IIAR returns to Colorado Springs, Colo., to focus on issues of relating to the natural refrigerant - ammonia - surrounded by natural splendors such as the Garden of the Gods

Sustainability is the focus of the technical program for the 2008 IIAR Ammonia Refrigeration Conference and Exhibition. The annual meeting, scheduled for March 16-19 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., will look at sustainability from a broad perspective, according to conference program chair Don Stroud of Kraft Foods.

“In addition to the plenary session, which will be presented by Steve Yucknut, Kraft Foods’ vice president for sustainability, the program will look at sustainability from several different angles. As a natural refrigerant, ammonia itself is sustainable. However, many other factors can influence the sustainability of ammonia refrigeration technology. It is very energy efficient. Our program in Colorado Springs will address many of these aspects of sustainability.”

During his plenary address, Yucknut will explain how sustainability extends beyond the environmental compatibility and economic efficiencies of ammonia refrigeration. Sustainability also relates to the continuity of ammonia refrigeration, from system design to operation and maintenance. According to Yucknut, it is an increasingly important marketing point for the industry as a whole, and the food industry in particular. Yucknut will discuss how sustainable products and processes are more than a marketing strategy and how they work together to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The technical program content expands on the topic of sustainability. Presentations will cover many aspects of sustainability as it relates to ammonia refrigeration. The technical program consists of end-user workshops, panel discussions, formal technical papers and exhibitor-sponsored training sessions. Among the highlights are planned sessions on:
  • The impact of variable-frequency drives (VFDs) on refrigeration system operation and energy efficiency.
  • A case study of an NH3/CO2 system built in a major urban metropolitan area.
  • A comparison of field-erected ammonia refrigeration systems and packaged halocarbon systems.
Panel discussions also will focus on sustainability issues, including energy efficiency, mechanical integrity and operator training. Several workshops examine sustainability from the perspective of machinery room design and other equipment-related issues.

Energy Conservation. Technical papers, workshops and panels will report on the latest operating procedures and design strategies that can boost the energy efficiency of a system and improve the bottom line.

System Maintenance and Mechanical Integrity. A technical paper will examine stress calculations and impact testing and workshops will examine permanent pump-out systems, hydrostatic relief protection, pipe corrosion issues and troubleshooting evaporators.

Regulatory Compliance.Workshops will report on the latest homeland security and chemical security regulatory developments and focus on working with OSHA inspectors.

Codes and Standards.Industry experts will discuss codes and standards developments relating to the ammonia refrigeration industry, including those that are applied in countries around the world. Reports will focus on fire codes, mechanical codes, ASHRAE 15, IIAR 2 and other new IIAR standards.

Ammonia Refrigeration Research. A panel of experts will report on the latest research projects addressing issues such as hydraulic shock and stress corrosion cracking.

Education and Training. The panel will discuss issues relating to hiring, training and retaining qualified operators as well as the pros and cons of various training strategies, including online, on-site and on-campus classroom training and potential sources of operators.

In addition to the conference program, the exhibit hall will host more than 100 displays from ammonia refrigeration industry manufacturers and service providers. Also, several exhibitors will present product-oriented training.

For more information about the IIAR meeting, call (703) 312-4200 or visit www.iiar.org.