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Patana Intercool to Completely Migrate to Natural Refrigerant by 2025

Patana Intercool to Completely Migrate to Natural Refrigerant by 2025

Ekkapong Tangsirimanakul is the Managing Director of Patana Intercool, a Thailand-based manufacturer and exporter of commercial refrigerators and display cases for supermarkets, convenience stores, cafes and restaurants. Mr. Tangsirimanakul is convinced that companies should offer clients the right refrigeration solutions and recognises the huge potential of natural refrigerant-based technologies.

What made Patana Intercool decide to adopt green cooling technology?
As a manufacturer of refrigeration equipment, we knew we were playing a part in the increased CO2 emissions and the destruction of the ozone layer. The more our company grew, the more emissions were emitted, and the more concerned we became about our business strategy. We thus asked ourselves if there were things we could do differently. That was about three years ago when we first knew about green refrigerants. Now, our company is in the process of converting our entire range to R290 by 2025.

What benefits do you see in this green cooling technology?
There are three major benefits. Natural refrigerant helps us reduce costs in the long term, sustains our business model and boosts customers’ confidence in our products. With R290, the amount of refrigerant that is charged into each unit is reduced by half. Green refrigerant has close to zero global warming potential (GWP). All of this prepares us for the trend in the market where more and more customers demand green products.

How do you convince your customers about this new refrigerant?
We are committed to offering our clients the right cooling configuration and best available solutions. We inform our clients of the benefits they will gain in terms of energy saving, reduced charge size and the green aspect while also addressing their safety and maintenance concerns. To do this, we invited our customers to see how the refrigerant reacted when ignited in order to show them that it is safe to use. We also actively train our customers’ technicians so they are confident working with the new technology.

With more companies turning to green cooling technology, the climate-damaging substances are by default being disrupted.

What message would you like to give to those considering the transition?
For us at Patana, we choose to be sustainable in what we do and deliver the best solutions and services to our customers. We do not want to be a leader in the business only in terms of growth but also to influence the sector in the right and sustainable way. Now, we are happy to be working alongside our clients in making a positive impact on the environment.

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EGAT – MoNRE - GIZ hail achievement of RAC NAMA Fund, push for Thai refrigeration and air-con energy saving to reduce global warming

EGAT – MoNRE – GIZ hail achievement of RAC NAMA Fund, push for Thai refrigeration and air-con energy saving to reduce global warming

Bangkok/17 February 2020The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH hail the achievements of the RAC NAMA Fund in initiating a transformation in the Thai refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) sector towards the use of climate-friendly and energy-efficient cooling technologies with natural refrigerants. As a result, atotal of 9 Thai manufacturers have begun using natural refrigerants in the production process, 8 training centers have been established nationwide, and 150 trained trainers.

The event, titled “Green Cooling Revolution: RAC NAMA Fund and the Future of Thai Industry, was presided over by H. E. Mr. Varawut Silpa-archa, Minister of NaturalResources and Environment. Attending the event were Mr. Thepparat Theppitak, Deputy Governor – Power Plant Development and Renewable Energy, EGAT, Mr. Patana Sangsriroujana, Deputy Governor – Strategy, EGAT, H. E. Mr. Georg Schmidt, German Ambassador to Thailand, and Ms. Margaret Tongue, Chargé d’Affaires,  the British Embassy Bangkok, and a number of RAC manufacturers. The event was held at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.

H. E. Mr. Varawut Silpaarcha, Minister of NaturalResources and Environment of Thailand,underscored the importance of the phase down of climate-warming substances in his keynote address titled “Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry”. Hehighlightedthe significant contribution of the phasing down to Thailand’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which aims to reduce 20 – 25 per cent of emissions by 2030. The Thai Government is grateful for the active cooperation from all parties, both at the national and international levels, which has led to the success of the RAC NAMA Fund.

The Government of Thailand is therefore placing great emphasis on the promotion of energy-efficient and climate-friendly cooling technologies due to their ultra-low Global Warming Potential (GWP) while strongly promoting new business opportunities, R&D, and knowledge transfer. I would especially like to thank the German and British Governments for their continuous support in the financing of the RAC NAMA Fund, transferring knowhow, and fostering international cooperation,” Mr. Varawut added.

In his statement, H. E. Mr. Georg Schmidt, German Ambassador to Thailandsaid: “Germany is  a global industrial leader in engineering and technology. To tackle the impacts of climate change, Germany is committed to working with countries around the world and to coming up with innovations such as technologies that are climate friendly. For more than 10 years, Thailand and Germany have worked together on various climate and environment issues, notably in the cooling industry where Thailand is an important manufacturing and export hub of RAC equipment. Today, Germany is proud to have played a part in the transition towards the adoption of green cooling technologies. The experience and knowledge gained from the implementation of the RAC NAMA Fund should be extended to other countries.”

In her remarks, Ms. Margaret Tongue, Chargé d’Affaires,the British Embassy Bangkok said: “The RAC NAMA Fund is the pioneer climate finance fund in Thailand. It is funded by the NAMA Facility, a partnership of the Federal Republic of Germany and the UK, to implement the project to develop theThai refrigeration and air conditioning sector and move towards a low carbon society through the use of climate-friendly and energy-efficient cooling technologies. We believe the improved technology is central to Thailand’s mitigation efforts. The achievements of the RAC NAMA Fund clearly demonstrate a strong commitment of the Thai Government in reaching the national climate targets.”

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The ‘RAC NAMA Fund’comes under the Thailand Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (RAC NAMA) project. GIZ is commissioned to implement the project in partnership with the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to provide technical, policy, and financial assistance. The activity runs until March 2021.

One critical component of the project is to build the capacity of the service sector for the safe use of natural refrigerants. On this, the RAC NAMA Fund has financed the establishment of 8 training centres across Thailand, namely King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB), Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, Yasothon Technical College, Krabi Technical College, Uttaradit Technical College, Lampang Regional Institute for Skill Development, Suphanburi Regional Institute for Skill Development and Rayong Regional Institute for Skill Development, as well as the roll-out of a training of trainers programme on the use of natural refrigerants in refrigeration and air-conditioners. A total of 150 seniortechnicians, vocational teachers and chief trainers from skill development institutes have been trained, who will then assume the role of knowledge carriers in informing their students and peers about green cooling. Discussion is also ongoing to develop new curricula to further build the capacity of Thai trainers and technicians on the safe handling of natural refrigerants. This will help them prepare for the changing requirements driven by new technology and market trends towards the production and consumption of green products.

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The Cool Ramping Up R290 Sales in Southeast Asia

The Cool Ramping Up R290 Sales in Southeast Asia

Phurinat Sirirat, The Cool presenting at ATMOsphere Asia 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

At the ATMOsphere Asia 2019 conference, held in September in Bangkok, Thailand, a representative from Thai OEM The Cool made a strong statement during his presentation in the “Innovative Refrigeration Solutions” session.

“In the near future,” said Phurinat Sirirat, Assistant Chief Operating Officer, The Cool, “we are going to be 100% R290 and environmentally friendly.” During Sirirat’s presentation, he explained why The Cool sees R290-based technology as the future of its business and the steps it is taking now to achieve full adoption over the next few years.

Headquartered in Bangkok, The Cool manufactures, sells, and services commercial plug-in and mobile vending refrigerators and freezers. It was founded in 2001 and is now active in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Myanmar.

A global shift
For The Cool, transitioning to R290 was not a recent decision. The company has been manufacturing R290 equipment on a limited scale for its large multinational clients since 2009. “It has been a global trend over the past 10 years for our clients such as Nestlé and Unilever to use R290 for their smaller sized freezers,” said Sirirat. “All mobile vending ice cream cabinets and display freezers had to be 100% R290.”

Unilever in particular, highlighted the importance it places on its partnerships with its equipment suppliers around the world in deploying hydrocarbon-based equipment. “A big part of our job is working with suppliers and communicating our requirements – most innovation comes from collaborating through the supply chain,” said Stephen Breen, Research and Development Manager for Unilever on its website. “By showing suppliers the demand is there, we can help bring these innovations to the commercial market more quickly.”

In Thailand, The Cool’s leadership team recognized that this technology shift from its largest multinational clients was a signal of things to come. The decision to invest in making the shift as well was not without its risks. “We had to invest in brand new [production] machines as well as in additional safety [measures] for our staff and in our facilities,” said Sirirat. “And it was not immediately clear how many years it would take for us to get a return on our investment.”

There were certain benefits, however. One of these was the fact that compared to R22 and R134a, using R290 resulted “in a 40% reduction in refrigerant charge,” Sirirat’s presentation stated.

Although interest in the technology domestically was still low, Sirirat said that this has also been changing. “In the past three years, compared to five years ago, [interest] has been getting better and better,” said Sirirat.

Ultimately, the benefits combined with the shifting global landscape outweighed the risks of not acting quickly enough and The Cool decided to pursue this direction seriously. “Our top management saw that this was a global trend and that we had to be leaders,” said Sirirat.

The RAC NAMA boost
Beginning in 2016, The Cool began participating in Thailand’s RAC NAMA (Thailand Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action) project — an international initiative to help initiate a complete sector wide transformation in Thailand towards more energy efficient and green cooling based on natural refrigerants.

The Cool, with its significant experience with R290, seemed to be a good match. With the help of RAC NAMA, R290 production lines were enhanced, equipment was improved, and safety standards were refreshed, according to Sirirat.

In addition, Sirirat said that R290 training for its staff has been reinforced with larger scale programs now available and run by RAC NAMA at locations like King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB), which Sirirat said its staff had recently attended.

With RAC NAMA’s support going forward, The Cool seems set to significantly ramp up its sales activities for R290 in Thailand. At ATMOsphere Asia 2019, Sirirat commented, “this is now the direction of our internal policy — to prioritize [R290] technology. If our clients have a choice, we convince them to use [R290] first with any promotions that we can do or with the long-term benefits that they can get as the end user. That is what we are aiming to do right now.”

About RAC NAMA
The Thailand Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA) project is a national Thai initiative aimed at initiating a sector wide transformation towards the use of climate-friendly and energy efficient cooling technologies.

The project was commissioned to GIZ, Germany’s international cooperation agency, in March 2016 by the NAMA Facility on behalf of the Governments of the Federal Republic of Germany and of the United Kingdom and lasts until March 2021.
The project is implemented in cooperation and partnership with the Thai Government represented by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) and the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), as well as the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) as host of the RAC NAMA Fund, the financial facility of the RAC NAMA project.

By promoting climate-friendly and energy efficient cooling technologies based on natural refrigerants (green cooling technologies), the RAC NAMA project supports Thailand in reaching its energy savings and greenhouse gas mitigation targets.

Source: https://accelerate24.news/regions/asia-pacific/the-cool-ramping-up-r290-sales-in-southeast-asia/2019/

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KMUTNB boosts training for green cooling transition

KMUTNB boosts training for green cooling transition

In Thailand, where knowledge of flammable natural refrigerants is scarce, efforts are now underway to prepare technicians, vocational teachers and chief trainers from skill development institutes to safely handle cooling agents.

Eight training courses have been organised this year, and five more to go in 2020. For the past year, Associate Professor Chatchan Thongjub of King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB) has led the country’s first-ever training on “Safe Use and Handling of Flammable Refrigerants”. His main task has been to ensure that trainees know how to use the flammable refrigerants safely.

“The switchover from one refrigerant to another is nothing new in the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) sector. What we need is to keep up with the requirements that come with the new technology. Being a teacher, it is my duty to pass on the skills and knowledge obtained from international experts to as many Thai technicians as possible,” says Prof. Chatchan, who has been teaching refrigeration and air conditioning engineering courses at KMUTNB for over 28 years.

Prof. Chatchan knows all too well that many Thai RAC technicians have not received any formal training and thought they could learn it on the job. “This is very risky because sometimes you cannot afford to have trial and error. With the new refrigerants that we will be required to use in the future, we have to see what the changes are. It is important that we make sure that our service technicians are trained on the latest technologies. This sector never stops evolving,” he added.

For quite some time, Thailand has relied on synthetic refrigerants (such as fluorinated refrigerants, or F-gases) and the country is only now discovering the enormous potential of natural-refrigerant technologies. As more manufacturers of RAC equipment switch their production lines to natural refrigerants, Thailand needs to prepare its service workforce to better understand how to use them safely.

Cutting-Edge Training

R290 for air conditioners and coolers is recommended throughout this training as it has less global warming potential (GWP). It also consumes 5-25% less of energy consumption and has an excellent heat transfer property, leading to the development of high-quality air conditioners that are energy efficient – and therefore help save on electricity bills.

In order to train enough RAC technicians, all is done in collaboration with five key organisations: KMUTNB, the Office of Vocational Education Commission (OVEC), the Department of Skill Development (DSD), the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and GIZ. In total, eight training centres have been selected to provide training on natural refrigerants in the north, the northeast, the west, the east, the south, and the central areas. The curriculum is under the supervision of KMUTNB.

The “First R Training: Safe Use and Handling of Flammable Refrigerants” took place on 19 August 2019 at KMUTNB, with 12 more training courses launching nationwide. In addition to general knowledge on various types of refrigerants, the course focused on hands-on exercises such as brazing, copper tubing, evacuation, charging and other precautions when dealing with flammable refrigerants.

A New Generation of Technicians

Comfortable class sizes with a combination of theoretical input and practical exercise make for an excellent learning environment. Feedback has shown that the training was eye opening, as one instructor from Lampang Regional Institute for Skill Development, Ms. Ratchawan Thongnuam, explained: “This training benefits everyone a great deal. Everyone should learn about the new refrigerant. R290, though flammable, is safe to use if you know how to handle it properly. It is like any other refrigerant: all you need to know is how to handle them.”

For Prof. Chatchan, his only hope is that the trainees will pass on the knowledge to co-workers: “I hope they inform their peers the right way to do things and that they put what they learn into practice.”

When asked what the job prospects are like for the RAC technicians, he replied: “In a tropical country like Thailand, there will always be demand for AC technicians, all year round.”

The training programme is part of Thailand Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA) Project. For the past three years, the project has been promoting the use of natural refrigerants in domestic and commercial refrigerators, ACs and chillers.

By mid-2020, aabout 200 trainers are expected to be trained. They will then assume the role of knowledge carriers in training their peers or technicians in their respective networks to understand more about green cooling.

Commissioned by the NAMA Facility on behalf of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, this project runs until March 2021.

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December 16, 2019
Transforming Thailand’s Cooling Sector with NatRefs

Transforming Thailand’s Cooling Sector with NatRefs

1 / Dr. Kittisak Prukkanone, Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, at ATMOsphere Asia 2019.

Thailand’s climate is hot, and energy demand from the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) sector is rising fast.

Energy demand for household cooling in Thailand is projected to grow from around 1,000kWh per household in 2015 to 2,500kWh per household in 2030. There’s also the rising number of refrigeration systems needed in the country’s growing cold chain of conve- nience stores, supermarkets, refrigerated transport, cold storage warehouses, and food manufacturing facilities.

All of this contributes to Thailand’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which, under the Paris Agreement, the country is committed to reducing by 20%, as compared to business as usual (BAU) by 2030. A BAU scenario would elevate Thailand’s GHG emissions to 555Mt (million metric tons) of CO2e by 2030, which means the country needs to cut emissions by 111Mt of CO2e before then, noted Dr. Kittisak Prukkanone, Director of the Measure and Mechanism Development Section of Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

To address its growing cooling needs while also helping to meet its emissions goals, Thailand’s five-year Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA) project was created in 2016. Its basic goal is to transition the country’s RAC industry – one of the world’s largest manufacturing hubs and exporters of RAC equipment – to the production of energy-efficient products that use natural refrigerants, notably propane (R290).

The RAC NAMA project, with European partners and funding of 320 million Baht (US$10.6 million), affords Thailand an opportunity to kickstart a completely natural refrigerant-fueled path for sustainable growth in the next decade.

The RAC NAMA project’s influence may well extend to the entire Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region and beyond, setting a precedent on how international cooperation can be used to accelerate a developing country’s transition towards sustainability in the RAC sector.

R290 conversions
The RAC NAMA Fund’s 320 million Baht (US$10.6 million) in funding is targeted at three main stakeholder groups: local manufacturers, residential consumers, and small- to medium-sized commercial end users, as well as training and testing facilities.

Since the establishment of the fund in 2017, local Thai manufacturers have already shown interest, and production line conversions to R290 have begun taking place. Two examples are Thailand’s Sanden Intercool Group (see “Pushing Natural Refrigerants in Southeast Asia,” Accelerate Magazine, September 2019) and The Cool, which are two of the country’s largest manufacturers of commercial refrigeration equipment. Several additional agreements are ongoing and others will take place in the next few months, according to GIZ, the project’s implementer.

Most recently, on October 1, GIZ and Thai manufacturer Saijo Denki signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU cemented collaboration in “the transfer of knowledge and the procurement of state-of-the-art equipment necessary for the manufacture of natural refrigerant-based technologies, which include air-to-water heat pump, chiller and monobloc air conditioner,” according to a GIZ press release. “The MoU formalizes two years of ongoing cooperation and is part of Saijo Denki’s internationalization and innovation strategy.”

RAC NAMA at a Glance
The RAC NAMA (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action) project provides financial, technical, and policy support to Thailand’s refrigeration and air conditioning industry stakeholders, focusing on four main RAC product types: domestic refrigerators, commer- cial refrigerators, room air conditioners, and chillers.

Considered the pioneering climate-fi- nance project in Thailand, RAC NAMA was commissioned in 2016 by the NAMA Facility, a joint initiative between the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety and the U.K.’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy that supports “developing and emerging economies to deliver on their Paris Agreement commitments,” according to the NAMA Facility website.

The RAC NAMA project uses GIZ, Germany’s international cooperation agency, as the main implementer. shecco (publisher of Accelerate Magazine) is a key executing partner for the project.

The project is being carried out in coop- eration with the Thai Government, repre- sented by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).

The RAC NAMA Fund is the main financial instrument for the project, with EGAT serving as the official Project Fund Manager. For more information on the RAC NAMA Fund, click here.

Source:
https://accelerate24.news/regions/asia-pacific/transforming-thailands-cooling-sector-with-natrefs/2019/

BY DEVIN YOSHIMOTO

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December 1, 2019
New Video Highlights R290 Training Efforts in Thailand

New Video Highlights R290 Training Efforts in Thailand

A recently released video shows the on-the-ground impact that Thailand’s air conditioning and refrigeration initiative known as “RAC NAMA” is having on local trainers’ knowledge of R290 use in Thailand.

The video, released in both Thai and English on GIZ Thailand’s YouTube page, provides an in-depth look at the “Grand Opening of First R Training: Safe Use and Handling of Flammable Refrigerants” training program, which was held on August 19, 2019, at King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB).

The training event – jointly held by KMUTNB, the Electricity Authority of Thailand (EGAT), and GIZ GmbH – marked the official start of a “training of trainers” series on the safe use of R290 in refrigeration and air conditioners in Thailand, including how to charge and vacuum a system. (See, “Training the Trainers on R290 AC in Thailand,” Accelerate Magazine, September 2019.) Training is mainly focused on the safe use of R290 in room air-conditioning applications.

The training program is part of Thailand’s larger Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA) initiative which “aims to promote natural refrigerants for energy-efficient and climate-friendly cooling technologies in Thailand,” according to a statement released by GIZ Thailand.

KMUTNB, which serves as the main training center, will organize a total of six training courses that will be carried out at eight regional training centers throughout the country, according to Chatchan Thongjub, Associate Professor, Project Leader and Head of the Department of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineering Technology at KMUTNB.

The courses will target university teachers, trainers from the Institute for Skill Development and vocational education teachers from all over Thailand. After the training, they will act as knowledge carriers to spread the knowledge about natural refrigerants throughout the country.

“R Training 2: Safe Use and Handling of Flammable Refrigerants” is currently being held from November 18 to 22 at KMUTNB.

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November 21, 2019
GIZ and Saijo Denki sign MoU on closer collaboration in the adoption of green cooling technologies

GIZ and Saijo Denki sign MoU on closer collaboration in the adoption of green cooling technologies

On 1 October 2019, GIZ and Saijo Denki signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cement their collaboration in the transfer of knowledge and the procurement of state-of-the-art equipment necessary for the manufacture of natural refrigerant based technologies, which include air-to-water heat pump, chiller and monobloc air conditioner. The MoU formalises two years of ongoing cooperation and is part of Saijo Denki’s internationalisation and innovation strategy.

The MoU was signed under the scope of the Thailand Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA) project. It is a national initiative aimed at initiating a sector-wide transformation towards cooling technologies based on natural refrigerants.

GIZ assumed responsibility for the project in April 2016 when it was commissioned by the NAMA Facility on behalf of the Governments of the Federal Republic of Germany and of the United Kingdom. It is implemented jointly with the Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Thai Ministry of Energy. Part of the activities include technical and financial support for companies manufacturing refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment to enable them to adopt climate-friendly and energy efficient cooling technologies using natural refrigerants.

Prior to signing the MoU, Saijo Denki concluded a financial agreement with the RAC NAMA Fund, the financially facility of the RAC NAMA project under the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). The company is now in the process of establishing production capacities for the uptake of climate-friendly and energy efficient cooling technologies.

Saijo Denki International Co., Ltd. (Saijo Denki) is among the leading Thai companies in the manufacture of air-conditioning equipment. The company develops, produces and markets air-conditioning equipment and provides aftermarket services for operation and maintenance in Thailand and the Asia Pacific region.

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October 1, 2019
Revolution is underway in the Thai cooling sector

Green revolution is underway in the Thai cooling sector

More and more companies switch their production lines to natural refrigerants. Producers, consumers and the environment are all benefitting.

In a country where the average temperature is 30 degrees Celsius, switching on an air-con, gulping down a cold drink or putting plenty of ice in drinks are just some of the ways Thais beat the heat. For decades, Thailand has been reliant on synthetic refrigerants (such as fluorinated refrigerants or F-gases) to create cool air for their homes or chill their beverages and food at the cost of climate and the environment. The country has only recently begun to discover a greener way of cooling and the enormous potential of natural refrigerants, namely hydrocarbons.

“The industry is shifting towards natural refrigerants and green cooling technologies. In other markets, for example in Europe, the market has completely switched to natural refrigerants. We foresee that this trend will follow in our geographical area too, and we would like to actively support and advance that migration, especially here in Thailand,” said Alex Panas, Group Commercial Director of Sanden Intercool.

Natural refrigerants are substances that exist naturally in the environment. Unlike their widely used synthetic counterparts, natural refrigerants do not harm the ozone layer, do not trap the sunlight – known as the greenhouse effect – and can be more energy-efficient. With zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and very low or zero global warming potential (GWP), they are considered the definitive solution to environmental damage.1

By 2022, Sanden Intercool Group aims to have its full range of products available with natural refrigerants. The company is targeting to supply at least 50%, or even 70%, of the units required by the Thai market with natural refrigerants in the next 2 years.

“The sooner the market in South East Asia switches, the better it will be for preserving the environment and keeping our business within a sustainable level for the long-term. At Sanden Group, we are inspired and committed to promoting green technologies in Thailand. In the end, this will benefit all of us – the end-users, society and the country itself. What the RAC NAMA Project is doing is an outstanding initiative,” said Mr. Panas.

(Photo: Sanden/Alex Panas)

Thanks to the contribution of the Thailand Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA) project, particularly through a revolving fund and a sub-grant scheme, the company has been able to acquire state-of-the-art equipment necessary for the manufacture of hydrocarbon-based refrigerators and receives marketing and technical support to actively promote green refrigeration on the market.

For the past 3 years, the RAC NAMA Project has been promoting the use of natural refrigerants in domestic and commercial refrigerators, ACs and chillers. Tapping into both the demand and supply sides, the team has been supporting a number of Thai manufacturers in transitioning to natural refrigerants. The Sanden Intercool Group, Supreme CNB Corporation and Panasonic Appliances Cold Chain (Thailand) are now in the process of having their production lines converted. The green appliances such as refrigerators, coolers, and chillers are expected to come onto the market in the last quarter of this year.

The Thailand-based Sanden Intercool Group (www.sandengroup.com), a joint-venture of Yammarat Refrigeration and Sanden Corporation Japan,
is one of the world’s largest and most diverse manufacturers of commercial refrigeration equipment. (Photo: Sanden/Alex Panas)

About half of the electricity consumed in Thailand comes from refrigeration and air conditioning systems. This energy demand for cooling contributes to 20% of the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The figure represents significant mitigation potential for reduced energy demand and GHG emissions as well as improved efficiency through the uptake of climate-friendly refrigerants.

Commissioned by the NAMA Facility on behalf of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the RAC NAMA project runs until March 2021.

1: Source: https://natref.carel.com/what-are-natural-refrigerants

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September 26, 2019
First Training on the Safe Use and Handling of Flammable Natural Refrigerants in Air Conditioners Launched in Thailand

First Training on the Safe Use and Handling of Flammable Natural Refrigerants in Air Conditioners Launched in Thailand

Bangkok, 19 August 2019 – King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB), the Electricity Authority of Thailand (EGAT), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH joined up to launch the “Grand Opening of First R Training: Safe Use and Handling of Flammable Refrigerants” at KMUTNB. The event marks the official start of a training of trainers series on the use of natural refrigerants in refrigeration and air conditioners in Thailand with the aim of reducing both energy consumption and global warming.

The training programme is part of the Thailand Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA) project implemented by GIZ. The project’s mission is to promote natural refrigerants for energy efficient and climate-friendly cooling technologies in Thailand. One critical component of the project is to build the capacity of the service sector for the safe use of natural refrigerants. The RAC NAMA project together with the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineering Technology (RAET), College of Industrial Technology, KMUTNB, are therefore holding training-of-trainers courses on the safe use and handling of flammable refrigerants to prepare trainers for the switch to greener cooling technologies. RAET will provide knowledge and techniques for the safe use and handling of natural refrigerants. The training centre receives funding from the RAC NAMA Fund implemented by EGAT. EGAT will support training equipment for the establishment of training facilities while GIZ will cooperate on the development of training in collaboration with overseas experts.

Ms. Margaret Tongue, Deputy Head of Mission, the British Embassy Bangkok said: “Through the founding of the innovative financing instrument known as the NAMA Facility, the UK and Germany have put in place an important initiative that provides both the policies and fiscal measures to support Thailand transformational change towards low-carbon development. With today’s launch of the training, we are underlining our commitment to tackling global warming through promoting the production and use of natural refrigerants or “Green Cooling” in refrigeration and air conditioning. This commitment reflects our intention to deliver “net-zero” emissions in the UK as well as at the international level, where we partner with countries like Thailand. With total financial support of 0.5 Million Euro (approximately 17 Million Baht), the training will pave the way to the development of a highly skilled labour force able to safely apply “Green Cooling” technologies, which focuses on reducing energy consumption and Greenhouse Gas emissions.”

Mr. Jan Lars Scheer, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany said: “Germany is recognised in many countries for its excellent engineering skills, particularly in the automotive, mechanical and electrical industries. Over the years, Germany has provided a great deal of assistance to Thailand. For example, KMUTNB is a technical university established by a German vocational education project over 60 years ago and has been a leading institution in the field of technical education ever since.”

“While we continue to cooperate in the education sector by collaborating with academia and the private sector to improve the quality of vocational training in Thailand, we are today also putting a strong emphasis on combatting climate change. One element is the promotion of energy efficiency in the cooling sector, as well as the elimination of the use of harmful substances that are already being eliminated elsewhere in the world. We want to support Thailand to stay an industrial cooling hub in the whole ASEAN region and to serve as an example for energy efficiency and sustainability.” Mr. Jan Scheer added.

Prof. Dr. Suchart Siengchin, President of KMUTNB said: “KMUTNB is committed to developing human resources in science and technology through knowledge, morality and capacity to innovate so as to contribute to the country’s economic, social and environmental development. We recognise that emissions of greenhouse gas are becoming increasingly problematic and that resource-efficient production is necessary. For this reason, natural refrigerants or “Green Cooling” are being introduced as a key technology in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) sector. We already have the strength in terms of technical knowledge and practical training and welcome the training support we are receiving from the RAC NAMA project. Through this cooperation, we plan to train RAC trainers and chief technicians in Thailand to be able to work with flammable natural refrigerants in accordance with international safety standards and to disseminate the lessons learned to other RAC technicians throughout the region. We will therefore be able to supply qualified trainers for the air conditioner market and move towards an eco-friendly society.”

Assoc. Prof. Chatchan Thongjub, Project Leader and Head of RAET, KMUTNB said: “Using R290 Green Cooling for air conditioners is recommended throughout this training as it has less Global Warming Potential (GWP) which helps reduce Global Warming. It also can reduce up to 5-25% of energy consumption and has an excellent heat transfer property, leading to the development of high-quality air conditioners that are energy efficient and thus help save on electricity bills.”

“This first training course will see the participation of 16 RAC trainers from 16 provinces. In terms of theoretical knowledge, the participants will learn about various types of refrigerants, the refrigeration cycle and the brazing theory, including risks and precautions in operational safety. They will gain more experience through hands-on practice at every step of work, from installation, brazing, operation and leakage testing to labeling, reporting and delivery. Finally, the latest tools used in Europe and internationally as well as the application of tools available in Thailand will be shared among them.” Assoc. Prof. Chatchan added.

Mr. Tim Mahler, Country Director of GIZ Thailand and Malaysia said: “The training curriculum on safe use and handling of flammable natural refrigerants is developed by international experts with the support from GIZ and KMUTNB. In partnership with the Office of Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) and the Department of Skill Development (DSD), 8 training centers in Thailand have been selected as training centres for the safe use and handling of flammable refrigerants, namely KMUTNB, Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, Yasothon Technical College, Krabi Technical College, Uttaradit Technical College, Lampang Regional Institute for Skill Development, Suphanburi Regional Institute for Skill Development and Rayong Regional Institute for Skill Development. In total, the project will have organised 13 training courses with more than 200 trainers trained all over Thailand by the end of 2020. We fully believe that the RAC NAMA project will help the trainers and head technicians in the RAC sector to see the benefits of Green Cooling and better understand how to use it safely.”

Let’s learn about “Green Cooling” here https://youtu.be/84SNK3mIIp4

 

 

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August 19, 2019

Increasing the scale of clean energy implementation

On 18-21 June 2019, representatives from the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) and the RAC NAMA Project attended the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2019 “Partnering for Impact”, hosted and organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The group focused on discussions about energy efficiency and sustainable finance, exchanging with public and private stakeholders within and outside the conference.

ACEF, one of the leading clean energy events in Asia, is an established platform for knowledge and experience sharing as it is attended by a multitude of stakeholders in the clean energy and energy efficiency finance sector such as policymakers, practitioners, financial institutions, non-profits, donors and academia. Together, the participants discussed and identified key challenges of clean energy and energy efficiency. There were sessions on global and regional trends in financing clean energy and energy efficiency, the role of governments in enabling clean energy financing, heating and cooling for buildings in cities, among others. This year’s event placed a special focus on the challenge of effectively using knowledge to boost the scale and speed of clean energy implementation. The delegation from Thailand had an opportunity to network with different stakeholders and to attend a Deep Dive Workshop that was co-organised by GIZ, namely “The Future of Cooling – Promoting Sustainable Cooling through Technology and Policy Innovation”.

As one of the activities of the RAC NAMA Project is to study and improve innovative financial mechanisms for energy efficiency (EE) investments in Thailand, the trip presented an opportunity for DEDE to also meet and exchange with representatives of Philippine institutions. Therefore, DEDE discussed with officials from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on initiatives for energy efficiency lending and financial schemes currently run in the Philippines. There was also an opportunity to discuss with the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Division Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB) on legislation for EE in the Philippines and regulations on green public procurement. The topic of procurement policies for government EE projects was covered at a discussion with the Philippine’s Government Procurement Policy Board – Technical Support Office.

As DEDE is the agency responsible for EE policies and ESCO registration in Thailand, the discussions and knowledge exchange brought new insights that could be helpful for further policy making of DEDE regarding these topics in the future.

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