North America

ATMOsphere America Conference to Focus on Food Retail, Cold Chain and Latin America

The 2020 ATMOsphere America Conference, which will take place online for the first time October 20-22, will have a day dedicated to food retail, a day dedicated to the cold chain, and for the first time, a day focused on the Latin American market.

ATMOsphere America, organized by shecco (publisher of this website), is free to attend for end users and contractors. For more information about the full program, and how to register, click here.

shecco has held annual ATMOsphere America conferences at physical locations since 2012. The conference attracts hundreds of stakeholders dealing with natural refrigerant systems, including end users, contractors, manufacturers, consultants, engineers, architects, policy makers, academics, NGOs, and more. Attendees will be able to set up virtual meetings with conference sponsors.

The Platinum sponsor for the event is Kysor Warren, while Gold sponsors include Tecumseh, Carnot and Arneg. There are also 11 Silver and 11 Bronze sponsors. (See complete sponsor list here.

“We believe that by doing this year’s ATMOsphere America online, we will be able to deliver the same high-quality content that our HVAC&R community has come to know, while ensuring everyone’s safety,” said Marc Chasserot, CEO of shecco.

The program includes a keynote by Dan Hamza-Goodacre, Non-Executive Director at the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) and the ClimateWorks Foundation, and a member of the COP26 Champions Team.

Day one will feature a food retail end user/contractor panel, with representatives from retailers Longo’s and Hannaford, and contractors Neelands Group and Climate Pros. The panelists will discuss their experiences with transcritical CO2 and propane (R290) systems, and net zero energy.

The first day will also include case studies on commercial refrigeration, a panel on digitalization, and a discussion on the adoption of CO2 in the US, including Epta’s Full Transcritical Efficiency (FTE) technology.

Day two will focus on the cold chain, with another end user/contractor panel, including representatives from industrial end users Bimbo Bakeries USA, Grupo Bimbo and Shamrock Foods, and contractor Cimco. The representatives will discuss low-charge ammonia, ammonia/CO2 and transcritical CO2 systems.  

The second day will also include a North American policy session, with representatives from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR), the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Emerson. Another session will address utilities and incentives.

The last day of ATMOsphere America will focus entirely on natural refrigerant developments in Latin America, and the sessions will be conducted in Spanish. It will include a session where end users from Esmeralda, La Anónima, and Grupo Bimbo will share their experiences using natural refrigerants in Latin America.

The day will also include sessions on Cooling as a Service, policy, training and both commercial and industrial case studies.