About

Refrigeration 2021 was held on Monday, May 17 + Tuesday, May 18 in Melbourne and online. Over the two days, we heard from international and local industry experts who offered insights into the latest from the refrigeration industry. 

The event included sessions on:
  • Natural refrigerants and energy efficiency
  • Transitioning to low-GWP refrigerants 
  • Case studies reviewing a variety of technologies 
  • Panel session: technician issues in the field
  • Panel session: heat pump analysis
  • Panel session: global warming and how we as an industry can make a difference
  • Workshop: energy-efficiency saving measures for the industrial refrigeration industry

The trade display provided participants with the opportunity to interact with leading industry suppliers and explore their latest refrigeration technology offerings.

Program

Monday, May 17 – Day one

Time

Room 1 – Parker room

 

Room 2 – Stark room

 

 

Presentation

Speaker

Presentation

Speaker

8.30 – 8.55

Registration, arrival tea and coffee

 

 

8.55 – 9.10

Conference welcome and Diamond sponsor address

Ian Harwood, F.AIRAH
AIRAH President
Kirk Buckley, Affil.AIRAH
Kirby

 

 

9.10 – 9.55

Keynote address:
Ultra-low GWP refrigeration using natural refrigerants

Bruce Nelson, M.AIRAH (USA)
Colmac Coil Manufacturing
(video presentation)

 

 

9.55 – 10.25

Best Practice Guide for Energy Efficient Walk-in Cold Rooms and industry update

Peter Brodribb, M.AIRAH
Expert Group

 

 

10.25 – 10.40

Technology masterclass: R448A - a viable solution beyond R404A/R507

Brett Hedge, M.AIRAH
Kirby

 

 

10.40 – 11.10

Morning tea

11.10 – 11.40

Sustainability and integration initiatives that are driving supermarket change

Dario Ferlin, M.AIRAH
Yan Gu, Affil.AIRAH
Woolworths

Hiring overseas technicians in response to local skill shortages

Tony Swift
Swift Support

11.40 – 12.10

Panel session:
Refrigeration end-users



Chair
: Dario Ferlin, M.AIRAH, Woolworths
Panellists:
Edward Brandt and Shaun Merry, Woolworths
Jannie Howard (WEA), Gordon Brothers
Tony Swift, Swift Support

Further panel members announced shortly

Best-practice energy performance benchmarking for refrigerated warehouses

Stefan Jensen, F.AIRAH
Scantec Refrigeration Technologies

12.10 – 12.40

Use of CO2 as a volatile heat-transfer fluid in thermal energy storage

Hesam Semsarilar
University of South Australia

12.40 – 1.30

Lunch

 

 

 

1.30 – 2.00

CO2: HVAC application in commercial buildings

Julian Hudson, M.AIRAH
Glaciem Cooling Technologies

Journey of CO2 in the Asia-Pacific region

Doug Herkess
SCM REF Australia

2.00 – 2.30

Panel session:
The global warming crisis - Bringing the refrigeration and HVAC industries together

Chair: Julian Hudson, M.AIRAH, Glaciem Cooling
Panelists: 
Bryon Price, F.AIRAH, A.G. Coombs
Amna Abdalla, City of Yarra
Sarah Reid, City of Melbourne

 

State-of-the-art CO2 refrigeration systems with integrated HVAC functions

Sergiy Kolinchuk, M.AIRAH
Danfoss

2.30 – 3.00

Reliable and safe R744/R717 cascade heat exchanger

Christian Kempe (Sweden)
Alfa Laval
(video presentation)

3.00 – 3.30

Afternoon tea

3.30 – 4.15

 

Keynote address:
Future of ultra-low temperature refrigeration: -115°C cold sauna and -80°C storage room using ambient air as a refrigerant

Thomas Frank (Germany)
Refolution
(video presentation)

 

 

4.15 – 4.45

Closing address and opening of AIRAH time capsule

Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH
AIRAH

 

 

4.45 – 7.00

Cocktail function – brought to you by the Women of AIRAH Special Technical Group



Tuesday, May 18 – Day two

Time

Room 1 – Parker room

 

Room 2 – Stark room

 

 

Presentation

Speaker

Presentation

Speaker

8.30 – 9.00

Registration, arrival tea and coffee

 

 

9.00 – 9.20

Welcome address: AIRAH update

Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH
AIRAH

 

 

9.20 – 10.05

Keynote address:
Energy efficiency of industrial-size refrigeration systems

Thomas Lund (Denmark)
Danfoss
(video presentation)

 

 

10.05 – 10.20

Technology masterclass:
Next generation refrigerants

A-Gas

 

 

10.20 – 10.45

Morning tea

10.45 – 11.15

Gender equality in the workplace - An eight step strategy to move forward with

Elizabeth Paparo, Affil.AIRAH
Kirby
Gregory Malcolm
Hussmann Oceania

Workshop:
Appreciation and guide of energy efficiency saving measures for the industrial refrigeration industry

Andrew Pang, AM.AIRAH

Basil McKinley, M.AIRAH

11.15 – 12.15

Panel session:
Issues from the field – contractors’ session

Chair: Rene Le Miere, M.AIRAH, SuperCool Asia-Pacific
Panelists:
Dr Ross Digby, Holmesglen
Kylie Farrelley, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia
Noel Munkman, M.AIRAH, Australian Refrigeration Council
Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH, AIRAH

12.15 – 1.15

Lunch

 

 

 

1.15 – 1.45

Risks and responsibilities when transitioning to low-GWP refrigerants

Kylie Farrelley
Refrigerant Reclaim Australia

Workshop:
Appreciation and guide of energy efficiency saving measures for the industrial refrigeration industry (cont.)

Andrew Pang, AM.AIRAH
Andrew Pang & Associates


Basil McKinley, M.AIRAH
Basil McKinley Consulting

1.45 – 2.15

Flammable refrigerant systems: a fire explosion risk perspective

Dr Frank Mendham
Mendham Consultants

2.15 – 2.45

HVAC&R Licensing in Australia, now and towards 2050 – AIRAH position statement delivered by the Refrigeration Special Technical Group

Jonathon Hare, M.AIRAH
(STG co-chair)
Brett Hedge, M.AIRAH
(STG co-chair)

2.45 – 3.10

Afternoon tea

3.10 – 3.40

High-temperature NH3 heat pumps and beyond

Rob Paul and Graeme Marr
Johnson Controls

Workshop:
Appreciation and guide of energy efficiency saving measures for the industrial refrigeration industry (cont.)

Andrew Pang, AM.AIRAH
Andrew Pang & Associates


Basil McKinley, M.AIRAH 
Basil McKinley Consulting

3.40 – 4.40

Panel session:
Heat pumps – Applications traditionally served by gas boilers, heat pumps the new low lifecycle cost way to go


Chair:
Jonathan Fryer, M.AIRAH, ISECO Engineering
Panelists:
Michael Riese, M.AIRAH, Cold Logic
Terry Presley, York Process Systems
Greg Clements, GEA Australia
Craig Duff, Active Refrigeration

4.40 – 5.30

Closing address and
Cocktail function – brought to you by the Women of AIRAH Special Technical Group


Speakers

Keynote speakers

Thomas
Keynote: Thomas Lund
Energy efficiency of industrial-size refrigeration systems
Bruce
Keynote: Bruce Nelson, M.AIRAH
Ultra-low GWP refrigeration using natural refrigerants
Thomas
Keynote: Thomas Frank
Future of ultra-low temperature refrigeration: -115°C cold sauna and -80°C storage room using ambient air as a refrigerant

Speakers

Christian Kempe
Christian Kempe
Reliable and safe R744/R717 cascade heat exchanger

Dario_Ferlin
Dario Ferlin, M.AIRAH
Sustainability and integration initiatives that are driving supermarket change
Elizabeth Paparo
Elizabeth Paparo, Affil.AIRAH
Gender equality in the workplace - An eight step strategy to move forward with
Frank Mendham
Dr Frank Mendham
Flammable refrigerant systems: a fire explosion risk perspective

Graeme Marr
Graeme Marr
High-temperature NH3 heat pumps and beyond

Gregory Malcolm
Gregory Malcolm
Gender equality in the workplace - An eight step strategy to move forward with
Hesam Semsarilar
Hesam Semsarilar
Use of CO2 as a volatile heat-transfer fluid in thermal energy storage
Julian-Hudson
Julian Hudson, M.AIRAH
CO2 : HVAC applications in commercial buildings

Kylie-Farrelley
Kylie Farrelley
Risks and responsibilities when transitioning to low-GWP refrigerants
Peter-Brodribb
Peter Brodribb, M.AIRAH
Best Practice Guide for Energy Efficient Walk-in Cold Rooms

Rob Paul
Rob Paul
High-temperature NH3 heat pumps and beyond

Stefan-Jensen
Stefan Jensen, F.AIRAH
Best-practice energy performance benchmarking for refrigerated warehouses
Sergiy Kolinchuk
Sergiy Kolinchuk, M.AIRAH
State-of-the-art CO2 refrigeration systems with integrated HVAC functions
Tony-Swift
Tony Swift
Hiring overseas technicians in response to local skill shortages

Yan Gu
Yan Gu, Affil.AIRAH
Sustainability and integration initiatives that are driving supermarket change

Panel session

The global warming crisis - Bringing the refrigeration and HVAC industries together

Julian
Chairperson: Julian Hudson, M.AIRAH
Bryon
Panelist: Bryon Price, F.AIRAH
Amna
Panelist: Amna Abdalla
Sarah
Panelist: Sarah Reid

PANEL: Heat pump applications in the refrigeration industry

Chair: Jonathan Fryer, M.AIRAH, ISECO Engineering Services
Panellists:
Michael Riese, M.AIRAH, Cold Logic 
Terry Presley, York Process Systems
Greg Clements, GEA Australia
Craig Duff, Active Refrigeration

PANEL: Issues from the field - contractors session

Chair - Rene Le Miere, Affil.AIRAH, SuperCool Asia-Pacific
Panellists:
Dr Ross Digby, Holmesglen
Kylie Farrelley, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia
Noel Munkman, M.AIRAH, Australian Refrigeration Council
Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH, AIRAH

This sessions will expand on the 2019 contractors panel, looking at the issues faced by the small to medium contractors that work within the HVAC&R industry. This panel will discuss:
- The concerns of the contractors at the cold face
- Flammable refrigerant training
- Licensing 
- Refrigerant reclaim
- Training at TAFE
- Training via industry suppliers.

PANEL: Refrigeration end-users

This panel will discuss the present and future of the industry, skill shortages and career opportunities. What the key organisations doing to the address the phase-down, skill shortages + more.
Dario
Dario Ferlin, M.AIRAH
Edward
Edward Brandt
Jannie
Jannie Howard
Shaun
Shaun Merry

Sponsors

Thank you to our Refrigeration 2021 Conference sponsors and partners.

Diamond sponsor


Kirby

Gold sponsors


AGas



Simpro


Bronze sponsors


Alfa Laval



Bizer



Evapco


Cocktail function sponsor

Women of AIRAH

Supporters




Media partners




Trade display partner

HVACR Search


Committees

Technical organising committee

Ben Adamson, F.AIRAH, Refrigeration Engineering International (LinkedIn)
Graeme Dewerson, Affil.AIRAH, A-Gas (LinkedIn)
Jonathan Fryer, M.AIRAH, ISECO Engineering Services (LinkedIn)
Julian Hudson, M.AIRAH, Glaciem Cooling Technologies (LinkedIn)
Rene Le Miere, Affil.AIRAH,  SuperCool Asia Pacific (LinkedIn)
Stefan Jensen, F.AIRAH, Scantec Refrigeration Technologies (LinkedIn)
Elizabeth Paparo, Affil.AIRAH, Kirby (LinkedIn)

For more information on AIRAH's Refrigeration Special Technical Group, please click here.


Organising committee

Emily McLaughlin, AIRAH (LinkedIn)
Brendan Pejkovic, AIRAH (LinkedIn)