Brian McLaughlin, M.AIRAH

Process glycol and water chilling – a changing environment

In this presentation, Brian will provide a summary of how the process chilling industry up to 1MW capacity is changing in line with our obligation to reduce the use of synthetic refrigerants, and to increase operating efficiencies. He will discuss the use of water, glycols and low flammability fluids for secondary refrigerants, as well as their risks. Brian will also outline a brief history of refrigerants with process chilled water applications since the 80s, including R22, R407c, R134a, R410a, R32, R454b, R1234zd, R717, R744 and R290 (propane). He will outline the risks associated with propane, and where we are heading in the future. 
About Brian McLaughlin:
Brian has worked in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry for more than 45 years and is a director at Serchill. He is still actively involved in the design, construction and commissioning of refrigeration plants, chiller packages, propylene glycol and other fluids, as well as direct expansion systems for specialist applications for a variety of industries and companies. Brian is an AIRAH member as well as being involved previously with the MEPS steering committee for chillers in the Australian market.