UK: The application of HFO refrigerants will be the subject of an IIR International Conference in Birmingham, UK, being planned for September 2018.

Hosted by the Institute of Refrigeration, the three-day event will focus on the use of these “mildly flammable” A2L refrigerants being heralded as replacements for high GWP HFCs. 

The organiser says the event will cover essential information for designers, manufacturers, end users and installers about characteristics of low GWP refrigerants, system and component design, lubricants, flammability, legislation, codes of practice and standards.

Against a background of HFC phase-down under the European F-gas regulations and the more recent global phase down agreement under the Montreal Protocol, the conference is timely.   

“This conference will provide an opportunity for the those developing new working fluids to meet with the equipment design engineers who provide products and the system installers who use them, together with representatives of the end-user community who have to live with the consequences of these scientific and technical decisions,” the IoR says in a statement. “It will be a unique chance for these groups to interact in a forum specifically focussed on the practical aspects of developing these new refrigerants.”

The conference will take place from 2 to 5 September 2018 at the Austin Court Conference Centre in Birmingham.

A call for papers will be issued in June 2018. In addition to papers focusing on A2L Refrigerants, the conference will accept papers that include either practical or theoretical comparisons of other LGWP fluids such as ammonia, CO2 and hydrocarbons. These papers will be expected to compare and contrast experiences of those refrigerants versus HFOs.

See www.hfo2018.com for further information and to register your interest.