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Retrofitting in Kuwait, Oman and the UAE

Ashok Jha, Head, FM & Retrofit Projects, Universal Voltas LLC, provides an overview of trends driving demand for retrofits in Kuwait, Oman and the UAE

Added: Jan 18, 2021 | By Hannah Jo Uy


A complete 180

Dan Mizesko, Managing Partner/President, U.S. Chiller Services International, speaks candidly on how the changing political landscape and occupancy trends, triggered by COVID-19, will impact the built-environment across the United States. Excerpts from the interview he gave to Hannah Jo Uy of Climate Control Middle East…

Added: | By Hannah Jo Uy


Building for the “new normal”

The drying up of new projects from COVID-triggered economic uncertainty has spurred greater awareness and interest towards retrofit projects. Will the new wave of retrofits place greater emphasis on IAQ, or like before, will efforts solely be towards energy efficiency, with an eye on reducing operational costs? Hannah Jo Uy has the story…

Added: | By Hannah Jo Uy

‘The UAE leadership has a view of the future – and it is not just tomorrow’

Tomas Anker Christensen speaks exclusively with Hannah Jo Uy of Climate Control Middle East on his appointment as Denmark’s first Climate Ambassador, opportunities for greater cooperation between the UAE and Denmark and the intangible benefits of cultivating local expertise and solutions. Excerpts…

Added: Jan 11, 2021 | By Hannah Jo Uy

Climate change and the larger picture of finances

Mayor James Brainard of the city of Carmel, in the US state of Indiana, is into his seventh consecutive term in office, a unique position to bring about serious change in energy use among his electorate. A Republican, he is an advocate of the need to curb energy use and supports the Paris Agreement. Here, in an exclusive interview to Surendar Balakrishnan of Climate Control Middle East magazine, he speaks of focusing on low hanging fruit in addressing climate change and, at the same time, of being mindful of the need to protect those invested in the fossil fuel industry. Excerpts…

Added: Jan 7, 2021 | By B Surendar


The bane of district cooling

How long should we have to live with the migraine that the Low ΔT Syndrome has come to represent, ask Philips Tharakan and Mohammed Faiz, adding that the answer may lie in deploying Intelligent ΔT Management Systems

Added: Jan 5, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


Spirotech wins Ingersoll Rand Supplier Quality Award

Spirotech, part of the Lu-VE Group, earns honour for its consistent improvement in quality-related KPIs by using operational excellence and quality improvement tools, says company’s representative

Added: Feb 14, 2019 | By CCME Content Team


‘Sustainability requires significant shift in mindset’

Sébastien Arbola, CEO, Engie MESCAT (Middle East, South and Central Asia and Turkey), speaks with Hannah Jo Uy of Climate Control Middle East on how regulation could pave the way for the alignment of public and private sector interests, the need for greater collaboration in the move towards sustainability and solar power’s future role in alleviating the heavy demand of air conditioning on existing energy grids. Excerpts from the interview…

Added: Feb 12, 2019 | By Hannah Jo Uy


Solar on the way up, but questions galore

How will the narrative surrounding renewable energy in the Middle East affect stakeholders within the HVACR industry, given that air conditioning is responsible for a significant portion of a building’s energy consumption?

Added: Feb 11, 2019 | By Hannah Jo Uy


The ‘R’ Word

A microgrid would be helpful in islanding the Middle East region from problems, says Tom Nyquist, Executive Director, Facilities Engineering & Campus Energy, Princeton University, in this interview with Ranjana Konatt of Climate Control Middle East. Excerpts from the interview, in which he provides an overview on the upcoming opportunities to contribute to the goal of achieving a net-zero carbon footprint…

Added: Feb 10, 2019 | By Ranjana Konatt

Before Gridiron Day

With an emphasis on energy efficiency, emissions, indoor environmental quality, IoT and cybersecurity, the 2019 AHR EXPO more than held its own amidst the growing anticipation and excitement surrounding the Super Bowl in early February, writes Surendar Balakrishnan, Editor, Climate Control Middle East…

Added: | By B Surendar

Regional strategic direction drives accessories market

With questions on the size of the HVAC accessories market in the Middle East region garnering mixed reactions, Ranjana Konatt persuades industry professionals to discuss the opportunities in, and challenges of, functioning as manufacturers and suppliers within the segment.

Added: | By Ranjana Konatt


‘If you are truly interested in efficiency, you never rest’

The campus at the University of Texas at Austin, in the United States, is spread across 280 acres of land and is known for its integrated microgrid, featuring a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant. The single-largest electrical load is the cooling system, with a capacity to provide 60,600 tonnes of refrigeration to the campus. With 160 buildings connected to the grid, Juan Ontiveros, Associate Vice President, Utilities, Energy and Facilities Management, at the university, provides an insight into the past five years of achieving an annual energy efficiency of 84-87%, while also focusing on the challenges that lie ahead. Excerpts from an interview he gave to Ranjana Konatt of Climate Control Middle East…

Added: Jan 20, 2019 | By Ranjana Konatt

What the Hx?

Representatives from the industry decode the heat exchangers market, including its estimated size in the region, technological advancements and challenges

Added: Jan 17, 2019 | By Ranjana Konatt


The Six Pillars to achieving growth

People, society, experience, place, economy and the government are the six pillars to progress, says Director, Health and Safety Department, Dubai Municipality

Added: | By Ranjana Konatt

‘In Ras Al Khaimah, we aim to have one regulation to simplify the impact on the value chain’

Andrea Di Gregorio, Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables, Municipality Department, Ras Al Khaimah, outlines the emirate’s roadmap towards its 2040 energy targets, elaborates on the Green Building codes, standards and regulations that are set to be implemented and provides an update on the retrofit programme being rolled out by the municipality. Excerpts from the interview with Hannah Jo Uy…

Added: Dec 6, 2018 | By Hannah Jo Uy

The virtue of ambition

While opinions regarding Germany’s ability to meet its ambitious environmental targets vary among stakeholders, these very targets have undoubtedly enhanced efforts to improve building performance. How are HVAC manufacturers navigating the regulations that have emerged as a result, while maintaining competitive advantage and keeping up with consumer demand? Hannah Jo Uy has the story…

Added: Dec 4, 2018 | By Hannah Jo Uy


Deciphering the ever-evolving pumps market

Pumps used in cooling towers play an important role in the overall performance of a building’s cooling system. What are the key drivers in this ever-evolving market, and what is its trajectory of growth?

Added: | By Ranjana Konatt

A swing in sentiment

Surendar Balakrishnan, Editor, Climate Control Middle East, presents a glimpse of the VRF landscape in Saudi Arabia

Added: Oct 11, 2018 | By B Surendar

Unravelling the upsurge in the insulation market

Insulation is significant for better IAQ and energy efficiency. What role do innovation and overall perception assume, as the insulation market steers towards growth?

Added: Oct 10, 2018 | By Ranjana Konatt


‘Innovation is key to achieving energy efficiency’

In the United Arab Emirates, 44% of projects will use renewable energy by 2050, Saudi Arabia is aiming for 10% by 2023 and Kuwait for 15% by 2030, says President, Ted Jacob Engineering

Added: Oct 7, 2018 | By Ranjana Konatt

All hands on deck

John Dulac, Energy Analyst, Energy Technology Policy Division, International Energy Agency (IEA), speaks on policy, the need for collaboration and the lack of incentives for efficient products to become market standard. Excerpts from the interview with Hannah Jo Uy…

Added: Aug 9, 2018 | By Hannah Jo Uy

A case of the market moving ahead of policy

Has North America’s history of advocating sustainability laid a firm enough foundation to ensure the momentum of energy efficiency in the built-environment, regardless of government incentives and targets? Has the market matured in such a manner that HVACR manufacturers’ drive to innovate has shifted from the need to comply with changing, often conflicting, regulations to addressing the demand of more educated consumers and taking efforts towards gaining global competitive advantage? Hannah Jo Uy has the story…

Added: Jul 15, 2018 | By Hannah Jo Uy

Is Microsoft’s underwater data centre the future?

Ben Cutler, Manager, Project Natick, speaks exclusively on Microsoft’s move to build an underwater data centre, as part of its efforts to look into the benefits of a standard and deployable undersea data centre for cloud users worldwide. Excerpts from the interview with Hannah Jo Uy…

Added: Jul 12, 2018 | By Hannah Jo Uy


The building is a differentiator to attract talent

Dr Joseph G Allen, Assistant Professor, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, and Director, Healthy Buildings, Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment, speaks on how healthy buildings can benefit HR and other functions, in this free-ranging interview with Surendar Balakrishnan...

Added: Jun 26, 2018 | By B Surendar


The cost of comfort…

How are air conditioning manufacturers innovating to ensure that cooling is not merely a privilege but a right, with electricity costs in Australia skyrocketing, driven by subsidies to renewables? And with the premium being placed on efficiency, how does IEQ rank in the hierarchy of needs? Hannah Jo Uy has the story…

Added: Jun 12, 2018 | By Hannah Jo Uy

Not ‘smart’ enough!

While building management systems have been widely deployed, industry insiders suggest it’s a long road ahead for their full potential to be realised. Benwen Lopez of Climate Control Middle East has the story…

Added: Jun 11, 2018 | By Benwen Lopez


A united front

In Japan, energy insecurity paves the way for partnership and bespoke solutions. Championing a holistic approach to develop more resilient communities, public and private sectors present a united front in championing energy efficiency, both in supply and demand. How are air conditioning manufacturers participating in this dialogue while maintaining competitive advantage in the global market? Hannah Jo Uy has the story...

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‘Competition is high but the cash flow is slow’

Although research suggests that the HVACR accessories sector is poised for growth in the coming months, industry insiders concur that the sector is faced with a number of challenges. Benwen Lopez has the story...

Added: May 13, 2018 | By Benwen Lopez

‘IEQ and energy efficiency must be balanced’

Dr Marilyn Black, Vice President and Senior Technical Advisor, UL, and Founder, GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, while in conversation with Benwen Lopez, shares her insights on the principles of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and initiatives begun by UL...

Added: Apr 12, 2018 | By Benwen Lopez

Winds of Change

How are robotics and artificial intelligence shaping the HVAC industry? What are the implications?

Added: Mar 17, 2018 | By Benwen Lopez

An integrated approach

Economic concerns have not dampened Italy’s drive to meet its environmental targets. Reportedly, the country’s integrated efforts to promote sustainable practices across the value chain have impacted consumer behaviour and building practices. How are HVACR manufacturers coping with the resulting trends, and what are the implications for Brand Italy in the global market? Hannah Jo Uy has the story...

Added: Feb 13, 2018 | By CCME Content Team


MEFMA conducts energy-efficiency seminar

Forum, a part of the association’s efforts to fully integrate sustainability into Middle East's FM community, sees participation from renowned FM experts in the region, tackles a wide range of key topics, including Intelligent Utility Metering and Analytics and strategies for reducing a business’ cooling costs.

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Towards achieving nZEB

Nearly zero-energy buildings are not just a global reality but rather are being recognised as being the need of the hour to reduce the use of energy, says Benwen Lopez, as he looks into the nZEB framework in the GCC region.

Added: Jan 15, 2018 | By CCME Content Team


Etisalat in IoT drive

IoT solutions set to boost the country’s energy-efficiency graph, says official

Added: Jan 11, 2018 | By Benwen Lopez

‘Delayed payment norms have been driving down projects’

Ajit Abraham, Territory Manager – Building Service Products at Leminar Air Conditioning, talks to Benwen Lopez of Climate Control Middle East about the peripherals of the HVAC insulation market. Excerpts from the interview…

Added: Dec 10, 2017 | By CCME Content Team


Pumping forward

With the water demand graph spiralling up, industry insiders believe market drivers, such as energy efficiency, retrofit opportunities and disruptive technologies now propel the pump market. Benwen Lopez reports...

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Yushi Group eyes UAE market

Official says Taiwanese company is looking to reinforce its position in the GCC region; emphasises energy-efficient and fire-resistant properties of glass products

Added: | By Hannah Jo Uy

Hospitably speaking

Dilip Sinha, General Manager, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Honeywell, talks with Hannah Jo Uy of Climate Control Middle East on how integrated solutions can help the hospitality sector reduce energy consumption and enhance customer experience through smart control of cooling systems…

Added: Nov 30, 2017 | By CCME Content Team


SKM launches R-1234ze chillers

UAE-based air conditioning manufacturer says initiative will help meet higher energy-efficiency standards in the region

Added: Oct 29, 2017 | By CCME Content Team


nZEB trend gathers steam in the GCC region

Industry insider believes technology maturity and greater awareness among end-users will prove to be key factors for the progress of nZEB in the region

Added: | By Benwen Lopez

VRF industry steps up its game

Technology offers solutions for more complex problems, say most manufacturers, and consultants, by and large, agree

Added: Oct 10, 2017 | By Hannah Jo Uy


WEG introduces new K1W water-cooled motor

Company says its 700 kW motor from its subsidiary, Antriebstechnik KATT Hessen features high efficiency and many application options

Added: Jul 17, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

An ‘evalving’ market

How is the valve segment evolving? What are the determining factors that will drive the segment? Benwen Lopez reports...

Added: Jul 15, 2017 | By Benwen Lopez

Towards redefining the compressors segment

By embracing digitalisation, compressor technology is accelerating to new levels of innovation and driving towards energy-efficiency goals. Benwen Lopez reports…

Added: May 24, 2017 | By Benwen Lopez

Information on the go

Dilip Sinha, General Manager (Middle East, Turkey and Africa), Honeywell-Environmental and Energy Solutions, talks to Benwen Lopez of Climate Control Middle East on the company’s initiatives related to intelligent building systems. Excerpts from the interview…

Added: May 18, 2017 | By Benwen Lopez


Germany going the BIM way

Matthias Kasprowicz, Regional Managing Director of TROX, highlights the benefits of using the Building Information Modelling technology

Added: Apr 5, 2017 | By Nayantara N


Green financing opportunities available in Jordan

The Central Bank of Jordan and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, among others, are offering help, says Ruba Al-Zu’bi, the CEO of EDAMA Association, an NGO based in Jordan.

Added: Apr 4, 2017 | By Nayantara N


On the road to 2030

With nearly a year having gone by since Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 was unveiled, Climate Control Middle East takes a look at what the Kingdom has been doing to ensure that its policies and programmes are aligned with the transformational reforms outlined in the framework, and how the HVACR industry is faring in the resultant economic climate.

Added: Mar 27, 2017 | By CCME Content Team


The energy regulations are moving in the right direction

David W Budzinski, Vice President - Indirect Channels & Distribution, MEA at Johnson Controls, talks to B Surendar, Editor, Climate Control Middle East, on the company’s present and future vision, and its commitment to providing energy-efficient products and solutions for the GCC region.

Added: Mar 19, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

Green growth needs incentives, better enforcement of building codes

On the sidelines of AMWAJ 2016*, Ruba Al-Zu'bi, the CEO of EDAMA Association, an NGO based in Jordan, spoke with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East about her experience as a founding member of the Jordan Green Building Council and shared details about the country’s efforts in promoting green growth and sustainable development. Excerpts from the interview…

Added: Mar 1, 2017 | By Fatima de la Cerna


Sectoral perspectives on IEQ

Representatives from the healthcare, hospitality and education sectors explored in detail the link between indoor environmental quality and the health of building occupants at the 4th edition of the World IEQ Forum.

Added: Feb 6, 2017 | By Fatima de la Cerna

Vigilating from far away

Krish Saxena elaborates on the benefits of remote monitoring and management in commercial refrigeration

Added: Jan 30, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

Going public with IEQ

The 4th edition of the World IEQ Forum underscored the critical role the public sector plays in achieving indoor environmental quality targets, through presentations and addresses delivered by leaders and representatives from various government agencies, as well as a discussion on IEQ-related standards and regulations. We bring you the first of our two-part coverage of the Forum.

Added: Jan 26, 2017 | By Fatima de la Cerna

Striking a balance

While energy efficiency is gaining significant attention, and retrofitting is being incentivised, indoor air quality needs to be equally considered and carefully balanced in new buildings and retrofitting efforts, says Aisha Al Abdooli, Director, Air Quality Department at the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, in this interview with B Surendar of Climate Control Middle East. Excerpts…

Added: Oct 20, 2016 | By B Surendar

State of the industry: Building performance

The leadership in the GCC region has been introducing a raft of vision statements and measures to encourage, urge and support the multiple stakeholders to raise the bar on building performance. Such path-breaking initiatives and thought processes as region-specific Green Building regulations, building-retrofit programmes, nearly zero-energy buildings, smart cities and IoT point to the right direction in terms of intent. Broadly, we are witness to market transformation and positive disruptive approaches, which have the potential to cut project timelines, and improve energy efficiency, indoor environment, reliability and resource conservation. But are building owners, architects, consultants, sub-consultants, contractors, sub-contractors and FM firms prepared to align themselves with these changes, broadly speaking? Are they showing a willingness to rise to the occasion? Or, are there factors – some self-induced and some beyond their control – that are proving to be challenges in the pathway to optimising their performance towards delivering better buildings? Climate Control Middle East brings you a two-part state-of-the-industry report, with the focus on the MEP consultancy and MEP contracting sectors. At the same time, the narrative includes aspects related to building owners and the role of policymakers and planners in influencing best practices. Here, we bring you the first part of the report, where the focus is on the MEP consultancy sector…

Added: Sep 22, 2016 | By B Surendar

Foul play

Given that cooling towers play a critical role in process cooling in HVAC applications, it helps to be aware of the pitfalls one could encounter. We collate the most important ones for easy reference…

Added: Jul 28, 2016 | By Pratibha Umashankar

From greenbacks to a Green planet

Standing on its head the long-held notion that the private sector and sustainability are, in principle, two binaries which can never meet, CEO and Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, Rick Fedrizzi, in his book Green Think: How Profit Can Save the Planet argues that when businesses and environmentalists join hands, not only can the planet be saved, but the endeavour could also prove profitable. The book, since its publication late last year, has become a manifesto of sorts for businessbacked sustainability. George Berbari gives glimpses of the author and the book…

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Down Under eyes top spot

Australia has been making news in the HVACR industry for all the right reasons, from new efficiency-rating tools to a stringent regulatory framework, especially to improve the retrofit sector – a model worth replicating in the Middle East region. Australia’s success lies in its desire to create an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient society.

Added: Jun 27, 2016 | By Mohammed Abdul Hai

Should you trust the mark?

With standards on performance, energy efficiency and safety regulations growing more stringent, HVAC industry insiders are reporting an increase in market interest in third-party testing. There are, however, allegations that some manufacturers and suppliers are either faking or misrepresenting certifications. In light of such claims, we ask: How reliable are third-party certification marks? How can the issue of spurious certification be tackled? And what can be done to stop their misuse?

Added: Jun 20, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

Defining affordability – an exercise in semantics?

With market demand for affordable housing projects reportedly on the rise, there is a perceived need for reasonably priced cooling solutions. But what exactly makes an HVAC system affordable? Is equipment selection a simple matter of looking at the initial cost, or should other considerations, like OPEX and energy efficiency be factored in?

Added: May 17, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna


Banking on retrofitting

To encourage investments in retrofit projects, ESCOs must highlight the business angle of energy efficiency, and not get bogged down by technicalities of energy saving, says expert. 

Added: May 12, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

‘We would like to see a lot more of integrated building design’

David Underwood, ASHRAE President*, and B Surendar, Editorial Director & Associate Publisher, CPI Industry, met during ACREX 2016 in Mumbai, India, for a discussion on the HVACR industry. Their conversation covered a wide arc encompassing subjects like integrated building design, efficacy of District Cooling, tightening cold chain to reduce food wastage, sub-metering and nuclear energy. We bring you the excerpts.

Added: Apr 28, 2016 | By B Surendar


‘It’s about splitting the sensible heat and the latent heat completely differently’

Canada-headquartered TORO WATT has a vast range of air conditioning products that, it says, would appeal to the building retrofit market in the GCC region. Tiger Aster, the company’s CEO and Masood Raza, General Manager of Jumbo Engineering, which is distributing TORO WATT products in the GCC region, in conversation with Climate Control Middle East…

Added: Apr 26, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

Decoding COP 21

Widely lauded as a historic accord on climate change, the Paris Agreement aims to mitigate global warming, by bringing about a reduction in GHG emissions, among other goals. But what would the adoption of the agreement mean for the industry and the region? How would it shape government regulations and business decisions? We bring you responses and reactions from regional and international industry leaders and members of organisations.

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Phenolic ductwork joins the mainstream

Saying that pre-insulated phenolic ductwork is a sustainable and cost-effective option compared to traditional galvanised sheet steel ductwork, Sarmad Fakhri makes a case for the former, in light of the first SMACNA’s Phenolic Duct Construction Standard.

Added: Apr 16, 2016 | By CCME Content Team


ASHRAE and AIA sign MoU

Will work together in areas like built-environment publications, education, technical activities and research

Added: Apr 10, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

Never a better time

Forces like IoT and climate change are coming together, making the present the ideal time to move the energy efficiency agenda forward, says experts at the inaugural edition of the Emirates Energy Efficiency Summit. We bring you the report.

Added: Mar 20, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

Natural refrigerants – first choice for air conditioning

Air conditioning is no longer a topic of interest only for countries further south. Rising standards of living has resulted in a growing demand for comfort cooling in living and working spaces even across moderate climatic zones. The increasing need for energy also puts more focus on climate-friendly alternatives. Sigurd Schiller, eurammon member and Sales Manager for HVAC Germany South at Johnson Controls Systems & Service, explains the advantages of using natural refrigerants for air conditioning systems and comments on future market potential.

Added: Mar 14, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

‘Management and operations are the true life of a building’

Nasser B Abulhasan, a Principal at AGi architects, speaks with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East, about his firm’s work on a cardiac research and rehabilitation centre in Kuwait, and explains why passive design elements are just as critical as active systems in achieving good IEQ and energy efficiency.

Added: Dec 14, 2015 | By Fatima de la Cerna


In search of the elusive refrigerant

Various industry experts share their views on the current state of the refrigerants sector and their approach towards identifying and using the right low-GWP refrigerants for high-ambient countries.

Added: Nov 16, 2015 | By Rajiv Pillai


Iran in the HVACR race

The landmark nuclear deal sealed between world powers and Iran has been hailed a triumph by many industry players in Iran and elsewhere, especially in the context of doing business in the country. HVACR industry leaders share their views on the current state of the industry and how lifting sanctions on Iran will widen opportunities for the sector. 

Added: Oct 14, 2015 | By Rajiv Pillai


How Green are we?

While industry stakeholders admit there’s been considerable transformation in the region, the path to sustainability, they say, though paved with the right intentions, is not without obstacles.

Added: May 10, 2015 | By Fatima de la Cerna


Clearing a higher bar

In the light of a growing concern over Indoor Environmental Quality and energy effi ciency, air moving equipment manufacturers are ramping up technologies to meet the demands of an increasingly discerning market. Jerome Sanchez has the report.

Added: Jun 18, 2013 | By CCME Content Team


Energy Champions

We reviewed a number of initiatives, which companies across the region are taking to optimise comfort while improving buildings’ energy efficiency in the transition towards smarter energy management.

Added: May 13, 2012 | By CCME Content Team


The fresher the better

Though VRF systems often prove to be better than air-cooled chillers and traditional ducted splits, they have certain inherent limitations. Dharmesh Sawant demonstrates that connecting fresh air systems and VRF systems will yield greater benefits.

Added: Feb 20, 2011 | By CCME Content Team


Clearing the air … about filtration

Air filtration, as we all know, is the process of separating dispersed particles from a dispersing fluid by means of porous media.

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Catch ’Em Young

Inducting students into Ingersoll Rand’s environmental programme is an initiative to raise the bar on energy- efficiency technologies

Added: Apr 15, 2010 | By CCME Content Team