Hrnjak, Elbel speak on alternative refrigerants at MIT colloquium
Pega Hrnjak was recently a featured panelist on MIT’s virtual International Colloquia on Thermal Innovations. Stefan Elbel served as the moderator for the webinar. The topic at hand was “Alternative Refrigerants,” which focused on the current situation with refrigerants and explored the candidates for environmentally friendly options that provide cost-effective systems solutions.
Hrnjak is a Stoecker Faculty Fellow, Distinguished Research Professor, and Director of the ACRC (Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center) at Illinois. Elbel is a Research Assistant Professor in MechSE and an Associate Director of the ACRC.
More information, including a Q&A from the webinar, can be found here.
Sustainability challenges such as climate change, food, water and environmental issues call for researchers in different disciplines around the globe to take action and work collaboratively. Over 90% of our energy consumption and utilization involves heat, and thus heat will play an indispensable role is solving global challenges such as climate change. Thermal energy is everywhere, from electricity generation to maintaining human comfort, from materials processing to food preparation, from computer chip cooling to battery operation safety.
This colloquium series aims to stimulate and highlight innovations and advances in theory, materials, devices, and systems for efficient thermal energy conversion, storage, transport and utilization. The colloquia will include seminars and panel discussions, with speakers from around the world and across different disciplines. The colloquia will be delivered online and interactive with audiences. Recordings will be available at later dates.