Two international keynotes to headline AIRAH’s Refrigeration 2017 Conference
The Australian Institute of Refrigeration,
Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) has named a brace of respected
industry identities to speak at Refrigeration 2017, which will take place March 27–28 in Melbourne.
Monika Witt, the vice-chair of European natural refrigerant
initiative Eurammon, and Bruce Nelson, Affil.AIRAH, the president of
US-based Colmac Coil Manufacturing, will address the conference.
“Securing speakers the calibre of Monika Witt and Bruce
Nelson is a real coup for AIRAH’s Refrigeration 2017 Conference,” says
AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH. “Their keynote addresses will set the
tone for this timely and essential event.”
To be held at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, the two-day
conference has a wide scope. It will look at the state of the industry,
how it may respond to the challenges initiated by COP 21 and the global
HFC phase-down, and how this will impact upon educators, legislators,
regulators, end users, engineers, consultants and technicians.
A qualified mechanical engineer, since 1998 Witt has been
the managing director of industrial refrigeration firm TH.WITT
Kältemaschinenfabrik, a family-owned company founded in 1896. Witt also
serves on the board of directors of Eurammon, for which she serves as
In her presentation “The role of natural refrigerants in the
future – an update from Europe”, Witt will outline the status of
refrigerants in Europe, the steps required to meet climate targets, and
other aspects to consider for a sustainable future.
“The F-Gas phase-down is under way around the world,” says
Witt. “The international industry will have to decide which way to go –
natural and/or HFOs?”
Delivering the conference’s second keynote address will be
Bruce Nelson, Affil.AIRAH. President of US-based Colmac Coil
Manufacturing, Nelson serves on the IIAR board of directors and
executive committee. Having authored many technical papers about
refrigeration and heat transfer, Nelson also holds several US and
In his presentation “Politics, refrigeration and the Donald
effect”, Nelson will discuss the developments in low-charge ammonia
refrigeration systems in light of an uncertain and shifting political
environment following the inauguration of Donald Trump.
Within hours of his inauguration as US President, Trump
ordered all mention of climate change removed from the White House
“The future application of synthetic and natural
refrigerants in the USA will be determined by the politics of climate
change,” Nelson says. “It will also be driven by safety concerns and
regulations. There has been a shift in the political landscape, where
there is an expectation that the politics of both climate change and
safety regulations will be impacted by the ‘Donald Effect’.”
According to Nelson, low-charge ammonia represents
inherently safer technology. He says it can be applied with
significantly reduced power consumption, zero direct emissions and
ultra-low indirect emissions.
Refrigeration 2017 Conference attendees can also look
forward to engaging presentations from the likes of Ben Adamson, F.AIRAH
(Refrigeration Engineering International); Pat McInerney (Department of
the Environment and Energy); Mike Baker, M.AIRAH (AJ Baker & Sons);
and many more.
The conference is sponsored by A-Gas, Bitzer and Heatcraft.
For more information about Refrigeration 2017, go to www.airah.org.au/conferences