The 9th Asian Conference on Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (ACRA2018) to be held at Sapporo on June 10-13, 2018.

The 9th Asian Conference on Refrigerantion and Air-conditioning (ACRA2018) will be held as follows. Prof. Higashi (NEXT-RP, Kyushu University) will deliver a keynote lecture. ACRA is a forum for exchanging the latest scientific and technological information in HVAC&R fields in Asian countries.

Date: June 10-13, 2018

Venue: Sapporo Convention Center (SORA), Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

Conference website:

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Ruzhu Wang (Shanhai Jiao Tong University) 
Prof. Ji Hwan Jeong (Pusan National University) 
Prof. Liang-Han Chien (National Taipei University of Technology) 
Prof. Yukihiro Higashi (Kyushu University)



NEXT-RP Kick-off Symposium was held

NEXT-RP Kick-off symposium was held at I2CNER, Kyushu Univ. on October, 2016.

13:00-13:30 GREETINGS


Prof. Koichi Watanabe
Emeritus Professor of Keio University
“Strategic Challenge on Thermophysical Properties Research of Refrigerants”

Dr. Eric W. Lemmon
National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
“Fundamentals of Equations of State”

Prof. Anthony Jacobi
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Predicting Transitions in Two-Phase, Liquid-Vapor Flow Morphology”

16:30-18:00 RECEPTION


NEXT-RP was established.


The Research Center for Next Generation Refrigerant Properties (NEXT-RP) was established within I2CNER on April 1, 2016.

The objectives of this new center will be:

  • Accurate evaluation of themophysical properties and fundamental performance of the heat exchange and air conditioning and refrigeration (ACR) cycle for zero-ozone depletion potential (ODP) and low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants
  • Organizing the R&D national research group led by Khushu Univeristy
  • Development of base knowledge and technology for thermophysical properties, performance of heat exchange, and the fundamentals of the ACR cycle
  • Technology transfer and assistance to ACR industrial sectors
  • Contirubutions to Japanese ACR industries to make them more competitive in the global market