With regulatory issues upon the industry and the candidate refrigerants narrowed down, the focus of this symposium is on refrigerant emissions and system efficiency.

Attendees will learn from and interact with the most knowledgeable leaders from the mobile air conditioning industry who best understand the complicated science of refrigerants and the emissions they produce.

Technical topics of discussion include:

  • Future refrigerant systems including: component designs, refrigerant system control strategy, performance, efficiency, reliability, system servicing and consumer acceptance
  • Maintaining occupant comfort during vehicle idle/engine shut-off conditions, particularly in vehicles with engine stop/start systems
  • Controls for mobile air conditioning systems including efficiency and performance for minimum energy requirements vehicle idle/engine shut-off conditions
  • Heating and cooling systems components (heat exchangers, A/C hoses, seals, compressor designs and new lubricants, and reliability, durability and safety issues)
  • New service equipment and procedures for servicing, including system charging and leak detection technologies
  • Refrigerant system technologies that can reduce the fuel economy impact of A/C systems in real customer driving
  • Risk analysis related to refrigerants
  • Systems for heating and cooling of batteries and electrical components for electric and hybrid electric vehicles
  • Heat pump systems for supplemental heating of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles
  • Safety mitigation technologies for new refrigerant systems

Other features of this symposium will include:

  • Updates on SAE standards - system design, service equipment, and technician service procedures for mobile air conditioning systems
  • An industry overview of the SAE Cooperative Research Programs
  • A limited ride program to evaluate the cooling capability of production vehicles, experimental vehicles with future air conditioning systems, and new system concepts