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ATMO MAC Summit 2024 × TU Berlin
ATMO MAC Summit 2024 × TU Berlin

ATMOsphere’s First MAC Summit, ATMO MAC Summit 2024 × TU Berlin, Is Set for September 12–13 in Berlin

Organized alongside Technische Universität Berlin, the event will cover natural refrigerant-based mobile AC and heat pump technologies.

ATMOsphere, publisher of R744.com, has announced that its first mobile air-conditioning (MAC) and heat pump summit, ATMO MAC Summit 2024 × TU Berlin, will be held in Berlin September 12–13.

The two-day event is being organized in partnership with Technische Universität Berlin’s (Technical University of Berlin, TU Berlin) Department of Heat Transfer and Conversion and will be hosted at the university’s campus in the city.

According to ATMOsphere, the conference will “offer a unique opportunity to engage and exchange insights with industry professionals.” Participants will include manufacturers from across the transport sector, suppliers and policymakers, as well as academics and R&D experts.

The event program will feature presentations and case studies on natural refrigerant-based air-conditioning and heat pump technologies for mobile applications, with a focus on CO2 (R744) and propane (R290).

Sessions will cover a range of topics, including research, market and technology trends, electric vehicles, refrigerant charge reduction strategies and system controls and safety. Two panel discussions – one on policy developments and one on OEM experiences – are scheduled for the second day of the summit.

The conference will also include several networking opportunities.

“There are already commercial applications available today for cars, buses, trucks and trains using either CO2 or propane,” Marc Chasserot, CEO and Co-Founder of ATMOsphere, told R744.com. “To accelerate and scale up the adoption of these solutions, we have created the annual ATMO MAC Summit in partnership with Technische Universität Berlin, which kicks off with our inaugural event in Berlin in September. TU Berlin has vast knowledge in this space, and together, we will bring leading experts from around the world in these different segments.”

“There are already commercial applications available today for cars, buses, trucks and trains using either CO2 or propane. To accelerate and scale up the adoption of these solutions, we have created the annual ATMO MAC Summit in partnership with Technische Universität Berlin.”

Marc Chasserot, ATMOsphere

ATMOsphere has said that it will issue a call for case studies and open event registration in the coming weeks. Organizations interested in sponsoring the event can find more information here.

The topic of transport and MAC has been covered regularly at ATMOsphere’s annual ATMO Europe Summit, with a focus on technology case studies.

At ATMO Europe 2023, Stefan Elbel, Professor and Head of TU Berlin’s Department of Heat Transfer and Conversion, delivered a transport market trends presentation that looked at the pros and cons of using natural refrigerants in MAC applications. Elbel is also the CEO of U.S.-based Creative Thermal Solutions, which offers HVAC&R consulting and testing services.

According to Elbel, CO2 is a “good refrigerant for mobile air-conditioning and heat pump applications” and has been found to be 16% more efficient than a comparable HFC unit for high-speed rail AC.

“With the electrification of our vehicles, from trains and trucks to buses and cars, the cooling system and its refrigerant becomes a critical decision,” added Chasserot. “Not only is it used to cool passengers, but it is also used to cool the battery. If you can cool the battery down faster, you can charge the vehicle faster, which has significant benefits in terms of charging infrastructure and user experience.”

“In terms of refrigerant, the choice is not only important for system performance and efficiency, but also environmental impact,” he explained. “Unlike HFOs such as R1234yf, natural refrigerants do not degrade into TFA, which in turn becomes PFAS, for example.”

Event updates, including when registration opens and the call for case studies is issued, will be shared in the ATMOsphere newsletter.

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