China sets temperature limit for air conditioning

The lower limit for using air conditioning to cool buildings in China has been set as 26°C by the government as part of a plan to cut energy consumption by 20%. The news came on a day when the temperature in Shanghai was 37°C — and expected to be hotter the next day. Compared with a setpoint of 21°C, this new limit would reduce the energy used for air conditioning by over 30% for that ambient temperature.

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Heat pump market represents a colossal opportunity, says BESA

BESA’s head of technical Graeme Fox said the heat pump market represented “an absolutely colossal opportunity” for suitably qualified engineers but warned that the industry would have “to rapidly scale up capacity and needed considerable investment in additional skills to deliver all these hugely ambitious targets”.

Mitsubishi Electric launches modular R32 e-series chiller

Mitsubishi Electric has launched an R32 version of its popular e-series chillers, available in 150kW and 180kW units.