Ron Conry, L.AIRAH, was the recipient of the Institute’s James Harrison Medal in 2009.
Renowned as the developer of the high-speed and oil-free centrifugal compressor, Conry is, first and foremost, a refrigeration mechanic. He once commented that had he been an engineer, the oil-free centrifugal compressor may never have seen the light of day – simply because he would’ve been been deterred by the myriad reasons why it could never work!
Starting from scratch in 1994, Conry designed a compressor that would go on to meet the industry’s needs well into the future. Based on his own extensive experience in the field of chiller and compressor rebuilding and maintenance, Conry assembled a world-class international team to develop a centrifugal compressor that would be highly efficient; operate at high speed; be oil free, lightweight, quiet, without vibration, fully integrated; and cost competitive.
Conry’s concept was successfully developed in Australia, later commercialised in Canada, and is now produced in the United States and China.
Following the backing of a joint venture with Danfoss, the product has since achieved global recognition with more than 100,000 Turbocor compressors in operation worldwide.
Since the James Harrison Medal, Conry successfully developed a range of renewable energy generation products. In recent years, he has returned to Australia where he has co-founded Conry Tech, based in Melbourne.
The company is focused on research and development, and the creation of cutting-edge products driving energy efficiency and sustainability within the HVAC industry that will have an even greater environmental impact than his previous compressor.
Danfoss Turbocor compressors – the world’s first oil-free magnetic bearing compressor for the HVAC industry.