PARIS — The International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) announced that it is going to take part in two European refrigeration research projects which have been validated by the European Commission.

The IIR has agreed to take part in disseminating the outcomes of these research projects, by sharing the expertise developed and the results in terms of publications, conferences, and workshops.

One is the Cryohub project, which aims to provide energy storage through air liquefaction.

In view of the increasing usage of renewable energy, such as solar and wind technologies, which operate intermittently, it is necessary to be able to store the surplus energy produced during specific times of the day, and to restore it when an insufficient quantity of energy is produced.

Planned to last 3.5 years, the Cryohub project is set to develop new technologies that store energy through air liquefaction, particularly in refrigerated warehouses and in the form of electricity, in order to meet cooling and heating requirements.

The second project is called Supersmart, which has the goal of reducing energy consumption in supermarkets.

The Supersmart project, which is planned to last three years, aims at reducing energy consumption mainly in terms of heating and cooling. The project will explore how energy consumption could be reduced with better practices through education and information, as well as by using energy resources in a different manner.

The first Supersmart Workshop is scheduled to take place on April 18, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. For more information about the workshop, click here.

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Publication date: 3/17/2016

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