Polar Technology is First in the Industry to Reclaim New Generation Refrigerant

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First to market in reclaiming R-1234yf refrigerant for the automobile industry.

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Early this year the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Training Event and Tradeshow provided an update on the state of the introduction of the latest refrigerant R-1234yf to the American auto industry. According to this article from VehicleServicepros.com “Aftermarket shops at some point will need to invest in recovery, recycle, and recharge (RRR) machines that will handle the new refrigerant.” These measures will need to be taken quickly as the new refrigerant will become mandatory by 2017.

This movement is based on the fact that R-1234yf, a type of Hydrofluoroolefins (HFO), the newest generation of refrigerant being used in cooling devices, is claimed to be more environmentally friendly than the previously used R-134a refrigerant. HFO’s in general have a low global warming potential (GWP), making them a very attractive choice that falls in under the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. Despite HFO’s low GWP, this refrigerant is still under the jurisdiction of the EPA’s 609 and 608 of the Clean Air Act. What this means is that all HFO’s must be reclaimed just like any other refrigerant.

There are many supporters of this new refrigerant including a recent statement from General Motors announcing it has chosen R-1234yf as their choice as a new, more environmentally safe air conditioning refrigerant in their vehicles. This is a large commitment as in pervious years the European auto industry had pushed back on the adoption due to the expense associated with the gas.

The expense of adapting the service industry combined with the elevated cost of new R-1234yf has created a demand for less costly reclaimed gases. Polar Technology has answered that call and is leading the industry in its ability to reclaim and recycle this new refrigerant. They have invested heavily in research that will allow them to reclaim these HFO’s with the highest accuracy and purity possible. The ability to analyze the purity of any gas reclaimed is imperative in order to avoid contamination in the recycling process and maintain compliance with EPA regulations. Additionally, Polar Technology can easily implement TrakRef®, a refrigerant management software, for any customer who needs to accurately manage, track and report R-1234yf ensuring complete EPA compliance.

About Polar Technology
Polar Technology strives to be our customers most trusted partner, helping them innovate, connect and grow. For more than 20 years, Polar Technology has built a solid reputation in responsible refrigerant reclamation and recovery but the knowledge that we have gained along with our commitment to customers lead us to create a refrigerant management solution called TrakRef®,. TrakRef®, is a cloud-based SaaS solution that connects all stakeholders involved, maximizing the value of refrigerant and creating sustainable growth for our customers. With manufacturing facilities in Nashville, TN, Ontario, CA and Puerto Rico, Polar now delivers a complete refrigerant management solution that increases customer loyalty, sharpens your competitive edge, provides significant savings and ensures regulatory compliance. For more information about Polar Technology or TrakRef®, please visit http://www.refrigerantauthority.com.

About SNAP
The Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program is EPA's program to evaluate and regulate substitutes for the ozone-depleting chemicals that are being phased out under the stratospheric ozone protection provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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