Andre Patenaude, director — CO2
business development with Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
— will lead a strategic business initiative for the company that will focus on providing the industry and its customers with a knowledgeable and global source of information about utilizing carbon dioxide (CO2
) as a refrigerant.
This initiative is in response to an increase in global activity in the supermarket industry, specifically with CO2 refrigeration systems. Given that the commercial refrigeration industry is challenged with increasing energy efficiency and environmental regulations, Emerson Climate expects the upward trend to continue because CO2 possesses non-ozone depleting, non-flammable and low global warming potential (GWP) properties. Additionally, it offers a solution to reduce environmental impact that won’t be subject to future HFC regulations.
Patenaude is responsible for developing the global strategy around Emerson’s CO2 industry stewardship, marketing initiatives, communication/messaging activities, channel training and educational programs as they relate to utilizing CO2 in refrigeration systems. According to Emerson Climate, the challenges in utilizing CO2 as a refrigerant, such as higher pressures and a lack of experienced technicians, mean that widespread implementation of CO2 systems will require much greater rigour and oversight in their design, training and installation.
Patenaude joined the Flow Controls (formerly Alco) division of Emerson in 1984 as a mechanical engineering technologist. Throughout his 23 years at Emerson he has been responsible for sales, technical service and training. In January 2003, he was named as national sales co-ordinator for the Copeland and Flow Controls divisions of Emerson Climate Technologies Canada. In 2005, Patenaude was promoted to director of marketing for Emerson Climate Technologies Canada where he was responsible for the Copeland and Flow Controls lines. Apart from his marketing responsibilities, he also managed the inside sales and technical services group. A Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.), Patenaude has served as director of the manufacturers division of HRAI and is an active member of RSES, OACETT and ASHRAE.