IOR assigns gold medal for research in hydrocarbon refrigeration

By Sabine Lobnig, Feb 25, 2011, 14:21 2 minute reading

One of the awards presented this year by the British Institute of Refrigeration was given to Professor Donald Cleland for his contribution, among other achievements, in replacing fluorocarbons by hydrocarbon refrigerant in farm milk cooling vats, as well as the development of industrial heat pumps using carbon dioxide.

The British Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) awards the J&E Hall gold medal annually to an individual who has made the most noteworthy practical contribution to advance refrigeration and air conditioning technology.

Awardee’s achievements in the natural refrigerant industry

Professor Cleland of Massey University, New Zealand has been involved in research into food refrigeration and energy efficiency for 28 years. His work is used globally by industrial practitioners and has formed the basis of training courses to industry in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.

His analysis and publications has covered a wide range of applications, including food product heat transfer, moisture sorption of packaging, air infiltration through doors and refrigerated display cabinet design. Today, his original contributions are widely used by industrial practitioners.

Professor Cleland is also a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, an honorary associate of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning and Heating, and is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology.

As the medal winner, Professor Cleland has been invited to present a paper to Institute of Refrigeration members next year.

Some of Professor Cleland’s publications:
  • “Use of hydrocarbons as drop-in replacements for HCFC-22 in on-farm milk cooling equipment”, September 2009.
  • “Thawing out an old technology: Revival of natural refrigerants”, 2008.
  • “Energy efficiency for coolstores”, 2004
About the IOR

The IOR is a central meeting point for people from all over the world to promote, improve and learn more about refrigeration and air conditioning.
The Institute was founded in 1899 as the Cold Storage and Ice Association and was the first national society of mechanical refrigeration in the world. In 1944, qualified membership was introduced in order to raise the status of the association and of those engaged in the science and practice of refrigeration, and the present name of the Institute of Refrigeration was adopted.


By Sabine Lobnig

Feb 25, 2011, 14:21

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