Honeywell has announced that it is collaborating with a number of organisations with expertise in the refrigerant industry.
According to Honeywell, by partnering with Integrated Industrial Gases (IIG), Trane, and ASHRAE, it aims to supply the Saudi Arabian market with environmentally friendly refrigerant solutions.
In a statement, Honeywell said that the collaboration is significant, what with cooling technologies a necessity in a country like Saudi Arabia, where the average summer temperature is 45°C, sometimes even reaching 54°C.
The company added that the partnership supports Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to reduce energy consumption in the kingdom and limit the environmental damage of greenhouse gases, in line with global regulations.
Highlight its suite of Solstice refrigerants, Honeywell said that the products help users meet energy goals and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in applications such as air conditioning systems for vehicles, residential, and commercial buildings, and refrigeration appliances.
To communicate the benefits of its Solstice refrigerants, Honeywell has been holding customer roadshows in the region, where attendees can hear from Honeywell, IIG, Trane, and ASHRAE, as well as participate in workshops hosted by industry experts, policymakers, contractors, consultants, original equipment manufacturers, and sector stakeholders. More than 100 people reportedly attended the most recent shows in Al Khobar and Jeddah, with the next roadshow taking place in Riyadh on 21 September, 2017.
Honeywell further noted that the region is currently phasing out hydrochloroflourocarbons (HCFCs) to limit the damage to the ozone layer, and replacing them with hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The company, however, pointed out that HFCs tend to have a high global warming potential (GWP), and have also become subject to phasedown regulations.
Last year, 197 countries signed an agreement to the Montreal Protocol that established a timeline to substantially reduce the use of HFCs across the world, Honeywell reported.
Khalid Al Mulhim, chairman at the Saudi Chapter of ASHRAE, commented: “ASHRAE is always keen to share technical advancements in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry.
“We believe strongly in the importance of HFO refrigerant alternatives in phasing out high-GWP chemicals while providing a long-term, effective solution.”
Honeywell and its suppliers are said to be completing a $900m investment programme in R&D and new capacity based on Honeywell’s HFO technology.