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IRI National Conference on Natural Refrigerants

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Date(s) - 11/04/2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Clayton Hotel

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  • CPD Credit         7 hours   C1

Seminar Overview

The Institute of Refrigeration Ireland and Engineers Ireland are presenting a comprehensive one-day conference on the Safe Use of Natural Refrigerants.

With the traditional chemical HFC refrigerants now under increasing environmental, cost and availability pressures, attention is turning to the options for alternative natural refrigerants with a long-term future.

Natural refrigerants in current use consist of Ammonia, Carbon-dioxide (CO2), and Hydrocarbons (HCs). 

Ammonia has long been used in industrial applications, and is likely to continue to do so.  CO2 has in recent years come into use in both industrial and commercial systems, and HCs are now used in domestic and retail fridges and also in chillers.

(Air and water are also natural refrigerants, but have limited commercial application at present.)

Seminar Aim

The aim of the Conference is to inform attendees on the benefits and challenges of using natural refrigerants, so that they can be installed and used safely and efficiently in appropriate applications.


The programme will include presentations from specialists and experts on the following topics:

Hydrocarbons: Where can propane and other hydrocarbons be used and how much is permitted.

CO2: The benefits and challenges of CO2 in commercial and industrial systems

Ammonia:Ten things that will make an ammonia refrigeration safer and more efficient.

Training: Training and competence for installers and operators.

Retail Refrigeration: Small and medium sized CO2 condensing units for retail refrigeration.

Adiabatic cooling: Using the evaporation of water to provide useful cooling in warmer weather.

Chillers: Developments in ammonia, HC and CO2 packaged chillers

Secondary cooling: Chilled water and glycol systems, glycols, oils, brines / salts,

Electrical regulations: The electrical regulations in Ireland that apply to refrigeration systems.

Environmental Impact: Minimising the environmental impact of direct emissions from refrigeration systems.

Health and Safety: Avoiding incidents and accidents: PPE, sources of contamination, personal care.

Who Should Attend?

  • Refrigeration system owners / operators  (warehouses, cold stores, meat plants, pharmaceutical, food  processing, process cooling, chillers)
  • Factory engineering managers
  • Maintenance engineering personnel
  • Refrigeration contractors and installers
  • Service and maintenance companies
  • Equipment manufacturers / distributors
  • Refrigeration system designers and technical support personnel
  • Safety consultants / advisors
  • Test and inspection service specialists
  • Those considering natural refrigerant options in the face the phase-down of HFC refrigerants.


    Member Rate covers Institute of Refrigeration members or Engineers Ireland Members.

    Early-bird* Member rate: €195
    Early-bird* Non-Member rate: €245

    Regular Member rate: €245
    Regular Non-Member rate: €295

    Institute of Refrigeration Members call 01 6651305 to book at Member rate.

    *Early-bird rate available until until Friday 29th March 2019

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email cpdtraining@engineersireland.ie to secure a place.

    Event Contact

    CPD Training
    Engineers Ireland
    Tel: +353 (0)1 6651305
    Fax: +353 (0)1 6651370

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