Three purposes designed to speed the technology to market industrially:
1. Facilitate communication between sectors: Three natural sub-working group interests in Magnetocaloric Technology; Magnetocaloric Materials subworking group, Magnetocaloric Systems sub-working group and the Industrial Partners sub-working group. Forth communication with the general Refrigeration sectors Community. At this time the materials and systems subworking groups are academically focused. In addition to the service to the industry the Group plans to provide educational material to inform and educate the general industrial refrigeration population on the principles, operation and benefits of the technology.
2. Establish common standards across the supply chain between academic labs, suppliers and OEM's: Establish these by consensus globally for Magnetocaloric Materials, Magnetic systems, Heat Exchangers, Pumps..., with other topics as required. This extends from nomenclature through property and performance testing from materials through products.
3. Provide industrial representation for the initial regulatory activities internationally: Under development via Integration of MRS into the EU Regulatory framework (consumer Fridges), with common factors shared with other refrigeration sectors.
Of immediate concern is the activity of the ELICiT project: Represent the IIR and the broader community of MRS developers in overseeing the project’s activities and recommendations. Provide feedback to the IIR concerning the results of the project. This will potentially define the energy rating for this class of MR heat-pump products.
Composition: Involve experts in the science and industry of MRS
The Industrial Sub-Working Group consists of experts from Industry with direct MRS experience. The initial group of experts has been taken from Keynote & Invited speakers from the Thermag & Delft series of MC specific conferences. We are continuing outreach to involve industry and universities alike in a community of interested participants.
Objective: Facilitate the industrial introduction of MRS for 2020-2030
Common understanding between existing Academic & Industrial sectors: nomenclature, standards, regulations & test methods.
‘Perception Management’ being required within the existing industry, while MRS related industrialisation & supply chain capability are established.
Potential of Magnetic Refrigeration Systems (MRS)
The potential of this disruptive technology is well known and understood within the existing community, key points being:
- 35~50% more energy efficient,
- CFC gas free refrigeration systems,
- Potentially available industrially supporting for the 2020~2030 FGas phase-out,
- Technology potentially capable of replacing up to 80% of CFC-compressor applications today.
Initial Action: Organise a meeting of ‘MRS Industry stakeholders’
4th November 2015 @ Delft TU, the day following the Delft Magnetocaloric Materials Conference 2~3rd November:
- What is required to create a magnetocaloric supply chain,
- Industrial Oversight: Integration of MRS into the EU Regulatory framework.