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Refrigeration 2018 Conference

Refrigeration 2018 Conference
The AIRAH Refrigeration 2018 Conference will build on the success of the Refrigeration 2017 Conference held in Melbourne. Over 140 delegates attended the 2017 conference, and AIRAH is looking at expanding on the topics and discussion that were held in Melbourne.

The conference will include sessions reviewing the latest developments regarding legislation, technologies, and a multitude of industry-specific case studies. The conference trade display will give participants the opportunity during the breaks and cocktail functions to interact with leading industry suppliers on the latest refrigeration technology offerings.
When
26/03/2018 - 27/03/2018
Where
Endeavour Grand Ballroom
Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach
Cnr The Grand Parade and Princess Street
Brighton-Le-Sands, NSW 2216 Australia

Key dates

  • Program released – January 31, 2018 
  • Speaker paper submission – January 12, 2018
  • Speaker PowerPoint submission – February 28, 2018
  • Refrigeration 2018 Conference – March 26–27, 2018.

Prices

Note: early-bird prices close on January 31, 2018.

AIRAH members early-bird
          $550  
AIRAH members            $660  
Early bird non-member    $660
 
Non-member       $770  
Student member     $195  
Student delegate    $255  

Speakers

Rosemary

Prof. Dr Armin Hafner, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)


Keynote speaker

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Biography 
Prof. Dr Armin Hafner is a Professor in Refrigeration Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Professor Hafner’s main fields of expertise include refrigeration and heat pump technology, CO2 technology for various applications; supermarkets, industrial heat pumps, transport refrigeration; system design for refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps, (stationary and automotive); compressor, ejector and compact heat exchanger technology; working fluids, with emphasis on natural working fluids, CO2, NH3 and hydrocarbons; life-cycle climate performance of various energy systems.

Professor Hafner has more than 100 international and national publications within the area of refrigeration and process engineering.

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Julian

Julian Hudson, M.AIRAH, Glaciem Cooling Technologies


A step change in commercial and industrial refrigeration – an integrated cooling solution

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Abstract 
PC Infrastructure Pty Ltd is building a large motorsports park facility at Talem Bend in South Australia. Working with PCI, Glaciem will be installing a fully integrated cooling solution for the freezer and cold rooms located in the main pit building catering facility.

The systems will consist of the following integrated technologies: 100kW/h thermal energy storage (TES); new -6°C phase-change material (PCM); newly developed high CO2 only system (offers high efficiencies in high ambient conditions of 45°C); photovoltaics (PV); battery storage and machine learning interface (MLI). The project will be completed in early January 2018. Hudson’s paper will share the findings, and demonstrate how these systems can be successfully integrated with sources of renewable power. The paper will also show how this technology can satisfy the current drivers, and the need for a step-change in the refrigeration industry, including changes to the international and domestic legislative environment, the impacts of extreme volatility in energy markets, and challenges associated with energy security.

Professor Hafner has more than 100 international and national publications within the area of refrigeration and process engineering.

Biography 
CEO of Glaciem Cooling Technologies, Hudson has more than 28 years’ experience in the design, construction, manufacturing and installation of commercial and industrial refrigeration plant and equipment. Glaciem is a South Australian company developing sustainable integrated cooling systems for the global market.
Through collaborative research and development with the University of South Australia’s Barbara Hardy Centre for Low Carbon Living, Glaciem’s focus is to provide refrigeration technology that eliminates the need for synthetic refrigerants, provides end users extensive peak-load management and energy storage options, and maximises the impact of sources of renewable energy such as photovoltaics.

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Andrea-Espinosa

Andrea Espinosa, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Vic)


New opportunities for refrigeration system upgrades in the Victorian Energy Upgrades program

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Abstract 
Victorian Energy Upgrades is a Victorian government program that incentivises energy efficiency upgrades in homes and businesses by creating a market for such activities. The program has recently introduced new ways for larger and more complex upgrades to earn incentives, such as those involving refrigeration systems.

Espinosa will describe how this new method is relevant to refrigeration upgrades. It will guide the audience through participating in this opportunity, from pre-planning, implementing the upgrade and calculating the impact and incentives. Professionals in this industry could use these incentives to pass on discounts to customers or increase project profitability.

Biography 
Espinosa is a policy officer at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in the Victorian Energy Upgrades Team, where she works in policy development for project-based activities. She has experience in strategic consulting (renewable energy policy, energy networks risk and opportunities, asset management systems), civil maintenance benchmarking, environmental compliance and pharmaceutical utilities validation. Espinosa holds qualifications in engineering and project management.

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Michal Haida, Silesian University of Technology (Poland)


The energy performance investigation of the R744 Brayton Cycle equipped with the gas ejector

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Abstract 
In this paper, the supercritical R744 Brayton cycle equipped with a gas ejector will be presented. The cycle can be applied to thermal solar plant or nuclear plants to improve the energy performance. The first law analysis was performed for different configurations of the system, i.e., without the ejector and with the ejector designed by use of either the simple one-dimensional model or the computational fluid dynamic (CFD) model. The results of the CFD model were used to generate the accurate and fast reduced-order model (ROM) to integrate the CFD gas ejector results with the system simulations.

Biography 
Haida is a PhD student at the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice. Haida’s main fields of interest include: refrigeration and heat pump technology; CO2 vapour compression rack equipped with an ejector; CO¬2 Brayton cycle; CFD modelling; and designing of the ejector and two-phase flow analysis. Haida is a main author and co-author of the several research papers regarding to the CO2 two-phase ejector technology and CO2 multi-ejector refrigeration systems for supermarket application.

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Andrea

Andrea Voigt, European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE)


Keynote speaker

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Abstract 

In the EU alone, heating and cooling represents 50 per cent of annual energy consumption. Over 80 per cent of the emissions of heating and cooling equipment are related to energy consumption.

Ecodesign and Energy Labelling is Europe’s regulatory framework to address the energy efficiency of products. Ecodesign product initiatives “push” manufacturers to develop products that fulfill minimum energy-efficiency performance requirements (MEPS). Energy labelling, on the other hand “pulls” consumers to buy the most energy-efficient equipment.

Alongside the energy-efficiency requirements, F-Gas Regulations stipulate a very ambitious HFC phase-down, requiring a rapid move towards lower-GWP refrigerants. Steep steps will occur as soon as 2018 and 2021, requiring an HFC consumption reduction of more than 50 per cent compared to the baseline of 2009–2012.

The EPEE Gapometer has been developed to draw up a roadmap on how to achieve the ambitious requirements of the phase-down, and to measure whether or not market reality matches the roadmap. Results are now available. They show that significant progress has been made, but that it is necessary to further accelerate the transition towards lower-GWP refrigerants to avoid severe product shortage and price increases.

Overall, the major challenge is to get the balance right between energy efficiency, the transition towards lower-GWP refrigerants, safety, and cost. If this does not occur, not only will the environment suffer, consumers and industry will also be harmed.

Concepts such as the “Least Life Cycle Cost” have an important role to play when setting legal requirements on energy efficiency. Standards and buildings codes must reflect regulatory changes, and allow for the use of more flammable refrigerants. And to guarantee the safe use of all products and refrigerants, training for installers and personnel needs to be adapted.


Biography 

Andrea Voigt was appointed Director General of the EPEE, the voice of the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe, in 2009.

She guides EPEE member companies towards strong common positions, and represents the EPEE at meetings with decision makers at European institutions, member states’ governments and industry business leaders. She is also building up and further strengthening the EPEE’s network within the European and international association landscape.

Prior to joining the EPEE, Andrea had been working in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry for more than 15 years, holding various functions in the fields of marketing, communication and public relations. A German national, Andrea is fluent in English and French, holding degrees in public administration (MPA), applied linguistic science (MA) and marketing.

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Caroline

Caroline Rham, shecco


Policy and market trends regarding growing use of natural refrigerants in refrigeration globally. How does Australia and New Zealand stand in comparison to the world?

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Abstract 
Rham will provide an overview of the growing use of natural refrigerants in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America, China and Japan, and the technological differences between major regions. She will look at the policy initiatives and advancements in technology, and the growing trend of low-charge ammonia refrigeration in both commercial and industrial systems.

Biography 
For over 15 years, Rham has worked for global leaders in safety, gas emission control, energy and refrigerants businesses in France and across the Asia-Pacific region. While working with a leading gas supplier in Australia, she launched R744 with a low moisture content. Rham is the business development manager with shecco in Australia and New Zealand.

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Dario-Ferlin

Dario Ferlin, M.AIRAH, Woolworths


Energy performance benchmarking of an Australian transcritical CO2 supermarket

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Abstract 
In May 2016, Woolworths opened its pilot transcritical CO2 refrigeration system in a 3200 m2 supermarket in Western Sydney (Greenway Village – Colebee). Peak temperatures in summer regularly exceed 40°C, with a design outdoor ambient temperature of 45°C.

The same area of Western Sydney also hosts many recent built cascade R134a- CO2 Woolworths supermarkets as well as the older parallel rack R404a stores. Ferlin will outline why Greenway Village presents a great opportunity to benchmark energy performance of a warm-climate transcritical CO2 supermarket, albeit a pilot transcritical CO2 system. He will discuss some of the variables that may impact a store’s refrigeration system energy consumption, and provide a format for showing the results of a benchmarking exercise in such a way that a non-technical audience (i.e., management) can appreciate and confidently draw conclusions from.

Biography 
Ferlin entered the refrigeration industry in 2001, where he collaborated in the first transcritical CO2 projects being piloted in Europe. He later relocated back to Australia, where he now works at Woolworths as the company’s innovations engineer.

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Alexander Cohr Pachai, AM.AIRAH (Denmark) and Ricardo Hoffman, M.AIRAH, Johnson Controls


Heat pumps for many applications

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Abstract 
Hoffman and Pachai will outline some of the applications in which heat pumps can be used. What makes industrial heat pumps interesting is the ability to produce both cold and hot water simultaneously. Heat pumps are produced for many applications with capacities from a few kilowatts to up in the megawatt class, and for many different temperature levels. One of the drivers for using heat pumps is the desire to use electricity rather than fossil fuels to generate hot water, which can be used in many applications.

Biography 
Pachai is technology manager and senior engineer at the Sabroe factory in Aarhus, Denmark for Johnson Controls. He joined Johnson Controls (formerly York) in 2000, and has held various positions within the organisation. He has worked with CFCs, HCFCs, HFCs, hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, water and ammonia as refrigerants and more recently, has worked in the promotion of heat pumps.

Hoffman started at Johnson Controls (formally York) in 2001, in Brazil. Since then, he has worked for many organisations under Johnson Controls such as engineering systems, unitary products, marine and offshore and industrial refrigeration. Hoffman is currently a sales engineer for industrial refrigeration equipment at Johnson Controls.

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Robert-Kebby

Robert Kebby, Honeywell Refrigerants (UK)


Supermarket architectures eco-efficiency concept

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Abstract 
Commercial refrigeration has been under scrutiny by politicians and regulators around the world, because of the use of high-GWP fluids such as R404A, and also because of the high leak rates. Kebby will look at some of the challenges the European F-gas Regulations created, and some of the ways to reduce energy consumption in the commercial refrigeration sector. This will include looking at the current solutions available that can be used to help the commercial refrigeration sector meet the F-gas targets. This includes retrofitting systems with a lower GWP refrigerant –the quickest, most economical and environmentally friendly solution.

Kebby will outline how for new builds, that several architectures are being explored. The combination of R744 with newly developed HFOs and HFO blends offers added benefits of safety and performance. Comparing these different architectures and their impact on the environment, efficiency and economics is key to decision making. Examples of such applications and architectures will be presented, and the concept of eco-efficiency will be introduced and used as a basis to compare the various architectures’ financial and environmental impacts.

Biography 
With over 36 years’ industry experience covering a variety of sales, product and marketing roles, Kebby moved from Australia to the United Kingdom in 1997. He is currently the global business manager (Refrigeration) for Honeywell.

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Venue 

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach
Cnr. The Grand Parade and Princess Street
Brighton-le-Sands 
NSW 2216

Venue
Brighton

Accommodation

For conference accommodation discount information, please contact conferences@airah.org.au.

Sponsorship

Contact the AIRAH office on (03) 8623 3000 or email sponsorship@airah.org.au to be sent information on the conference sponsorship packages.

Conference committees

Technical Organising Committee

Ben Adamson, F.AIRAH, Refrigeration Engineering International
Graeme Dewerson, Affil.AIRAH, A-Gas Australia
Jonathan Fryer, M.AIRAH, ISECO Engineering Services
Julian Hudson, M.AIRAH, JCH Refrigeration Consulting
Stefan Jensen, F.AIRAH, Scantec Refrigeration Technologies
René Le Miere, Bitzer
Ben Quast, M.AIRAH, Oomiak

Organising Committee

Emily McLaughlin, AIRAH
Brendan Pejkovic, AIRAH

Contact

For further information about the Refrigeration 2018 Conference please contact the AIRAH office on (03) 8623 3000 or email conferences@airah.org.au