Rankine 2020 - Advances in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation

Institute of Refrigeration, London, UK,
26 - 29 July 2020

Rankine 2020 - Advances in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation

Sunday 26th July 2020 to Wednesday 29th July 2020

Celebrating the legacy of William Rankin

The Institute of Refrigeration is proud to announce that it will be hosting the Rankine 2020 - Advances in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation Conference. Timed to coincide with the bi-centenary of the birth of William Rankine. It will mark the legacy of WJM Rankine whose name is now synonymous with power generation cycles. The event is being organised in association with the Knowledge Center Organic Rankine Cycle.

Why should you attend?

The first international conference bringing together the disciplines of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps (RACHP) to encourage the flow of ideas between the two fields. It will provide a forum to discuss the shared environmental challenges being faced, the solutions being proposed and the difficulties in choosing the most efficient working fluids.

Over three days, with an anticipated 120 papers, delegates will explore research and developments in the closely related fields of power cycles, working fluids and RACHP applications. They will take away insights into new opportunities to deliver efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions.

In the 150 years since William Rankine developed his power generation cycle the world has changed enormously in both terms of the technology available and the political landscape. Sustainability and environmental issues are now a major issue and a driving force behind legislation.

In an era where there is increasing demand for energy while at the same time fossil fuels are being phased out, Rankine’s power generation cycles will only become more important. While William Rankine would recognise the underlying science that is currently in use the application of his technology is vastly different. This conference will spend time exploring the legacy of William Rankine, looking at his ground-breaking research to see what modern engineering can learn from this great Victorian innovator. It will also look to the future and offer a forum where the different disciplines of power generation, refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps can come together to discuss their common challenges and learn from each other about the different solutions that are being developed to tackled them.


The conference will take place at University of Glasgow, Scotland, where Rankine studied and taught, making a historical connection between his life’s work and legacy to the refrigeration industry.

Conference design

Will include plenary and side events celebrating William Rankine and three main streams exploring: 

Power generation

Heating and Cooling 

Working fluids

Call for abstracts 

The first formal conference announcement and call for papers will be issued in March 2019.  Details will appear on the website but if you would like to be sent further information about abstracts and papers please contact us. 

Delegate fees

Bookings will open in March 2019. Fees will include the two and half days of conference proceedings, a memory stick of all conference papers, one evening reception and a conference dinner. There will be an early booking discount and a reduce price for members of the IIR, IRC and IOR or those who present papers.


Programme Design

The programme will include over 120 papers presented over a three day timetable. In addition there will be pre-registration on the evening before the conference, a conference dinner, short courses and workshops.



Sponsorship packages will be available for companies who wish to raise their profile in this sector and take advantage of the international exposure this event will attract.  Details to follow. 


Who should attend

End Users , component manufactures, senior representatives of engineering, marketing and product development, Innovation leaders, professors, researchers, teachers, students, system and equipment designers, equipment and system buyers, professional engineers, production and operation managers, and policy makers.

IIR Commissions

The Conference will be supported by relevant IIR commissions and will incorporate Commissions IIR Commissions: B1, B2,  D1, D2, E1 and E2 and Working Group meetings.