Odilio Alves-Filho in NTNU’s heat pump drying laboratory. Photo: NTNU

NTNU professor receives book prize in Japan

Professor Odilio Alves-Filho recently received a Japanese research prize for his book on environmentally friendly drying using heat pumps.

Heat pump drying techniques are extremely important because they represent a green technology that contributes to a sustainable society for future generations, says Professor Odilio Alves-Filho. As author of the book on heat-pump drying technology, Alves-Filho now hopes it reaches a broader audience beyond its natural readership of students and researchers.

“Anyone can pick up this book and read it to learn the principles behind heat pump drying—you don’t need any additional tools,” he says.

Although many people are most familiar with the heat pumps they have seen on  Norwegian houses, most are not aware that heat pump technology is used in many processes that require heat and cold.

“The technology can be used to produce dried products, like pharmaceuticals and food, for example,” says Alves-Filho. “It’s the same heat pump technology that’s used in homes, only designed to be used a different way.”

During the international research conference on drying, which was held in Gifu, Japan this year, the jury awarded Alves-Filho the prize entitled “Merit for Book-Length Publication with Focus on Unique and Industrially Applied Green Drying Technology.”

After considering several strong candidates, the jury awarded Alves-Filho the prize in the form of a diploma and 2,000 euros for his book. The conference is the largest international research conference of its kind, with approximately 500 participants.

The book is entitled “Heat Pump Dryers: Theory, Design and Industrial Applications” and has been published by CRC Press, ISBN 9781498711333.