Achieving Energy Cost Savings for Ammonia Refrigeration Systems

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Course Overview

To maximize the benefits from this course, you should understand the basics of industrial refrigeration systems, including refrigerant properties, property behavior, system components, system configurations, and operation strategies. This course includes interactive workshops and real-word case studies.

Who Should Attend?

Who should attend?

  • Plant, design and consulting engineers
  • Energy managers
  • Utility managers
  • Refrigeration system operators and plant operations staff
  • Contractors
  • Energy service providers 


Douglas Reindl

Douglas Reindl, PhD, PE is a professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a Program Director at the Office of Engineering Professional Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has extensive experience in mechanical systems – including industrial ammonia refrigeration systems. As the founding director of the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium, he works extensively to improve the safety, efficiency, reliability, and productivity of ammonia refrigeration infrastructure. Dr. Reindl received his BS in mechanical engineering technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, MS in mechanical engineering from UW–Madison, and PhD in mechanical engineering from UW–Madison. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin.

Daniel Dettmers

Daniel Dettmers is an Associate Researcher for the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium, and the HVAC&R Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his interests and expertise cover a vast array of topics in the fields of space conditioning and refrigeration. His primary responsibilities include technical support, applied research and training in the areas of energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigerant selection, industrial refrigeration safety and energy codes.

Dan holds a B.S in Nuclear Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also an active member in both IIAR and ASHRAE. He has chaired and served on several Technical committee and Standing committees at ASHRAE such as the Professional Development Committee, Handbook, Technical Program, CTTC and the refrigerated facilities technical committee.

James Elleson

Todd Jekel

Todd Jekel, PhD, PE is the assistant director of the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Jekel has been actively conducting research on refrigeration systems including vessel design practices, oil separators, and analysis of dehumidification alternatives for cold storage warehouses. He holds degrees from Calvin College and the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Gary Schrift

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