ECAC Are Now the REAL Alternatives National Lead for Ireland

ECAC are proud to announce that we have been appointed the National Lead for REAL Alternatives for Ireland.   REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE has built on the successful REAL Skills Europe & REAL Zero containment approaches. (Refrigerants, Emissions And Leakage – Zero). It was prepared by a consortium of Partners from across Europe, co-funded by the EU, included training and professional institutes as well as employer representative bodies.

 

REAL Alternatives stated objectives are:
1. Increase knowledge amongst technicians in partner and stakeholder countries.
2. Address inconsistencies in skills across the whole of the EU
3. Overcome equipment operator and distributor concerns over safety, reliability,
containment, efficiency and standards restrictions
4. Support implementation of F Gas Regs and transition to low GWP alternatives

Flammable Refrigerants Training

This course is for technicians who are already experienced in handling non flammable refrigerants such as HFCs and who have a good understanding of system operation.

Scope of the flammable refrigerants training includes:

  • Hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants R290, R1270, R600a;

  • HFC R32;

  • HFO refrigerants R1234ze, R1234yf;

  • HFO blends such as R454A.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Real Alternatives

  • Background to the use of natural refrigerants

  • Flammable refrigerants – an introduction

  • Flammability and other safety hazards

  • Working Safely

  • Cylinders and cylinder handling

  • Service procedures

  • Reducing leak potential

  • Application of flammable refrigerants

  • System design differences

  • Theory assessment

  • Practical assessment

  • Feedback / summary

R744 (CO2) Training

Below is an outline of the theory and practical topics included in our two day R744 training session.   This session is for technicians who are already experienced in handling refrigerants such as HFCs and who have a good understanding of system operation.

Course Content

Day 1

  • Introduction to Real Alternatives

  • Background to the use of natural refrigerants

  • Introduction to R744Critical point and triple pointR744 hazards

  • Working Safely with R744R744 cascade systemsR744 as a pumped secondary refrigerant

  • Explanation of transcritical operation

  • Transcritical systems

Day 2

  • Review of Day 1

  • Transcritical booster systems

  • Reducing leak potential and improving resilience

  • Installation and commissioning of R744 systems

  • Service and repair of R744 systems

  • Theory assessment

  • Practical assessment

  • Feedback / summary

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