UK: Frigesco’s pioneering flash defrost system has won the ‘cooling industry triple’, securing the top refrigeration accolade in all three of the industry’s major national technology awards.
Crowning a remarkable year of recognition and achievement, the company was presented with the Refrigeration Product of the Year Award at a star-spangled evening by celebrity entertainer Jimmy Carr, who hosted the ACR News Awards 2015.
It follows similar accolades for Frigesco’s innovative flash defrost technology in the recent Cooling Industry Awards and National ACR Awards 2015.
The technology uses a phase-change material to capture waste heat from refrigeration systems and carry out high efficiency defrosts of evaporators, in the process reducing supermarket refrigeration running costs by up to 20 per cent. Flash defrost is now also being developed for use in air-source heat pumps.
David Walter, managing director of Frigesco, said: “By any standards, winning the industry’s top three national awards is a remarkable achievement. However, it is particularly significant given the UK’s extremely high standards of technical innovation.
“Britain is recognised as a world-leader in cooling technology, and the judges view is that Frigesco is ahead of the pack in an extremely competitive field. It is testimony to the creativity and dedication of everyone on the team who has worked to develop flash defrost over the past few years.
He added: “After substantial investment and development work, we are now moving forward to the final phase of commercialisation of the technology. We expect to be able to make further announcements in the near future.”
In addition to reducing electricity consumption and cutting refrigeration running costs, flash defrost improves the stability and resilience of refrigeration systems, extends plant life, safeguards food hygiene, and improves safety for store staff.
The Frigesco system has been developed by a team headed by Professor Tom Davies.