Mid October 2018, during the international cooling fair Chillventa, the BMU, the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the IKI-project “Cool Contributions fighting Climate Change” jointly hosted an expert day bringing together split-AC-related policy and industry to discuss opportunities and challenges facing R290 split air conditioners (ACs) technology in Europe.
Around 40 experts listened to a series of speakers, centering on policy, technical- and capacity-related aspects. Public and private actors alike pointed out the increasing potential of R290 split AC technology as climate-friendly and energy-efficient solution for a fast-growing market, which is also subject to the phase down obligations of refrigerants with high global warming potential (GWP) under the EU F-Gas regulation. Following the input presentations, the floor was open for a vivid debate. Furthermore, Midea presented its Blue angel certified R290 inverter model and confirmed its market introduction in Europe for May 2019. More information about this event can be found on the IKI homepage (opens in a new window).