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HVACR Live 2023 opens with a positive buzz after five year hiatus

HVACR Live opened with a positive and excited buzz last week after a five year hiatus due to the pandemic. Exhibitors and attendees alike found the event informative, engaging, and a great opportunity to network and learn more about the latest trends and technologies in the industry.

HVACR Live took place at London Excel on 18 and 19 April 2023.

One of the highlights of the event was the diverse range of exhibitors, showcasing their latest products and services. Visitors were able to explore the latest innovations in air conditioning and refrigeration, with a wide range of products on display, including energy-efficient cooling systems, air conditioning units, refrigeration equipment, and much more. From large international brands to smaller, specialised suppliers, there was something for everyone at the event including:

Toshiba's stand was shared with Carrier and Riello, and taking centre stage was the latest generation of its flagship variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system, SHRM Advance. This complete's the company's range of full-scale, high performance heat recovery VRF systems operating on R-32. 

Clivet's stand had many examples from throughout its ranges and explained to visitors how they make buildings 'breathe'. Clivet was keen to demonstrate competitive pricing, efficiencies, certifications and smart tech control strategies.

Making a splash with a creative stand that had steam venting overhead, Humidity Solutions was promoting humidifiers and dehumidifiers, starting with the SKE4 resistive electric steam humidifier and Vapac electrode boilers.

Sanhua was promoting products that had been performance tested in the company's own modern labs, including brazed heat exchangers and variable speed drives.

Frascold had examples of it FVR series of semi-hermetic screw compressors and was focussed particularly on the ATEX certification that they carry. 

Petra was focussed on data centres with a cooling unit that avoided thermal bridging. In addition, the company had on display an R290 chiller that had an air handling unit fully incorporated. 

'Price Plunge' was Diversitech's promotion at the show and the business had a number of practical solutions on display - from a gas detector that covers all gases except CO2, to a tiltable condenser mount with drip tray.

In addition to the exhibitors, the event also features a series of informative seminars and presentations from industry experts. These seminars covered a wide range of topics, including F-Gas regulations and standards, innovations in technology, diversity and sustainability in the industry. A number of exhibitors took to the stage to cover the technical detail of some of their key products while other presenters spoke about topical matters.

Phil Draper from CIBSE opened the seminar programme talking about the practical application for energy reduction and paths to removal of gas as a primary heat source. Mel Gumbs, president of CIPHE also took to the stage to talk about current heating issues.

Eurovent delivered two seminars. The EU still has a huge influence on developments and legislation in Britain, so Beyza Aykurt looked at the British vs European HVACR markets with a comparison of key features and market evolution. Meanwhile, sustainability is at the heart of most things in industry these days so Ian Butler discussed the reliability of air handling unit data and its consequences for energy consumption.

Shane Brennan from Cold Chain Federation was talking about understanding your customers – reducing energy costs and promoting sustainability to cold chain operators.

Neil Roberts of Climalife explained how choosing the right refrigerant, good practice and taking the long-term view can help save costs.

D & I Advocate Lisa-Jaye Cook will be presented a very well-received talk encouraging industry to take a collaborative approach to diversity.

The Institute of Refrigeration hosted a number of informative seminars. Of particular note was a look at the proposed EU F-gas amendments and how they might affect the UK by Graeme Fox.

 Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out, HVACR Live is a must-visit event for anyone involved in this industry.

The picture gallery is now live on the website: Gallery 2023 | HVAC & Refrigeration LIVE (hvacrlive.com)

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