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SAE International Spearheads Research for Mobile Air-Conditioning Systems With Low Global-Warming Impact

WARRENDALE, Pa., July 25, 2006 - Ways to reduce the global-warming impact from motor vehicle air-conditioning systems are being studied through SAE International’s newest Cooperative Research Programs.

The programs are part of an on-going effort to develop mobile air-conditioning systems that are more efficient and less harmful to the environment. 

This research will save the automotive industry extra costs, as companies will share the expense of evaluating new alternative refrigerants for use in air-conditioning systems.

Vehicle OEM members determined that the new refrigerants must be screened and identified by the second quarter of 2007.

 The new Cooperative Research Programs include:

·        Risk Assessment (CRP150-1):  Chemical and toxicology specialists will assess different chemicals as potential refrigerants.

·        Chemical Compatibility (CRP150-2):  Laboratory evaluations will be conducted to see how new refrigerants react with common materials.

·        System Impact (CRP150-3):  This program will work to understand the effects of new refrigerants on vehicle systems.

·        Service/Leakage (CRP150-4):  Mobile air conditioning experts will address efficiency of new refrigerants.

·        Vehicle Durability (CRP150-5):  Represented OEMs will supply vehicles to be tested in a variety of climatic regions with new refrigerants.

Representatives from the following OEMs have expressed interest in the programs: Audi, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Nissan, Paccar, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Toyota, Volvo and Volkswagen. 

SAE International has administered more than 60 Cooperative Research Programs.  For more information, contact SAE Corporate Communications.