IIR Rankine 2020 Conference - Advances in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation

Monday 27th July 2020 to Friday 31st July 2020

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About the Conference


The IIR International Conference Rankine 2020 – Applications of Cooling, Heating and Power Generation will be an interactive online event held over 5 days.

We are keen to take this unique opportunity to mark the anniversary of Rankine’s birth and celebrate his work and legacy. We have an excellent selection of technical papers and know that it is even more important in these times when face-to-face interaction is restricted that we continue to work, learn and celebrate together as a community regardless of physical distances.

There are real benefits of participating in an online event. Delegates will be able to attend many more sessions than usual (as there will be no parallel presentations) and recordings will be available to revisit after the event. In addition, it may be more accessible to some who perhaps could not have attended the previously planned event. 


Why you should attend

Over five days delegates will explore research and developments in the closely related fields of power cycles, working fluids and RACHP applications. They will take away insights into new opportunities to deliver efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions.

In the 150 years since William Rankine developed his power generation cycle the world has changed enormously, both in terms of the technology available and the political landscape. Sustainability and environmental issues are now a major issue and a driving force behind legislation.

In an era where there is increasing demand for energy, while at the same time fossil fuels are being phased out, Rankine’s power generation cycles will only become more important. While William Rankine would recognise the underlying science that is currently in use, the application of his technology is vastly different. This conference will spend time exploring the legacy of William Rankine, looking at his ground-breaking research to see what modern engineering can learn from this great Victorian innovator. It will also look to the future and offer a forum where the different disciplines of power generation, refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps can come together to discuss their common challenges and learn from each other about the different solutions that are being developed to tackle them.


Who should attend?

End users, component manufacturers, senior representatives of engineering, marketing, and product development, innovation leaders, professors, researchers, teachers, students, system and equipment designers, equipment and system buyers, professional engineers, production and operation managers, and policymakers.


Celebrating the legacy of William Rankine

The Institute of Refrigeration is proud to host the International Institute of Refrigeration Conference  "Rankine 2020 - Advances in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation", timed to coincide with the bi-centenary of the birth of William Rankine. It will mark the legacy of WJM Rankine whose name is now synonymous with power generation cycles. The event is being organised in association with the Knowledge Center for Organic Rankine Cycle (KCORC) and IESIS (Engineering Institute).



Sponsorship packages are available for companies to raise their profile in this sector and take advantage of the international exposure this event will attract online. See the available packages here.  Contact the conference team at Rankine2020@ior.org.uk 



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United Kingdom 

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