The events of 2010 for the Ammonia refrigeration industry

By Sabine Lobnig, Jan 04, 2010, 19:36 4 minute reading

2010 promises to be an exciting year for the ammonia refrigerant community. After a very difficult year for the HVAC/R industry in 2009, provides you with an overview of HVAC exhibitions and conferences that are back to their old size and are indeed bigger and more specialised towards ammonia technology than in previous years.

January: Next year’s HVAC international trade show and conference circuit will start with a bang at the AHR exhibition in Orlando, Florida, on 25 January. This event promises to set the pace for 2010 as it will be the largest of its kind in the industry with over 1,800 exhibitors, dozens of industrial associations and an estimated 25,000 visitors from all over the world. AHR will showcase the latest technology and trends in the Ammonia industry. In addition to this is a very special event for the business-to-business web platform. To celebrate the website’s first birthday at this event and to reward its loyal community, will be re-launched with a new home page featuring new designs and functionalities, as well as the world’s only and growing ammonia-only company directory.

February: The next stop takes us 11,666 kilometres from sunny Orlando to bustling Tokyo where on 16 February the International Tokyo HVAC/R show opens its doors. The trade show will feature Japan’s leading HVAC companies who will present their cutting-edge design in climate control technology with a special emphasis on environmentally friendly equipment, systems and solutions. This biennial expo will have many concurrent events including lectures and seminars featuring experts from government and industry discussing new policy and product trends.

March: Staying on the pacific-rim, the circuit carries onto San Diego, California, for the annual conference of the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) - probably the most important ammonia-related event of the year. The two-day industrial refrigeration conference & exhibition technical programme on 14-17 March will be packed with operations and maintenance workshops, panel discussions, formal technical papers and technomercials – exhibitor sponsored training sessions that examine the use of natural refrigerants, in particular ammonia, and address sustainability from a variety of perspectives. A particular highlight will be the findings of the special Task Force that was appointed at last year’s conference which aimed at examining the potential safety hazards associated with industrial refrigeration systems. The Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of all aspects of sight glass manufacture, installation and use during the past year.

Cambridge, UK will host the 1st IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain towards the end of March. The conference will have a series of special short courses dedicated to mathematical modeling, temperature control and energy efficiency in the cold chain and an alternative technologies review and action workshop which will focus on ways to accelerate the adoption of new more efficient technology in the market place, by improving links between business and academia. Furthermore, the organizers have planned a tour to the energy-efficient two-stage ammonia cold store and chill application at the Kuehne and Nagel plant, Wellingborough.

Still in March, the 37th Mostra expo in Milan will represent 50 years of Italy’s premier HVAC, plumbing and sanitary fittings trade event, between 23 and 27 March 2010. The “Next Energy” feature is unique to this event. It will look towards highlighting the relationships and the learning opportunities between business and the environment. The success of the 2008 edition has confirmed Next Energy capacity to attract the attention of a selected audience of professionals: installers, building design engineers, architects, builders, engineering firms, Facility managers, Energy managers, plant technicians, wholesalers and retailers, building contractors, hotel operators and Public Authorities.

April: The circuit continues down under at the 9th IIR-Gustav Lorentzen Conference on Natural Working Fluids in Sydney, Australia. The technical programme will host leading ammonia refrigeration experts who will be presenting their papers and holding discussion forums on ammonia and its reputation as a refrigerant (Anders Lindborg, Ammonia Partnership) and the elimination of wet return lines in ammonia systems, (Anders Mønsted, Danish Technical Institute). Andy Pearson, Star Refrigeration will present his paper on “Air-cooled chillers with ammonia”.

October: The year will close with the Chillventa trade exposition in Nuremberg, Germany, in October. The event has already sold more than 70% of its exhibition space. This year’s event promises to be bigger than Chillventa 2008 with over 800 international exhibitors and an expected 29,000 visitors.

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2010 will promise to be an exciting year for the ammonia HVAC technology. The above events are only a snapshot of what will come this year. The team will endeavor to keep its community informed and up to date from all the events world-wide.


By Sabine Lobnig

Jan 04, 2010, 19:36

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