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MTG.LowGWP Lower Global Warming Potential Alternative Refrigerants

Scope

MTG.LowGWP will coordinate TC/TG/TRG technical activities to help transition the HVAC&R industry to sustainable lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) alternative refrigerants. The MTG will further request participation from US DOE, AHRI, and others with shared goal. The MTG responsibilities include research, development and presentation of technical programs of all types on alternative lower GWP refrigerants, suggestions for Life Cycle Climate Performance (LCCP) systems evaluation for different applications, development of lower GWP solutions for different applications, and a special publication detailing aspects of LCCP applied to the HVAC&R fields.

 

Objective/Impact

This MTG will create a synergy between TCs working on advancing the HVAC&R state-of-the-art. The Members will coordinate the efforts undertaken by TCs 1.1, 1.3, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 8.2, 8.4, 8.5, 8.7, 8.11, 10.1, and 10.7 plus SSPC 15, SSPC 34 and the work of AHAM, AHRI, U.L., and UNEP to investigate the performance of alternative refrigerants and refrigerant blends proposed by TC 3.1. The MTG will also work closely with TC3.2 and TC3.4 to ensure the compatibility of the new refrigerants with current and future systems. Furthermore, the MTG will coordinate the results obtained from research performed in different TCs with TCs 1.5, 2.5 and 4.1 to establish a standardized LCCP evaluation in order to ensure that the lower GWP refrigerants do not contribute more emissions indirectly. Results from the work coordinated by this MTG will be published in ASHRAE handbook chapters sponsored by different committees. The diversity of the MTG participating TC membership will result in stronger impact on the HVAC&R community and ensure faster and sustainable transition to environmentally friendly refrigerants

 

Roster

Name

Position on MTG

Voting

Representing

Members

Jim Wolf

Chair

Y

ASHRAE

Julia Keen

Vice-Chair

Y

ASHRAE

Mike Vaughn

Secretary

N

ASHRAE

Brian Fricke

Research Co-chair

n/a

TC 10.7

Ken Schultz

Research Co-chair

N

self

Philip Johnson

Codes & Stds. Subc. Chair

n/a

TC 8.2

Steven Eckels

Program Subc. Chair

n/a

TC 8.5

Debra Kennoy

Member

Y

SSPC 34

Dennis Dorman

Member

Y

SSPC 15

Raymond Rite

Member

Y

TC1.1

Omar Abdelaziz

Member

Y

TC 1.3

Larry Burns

Member

Y

TC 2.5

Steve Kujak

Member

Y

TC 3.1

Thomas Leck

Member

Y

TC 3.2

Marc Scancarello

Member

Y

TC 3.3

Joseph Karnaz

Member

Y

TC 3.4

Philip Johnson

Member

Y

TC 8.2

Vikrant Aute

Member

Y

TC 8.4

Steven Eckels

Member

Y

TC 8.5

Dermot McMorrow

Member

Y

TC 8.7

Dutch Uselton

Member

Y

TC 8.11

Doug Scott

Member

Y

TC 10.1

Brian Fricke

Member

Y

TC 10.7

Wayne Morris

Member

Y

AHAM

Xudong Wang

Member

Y

AHRI

Brian Rodgers

Member

Y

U.L.

Shamila Nair-Bedouelle

Member

Y

UNEP

22 total voting

 

Alternates

Samuel Yana-Motta

Alternate #1

N

SSPC 34

Chris Seeton

Alternate #2

N

SSPC 34

Greg Scrivener

Alternate #1

N

SSPC 15

Sankar Padhmanabhan

Alternate #1

N

TC 1.1

S. M. Sami

Alternate #2

N

TC 1.1

Satheesh Kulankara

Alternate #1

N

TC 1.3

Evraam Gorgy

Alternate #2

N

TC 1.3

John Karakash

Alternate #1

N

TC 2.5

Barbara Minor

Alternate #1

N

TC 3.1

Bob Richard

Alternate #2

N

TC 3.1

Greg Linteris

Alternate #3

N

TC 3.1

Kenji Takizawa

Alternate #4

N

TC 3.1

Bob Low

Alternate #5

N

TC 3.1

Sonny Sundaresan

Alternate #1

N

TC 3.2

Alan Cohen

Alternate #2

N

TC 3.2

Danny Halel

Alternate #1

N

TC 3.4

Chris Seeton

Alternate #2

N

TC 3.4

Konstantinos Kontomaris

Alternate #1

N

TC 8.2

Yirong Jiang

Alternate #1

N

TC 8.4

Patrick Geoghegan

Alternate #2

N

TC 8.4

Satheesh Kulankara

Alternate #1

N

TC 8.5

Doug Tucker

Alternate #1

N

TC 8.7

Ankit Sethi

Alternate #1

N

TC 8.11

Dan Dettmers

Alternate #1

N

TC 10.1

Wayne Borrowman

Alternate #2

N

TC 10.1

Charles Hon

Alternate #1

N

TC 10.7

Tim Anderson

Alternate #2

N

TC 10.7

Randy Cooper

Alternate #1

N

AHAM

Karim Amrane

Alternate #1

N

AHRI

Scott MacLeod

Alternate #1

N

U.L.

Ayman Eltalouny

Alternate #1

N

UNEP

 

Liaisons

Mike Bilderbeck

Liaison

N

TAC Chair

Tom Justice

Liaison

N

MTG Section Head

Michael R Vaughn

Liaison

N

Staff Liaison

 

 

Current Projects/ Goals

  • WS-1806, Flammable Refrigerants Post-Ignition Simulation and Risk Assessment Update. Status: Expect to bid & award in early fall 2016
  • WS-1807, Guidelines for Flammable Refrigerant Handling, Transporting, Storing, and Equipment Servicing and Installation. Status: Expect to bid & award in late fall 2016
  • WS-1808, Servicing and Installing Equipment Using Flammable Refrigerants: Assessment of Field-made Mechanical Joints. Status: Expect to bid & award in late fall 2016
  • Identify other ASHRAE projects related to alternative refrigerants and the best path for the MTG to contribute to them.
  • Maintain and review future conference deadlines for publications related to MTG scope and goals.
  • Coordinate LCCP related efforts with IIR LCCP working party.
 

Accomplishments

  • MTG formation was approved at Jan 2012 ASHRAE (Chicago) meeting.  Kick-off teleconference was held 28-Mar-2013.
  • Hold regular meetings (at least 4 within a year):  MTG had regular meetings before, during and after ASHRAE meetings to coordinate Low GWP activities with the relevant TCs
  • Membership now encompasses 14 TCs, 2 SSPC and 4 outside organizations.
  • Establish a strong program activity to increase the ASHRAE membership awareness on the current activity regarding alternative lower global warming refrigerants. 2 seminars were held in Dallas and 4 in Denver, 2 planned for Las Vegas.
  • The MTG since its inception has tracked current research activities relevant to its mission and coordinated between different TCs in this regard. The MTG also disseminated related information stemming from AHRI AREP and IIR LCCP working party to their committees. In 2016, MTG.LowGWP was granted authority by the ASHRAE Technical Activities Committee (TAC) to develop and sponsor their own research projects. See above for listing of first three projects being developed.
 

Meeting Times

  • Periodic teleconferences between conferences as needed
  • Scheduled Meetings:
    • Sunday afternoon at Society meetings from 5 pm to 6 pm
    • Wednesday mornings at Society meetings from 10 am to 12 pm
 

Minutes

 

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