Academic Mirror Group

The coolingEU Academic Mirror Group is made up of  individual experts and academics in the field of cooling.

The function of the Academic Mirror Group is to guide the work and support the objectives of the coolingEU forum, with special focus on:

  •  Improve the knowledge about cooling by collecting and sharing data and project results and enhance the understanding about the sector and knowledge on different types of cooling.
  • Enable the progress in research and innovation in the field of sustainable, smart, and efficient cooling by means of exchange and cooperation between the sector, policy makers and researchers, without compromising the confidentiality of proprietary information.

Coordinator of the coolingEU Academic Mirror Group


AGM1Professor Toby Peters co-founded both Highview Power Storage (2004) and Dearman (2011) and through them established the concept of liquid air to deliver both grid-scale electricity-to-electricity energy storage, and distributed cold and power for applications in transport and the built environment.
Having moved over full-time to lead Dearman in 2013, he stepped down as CEO in December 2016. He remains on the Board and with an advisory role looking at the longer term and international opportunities for the technology. Toby is a Visiting Professor at University of Birmingham in Power and Cold Power and also at Heriot-Watt University in Transformational Innovation for Sustainability. His main areas of research are into how to meet our global cooling demands sustainably and how to accelerate transformational innovation. He was the academic lead of the 2015 ‘Doing Cold Smarter’ Policy Commission and most recently, the Clean Cold and Global Goals report published earlier this year.

Members of the coolingEU Academic Mirror Group



Leader of the shallow geothermal working group at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Dr. David Bertermann is the leader of the shallow geothermal working group at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg at the GeoCenter of Northern Bavaria (Sedimentology).

His work focus on calculation and simulation of shallow geothermal systems and their special forms like collectors or heat baskets in terms of heating and cooling performance.





Associate professor at the University of Padova

Davide Del Col is associate professor at the University of Padova, Italy, where he teaches Refrigeration and heat pump technologies.

Member and Secretary of Commission B1 of International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR, Paris); Secretary of UIT (Italian Union of Thermal-Fluidynamics) and member of the Steering Committee of UIT; Associate of INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) in the framework of the Program ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) for the project on sensor cooling at CERN, Geneve. Member of Committee K-13 (Multiphase Heat Transfer), ASME.

Scientific coordinator of the international ESA project on Condensation in microgravity (16 partners from Europe and Canada). Leader of the Laboratory of Sustainable Thermal Energy Technologies at the Department of Industrial Engineering of University of Padova. This lab is active in the fields of two-phase heat transfer, refrigerants and refrigeration technologies, solar energy conversion.






Energy Technology department of the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) and EnergyVille

Johan Desmedt received his degree in electrical engineering in 1993. He is currently with the Energy Technology department of the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) and EnergyVille, Belgium.

After conducting research in the field of energy efficiency in buildings, building simulation and modelling, underground thermal energy storage, he became project manager district heating and cooling networks from 2009. He is involved as project manager in several (inter)national research and demonstration projects as well as commercial contract research. He is the project coordinator of the H2020 STORM project on intelligent control of district heating and cooling networks. He is also a board member of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Renewable Heating and Cooling (ETIP – RHC) and a member of the cross cutting technology platform.




Picture9Founding Chamberlain chair of Chemical Engineering and RAEng- Highview Chair of Cryogenic Energy Storage / Founding Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage at the University of Birmingham

Professor Yulong Ding holds the founding Chamberlain chair of Chemical Engineering and RAEng- Highview Chair of Cryogenic Energy Storage. He is the founding Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage at the University of Birmingham (UoB), founding Co-Director of Joint UoB – GEIRIEU Lab for Energy Storage Research, and founding Co-Director of Joint Centre for Energy and Environmental Research & Education between UoB and University of Science & Technology Beijing.

He joined Birmingham in October 2013. Prior to his appointment at the University, he was Professor and Director of Institute of Particle Science & Engineering at the University of Leeds. He was the founding director (2010 – 2014) of the joint Institute for Energy Storage between University of Leeds and Institute of Process Engineering of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

His research has been multidisciplinary, across energy engineering, chemical & process engineering, materials and physics. His current research interests cover both fundamental and applied aspects, with the fundamental research focusing on multiphase transport phenomena across the length scales, and the applied research concentrating on new energy storage technologies, and microstructured materials for heat transfer intensification and energy harvesting and storage applications. His research on energy storage focuses on thermal (heat and cold) energy storage and cryogenic energy storage. He has filed over 30 patents, and published over 400 papers with ~220 in peer reviewed journals (H-Index of ~ 48). He was listed as top 1% highly cited researchers in the engineering category by Thomson Reuters in 2014. He is an inventor of the liquid air energy storage technology and led the initial stage of development of the technology. His work on liquid air energy storage made a major contribution to the 2011 ‘The Engineer’ Energy & Environmental and Grand Prix awards, and 2012 Rushlight Energy Environmental and Power Generation and Transmission awards.




Picture8Professor at London South Bank University (LSBU) / Director of Refrigeration Developments and Testing (RD&T)

Judith Evans is a Professor at London South Bank University (LSBU) and Director of Refrigeration Developments and Testing (RD&T). She has 30 years’ experience of working on food refrigeration operations. Much of her current work revolves around the food cold chain and refrigeration systems.

Professionally, she is a Fellow of the IOR (Institute of Refrigeration), a member national Technical Committee and involved in a number of IIR (International Institute of Refrigeration) initiatives (president of the IIR C2 commission (food science and engineering), vice president of the CaRe (careers in refrigeration) working party, vice president of the cold chain in warmer climates working party, member of the D1 (retail display cabinets) committee, member of the energy labelling working party). She is the UK, IOR representative to the IIR and also an editor of the Journal of Food Engineering.




Picture7Refrigeration Science and Technology Research Group at the Technical University of Sofia

Professor Kostadin Fikiin leads the Refrigeration Science and Technology Research Group at the Technical University of Sofia, investigates heat transfer processes and energy efficiency throughout the cold chain and develops innovative equipment and logistics for sustainable food refrigeration.

He is a Member of the Executive Committee of International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), diverse IIR Commissions and Working Parties, European Technology Platforms ‘Food for Life’ (2006-2013) and ‘Renewable Heating and Cooling’, EFFoST and BULSHRAE. Likewise, Kostadin is or was in charge of a number of further professional functions, e.g.: Academician of the International Academy of Refrigeration, Chairman of EHEDG Working Group ‘Food Refrigeration Equipment’, Vice-President of IIR Commission D1 ‘Refrigerated Storage’ (2004-2011), Editorial Board Member of Journal of Food Engineering, Associate Editor of Journal of Food Processing and Preservation (2008-2016), Guest Editor of Trends in Food Science and Technology and LWT, National UNDP Consultant, Flair-Flow National Stakeholders’ Network Leader, EUROFREEZE Coordinator, etc.

He published various articles and book chapters, spoke at many scientific events worldwide, and acted as a key organiser and scientific committees’ member of a multitude of IIR, CEFood, EFFoST, ICEF and EU conferences around the globe. His professional achievements have been recognised, cited in the scientific literature and distinguished with Bulgarian and international prizes (e.g. the Superior Paper Award 2002 of ASABE). Kostadin also worked on short-term assignments for the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme.




Senior researcher at EURAC research / Doctor in Engineering at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU Vienna)

Simon Pezzutto, Senior researcher at EURAC research got a Ph.D. in Engineering at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU Vienna). He has deep experience in analysing the European heating and cooling market, acquired during his Ph.D. He has been working at EURAC since 2010 where he contributed to numerous investigations on space cooling within various international projects, mainly FP7, Horizon 2020 and IEA projects. Simon Pezzutto is member of the Renewable Heating and Cooling Platform as well as work package leader of the Horizon 2020 Project Hotmaps.





Energy Engineering, Thermal Engineering Msc, Environmental Technology Msc, and MBA

Sergio Saiz is the Director of Energy Efficiency Area, developing the technology and market plan, and responsible of the thermal systems lab of Tecnalia. He is also Member of Energy Audits Normalization Committee, and Managing Board of Spanish Association of Energy Efficiency CompaniesApart from the above, Sergio Saiz is consultant of World Bank, and Basque Government in the deployment of Energy Certification of Buildings





Picture6Life Science R&D Group Manager/
International Expert
Air Liquide/ Paris-Saclay Research Center

Mohammed Youbi Idrissi is graduate from the “Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble” and holding a Ph.D. degree from “Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers de Paris”,
He worked at the “Institut Français du Froid Industriel” before his research position at IRSTEA wherein he managed there many projects focused on eco-design of vapour mechanical compressors units and the energy efficiency of the heat exchangers.
Inventor of more than 30 patents and author of more than 40 scientific and technical publications in the refrigeration field, Mohammed also teach in many engineering schools and universities in France on a regular basis. He is a Junior Member of the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), Vice-President of the French Refrigeration Association (AFF) and member the editorial board of the Revue Générale du Froid et du Conditionnement d’Air.
In 2008, he joined Air Liquide-CRCD as Project Manager, supervising the Refrigerated Transportation project. He also participated in the R&D projects of Life Science group evaluating, improving, and innovating in the area of the cryogenic equipment dedicated to food applications and Cold Chain. In 2013, Mohammed was nominated as International Expert.
Since September 2013, Mohammed is head the R&D Life Science group managing a team researchers working on Cold Chain, Food&Pharma and Bio-Chemical applications using gases provided by Air Liquide.

If you are an academic or an expert in the field of cooling and you would like to be a part of the Academic Mirror Group, please contact us.