comfortable with adopting this amazing technology, I believe that the introduction to the Transcritical CO2 systems was well accepted”, said Mr. Kolinchuk.
“Training of the industry has been one of the key elements of the whole Cold Chain project. We are glad to welcome some of the world’s top experts on the subject of CO2 refrigeration at the CCI-Hub. This consistent effort has already led to the elevated interest in CO2 and deeper knowledge about the latest sustainable and efficient technologies and practices. We have an exciting program for January to continue this journey”, added Mr. Dusek.
A series of technical training sessions are already lined up in the coming month, with international experts from big names in the refrigeration industry. Registration details will be announced next week.
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National Policy and Regulations Coordinator
Global Partnership for Food Cold Chain in the Philippines Project