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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Photo credit: Screenshot from GIZ Thailand YouTube Channel