In response to environmental concerns raised by the use of high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is launching an industry-wide cooperative research program to identify and evaluate promising alternative refrigerants for major product categories.
These include air conditioners, heat pumps, dehumidifiers, chillers, water heaters, ice makers, and refrigeration equipment. The program, referred to as the Low GWP Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program, or low GWP AREP, is strongly desired by the industry to assess the research needs, accelerate industry's response to environmental challenges raised by the use of high GWP refrigerants, and avoid duplicative work.
Benchmarking Risk by Whole Room Scale Leaks and Ignitions Testing of A2L Refrigerants, P. Gandhi, G. Hunter, R. Haseman and B. Rodgers, 2017 (AHRTI-9007-01)
Final Test Reports by Category
Reference List for low GWP Refrigerants Testing
The program consists of compressor calorimeter testing, system drop-in testing, soft-optimized system testing, and heat transfer testing. All tests other than heat transfer coefficient measurements are expected to be performed at participating companies' laboratories, using their own resources, at their own expense. The Low GWP AREP program will be managed by a technical committee reporting to the AHRI Executive Committee. The AHRI Research Department administers the Low-GWP AREP program, coordinates and disseminates information and reports among the participating companies and the observers. Representatives of interested organizations should contact AHRI's Research Department for further information. Questions should be directed to: Mr. Karim Amrane, Vice President, Regulatory and Research Mr. Xudong Wang, Manager of Research. To access the Low-GWP AREP Technical Committee meeting minutes, available only to AHRI members, please login and go to www.ahrinet.org/AREP.