Star Refrigeration’s Director wins Institute of Refrigeration accolade for industry paper

  • Rob Lamb receiving his award from Stephen Gill

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Group Sales and Marketing Director Dr Rob Lamb received the Kenneth Lightfoot Medal for best research paper of the year on future-proof refrigerants.

Star Refrigeration’s staff has once again been recognised for their knowledge and contribution to the cooling industry, after Dr Lamb was presented with the Kenneth Lightfoot Medal at the IOR’s Annual Dinner last week at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London.  

Voted as the best published paper of the session 2016-2017, the research document sheds light on the rapidly changing environmental and legislative landscape resulting from the phase down of HFCs and reveals the best sustainable refrigerant options available for small industrial applications.

On accepting the award, Rob Lamb said, “I am honoured to achieve this top recognition from my peers for one of my papers, which was on a topic I am so passionate about. At Star we are constantly looking to the future and advising our customers to consider their options, and sharing knowledge is really important. I hope that my paper will help refrigeration owners and operators make the right choice when retrofitting existing equipment and selecting new systems.” 

The President of the Institute of Refrigeration, Stephen Gill who presented the award to Dr Lamb, said, “I was delighted to present Dr. Rob Lamb with the prestigious Lightfoot Medal at the IOR annual dinner for the best evening paper of 2016/2017.  The winner was decided by member vote for the paper: ‘Refrigerant choices for small scale industrial refrigeration’. Dr. Lamb’s paper was well researched, and expertly presented. It addressed an important and timely practical issue being faced by industry.  Congratulations to Rob.  The prize fund and Medal were donated by Lightfoot Defence and we thank them for their continued support”.

The award includes an engraved medal and a £500 prize in association with Lightfoot Defence. The Awards presented during the IOR dinner are aimed at recognising achievement at all levels, including students, researchers, innovators and retirees who have devoted their careers to the refrigeration industry.

Dr Lamb’s paper, titled ‘Future-Proof Refrigerants: What is the best option for small industrial refrigeration applications’, covered health and safety aspects, toxicity, global warming potential and other characteristics of a range of sustainable refrigerants. It compares natural refrigerants and refrigerant blends to assist end users and contractors in making the right choice for the environment, the site and the organisation’s budget. 

With over 20 years industry experience under his belt, Dr Lamb joined Star Refrigeration in 1998 and is a previous winner of the IOR Ted Perry award for refrigeration research, which he won in 1999. He is often invited to share his expertise at refrigeration and heating industry events nationally and internationally, and was a keynote speaker last year at the IIR Conference in Macedonia.

Read a summary of Rob Lamb’s winning paper here: /smart-thinking/future-proof-refrigerants-what-is-the-best-option-for-small-industrial-refrigeration-applications.aspx

To find out more about the IOR Annual Dinner, visit: https://ior.org.uk/events/annual-dinner-2018