The programme, which is administered by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), began in 2011 as an industry-wide cooperative research initiative in response to environmental concerns raised by high-GWP refrigerants. It sought to identify promising low-GWP alternative refrigerants for major product categories including air conditioners, heat pumps and heat pump water heaters, dehumidifiers, chillers, ice makers and refrigeration equipment.
The first phase of the programme concluded in December 2013. AHRI began a second phase in January 2014 to continue research in areas that were not previously addressed, including testing at high-ambient conditions, applications not considered in the first phase, and new refrigerants identified since the first phase.
The results of Phase ll will be presented in nearly 20 technical presentations in the one-day conference on January 21, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, the day before the start of the ASHRAE Winter Conference.
Registration instructions, costs and a tentative programme for the day can be found here.