UK: On the 19th February 440 people gathered to celebrate the 115th Annual Dinner of the Institute of Refrigeration at the Grange St Pauls Hotel. They came together to celebrate the Institute, the industry and the achievements of a range of outstanding individuals from everyday service engineers to world-class innovators.
Not many service engineers can boast a career of 43 years in the industry. But Ian Sullivan of Sullivan Air Conditioning, winner of the Service Engineers Section Lifetime Achievement Award has done just that – starting with an apprenticeship with Indair in 1971. He decided he wanted to join the RACHP industry after an afternoon spent questioning a refrigeration engineer called to his father’s off licence and grocery shop. Today he runs his own business as a self-employed service engineer, sub-contracting to several different companies, and carrying out trouble shooting on air conditioning systems or water chiller be that single splits, VRF or central plant. Ian still enjoys working on interesting pieces of equipment and the problem solving that a career in refrigeration engineering brings. He also delights in passing on his knowledge to the young engineers that work alongside him. Ian was presented with a cash prize and commemorative tankard donated by the ACR Trainee of the Year award, for outstanding service to the industry.
The Institute of Refrigeration is always keen to encourage young people to pursue their interests in refrigeration and contribute to the development of new technologies and approaches. It established the Ted Perry Award for student research with the Perry Family, in honour Ted Perry who was President of the Institute from 1984 to 1987, and brought many young engineers into the sector. The winner was Angeles Rivero-Pacho, a student at the University of Warwick, whose project involved modelling, design, construction and testing of a carbon-ammonia adsorption heat pump, which has significantly improved the heat transfer rates achievable. The research was described by one of the judges as “a practical research project with a high potential for commercial exploitation.”
Angeles was presented with a cash prize by Hawco and a set of ASHRAE databooks from the Perry Family Memorial Trust.
The programme of evening papers presented at the Institute is designed to showcase new developments and case studies of innovation that will impact our industry in the future. This year IOR members were invited to vote for their choice of the best paper in the session to be presented with the Lightfoot Medal for best paper. The winners were Tom Davies, Robin Campbell and Varun Thangamani for their presentation “A novel low energy defrost process for the frozen food chain”. A cash prize and medal was donated by Lightfoot Defence. You can read their paper and listen to the webinar of the talk on the IOR website.
International recognition for outstanding practical contribution is made through the IOR’s J&E Hall Gold Medal. This award allows the Institute to bring world-class innovators to the UK to present on their field of work. It has been supported by J&E Hall International consistently for 37 years. This year’s winner was Dr Reinhard Radermacher, Director and co-founder of the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering at the University of Maryland. Dr Radermacher has been pushing the research frontiers by exploring new technologies and developing them for real life applications, and is a world authority on energy efficiency and environmentally sustainable thermal systems research. The simulation packages developed under his direction are used by more than 60 organisations worldwide and have helped to enable researchers, policy makers and designers to analyse life cycle estimate of natural and low GWP refrigerants. Dr Radermacher will return to the UK in the autumn to give a talk on his work.
Nominations for next year’s awards are now open, please see our website at www.ior.org.uk for more details of categories and how to enter.
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