Face-to-face program


This program outlines the full program available to attendees who attend the Refrigeration Conference in person. It includes presentations, panels, and a workshop session across two rooms. Registrations for the event are available here.

If you would like to explore the program for the virtual event, please click here.

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
Rodney Cumming, Affil.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