Radermacher, Reinhard

Reinhard Radermacher

Professor and Director

Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE)

Mechanical Engineering, A. James Clark School of Engineering


Statement of energy interests and expertise: 

Dr. Radermacher has almost 30 years of experience in research and development of energy conversion systems in general and CHP (Cooling Heating and Power) Systems and air-conditioning/heat pumping devices in particular. He is an internationally recognized expert in the use of working fluid mixtures. His research grew to range from environmentally safe refrigerants in residential air-conditioners and heat pumps to combined heating, cooling and power systems for buildings and campuses. His work has resulted in over two hundred fifty publications, as well as numerous invention records and nine patents, and he co-authored three books. Two of them focus on absorption devices particularly suited for waste heat utilization and solar cooling/refrigeration.

Dr. Radermacher founded the Energy Laboratory in 1983 and is the director and co-founder of the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE) at the University of Maryland. The Center is taking the lead in developing energy conversion systems that meet environmental and economic concerns, i.e. energy systems that are lean and green. Research is organized in consortia that are sponsored by industry, government and research institutions. A variety of short courses are offered for industry and research sponsors. CEEE has also introduced four new courses in the area of Energy and Environment and Integrated Cooling, Heating and Power Systems.

His service includes international activities such as US representative of the International Energy Agency Annex 13 and 34, past vice president of Commission B1 and President of Commission B2 of the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) of which he is an honorary member, as well as invited lecture tours to Europe, China, Japan, Korea, and South America. He also serves as the coordinator of the German Exchange Program for the University of Maryland College of Engineering. Nationally, he is fellow of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He serves as the editor of the ASHRAE HVAC&R Research Journal.