11th IIR Conference on Phase Change Materialand Slurries for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

18.-20.05.2016, Karlsruhe Germany

What started as a little workshop on ice slurry with 16 presented papers in Yverdon in 1999 has developed into a nice size conference focusing on any kind of phase change materials and slurries. Come and enjoy some nice, warm and hopefully sunny days in May in the technology region of Karlsruhe with 32 submitted papers and two keynote lectures by world-renowned energy experts.

Because phase change materials and slurries will be a key component in the energy structure of the future. Changing from a carbon based energy society to one relying on renewable energy from the sun, wind, geothermal and biomass will necessitate energy storage. Thermal energy storage is one of the most efficient ways of storing energy and phase change materials make thermal energy storage compact.

Papers are on a wide range of applications such as thermal building management, engine conditioning and secondary coolants. A wide range of phase change materials will be covered such as CO2 gas hydrates, salt hydrates, paraffin and ice slurry – the PCM that started the entire successful IIR conference series – thanks to Peter Egolf from Switzerland. Enhancing heat conductivity and investigating the supercooling behavior and rheology as well as the crystal growth will also be covered.

The technical program will be enhanced by three technical visits to

  1. an ice slurry plant in a large central kitchen with 40 m³ ice slurry storage and about 90 cooling sites,
  2. a solar powered steam jet refrigeration plant with a paraffin emulsion as PCS on the cold side and polyethylene as PCM on the warm side and finally
  3. the laboratory of the Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Environmental Engineering of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.

The social program features a welcome reception by the mayor of Karlsruhe, conference dinner with live music and a cozy conference barbecue.

The conference is also worthwhile for bringing your spouse along: Tours of Karlsruhe city and castle, museums of art and media as well as cuckoos clocks, a glass blowing manufactory and picturesque towns and nature in the black Forrest will entertain them while you are gaining new knowledge.

So come to Karlsruhe in May and learn about the latest findings in phase change materials and slurries for refrigeration and air conditioning.

The International Institute of Refrigeration

The IIR is the only independent neutral intergovernmental science and technology organization present in the refrigeration sector. The IIR’s dissemination activities promote knowledge worldwide in all fields of refrigeration (www.iifiir.org).

Objectives of the conference

PCM 2016 will bring together scientists, researchers and people from industry working with phase change materials and slurries in order to discuss the latest developments in this field.



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