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 Interviews  Training in Europe – an overview

Volker Stamer, SCHAUFLER Academy Director - BITZER

BITZER’s SCHAUFLER Academy opened last year to provide training specifically designed for technicians/engineers in the HVAC&R sector. What has been your assessment so far regarding training on natural refrigerants? The interest in our training at the SCHAUFLER Academy in Rottenburg (Germany) has been immense. Our CO2 and ammonia seminars in particular are much in demand, but propane is constantly growing in importance too. One reason for this is that the complexity of the systems and thus the need for training is increasing. CO2 (R744) for example has a global warming potential (GWP) of 1, making it virtually climate-neutral. However the thermal loads and the high operating pressures require well-trained specialists for efficient operation. What has been the feedback from people participating in the natural refrigerants training sessions organised by your organisation? The feedback from our seminars has been unanimously positive. The participants are enthusiastic about the amount of information and the concrete example applications. Our courses are led by employees with plenty of practical experience from the application engineering department, from sales and from product management. In specially equipped rooms we can also simulate real system conditions. On request, visitors on a guided academy tour can

learn more about the SCHAUFLER Academy’s energy concept which has won several awards, and how modern systems can be used efficiently so as to protect the environment. What do you see as the main challenges and barriers to offer natural refrigerants training in Europe? The sector is strongly characterised by small businesses employing craftsmen, who simply don’t have the time to send employees on training courses. It is also comparatively expensive for them. Everyone has to try hard to take suitable measures and create the right motivation. Apart from that, there are currently not enough training options. For about 2,850 specialist companies in this country for example, there are just a handful of training facilities, so with the international SCHAUFLER Academy, BITZER has created a modern facility which is open to everyone.

Giovanni Dorin Marketing Manager - Dorin

What has been your balance so far regarding training on natural refrigerants? We have handled in 2016 several training courses for our partners in handling and reparation of CO2 compressors on different applications. We strongly consider that the training of operators is deeply important in order to make transcritical applications easier and more appreciated. Technicians confidence in this relatively new and very interesting technology is absolutely the basis for a further development of Natural Refrigeration What has been the feedback from people participating in the natural refrigerants training sessions organized by your organization?

What do you see as the main challenges and barriers to offer natural refrigerants training in Europe? We do not foresee any significant barriers to offering natural refrigerant training neither within Dorin nor within Europe. How many people has your organization trained last year, and what is your estimate for the coming years on this number? We trained about 25 people in 2016 and we expect more or less the same number in 2017. As I said, it is not an open training but it’s reserved for our partners and their technicians on demand.

All the participants were profoundly interested and grateful for the very much interesting information given. They also appreciated very much the chance to have a hands on experience with the machines while attending the course.

How many people did your organization train last year, and what is your estimate for the coming years on this number? In 2016 we trained 2,300 specialists at the SCHAUFLER Academy. A number that we are proud of. Nevertheless, now and in the future we have a clear goal. At BITZER we count on the quality of the training and not on the quantity. After a seminar at the SCHAUFLER Academy you are at the latest state of the art.

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