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The mobile app revolution also involves the HVAC/R market

Today it seems perfectly normal to get out our smartphone and with a simple touch of an icon, check our email, check the weather forecast, find a good restaurant for dinner tonight and invite our friends in a chat group. Our daily tasks are constantly facilitated by what those simple coloured icons let us do. Yet the technology behind them is relatively young: indeed, most of us will...
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Will artificial intelligence train humans?

I’m not a teacher. However, training has always been an important part of my professional and private life. I remember my first job as a consultant in the field of food safety. This was at the beginning of HACCP 1 , and part of my job involved training confectioners, canteen, restaurant and bar managers on the methods used to prevent food contamination. Twenty years later, I now deal with...
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Goose-bumps rooms, energy saving and IoT

A report from the ASHRAE Summer Conference in Houston, 23-27 June 2018 I landed in Houston on June 21 and was welcomed by a nice and warm breeze blowing in from the Gulf. “Summer again!”, I thought, after the intercontinental flight from Europe during which I felt a bit cold, even though I am used to a slightly low temperature on those long-haul flights. Taxi trip. After...
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What's the recipe for building a good product?

What is a good product? Have you ever wondered what a good product is? When I buy a product that I can easily install and start using, I can start to believe that “it’s a good product”. Last year I bought a home theatre: it suited my living room in terms of its colours and shape, I easily connected the 5+1 speakers using the coloured connectors, I connected it to the TV using the cable...
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Ten findings on the Australian HVAC/R market

It seems that the characteristic optimism of Australians is also reflected in the country’s HVAC/R market. Whereas HFC refrigerant prices in Europe are rising dramatically, and the lack of a drop-in for R-410A is creating great concern among stakeholders, the general feeling in Australia is that the phase down will go smoothly. This was one of the conclusions I brought back home after spending...
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China Refrigeration Expo 2018: a milestone for the HVAC&R industry

Once again this year, CAREL took part in “China Refrigeration Expo”, the most important event in the APAC region for the HVAC&R industry. This year’s Chinaref was held in Beijing, the capital of China, making the event more influential in political terms. “Coal to electric”,”natural refrigerants” and “energy efficiency” were the topics attracting most focus from industrial experts,...
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Kigali, energy efficiency and control schemes - 2nd part

The Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol was signed on 16 October 2016, with the intention of phasing out HFCs, being contributors to global warming. Interestingly, a request to “the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel 1 to review energy efficiency opportunities in the refrigeration and air-conditioning and heat-pump sectors related to a transition to climate-friendly...
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Kigali, energy efficiency and control schemes - 1st part

The Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol was signed on 16 October 2016, with the intention of phasing out HFCs, being contributors to global warming. Interestingly, a request to “the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel 1 to review energy efficiency opportunities in the refrigeration and air-conditioning and heat-pump sectors related to a transition to climate-friendly...
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Amazing smart technology: are we ready for the new Nerds?

Last night I was watching a TV game show: there was a 23-year-old contestant who didn’t know that the acronym CPU stood for the central processing unit of a personal computer. This seemed strange to me, and so I started wondering why. When I was that age, a little less than 20 years ago, a computer was an object of desire, whose hardware specifications, such as the processor, RAM and hard...
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DCW London - Continuous evolution of Data Centres: IoT, edge and “fog computing”

Once again this year Carel took part in “Data Centre World” (DCW) London, one of the most important events in this sector worldwide, attracting the main operators in the field of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) infrastructure. The trade show is held in conjunction with other events (Cloud Expo, Cloud Security Expo, Big Data World and Smart IoT) and thus represents a very...
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