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IOR puts HFOs under spotlight

The 1st International Conference on the Application of HFO Refrigerants presents an ideal opportunity to learn about the experiences of the users of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems with these new HFO refrigerants.

Up until now, conferences, seminars, technical papers and magazine articles have been provided by refrigerant manufacturers, who have been working hard for the last ten years to develop, test and commercialise these products. 

This has provided a strong foundation of technical information, but what has been lacking to date is the chance to hear the outcome of these efforts, as seen by the people who have most at stake: the owners and operators of businesses whose survival depends on having reliable, efficient refrigeration systems.

Anyone who runs a business which is currently dependent on HFC refrigerants such as R404A and R407F and does not know where they are going next will find this event to be of vital importance. Those who will benefit include operations directors, tasked with managing the transition from the last generation of refrigeration systems to the next, and risk managers and safety officers, who will be left with a different compliance challenge.

There are 10 years left to meet the most significant disruption in refrigeration technology: the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, affecting everyone who runs a refrigeration system.

Six internationally respected speakers have been invited by the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) to present plenary lectures on the challenges of using flammable refrigerants, the experiences of end users, risk analysis and safety assessment, the policy context of F-Gas phase-down, refrigerant selection guidance, and the development of equipment for HFOs. 

Training opportunities afforded by the course options include tips on the use of refrigerant properties simulation tools, lessons learned in retrofitting, safety and risk assessment, and training in leakage reduction. Tours will include a visit to Spirax Sarco’s Steam and Thermal Energy laboratory and a trip to Jaguar Land Rover’s new state of the art training facility.

The conference will feature a strong set of 70 presentations selected from over 150 submissions from all round the world. These will be backed by peer reviewed written papers which meet the IOR’s standards of non-commerciality and content. In addition the programme will be augmented by a series of education courses, against which the IOR will offer CPD Certification. 

There are also several networking opportunities, including the conference dinner, an informal reception and a student networking event to enable young researchers to present themselves to industry leaders.

The conference will take place from 02-05 September 2018 in Birmingham. To book, click here, or for more information, email hfo2018@ior.org.uk or call 0208 647 7033.

4 June 2018

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