Heriot-Watt experts lead at first international congress on clean cooling



Experts from across Heriot-Watt University are leading discussions at A Cool World, the first international congress on clean cooling, at the University of Birmingham this week.

The two-day congress is an international collaborative event with speeches, panel discussions, debates and workshops for end users, academics, NGOs, industry and investor groups to explore key issues in detail.

Professor Richard A. Williams OBE has been invited to provide the summary, thoughts and close for day one of the congress.

Professor Williams, principal of Heriot-Watt University, said: “The ability to keep things cold is a pillar of modern society – demand is booming worldwide to deliver air conditioning, data centre cooling and transport refrigeration, particularly in emerging economies. Although cooling technologies are becoming increasingly sophisticated, they are also energy intensive.”

Dr Philip Greening, from Heriot-Watt's Centre for Sustainable Road Freight, will deliver a workshop on 'Cold in motion - how to deliver a clean cold chain' and Professor Edward Owens, from the university's Institute for for Sustainable Building Design, will discuss the issues behind demand management and the cooling landscape.

Professor Edward Owens said: “The cold economy is still a nascent research area, and one that Heriot-Watt University has ambitions to lead in, alongside our colleagues at the University of Birmingham.

“As a university with a global agenda and outlook, we know that the demand for sustainable, flexible cooling is as critical as heating in colder parts of the world. Our existing expertise in energy supply, demand and sustainability is being adapted and applied to the cold economy, which makes this an exciting and fascinating time for researchers across each school and campus.”

A Cool World: the first International Congress on Clean Cooling, is being held at the University of Birmingham 18-19 April 2018. Follow #CoolWorldCongress on Twitter to stay up-to-date.