Refrigerant Reclaim Australia
Risks and responsibilities when transitioning to low-GWP refrigerants
Reuse, reclamation and reprocessing will inevitably play an important role in ensuring the longevity of higher global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants as the HFC phase-down progresses. These refrigerants may be necessary for the maintenance of some specific installed equipment and to meet future market demands.
The reuse of contaminated and not-in-specification refrigerant is problematic, however, as there can be profound negative effects on system performance, energy consumption and emissions. It is therefore crucial that refrigerant to be re-used in a system other than that from which it was removed is tested and, if necessary, recycled or reprocessed to ensure it complies with the provisions of AHRI Standard 700.
In the coming years, Australia will also transition to low-GWP refrigerants – many of which will be flammable. Careful consideration will need to be given to the increased risk posed by flammable refrigerants throughout the entire supply chain, including the storage, transport, handling, tooling, use and recovery at end of life.
As we enter a time of unprecedented and significant change, it’s more important than ever to be well informed of the risks and responsibilities in preparation for the transition to low-GWP flammable refrigerants.
Farrelley has 20 years’ experience in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. She has spent most of that time working as business manager for Arkema, a speciality chemical producer, in their fluorochemical division. She brings a wealth of experience in all facets of the refrigerant supply chain. Her knowledge of industry challenges in the face of Montreal Protocol phasedown requirements and introduction of new flammable refrigerants will foster healthy discussions during her Refrigeration 2020 presentation.
For the past 12 years, Farrelley has been an active participant in several industry associations, including Refrigerants Australia and Refrigerant Reclaim Australia. She was appointed to the Board of both organisations in 2016 and has held the position as Chair of Refrigerants Australia since 2018. In May 2019, she was appointed general manager of Refrigerant Reclaim Australia.