Ritter Von Rittinger Award

The Executive Committee for the IEA Technical Collaboration Program on Heat Pumping Technologies has received a number of nominations for the Ritter von Rittinger Award.

This award, presented for the first time at the IEA International Heat Pump Conference in 2005, is awarded to deserving individuals or teams who have achieved distinction in the advancement of Heat Pumping technologies, applications, market development and management or organization of activities with lasting international impact. The award is named after Peter Ritter von Rittinger, an Austrian engineer who is credited with design and installation of the first practical Heat Pump system at a salt work in Upper Austria in 1856.

The Ritter Von Rittinger Award is given every three years at the IEA Heat Pump Conference. The award is a natural part of the extensive communications effort associated with the Conference. The award promotes the achievement accomplished within the Heat Pump technology as well as the Conference and the Agreement on Heat Pumping Technologies.

Award Committee

  • Per Jonasson, Chairman IOC, Sweden
  • Sophie Hosatte, Vice-Chair IOC, Canada
  • Hiroshi Okumura, Vice Chair IOC, Japan
  • Hermann Halozan, Austria

At the Conference dinner in the Laurens Kerk the Awards were handed to:

  • Eckhard A Groll, Reilly Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, USA, teaches technical thermodynamics. His research focuses on the fundamental thermal sciences as applied to advanced energy conversion systems, components, compressors and their working fluids. His research efforts involve the development of experimental facilities to conduct performance testing, and the creation of detailed system or component models for analyses and optimization. Prof. Groll was recognized for his exceptional achievements and leadership in all three aspects of the faculty profession of research, teaching and service.
  • Alberto Cavallini is Professor Emeritus and former full professor of Energy Science with the Engineering School of the University of Padova, Italy. Prof. Cavallini was highlighted for his research and publications in the field of heat pumps, air conditioning and renewable energy systems. During his career, he has published more than 300 scientific and technical papers and books, and is also a member of the advisory board of the International Journal of Refrigeration, one of the European editors of the International Journal of Transport Phenomena and former associate editor of the International Journal of HVAC&R Research.
  • ORNL Building Equipment Team (ORNL BERG), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, was recognized for their contribution to the development of high efficiency heat pumps of all types, including electric, sorption, gas-fired, cold climate and ground-coupled for over 40 years. They have won numerous awards and been recognized for their groundbreaking research, which has included modeling (ORNL Heat Pump Design Model; used by manufacturers and academia), design, development, demonstration, and market introduction. In addition, the ORNL BERG has since the 1980’s been very active in the IEA’s Technology Collaboration Programme on Heat Pumping Technologies (HPT TCP).
  • Per Lundqvist, Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden was awarded for his international impact in the realm of heat pump development, which maintains a multifaceted approach to the technology’s advancement, focusing both on market dynamics and technical progress. In addition, he is also co-author of the Inter-governmental Report on Climate Change (IPCC) on the influence of refrigerants on the global climate.