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A popular German textbook on natural refrigerants will be translated into English and released in print and digital form in October.

The English version, which will be titled Natural Refrigerants: Applications and Practical Guidelines, was first published in 2019 by German publisher, VDE Verlag.

The publisher has partnered with Shecco and adapted the book for a global audience.

The book was the brainchild of professor Michael Kauffeld of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany, who wrote the chapters on thermophysical properties, ice slurry, and N2O as refrigerant for applications below -50°C (-58°F) focusing on air-cycle technology. He is one of the textbook’s three editors.

The other editors are Michael Eckert, co-owner and chief engineer at the ammonia refrigeration company Kälte Eckert, and Volker Siegismund, professor at Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Mosbach. 

Each chapter is written by an expert in the specific area. Professor Armin Hafner of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology wrote the chapter on CO2.

While Michael Eckert contributed the ammonia chapter, Joachim Schadt, managing director and owner of Secon, a company that builds hydrocarbon chillers, and his former colleague Irmgard Bauer, wrote about hydrocarbons.

Juergen Suess, former CTO of Efficient Energy, the company that developed the water-only E-chiller, together with his colleague Florian Hanslik, covered water as refrigerant. 

The publisher VDE Verlag told Global Cold Chain News that the biggest obstacle of natural refrigerant adoption is a lack of information and training on the subject.

The 300-plus-page textbook is aimed at an audience of planners, plant designers and operators of refrigeration and air conditioning systems, builders, architects, apprentices and students in the field of refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump technology. 

The textbook presents the experiences and techniques of industrial refrigeration and transfers them to commercial refrigeration applications.

It also covers general conditions and legal requirements for the use of natural refrigerants, particularly standards.

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