Refrigeration 2017 Conference: Future proofing refrigeration

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Date(s) - 27/03/2017 - 28/03/2017
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Etihad Stadium

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October 2016 was a historic month. COP 21 was ratified globally when 70 nations and more than 56 per cent of the world’s emitters formally ratified the Paris agreement entered into in December 2015. The agreement will become legally binding in November 2016, and seeks to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The OEWG meeting in Kigali, Rwanda agreed on a global phase-down of environmentally harmful HFC refrigerants using the Montreal Protocol as the phase-down tool.

The conference will look at the current state of the industry, how it may respond to the future 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. The conference will also include sessions reviewing the latest technologies on offer. 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.


Monika Witt, eurammon, TH. WITT Kältemaschinenfabrik GmbH

Keynote Address: The role of natural refrigerants in the future – an update from Europe

Presentation Overview
Currently the F-Gas phase-down is underway, not only in Europe, but around the world. The international industry will have to decide which way to go – natural and/or HFOs?
Witt will outline the current status in Europe, what further steps are required to meet the climate targets, and what aspects are important to consider for a sustainable future.

Witt obtained her mechanical engineering Dipl.-Ing from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. She first gained her industrial experiences in the USA and Germany, working with low-temperature air-separation systems at MG Industries. Since 1998, Witt has been the managing director of TH. WITT GmbH in Aachen, Germany. She is also on the board of directors of eurammon, FKT (German Research Council for Refrigeration Technology), and VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association).

Bruce Nelson, App.AIRAH, Colmac Coil Manufacturing, Inc

Keynote Address: Politics, refrigeration and the “Donald effect”

Presentation overview
The future application of synthetic and natural refrigerants in the USA will be determined by the politics of climate change. It will also be driven by safety concerns and regulations.

In the USA, 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”.

New developments in low-charge ammonia refrigeration systems represent inherently safer technology that can be applied in a way that offers the benefit of significantly reduced power consumption – for example, zero direct emissions with ultra-low indirect emissions.

Nelson will provide an update on IIAR’s CO2 handbook and safety codes/standards.

Nelson is currently president of Colmac Coil Manufacturing, Inc. in Colville, Washington. He obtained his degree in Agricultural Engineering from Washington State University and has been employed at Colmac since 1981. Nelson currently serves on the IIAR board of directors and executive committee as treasurer, and is the past chair of the Research Committee.  He has authored of several technical papers related to the field of refrigeration and heat transfer, and holds a number of US and International patents.

Ben Adamson, F.AIRAH, Refrigeration Engineering International

AS/NZS 5149 to replace AS/NZS 1677 – Refrigeration impacts

In October 2016, the Australian refrigeration code were replaced with AS/NZS/ISO 817 and AS/NZS519. Adamson will be focus on areas of the new standards that will impact refrigeration systems.

Adamson is Managing Director of Refrigeration Engineering International, where he works in process refrigeration onshore and offshore in Australia and internationally. He specialises in cooling systems for the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries.


Pat McInerney, Department of the Environment

The phase-down of HFCs globally and in Australia

McInerney will provide details of the global phase-down and Australia’s HFC phase-down, which will be in advance of the Montreal Protocol requirements.

McInerney is Director of the International Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Section in the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy. He co-chaired Montreal Protocol negotiations that led to the 2016 Kigali Amendment to phase-down HFCs.

Mike Baker, M.AIRAH, AJ Baker & Sons

Transcritical CO2 and Australian supermarkets – a reality

The use of CO2 in the Australian commercial supermarket sector dates back to the early-to-mid 2000s. The major drivers for transcritical CO2 are to reduce and/or eliminate the need for HFC refrigerants, reduce the overall GWP of systems, and to provide energy savings to the supermarket owner.

Baker will outline the high-level system design, the different methods of controlling gas cooler outlet temperature, operational observations of energy efficiency, and the road ahead.

Baker is Managing Director of AJ Baker & Sons, where he has been involved in the implementation of both cascade CO2  and transcritical CO2 technology to independent and major supermarket chains in Australia.

University of South Australia

Economic potential of Solar PV with PCM thermal energy storage for commercial refrigeration

With the global shift towards a more renewable-energy driven decentralised power network, there is considerable interest in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.  Researchers at the University of SA have developed a thermal storage system using Phase Change Materials (PCMs) that is ideally suited for the refrigeration sector.

This presentation will discuss the potential for the combination of solar PV and PCM thermal storage in a refrigeration sector application.

Michael McCann, Expert Group

Equipment rating tool – capital cost vs operating cost

McCann will outline the online rating tool service that identifies the most efficient equipment available in the market using data already supplied to government. This allows customers to make informed, cost-effective equipment purchases.

Energy Allstars wants to partner with members of the industry interested in promoting real action. It wants develop this surface into a valuable tool to help deliver the potential economy-wide savings this industry can create for Australia.

McCann has over 25 years of experience working in the energy efficiency space. Recently, he has co-founded, a website service dedicated to promoting the most efficient HVAC equipment in the market.

Jan Dusek, shecco

Policy and market trends regarding natural refrigerants – how does Australia fit in compared to the rest of the world?

Dusek will provide an overview of current policy and market drivers linked to the global HFC phase-down, and the state of development of natural refrigerant alternatives in different segments and regions.

Dusek is the Business Development Manager at shecco Japan, leading activities in the Asia/Pacific region.



Note: early bird prices close on February 28, 2017.

 AIRAH members early bird  $550.00
 AIRAH members  $660.00
 Early bird non-member  $660.00
 Non-member  $770.00
 Student member  $195.00
 Student delegate  $255.00


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Sponsorship opportunities for the Refrigeration 2017 Conference are now available. Click here to download the sponsorship prospectus, or contact the AIRAH office on (03) 8623 3000 or email to be sent information on the conference sponsorship packages.