Environmentally Low Impact Cooling Technology

Work Packages

The ELICiT Project is rooted in six strongly intertwined work packages conceived to ensure a timely and successful outcome.

WP1 covers two system optimisation phases: The first phase focuses on improving overall system performance by 25%. Each of the components that make up the appliance – pump, heat exchangers and magnetic cooling engine will be optimised and integrated into a standard commercial appliance.

The second system optimisation phase will focus on optimising the system against additional life cycle criteria – cost, longevity, raw materials / energy etc. – and will aim to maintain system performance but with lower costs, high longevity and better use of raw materials / energy.

WP2 focuses on three benchmarking activities that will assess:

  • performance of the appliance,
  • magnetic cooling engine,
  • pump
  • heat exchangers

The first assessment will be to set the baseline at the start of the project (this initial system will be provided by Camfridge and Whirlpool as an input to the project).

Second and third assessments will assess the output of the first and second system optimisation activities. Within the benchmarking, each of the components, as well as the final appliance will be benchmarked.

WP3 addresses life cycle optimisation, a critical element of the project. The lifecycle model will be developed in the first half of the project, and then used to refine and inform the second system optimisation activity.

WP4 activities undertake many of the regulations that magnetic cooling needs to comply with, and will influence WP1 at all stages. The standards component of WP3 will aim to modify and improve the benchmarking tests used within WP2.

WP4 however has a wider role in helping to define standards for magnetic cooling in general. To this respect, wide engagement with the community and the standards bodies will occur.

WP5 establishes overall communication strategy to support the standards activity in WP4 by engaging with appropriate bodies. Additionally, it will disseminate benchmarking and lifecycle results to both industry and consumers.

Communication with industry will be led by the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), and consumer engagement by Whirlpool. The final six months of the project is dominated by dissemination activities.

WP6 supervises the project management and with WP5, runs throughout the duration of project.


Consult the ELICiT Project deliverables