Engineering the Cold Chain - Thermal Cooling Solutions

Wednesday 13th November 2019

An Institution of Mechanical Engineers Seminar (co-sponsored by the IOR)

 

Attend this seminar to hear about how to adapt your current cold chain systems to gain savings now as well as the latest cooling technologies to meet future carbon targets.

Speakers will discuss how you can optimise your systems through developments in thermal energy storage technology now as well as learn about incorporating renewable technology to prepare for UK’s zero-carbon future. Take lessons learned back to your organisation from across the cold chain from the start of the process through to efficient transportation to the fridge shelf at its final destination. 

The event will be of interest to representatives from supermarkets, pharmaceutical companies, medical organisations, cooling solution providers and policy.

Follow this link for  details and booking information 

 

Programme

08:30

REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS

09:00

CHAIR’S OPENING REMARKS

Tim Fox, Chair, Process Industries Division, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

 

CURRENT STATUS OF THE COLD CHAIN

09:10

WHY A CLEAN COLD CHAIN IS SO IMPORTANT: THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Toby Peters, Professor of Cold Economy, University of Birmingham

  • The importance of an affordable, accessible and sustainable cold chain to feed 10 billion
  • Ensuring the system is climate change adaptation ready and resilient within our climate constraints
  • How do we get there?

09:40

ADAPTING TO DIFFERENT REFRIGERANT USE

Dermot Cotter MInstR Managing Director, Star Technical Services

  • The different refrigerants to be considered
  • Choosing which refrigerant works for the company’s needs and delivers new opportunities
  • Insight into future low charge ammonia chillers

10:05

DECARBONISING THE COLD CHAIN: WHERE DOES IT START?

 Michael Reid, Engineering Director, Solar Polar

  • Understanding the accelerating trends
  • Insight into the five-fold added-value multiplier
  • Overview of solar on-farm pre-cooling technology

10:30

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

10:45

NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK

 

ADAPTING CURRENT TECHNOLOGY TO BE MORE EFFICIENT

11:15

REDUCING THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF THE ICE CREAM COLD CHAIN

Representative, Unilever

  • Reducing the carbon footprint of the ice cream cold chain
  • Measuring the carbon footprint
  • Re-engineering refrigeration systems to achieve a radical reduction in footprint

11:40

OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTEGRATION IN THE COLD CHAIN

Judith Evans FInstR, Professor, School of Engineering, London South Bank University

  • A need to move to greater integration of multi-vector energy systems
  • Understanding what needs to be resolved before greater integration can be achieved
  • Insight into the opportunities for greater integration within the food cold chain both in terms of energy and the way in which food is handled

12:05

INSIGHT INTO COLD CHAIN MANAGEMENT OF VACCINES

Ian Tansley, Inventor, The Sure Chill Company

  • The challenges in the vaccine cold chain
  • Explaining the elegance and simplicity of the Sure Chill Technology
  • Where do we go from here?

12:30

SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH CFD

Nick Wirth, Technical Director, Wirth Research

12:55

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

13:10

NETWORKING LUNCH

14:10

THE COLD CHAIN IN POLITICAL AND REGULATORY CONTEXT

Shane Brennan, Chief Executive, Cold Chain Federation

  • The geo-political and regulatory pressures on the cold chain in the UK
  • What the industry can do for itself
  • How we can shape the future of our regulation

14:35

PANEL DISCUSSION

PREPARING THE COLD CHAIN FOR A ZERO-CARBON SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Panellists: Suhrid Patel, Co-founder, Impagro Farming Solutions
Toby Peters, Professor of Cold Economy, University of Birmingham

Michael Ayres, Managing Director, Flexible Power Systems

  • What can be done now to make the cold chain more efficient and cost-effective within the political and regulatory structures?
  • How can we encourage a more radical move away from fossil fuels now to prepare for the future?
  • How can we use leverage finance and commercial business models to deploy new technologies?

15:10

NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK

 

IMPROVING CURRENT TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING AND LOGISTICS TO DELIVER SUSTAINABILITY

15:40

PHASE CHANGE MATERIALS FOR INTEGRATED ROAD AND RAIL COLD CHAIN TRANSPORTATION: FROM MATERIALS TO COMMERCIALISATION

Yulong Ding, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, University of Birmingham

  • Key technologies and innovations outlined for the phase change material based passively cooled containers for integrated rail and road transportation
  • Insight into cold energy charge and cloud based ICT used
  • Overview of demonstration results

16:05

ON THE ROAD: IMPROVING THE ENGINEERING SYSTEMS FOR COOL LOGISTICS

Phil Greening, Deputy Director, Centre for Sustainable Road Freight, Heriot-Watt University

16:30

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

 

THINKING THERMALLY: THE FUTURE OF COOLING TECHNOLOGIES

16:40

INSIGHT INTO POST HARVEST LOSS SOLUTIONS

Sean Roche, Director, Inviro Choice Ltd

17:00

MAGNETOCALORIC COOLING: A FUTURE ALTERNATIVE TO VAPOUR COMPRESSION COOLING

Neil Wilson, CEO, Camfridge

  • Insight into using advanced metal alloys and magnetic fields to drive a novel cooling cycle
  • Benefits of the technology: flexibility that can drive energy efficiency, new applications and reduced environmental impact
  • Potential for future use in both commercial and domestic contexts

17:20

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

17:30

CHAIR’S CLOSING REMARKS

 
 
 

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