Accelerate Special Issues address topics aimed at advancing Clean Cooling– sustainable cooling for all – in commercial, industrial and residential HVAC&R markets around the world. These Special Issues target end users and other key stakeholders, including manufacturers, contractors, policy makers, the financial community, academic experts and others.

Cooling in the New Normal

Accelerate’s Guide to the ATMO Virtual Trade Show (VTS) 2021 (issue #113) provides everything you need to know to get the most out of the show, which will be held online around the world for 24 hours, from 10 am CET March to 10 am CET March 31. The issue includes a complete directory of show exhibitors, the program for the continuous live webinar program and special exhibitor meeting room presentations, and descriptions of the finalists for the Innovation of the Year award. Summing up the VTS experience is a cover story, “Cooling in the New Normal: Has COVID-19 Changed the Way the NatRefs Industry Does Business?”

Special Issue #112

Cooling in 2021

Accelerate Special Issue #112 provides an in-depth look at where the natural refrigerant and sustainable cooling market is heading in the coming year, based on interviews with key thought leaders and stakeholders across multiple business sectors around the world. We include both plans and predictions on the basics – refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps – and many other pertinent areas, including policy/standards, digitalization, servitization, HFOs, alternative technology, Clean Cooling and COVID-19.

Special Issue #111

Food Retail Best Practices

Accelerate #111 is a Special Issue with a focus on how food retailers around the world are leveraging future-proof natural refrigerant solutions. In 26 case studies encompassing 46 stores, the issue gives best-practice examples of transcritical CO2, hydrocarbon and ammonia/CO2 installations. Some of the retailers profiled have taken transcritical CO2 to the next level of sustainability by incorporating them in integrated systems that also include heating and air conditioning. Other stores have made transcritical CO2 part of a strategy to reach net-zero carbon emissions. And one store shows how a transcritical CO2 system can be leased instead of bought.

Special Issue #110

Clean Cooling: Putting together all the pieces of the sustainable cooling-for-all puzzle

Accelerate #110 is a Special Issue with a focus on Clean Cooling, a new approach to HVAC&R. As defined by Professor Toby Peters of the University of Birmingham, U.K., Clean Cooling is “resilient cooling for all who need it, without environmental damage and climate impact and with the optimal use of natural and thermal resources throughout the lifespan of the cooling system.”

Also in Accelerate #110 are regional articles on: a Canadian ice rink that is leveraging heat reclaim from its CO2 refrigeration system; a net-zero Lidl store in the Netherlands powered only by solar power and a thermal underground reservoir; an Australian entertainment center using propane-based air conditioning; and a Japanese fish processor that rebuilt a natural refrigerant-based facility following a devastating earthquake. Other articles include: cooling as a service in South Africa, and a new way to cool vaccines off the grid.

April-May 2020 / Issue #109

Refrigerants’ Major Role in Saving the Planet

The April-May 2020 issue of Accelerate Magazine covers the latest research from Project Drawdown, which says that refrigerant management and alternative refrigerants are projected to reduce more than 100Gt of CO2e emissions by 2050 – almost twice what all nations generated in 2018.

Also in the April-May 2020 issue are regional articles on: a North America study of ammonia accidents; a pioneering ammonia heat pump that taps heat from the London underground; a produce warehouse in Australia using a low-charge ammonia package; and a Tokyo department store that installed a CO2 water-loop system. Global trend articles include: meeting the COVID-19 challenge; shecco’s new “World Guide to Transcritical CO2”; a cooling-as a-service workshop; and the latest on magnetocaloric refrigeration.

March 2020 / Issue #108

Finding the Right Natural Refrigerant System for Industrial Refrigeration

The March 2020 issue of Accelerate Magazine describes the debate among industrial refrigeration stakeholders over which natural refrigerant system to use for a given application – low-charge ammonia, ammonia/CO2 or transcritical CO2.

Also in the March 2020 issue are regional articles on: a massive CO2 refrigeration system used by pork processor Yosemite Foods in California; the use of transcritical CO2 by Italy Coop stores; a propane-based commercial air conditioning system in Australia; and the upsurge of propane in display cases in Japan. Global trend articles include: the cooling-as-a-service business model; synthetic, ice-free ice skating rinks; saving energy via data collection; and an update on the regional adoption of new hydrocarbons standards.

February 2020 / Issue #107

Euroshop 2020: Meet the Future of Retail Refrigeration

The February 2020 issue of Accelerate Magazine reports on a survey of manufacturers exhibiting natural refrigerant systems at the giant trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany. The manufacturers point to the growth of CO2 and propane systems in a range of store formats, improving energy efficiency, and greater adoption of integrated systems.

Also in the February 2020 issue, regional articles on: a custom transcritical CO2 system in hot, muggy Florida, U.S.; Polish retailer Biedronka, the king of the retrofits; a Kenyan fish processing facility upgrading to ammonia; a Woolworths store in Australia meeting the “Living Building Challenge”; and Japanese retailer Lawson opening its first NatRef store in China. Global trend articles include: CO2 refrigeration in space, 3D printing for HVAC&R, IoT for supermarkets, and a Thought Leader Q&A with Indonesian consultant Herlin Herlianika.

Accelerate Corporate – Special Edition

This 2020 Special Corporate edition of Accelerate Magazine is all about future-proofing refrigeration installations around the world by using natural refrigerants such as CO2.

Accelerate Corporate captures the efforts of market leaders in advancing the use of natural refrigerants across different applications, industry sectors and continents. Each issue of the magazine is prepared in partnership with an influential corporation, organization or group of entities striving to accelerate the uptake of climate-friendly, natural refrigerant-based technologies.

Accelerate Corporate seeks to showcase end users’ experiences working with natural refrigerants and to highlight the underlying market, policy and technology trends driving their uptake. From the U.S. to Australia, we look at CO2 end user stories around the world.

This edition was made possible with the support of South African CO2 pioneers – Sphere.

January 2020 / Issue #106

Women in Natural Refrigerants

The January 2020 issue of Accelerate Magazine celebrates the women working around the world in the natural refrigerants industry. These 29 profiles reveal the extraordinary impact women are having in a male-dominated industry.

Also in the January 2020 issue, regional articles on: a Hannaford retail warehouse in the U.S., Nestlé in Europe, stores using ammonia/CO2 refrigeration in South Africa, Australian supermarkets employing transcritical CO2, Japanese retail giants Aeon and Lawson, and updates on hydrocarbons and ammonia/CO2 in Southeast Asia. Global trend articles include: an update on the Kigali Amendment and the Global Cooling Prize, and the latest from thought leader René van Gerwen.

November-December 2019 / Issue #105

Kigali: Is it enough?

With special coverage of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, the November-December 2019 issue of Accelerate Magazine takes stock of the global HFC-reduction amendment as it approaches the end of its first year, and addresses whether it goes fast and far enough given the urgency of the climate crisis.

Also in the November-December 2019 issue, regional articles on: U.S. supermarket chains Publix and Kroger’s QFC division; a Colombian Makro store; European retailers METRO AG, Carrefour Poland and Sainsbury; an African training center; ammonia/CO2 and propane in Australia, Japan’s hydrocarbon safety standards and special initiatives in Thailand and the Philippines. Global trend articles include an update on the SolarChill program, and the latest from thought leaders Armin Hafner, Toby Peters and Kiyoshi Saito.

October 2019 / Issue #104

How Do We Cool a Warming World (Without Making It Warmer)?

With special coverage of air conditioning, the October 2019 edition of Accelerate Magazine examines the global effort to improve the efficiency of room ACs (in part through the use of propane refrigerant) so that the upsurge of comfort cooling in a warming world doesn’t exacerbate the climate crisis.

Also in the October 2019 issue, regional articles on: Weis Markets’ transcritical CO2 system maintaining efficiency; a Belgian Delhaize store cutting its energy bills with an ammonia/CO2/glycol system; a massive transcritical system at a produce store in South Africa; an Australian IGA store’s integrated refrigeration-AC-heating CO2 system; Japan’s largest warehouse using ammonia/CO2 technology; the Philippine’s first R290 store; and Spar’s use of R290 in China. Global trend articles include a review of World Ozone Day and a survey of attitudes toward climate change.

September 2019 / Issue #103

HFOs: How much is too much?

With special coverage of HFO refrigerants, the September 2019 edition of Accelerate Magazine examines the potential long-term environmental impact of HFO-1234yf’s atmospheric degradation product, trifluoroacetic acid (TFA), which descends to earth in rain.

Also in the September 2019 issue: regional articles on Walmart in the U.S., transcritical CO2 systems in Russia; Chinese production of propane room air conditioners; a New Zealand port using hydrocarbon cooling system, a transcritical CO2 refrigeration/supercritical fluid extraction system in Thailand; and Japanese OEM Mayekawa’s soaring sales of its NewTon NH3/CO2 system. Global trend articles include an update on the Global Cooling Prize and a look at four proposed financing models for efficient cooling.

July-August 2019 / Issue #102

500 g

With special coverage of the new global hydrocarbon charge limit (500 g) in commercial self-contained display cases, the July-August 2019 edition of Accelerate Magazine examines the impact of the new standard, which was approved in May by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
Also in the July-August 2019 issue: regional articles on Weis Markets in the U.S., Migros in Switzerland, Food Lover’s Market in South Africa, a Logan City administration building in Australia, Kokubu Group in Japan, and the 2022 Olympics in China. Global trend articles include a look at World Refrigeration Day and a call for new hydrocarbon charge standards for air conditioners.

June 2019 / Issue #101

NatRefs 101

With special coverage of the history of natural refrigerants, the June 2019 edition of Accelerate Magazine – the debut issue – traces the growth of natural refrigerants through the first 100 issues of Accelerate magazines from around the world.

Also in the June 2019 issue: regional sections covering natural refrigerant developments in North America, Europe, Australia, Japan and China; an update on the Kigali Amendment; World Refrigeration Day, and the new global charge limit for hydrocarbons.