The refrigeration game is changing in Africa. After launching the first CO2 transcritical system in Africa in 2010, trailblazers CRS are releasing their new range of CO2 chillers, heat pumps and condensing units in 2015, and hope to cut the red tape on the first CO2 training facility in Africa, at their new Johannesburg base before year’s end.
“We’re hitting two birds with one stone,” Groenewald says. “It is the first of its kind in Africa, there hasn’t been one in a test facility or any installation of that sort in Africa. It will be the first parallel compression system and also the first ejector system in Africa.”
I see heat pumps taking off real quick - our prediction is to have 30-50 of these operational in the next year,” he said. “Thus far it is looking very lucrative and favourable towards the expansion of CO2 in the industry.”
“We believe that one of the most crucial role players with expanding CO2 is education, we want to use the facility to have a more reachable destination for African citizens, where they can learn and do practical work on an operating CO2 system.”
It [the HCFC ban] definitely has had a huge impact,” he said. “The industry is talking a lot more about taking up natural refrigerants.”