GERMANY: Over 300 guests from 50 countries attended last week’s Güntner Symposium, the 15th biennial event organised by the German heat exchanger manufacturer.
Alternating with the Chillventa exhibition, this year’s Symposium, which took place in Alpbach, Austria, attracted 323 invited customers from as far afield as Australia, Japan, Malaysia, China, Mexico, Brazil and Chile. All customer groups were present, from wholesale customers to plant contractors and planning specialists.
This year’s keynote speeh was given by Dr Ulf Merbold, former astronaut and graduate physicist, with a fascinating report on scientific experiments in space.
The subsequent lectures covered such topics as Güntner’s competence in capacity measurement and advice on corrosion protection for air coolers and for selecting the best dry cooling technology for different applications.
An innovative solution in a transcritical CO2 plant was described, along with discussions on new system trends like the NH3 systems with low refrigerant charges already common in the US, and to technical innovations like the Güntner glycol collection system. A lecture on intelligent condenser controls looked at the trend towards Internet-ready communication protocols.