Report Seeks to Validate HFCs

A recent report, commissioned by an association of manufacturers who rely on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), provides a comparative analysis of HFCs and alternative fluids used for different applications including refrigeration, air-conditioning and fire protection.

07/10/2002


A recent report, commissioned by an association of manufacturers who rely on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), provides a comparative analysis of HFCs and alternative fluids used for different applications including refrigeration, air-conditioning and fire protection.

Because the Kyoto Protocol, which calls for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, has classified HFCs as a greenhouse gas, the Arlington, Va.-based Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy enlisted the services of consultant Arthur D. Little, Inc., Cambridge, Mass., to analyze the benefits and shortcomings of HFCs as compared to other fluids.

"HFCs absorb more infrared energy, which causes global warming, but they're popular because they are commercially available, energy efficient, safe, cost effective and recyclable," states Steven H. Bernhardt, an environmental manager with DuPont Fluoroproducts.

The report also points out that non-process-related HFC emissions amounted to 0.8% of the total warming impact of greenhouse gas emissions in 1999. Further, the availability of HFCs on the market has been estimated to save the U.S. roughly $17 billion every year, and a total of $36 billion worldwide, due to the increased product, energy and safety costs associated with a potential phase-out of HFCs.

The study discusses the different applications of HFCs, comparing energy efficiency, climate impact, safety and economics with a number of other fluids such as hydrocarbons, hydrochlorofluorocarbons, isobutane, ammonia, methane and carbon dioxide.

For more information, visit the Alliance's web site at www.arap.org .





Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
Exploring fire pumps and systems; Lighting energy codes; Salary survey; Changes to NFPA 20
How to use IPD; 2017 Commissioning Giants; CFDs and harmonic mitigation; Eight steps to determine plumbing system requirements
2017 MEP Giants; Mergers and acquisitions report; ASHRAE 62.1; LEED v4 updates and tips; Understanding overcurrent protection
Power system design for high-performance buildings; mitigating arc flash hazards
Transformers; Electrical system design; Selecting and sizing transformers; Grounded and ungrounded system design, Paralleling generator systems
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; VFDs in high-performance buildings
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me