WARRENDALE, PA--The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has selected the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to conduct a series of automotive air conditioning system performance tests. Twenty-three companies and organizations are funding the $600,000 research project.

The research will assist the engineering community in finding a refrigerant that provides comparable performance for automotive systems with less energy consumption than current HFC-134a systems. Although HFC-134a is used in most automotive air conditioning systems, it is included on the Kyoto Protocol list of global warming gases.