Australian automotive sector seminar venues confirmed

future:gas is pleased to announce that all venues for the Australian leg of the automotive air-conditioning refrigerant seminar roadshow are confirmed.

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Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm seminar start and the seminar ends at 9pm, followed by doors close at 10pm.

The hour each side is to allow time for registrations, to browse the equipment and education displays, and for question and answer sessions. There will also be a mid-way break with a question and answer session plus time for refreshments and to browse the equipment and education displays.

In the list below, each venue title links to a Google Map of its location.

Adelaide SA: Tuesday, 1 August

Rydges South Park Adelaide

1 South Tce, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Melbourne VIC: Wednesday, 2 August

The Manningham Hotel

1 Thompsons Rd, Bulleen VIC 3105, Australia

Canberra ACT: Tuesday, 15 August

QT Canberra

1 London Cct, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

Sydney NSW: Wednesday, 16 August

Rydges Parramatta

116-118 James Ruse Dr, Rosehill NSW 2142, Australia

Newcastle NSW: Thursday, 17 August

Rydges Newcastle

Wharf Rd &, Merewether St, Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia

Brisbane QLD: Tuesday, 22 August

Rydges South Bank Brisbane

9 Glenelg St, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

Townsville QLD: Wednesday, 23 August

Townsville RSL

139 Charters Towers Rd, Hyde Park QLD 4812, Australia

Darwin NT: Tuesday, 5 September

The Venue at Fannie Bay

3/13 Fannie Bay Pl, Fannie Bay NT 0820, Australia

Perth WA: Wednesday, 6 September

Rydges Esplanade Hotel Fremantle

46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

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What is R1234yf?

R1234yf is a synthetic HFO refrigerant co-developed by DuPont and Honeywell as a successor to R134a for automotive air-conditioning applications.

Its global warming potential (GWP) is ultra-low, with a rating of less than 1. This means that one kilogram of R1234yf released to atmosphere has a significantly lower greenhouse effect than a kilogram of carbon dioxide. For comparison, R134a has a GWP of 1300.

Years of intensive research were undertaken by the automotive industry to find a replacement for R134a, resulting in the selection of R1234yf as the new standard refrigerant for new systems.

Compared with R134a, considerable upgrades to component quality and robustness, as well as compliance with a number of new SAE standards, have been engineered into R1234yf systems. The systems are designed to prevent potential refrigerant leakage onto the cabin.

From a service and repair standpoint, R1234yf has similar thermal properties to R134a, meaning there are only minor system layout and design differences and faults can be diagnosed using the same methods as R134a.

The biggest difference is R1234yf’s A2L flammability rating, which means it is mildly flammable. This has implications for workplace health and safety procedures and means Dangerous Goods rules apply to the storage, transport and handling of this gas.

To ensure workplace safety, new SAE standards apply to the equipment used to service R1234yf systems. Some equipment is rated as compatible with both R134a and R1234yf and some equipment is suitable only for R1234yf.

R134a service equipment and system components are not interchangeable with R1234yf systems unless they meet the relevant SAE standards.