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, and later commercialised in Canada.
Following the backing of a joint venture with Danfoss, the product has since achieved global recognition with more than 14,000 Turbocor compressors in operation worldwide.
He continues to serve as a senior technology advisor to Danfoss Turbocor and is also president of Verdicorp, based in Florida.
The company develops new technologies and creates solutions for energy generation and conservation, focusing on research and development and the creation of cutting-edge products within the energy industry.
Danfoss Turbocor compressors – the world’s first oil-free magnetic bearing compressor for the HVAC industry.