Research projects

The International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) has been a consortium partner in EU funded research projects.
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Looking for a dissemination partner?

If you are looking for a dissemination partner for refrigeration or cooling technology research projects, contact:
 

Dr Ina Colombo
IIR Deputy Director
i.colombo@iifiir.org

Since 2011, the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) has been a consortium partner in EU funded research projects, furthering our core mission to disseminate refrigeration knowledge in order to improve the quality of life in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable manner.

 

As the only independent, neutral, intergovernmental science and technology organization present in the refrigeration sector, the IIR is a key consortium partner. It promotes and disseminates research outcomes of EU and international projects through its worldwide network, activities and services.

 

 

Leading IIR actions in EU research projects:

 

  • Gather bibliographies for proposal calls and literature reviews on specific topics
  • Organize and facilitate project workshops at IIR conferences
  • Develop and implement communication strategies (traditional and digital)
  • Facilitate the publication of academic papers in the International Journal of Refrigeration (IJR)
  • Disseminate project news through IIR digital communications supports and social media
  • Promote projects at trade exhibitions and conferences
  • Create and disseminate final project outcomes

 

 

Keywords: IIR expertise and activities

 

The table below demonstrates the IIR expertise and activities related to EU funding keywords (Horizon 2020) concerning:

 

 

 

EU funding keywords

 

 

Fridoc database

 

 

IIR commissions

 

 

IIR conferences

 

Efficient HVAC

19,322

E1, E2

  • Thermag
  • Jordanian Conference on Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Low temperature systems

9,246

A1, A2, C1

  • Cryogenics
Heat pumps

6,522

E2

  • Sustainability and the Cold Chain

Cooling equipment

18,621

B1, B2, E1, E2

  • Compressors and Coolants

Alternative cooling fluids

4,860

B1, B2

  • Gustav Lorentzen
  • Ammonia and CO2 Refrigeration Technologies
  • Thermophysical Properties and Transfer Processes of Refrigerants

Food preservation

21,640

C2, D1, D2

  • Sustainability and the Cold Chain

 

 

Find more EU funding keywordsDownload EU funding keywords related to IIR activities and services related to IIR activities and services

 

 

 

Current EU research projects

 

Currently, the IIR is a partner in EU funded projects addressing developing new technologies and development of technical guides.
 

REAL Alternatives for LIFEREAL Alternatives for LIFE

The objective of the REAL Alternatives for LIFE project is to promote best practice in training for low GWP alternative HFOs, R32, hydrocarbon, carbon dioxide and ammonia, ensuring they are used safely, efficiently, reliably and in a cost-effective manner.


REAL Alternatives for LIFE is a new and extended project which will update existing content of the previous REAL Alternatives project. The aim is to develop new training materials to help conform to safety standards and to introduce a range of practical exercises and assessments.
Financed by the “LIFE programme”, the EU funding instrument for the environment and climate action, this 3-year project began in June 2017 and promotes innovative solutions and will raise awareness of the best practices in reducing emission and adapting to climate change worldwide.


The IIR deliverables in the communication and dissemination work package include:

  • Develop the Dissemination Plan
  • Develop REAL Alternatives newsletter and communication supports
  • Dissemination through the IIR network and REAL Alternatives subscribers
  • Organization of REAL Alternatives workshops during IIR conferences

 

Learn more about REAL Alternatives for LIFE

 

CryoHub

The objective of this project is to investigate and extend the potential of large-scale Cryogenic Energy Storage (CES) and explore the application of the stored energy for both cooling and energy generation.


Funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, the three and a half year project began in April 2016 and will end in September 2019.


By employing Renewable Energy Sources (RES) to liquefy and store cryogens, CryoHub will balance the power grid, while meeting the cooling demand of a refrigerated food warehouse and recovering the waste heat from its equipment and components.

The IIR deliverables in the communication and dissemination work package include:

 

  • Bibliography on the different refrigerated facilities for the mapping survey
  • CryoHub newsletter and communication supports
  • Publication in the International Journal of Refrigeration (IJR)
  • Dissemination across the IIR network
  • Organization of CryoHub workshops during IIR conferences

 

Learn more about CryoHub



SuperSmart

An expertise hub for a market uptake of energy efficient supermarkets by awareness raising, knowledge transfer and preparation of an EU Ecolabel.


Funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, the 3-year project began in February 2016 and will end in January 2019.
 

SuperSmart aims to achieve both decisive environmental benefits through the fast implementation of efficient heating and cooling solutions, as well as significant economic benefits through reduced energy use in the supermarket sector across Europe.

The IIR deliverables in the communication and dissemination work package include:

 

  • Contribution to training material packages
  • Dissemination across the IIR network and distribution of communication supports
  • Organization of SuperSmart workshops during IIR conferences

 

Learn more about SuperSmart

 

 


 

Previous EU research projects

 

ELICiT

This ELICiT project focused on the application of magnetic cooling technology in domestic refrigeration appliances.

 
Funded by Framework Programme 7 (FP7), the 3-year project began in January 2014 and terminated in December 2016.

Its main objective was to further collaboration between SMEs, global appliance manufacturers, and to draw on the expertise found in universities and research centres.
 
The IIR deliverables in the communication and dissemination work package included:

 

  • Incorporate the Industry Sub-Working Group into the ELICiT pre-standardization work
  • Production of project website www.elicit-project.eu
  • ELICiT newsletter and communication supports
  • Publications in the International Journal of Refrigeration (IJR)
  • Dissemination through the IIR network
  • Organization of ELICiT workshops during IIR conferences

 

Learn more about ELICiT

 

 

COOL-SAVE Best Practice Guide

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the COOL-SAVE Best Practice Guide

COOL-SAVE

The COOL-SAVE project undertook the development and dissemination of cost effective strategies to improve energy efficiency in cooling systems in the food and drink sector. More specifically, it had for objective to optimize vapor-compression mechanical systems in the food and drink sector. This can be achieved through the dissemination and the implementation of energy efficient strategies which prove effective.

 
Funded by Intelligent Energy Europe, the 3-year project began in 2012 and ended on the 4 April 2015.
 
The IIR deliverables in the communication and dissemination work package included: 

 

  • Bibliography on the different refrigeration installations used in Europe
  • Synergies with other EU projects
  • COOL-SAVE workshops at IIR conferences
  • Dissemination throughout the IIR network

 

Learn more about COOL-SAVE

 

 

REAL Alternatives

Begun in 2013, this two-year blended learning project for alternative refrigerants was led by a consortium of six partners from across Europe, and was co-funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme.

The consortium includes training and professional institutes as well as employer representative bodies who provide e-learning material. The programme addressed safety, efficiency, reliability and containment of low GWP alternative refrigerants – Carbon Dioxide, Ammonia, Hydrocarbon and low flammables (HFOs and R32).

The IIR deliverables in the communication and dissemination work package included:  

 

  • Translating technical modules into French
  • Promoting the project at trade exhibitions and conferences

 

Learn more about REAL Alternatives

 

 

FRISBEE Demonstration Day at IRSTEA 29 August 2014.
The official closing of the FRISBEE project on 29 August 2014. Project coordinator IRSTEA organized “FRISBEE Demonstration Day” at head offices near Paris.

FRISBEE

The objective of the FRISBEE project was to provide new tools, concepts and solutions for improving refrigeration technologies along the European food cold chain.

 

A 4-year Framework Programme 7 (FP7) funded project begun in 2010, FRISBEE ended on 31 August 2014.

 

The IIR deliverables in the communication and dissemination work package included:

 

  • FRISBEE workshops during IIR conferences
  • Dissemination through the IIR network
  • E-Book for final dissemination

 

Learn more about FRISBEE

 

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