Carl Munters named ASHREA Pioneer of Industry

Swedish Innovator Carl Georg Munters, born in Dalarna, was honoured in November 2016 by ASHRAE for making milestone contributions to the growth of air conditioning, heating, refrigeration and ventilation. Individuals like Carl Munters who are inducted into the Pioneers of the Industry classification, have shown evidence of distinction, either technically of academically.

Carl Georg Munters, was born March 22, 1897 in Dala-Jarna, Sweden. Carl graduated from the Stockholm Norra Real Upper Secondary School in 1917 and in 1918 created his first patent, which was a starting crank that did not kick back for combustion engines. After graduating from the Royal Institute of Technology in 1922, Carl's patent application relating to the household refigerator was filed. This application, know as the ´Platen-Munters` refrigerator design, had no moving parts and used the absorption principle with ammonia as a cooling agent. The creation of the refrigerator was aimed at residential use and would allow a small gas flame at one end while allowing ice to be produced at the other. The ´Platen-Munters` refrigerator design is still sold today for use of house trailers, campers, and boats where gas is a suitable fuel.

Carl's inventions were based on simple heat and mass transfer and used no refrigerants or compressors. Much like the focus of his invenstions, the Munters Corporation, founded in 1965 in Fort Myers, Florida tested and manufactured cooling towers, evaporative cooling media, and the residential air conditioner with no compressor. The equipment produced because of his ideas have benefited millions of people. The Munter's companies today employ more than 3,000 employees in 30 countries and six continents. The inventions of Carl Munters have evolved into the core technologies of energy efficient, sustainable HVAC equipment and are still finding new markets today. During his lifetime, Carl Munters was granted more than 1,000 patents and most of his inventions are still being used today.

Carl Georg Munters died on March 29, 1989 at the age of 92.

Mr Munters was recognised as an ASHRAE Pioneer of the Industry at the Society's 2017 Winter Conference.

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