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Rankine conference will explore sustainable systems

UK: Coinciding with the bicentenary of the birth of scientist William Rankine, the IoR is organising a conference on organic Rankine cycle (ORC) systems and heat pumps.

The conference will take place from 26 to 29 July 2020 at the University of Glasgow, where Rankine worked and studied. There will be an anticipated 120 papers which will give delegates insights into new opportunities to deliver efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions.

There have been many changes since Rankine developed his power generation cycle over 150 years ago but with current environmental and sustainable issues being faced, and legislative changes coming to the forefront, Rankine’s ideas are seen as being more relevant than ever. 

The Institute of Refrigeration says that in an age of increasing demand for energy when fossil fuels are being phased out, Rankine’s power generation cycle will only become more important. While William Rankine would recognise the underlying science that is currently in use, the application of his technology is vastly different. 

This conference will spend time exploring the legacy of William Rankine, looking at his ground-breaking research to see what modern engineering can learn from this great Victorian innovator. It will also look to the future and offer a forum where the different disciplines of power generation, refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps can come together to discuss their common challenges and learn from each other about the different solutions that are being developed to tackle them.

The event will include keynote speakers, workshops, short courses, a social programme and a session celebrating the life and legacy of William Rankine. There will be three streams exploring power generation, working fluids and heating and cooling.

 The call for abstracts will be issued in March along with details of the delegate and sponsorship packages. For information on the conference or to contact the organising team please visit or email [email protected]

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