A total of 120 attendees took part in the event held at the end of September at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, at the heart of the exceptionally strong cryogenic community in Oxfordshire.
Delegates from India and the USA joined those from the UK and others from Europe. The new Chairman of the International Cryogenic Engineering Conference Board, Professor Marcel ter Brake from the University of Twente in the Netherlands gave a broad opening talk on Trends, Challenges and Opportunities in Cryogenics, with a special preview of yet-unpublished research on microcoolers – creating considerable interest and anticipation of its publication.
A BBC film crew captured parts of the vibrant trade show - including local firms like Mach-Tech, ICEoxford and Oxford Instruments, others like Nexans from Germany (who also gave a talk), newcomers to the CCD series like Air Products, Boiswood, Leybold, Molecular Products and Proactive Gas Safety and regular supporters Cryogenic Ltd, Cryox, Kelvin Technology, PECO and Wessington.
The BBC interviewed Professor Harry Jones, Chairman of the BCC, in a piece aired on BBC1 and now available on You Tube. The TV crew accompanied one of the five Lab Tours, which include one to the new MICE [Muon Experiment] Hall which was subject of a talk from STFC’s Steve Watson.
In the week before the European Hydrogen Tour brought a fleet of hydrogen-powered cars along the M4 from Cardiff to London, Dr Klaas Kunze from BMW gave a talk on their cryo-compressed hydrogen developments. Michael Ayres from Dearman Engines also gave a trailer in his talk – launch of the Liquid Air Energy Group at the IMechE.
Jake Lake from the BCGA and David Openshaw from Proactive Gas Safety praised the commitment of the British Cryogenic Cluster to Engineering Standards and Safety in an excellent pairing of presentations.
Adding to the talks involving hydrogen and nitrogen as alternative fuels, James Westcott gave a very interesting presentation on the UK refuelling network being developed by Gasrec for its Liquefied Biomethane Gas [LBG].
The 2012 event finished on an exciting note, with a very accomplished talk on the Skylon project from Alan Bond, Founder of Reaction [Rocket] Engines.
Next years event will take place at Rutherford Appleton on September 25th 2013.