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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.

For more information: call David Walter on +44 (0)1392 247 943 or +44(0)7889 368 629; Email: david@frigesco.com;  Web: www.frigesco.com

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UK:  Carrier Transicold UK will shine the spotlight on aftersales support at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show, highlighting a range of new services designed to improve customer efficiency and protect the cold chain. 

The CV Show marks Carrier Transicold’s first opportunity to present its new everCOLD™ and oneCALL™ services at a major UK exhibition, following their international launch at the IAA Show in Hanover in September 2014.

Carrier Transicold’s everCOLD flexible maintenance package allows fleets to pay monthly, quarterly or annually with the advantage of fixed costs for the duration of the contract, regardless of how much maintenance is required. In addition to helping to reduce administration time, everCOLD includes all required maintenance and system leak checks carried out by certified engineers in accordance with the newly introduced EU517/2014 F-Gas regulation. Plus, for the first time, it gives customers the flexibility to scale their fleet back by up to 10 per cent each year, to meet demand.

Also new to the show is Carrier Transicold’s 24/7/365 oneCALL incident management service, which gives customers access to more than 600 service centres across 32 countries in Europe and Russia. The new service puts fleets just a single call away from support, with the reassurance of receiving telephone updates throughout the incident, plus the option of SMS, email and online case updates via Carrier’s web tracker service.

“It’s not uncommon for a reefer trailer to carry cargo worth many thousands of pounds – rising to millions with pharmaceuticals,” said John Forster, sales director, Carrier Transicold UK. “Being able to provide outstanding aftersales support is of paramount importance to operators. It’s only natural to put it under the spotlight at this year’s CV Show.”

The 100-square-metre stand will also feature Carrier Transicold’s lightweight Vector™ 1350 unit – the most recent addition to the Vector family of temperature controlled trailer systems. The Vector 1350 unit has been built to maximise payload and reliability while minimising fuel consumption and system downtime, all within a lightweight design that carries 27 per cent less refrigerant than its predecessor, the Maxima.

Completing the stand will be an exclusive “innovation lab”, where visitors can gain insight into the future of refrigerated transport. This will provide an opportunity to look at how Carrier Transicold is working in collaboration with customers to test new energy sources and refrigerants to further sustainability in the cold chain.

For more information on Carrier Transicold and its products and services, visit www.transicold.carrier.com or follow @CarrierGreen on Twitter.

About Carrier Transicold

Carrier Transicold helps improve transport and shipping of temperature-controlled cargoes with a complete line of equipment and services for refrigerated transport and cold chain visibility. For more than 40 years, Carrier Transicold has been an industry leader, providing customers around the world with the most advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable container refrigeration systems and generator sets, direct-drive and diesel truck units, and trailer refrigeration systems. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.

 

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UK:  The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced details of a series of free one-day training courses, designed to help potential heat pump customers – such as businesses, developers and housing providers - understand how heat pumps can deliver lower energy costs, greater comfort and better buildings.

The courses are NOT designed for installers or consultants, but to give potential heat pump customers in both the domestic and non-domestic sectors the chance to learn more about why heat pumps make sense, build their technical knowledge and understand the financing of heat pumps including unlocking the Renewable Heat Incentive.

The roadshows will be held on:

  • Tuesday 16 June – London (non-domestic sector)
  • Thursday 18 June – London (domestic sector)
  • Tuesday 23 June – Glasgow (both)
  • Wednesday 24 June – Newcastle (both)
  • Wednesday 1 July – Exeter (both)
  • Thursday 2 July – Cardiff (both)
  • Tuesday 7 July – Manchester (both)
  • Wednesday 8 July – Birmingham (both)

Places can be booked online at www.deccheatpumptraining2015.eventbrite.co.uk or by calling 020 8469 1333.

It is understood that a further event looking specifically at opportunities for water source heat pumps will be announced shortly.

 

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UK:  The Sustainable Innovation in Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat (SIRACH) Network is once again being allowed access to leading edge research and development facilities when leading refrigeration technology manufacturer Arctic Circle hosts a factory tour for the network on 23rd April at their site in Hereford.

Arctic Circle are well known for providing low carbon solutions for the heat transfer market, through innovation in compressor technology, refrigeration systems, heat recovery, chillers, thermal storage and heat pumps.

The event will focus on the latest developments and innovations in heat pumps and cooling technologies and look at the challenges that integration poses. Presentations will include an overview and technical presentation from Arctic Circle. Neil Hewitt of the University of Ulster will discuss High Temperature Vapour Compression Heat Pumps Utilising Alternative Working Fluids and there will be a case study into integrated refrigeration and air conditioning in supermarkets.

The day will also include a networking session and a unique tour of Arctic Circle's facilities, where you will be able to hear from experts on the design and manufacturing process.

Places are limited so booking is essential. For more information and to book a place visit www.ior.org/developm

About Arctic Circle

The company was set up in 1985 has established a reputation for innovative solutions and have grown consistently to become a market leader in innovation. This has been recognised by :

  • The first ever World Bank contract for technology transfers for semi-hermetic refrigeration compressors under the Montreal protocol
  • Appointed United Nations Industrial Development Organisation consultants for refrigeration compressors
  • The first compressor manufacturer to obtain energy technology listing for the ECA scheme
  • The recipients of numerous awards covering product innovation, training and development, and corporate citizenship

For more information about Arctic Circle visit www.acl-online.com

 

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UK:  On the 19th February 440 people gathered to celebrate the 115th Annual Dinner of the Institute of Refrigeration at the Grange St Pauls Hotel. They came together to celebrate the Institute, the industry and the achievements of a range of outstanding individuals from everyday service engineers to world-class innovators.   

Ian Sullivan of Sullivan Air Conditioning, winner of the Service Engineers Section Lifetime Achievement Not many service engineers can boast a career of 43 years in the industry.  But Ian Sullivan of Sullivan Air Conditioning, winner of the Service Engineers Section Lifetime Achievement Award has done just that – starting with an apprenticeship with Indair in 1971. He decided he wanted to join the RACHP industry after an afternoon spent questioning a refrigeration engineer called to his father’s off licence and grocery shop. Today he runs his own business as a self-employed service engineer, sub-contracting to several different companies, and carrying out trouble shooting on air conditioning systems or water chiller be that single splits, VRF or central plant.  Ian still enjoys working on interesting pieces of equipment and the problem solving that a career in refrigeration engineering brings. He also delights in passing on his knowledge to the young engineers that work alongside him. Ian was presented with a cash prize and commemorative tankard donated by the ACR Trainee of the Year award, for outstanding service to the industry.

Angeles Rivero-Pacho, a student at the University of Warwick, winner of the Ted Perry Award for student researchThe Institute of Refrigeration is always keen to encourage young people to pursue their interests in refrigeration and contribute to the development of new technologies and approaches. It established the Ted Perry Award for student research with the Perry Family, in honour Ted Perry who was President of the Institute from 1984 to 1987, and brought many young engineers into the sector.  The winner was Angeles Rivero-Pacho, a student at the University of Warwick, whose project involved modelling, design, construction and testing of a carbon-ammonia adsorption heat pump, which has significantly improved the heat transfer rates achievable. The research was described by one of the judges as “a practical research project with a high potential for commercial exploitation.”

Angeles was presented with a cash prize by Hawco and a set of ASHRAE databooks from the Perry Family Memorial Trust.

The programme of evening papers presented at the Institute is designed to showcase new developments and case studies of innovation that will impact our industry in the future.  This year IOR members were invited to vote for their choice of the best paper in the session to be presented with the Lightfoot Medal for best paper. The winners were Tom Davies, Robin Campbell and Varun Thangamani for their presentation “A novel low energy defrost process for the frozen food chain”.  A cash prize and medal was donated by Lightfoot Defence.  You can read their paper and listen to the webinar of the talk on the IOR website.

Dr Reinhard Radermacher (centre), Director and co-founder of the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering at the University of Maryland, winner of IOR’s J&E Hall Gold MedalInternational recognition for outstanding practical contribution is made through the IOR’s J&E Hall Gold Medal. This award allows the Institute to bring world-class innovators to the UK to present on their field of work. It has been supported by J&E Hall International consistently for 37 years. This year’s winner was Dr Reinhard Radermacher, Director and co-founder of the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering at the University of Maryland. Dr Radermacher has been pushing the research frontiers by exploring new technologies and developing them for real life applications, and is a world authority on energy efficiency and environmentally sustainable thermal systems research. The simulation packages developed under his direction are used by more than 60 organisations worldwide and have helped to enable researchers, policy makers and designers to analyse life cycle estimate of natural and low GWP refrigerants.   Dr Radermacher will return to the UK in the autumn to give a talk on his work.

Nominations for next year’s awards are now open, please see our website at www.ior.org.uk for more details of categories and how to enter. 

 

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UK:  As 2015 begins, Adande starts the year bringing their ground-breaking unique and expanding product range to the fore at The Hospitality Show 2015, taking place 19-21 January at the NEC Birmingham.

It’s well documented that Adande consistently outperforms conventional refrigeration and although the arrival of lookalike drawer clones on the market offer promise and style, they do not deliver the same performance benefits.

How so?  Opening a drawer or door cabinet compromises the contents by allowing warm air infiltration, not so with Adande’s ‘Hold the Cold’ technology (constant temperatures mean lower energy bills, cooler kitchens, longer lasting fridge motors and compressors;  less food spoilage and wastage too).  Performance testing and independent reports together with testimonials from top chefs and key foodservice brands, have culminated with a cache of awards from across the UK and internationally too. If it is not an Adande unit it will not show that performance.

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say.  What we expected, and indeed what we see, is more competition in the market emulating the look, dimensions, modularity and ergonomic aspects of the Adande. The attractive proposition of benefits through the convenience of additional workspace, modular design options, and flexible temperature control is desirable for the customer - so whilst marketplace competition verifies our vision, it cannot realise the performance and payback benefits of the patented insulated drawer technology. Drawers in themselves do not give the change in performance. It is the unique insulated container that makes Adande units different. Food quality and shelf life are massively affected by temperature stability and in this respect Adande are best in class!” says Nigel Bell, Adande’s Chairman. So make sure you are buying or specifying an Adande unit.

2105 will see Adande continue to expand its modular core range and accessory options still further to suit individual operators’ unique operational footprint and complex workflow needs.

Why compromise with a ‘one size fits all’ solution when so many answers are delivered by Adande without sacrificing the benefits and payback? 

From the standalone Matchbox, Saladette and Compact units, to the launch of the NEW Shallow Drawers (which combine and maximise height options), and Locking Rollers for manoeuvrability - there are many  advantages for the designer and on-going benefits for the user, their budget and the environment.

“In 2014 we introduced the Shallow Drawer concept to the market and 2015 sees these products now fully available, adding more options for kitchen design and priced lower than the Standard unit to reflect the smaller capacity.  ” continues Nigel Bell.

“Refrigeration is a very important part of the kitchen, and even if your purchasing decision is almost made, it’s certainly worth running it past us, as often our expertise can help maximise and understand the operation to negate costly mistakes in the long term. It’s something that purchasers and designers are doing ever more, and we are more than happy to advise or organise a visit to help.” Says Karl Hodgson, the UK Sales Director, whose Sales Team will be on hand to advise and demonstrate.

Visitors to the Hospitality Show can find Adande at Stand 339, and find out just why Adande products are ‘Cooler by Design’.

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INDIA:  BITZER is to present its ECOLINE VARISPEED, ORBIT 6 scroll compressor technology and other highlights at this weeks India Cold Chain Show in Sindelfingen, Mumbai.

‘Refrigeration and air-conditioning technology is very important in India’, explains Rob de Bruyn, Managing Director of BITZER Refrigeration Asia. ‘In vast regions of India, which is second only to China in terms of population, the climate is sub-tropical or tropical. Intact cooling chains are therefore crucial for transporting fresh food to its destination. In 2014 we will present our comprehensive range of products at the India Cold Chain Show. With the reliability and quality of BITZER, we will be able to provide a great deal of support to the people on site whilst benefiting from the opportunities for growth in India.’

Infinitely adjustable cooling capacity – the ECOLINE VARISPEED

ECOLINE VARISPEED reciprocating compressors offer high cooling capacity and reliability, as well as excellent energy efficiency. With their internal frequency inverters, the speed control can be infinitely adjusted to suit the operating conditions perfectly.  This minimises suction pressure fluctuations and cycling rates, which in turn reduces operating costs. The ECOLINE VARISPEED does not require regular maintenance or a fan as the suction-gas-cooled operating elements ensure that the temperature of the electrical components remains optimal.

Efficient: ORBIT scroll compressors

Efficient, reliable and best suited to air-conditioning systems and heat pumps – this is the series of ORBIT scroll compressors from BITZER. They offer a high isentropic efficiency and are highly energy-efficient under both full and part-load. ORBIT compressors are available in two case sizes, the ORBIT 6 and ORBIT 8. The displacement of the ORBIT scroll compressors ranges from 20 to 77 m3 per hour (50 Hertz). Other advantages of the ORBIT series are their low sound levels, wide range of applications and the innovative oil management system BAHT. The patent-pending BITZER Advanced Header Technology (BAHT) is designed for scroll compressor tandems and trios and makes it easier to combine even or uneven compressor sizes in a parallel circuit in air-conditioning and heat-pump systems. The newly developed suction gas header with integrated oil distribution plays a key role in this improvement, directing oil to one of the compressors in the tandem and trio units – and from there distributing it among the other compressors.

Compact performance – the ECOSTAR

The ECOSTAR is one of the highlights of the India Cold Chain Show. The compact, air-cooled condensing unit is distinctively energy-efficient and compatible with a wide range of applications. The cooling capacity of the BITZER ECOSTAR can be adjusted to best suit the actual requirements thanks to the speed control of the compressor and condenser fan. Precise temperature control increases the efficiency of the refrigeration system and reduces operating costs. The internal control enables quick and easy installation of the condensing unit.

Optimised for the high ambient temperatures in India – LH265

Another BITZER highlight at the India Cold Chain Show will be the air-cooled LH265 condensing units with semi-hermetic reciprocating compressors for universal applications. In its factories in Schkeuditz (Germany) and Jakarta (Indonesia), BITZER adapts the compact screw compressor units to suit the special operating conditions in India. This way, the LH265 condensing units run reliably and safely even with outside temperatures of up to 49°C. This makes them vastly superior to similar condensing units which exceed their maximum compressor operating parameters at just 43°C. LH265 condensing units are easy to install and quick to commission.

Green Point

The name BITZER stands for high standards; worldwide and for 80 years. To ensure that these quality standards are met, the refrigeration compressor specialist has been expanding its Green Point network in India since 2011. The project offers comprehensive maintenance and other services for compressors. The first Green Point in India opened in Delhi in March 2011, followed by others in Mumbai in November 2011, Bangalore in July 2013 and Kolkata in May 2014. ‘We have carefully selected the geographical locations of our Green Points’, explains Harvinder Bathia, Country Manager of BITZER India. ‘With branches in the north, west, south and east of India, we can be as close to our customers as possible. This shortens replacement times if a compressor should have to be repaired. As of October 2014 we have repaired around 1,800 compressors in our Green Points – quickly and reliably.’

The BITZER Group is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of refrigeration compressors with sales companies and production sites for reciprocating, screw, and scroll compressors as well as pressure vessels all over the globe. In 2013, 3,200 employees generated sales of €621 million.

 

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UK:  Toshiba Air Conditioning has been shortlisted for three major awards in the National ACR Awards 2015.

The company is a finalist in the Training Provider of the Year category for the creation of a nationwide network of air conditioning training centres, while the latest advance in Toshiba’s Total Refrigerant Leak Protection and Management System is shortlisted in the prestigious Air Conditioning Product of the Year category.

The company has also been shortlisted for the Best Marketing Campaign for its powerful promotional initiatives over the past two years that have gained high profile coverage across the industry.

This latest recognition follows Toshiba’s recent success in being announced as a finalist in CIBSE’s Building Performance Awards 2015, in the ‘Training Initiative of the Year’ category.

David Dunn, Toshiba Air ConditioningDavid Dunn, Toshiba general manager, said: “It is obviously very pleasing to be recognised by our industry peers in this way. Particularly as it is for our initiatives in the vitally important areas of training and environmental protection.”

“As a major supplier, we see it as our responsibility to take the lead in best industry practice. In little over a year we have accelerated our training initiative and established a UK-wide network of training centres, and become one of the most important providers of air conditioning training in the country.

“That is a considerable achievement, and reflects a huge amount of work and energy by everyone involved, both at Toshiba and our distributors.

“On the refrigerant front, our refrigerant leak protection system is unique in the market and gives end users and building occupants total assurance. It is winning converts among some of biggest air conditioning ends users in the market.”

The winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner, being held at Birmingham Town Hall on 29 January 2015.

 

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UK:  Frigesco’s pioneering flash defrost for refrigeration systems has been shortlisted in two categories of the forthcoming National ACR Awards 2015.

The technology, which can reduce supermarket cooling energy costs by up to 20 per cent, has been shortlisted for Refrigeration Product of the Year, and Environmental Champion.

It follows success for Frigesco in the recent Cooling Industry Awards, where its flash defrost system took the top award for Refrigeration Innovation of the Year (Component or Process).

David Walter, managing director of Frigesco, said: “It is obviously very pleasing to receive this high profile recognition for flash defrost, doubly so as it comes from the industry itself. People have been quick to see the potential of flash defrost to cut energy use, and transform end users’ refrigeration running costs.”

The patented technology uses a phase-change material to capture waste heat produced by a refrigeration system and use it to defrost evaporators, in the process boosting efficiency, extending plant life, safeguarding food hygiene, and improving safety for store staff.

The innovation, developed by a team headed by Professor Tom Davies, is currently being trialled in working stores by leading UK supermarkets. Once proven in cold rooms, the next stage will be to apply the system to refrigerated display cases.

Conventional methods of defrosting require electric heaters, or “hot gas” from the system, which makes the refrigeration plant less efficient. These additional energy inputs cost stores thousands of pounds a year.

Frigesco’s system absorbs and removes waste heat from the refrigeration system in the normal course of operation, increasing its efficiency in the process by adding a sub-cooling effect, and then using this “free” energy to carry out highly efficient defrosts.

Although the main benefit is a reduction in energy use and lower plant running costs, the system delivers other attractive benefits for retailers, including:

  • Improved food hygiene and safety due to more effective defrosts, and more stable temperatures in the refrigerated space;
  • Increased working life and fewer breakdowns for refrigeration plant, due to more complete defrosts and improved equipment operation;
  • Potential reductions in equipment capital costs due to design optimisation possible with the use of flash defrost;
  • Reduction in a retail store’s overall maximum electrical draw, giving “head room” in locations where power supplies are near the limit, which may be vital in extreme weather conditions, as experienced in hot summer months;
  • The more efficient defrost process stops the build-up of frost on floors and walls in the immediate environment of refrigeration plant, eliminating slip hazards for store staff.

The winners of the National ACR Awards 2015 will be announced at a gala awards dinner, being held at Birmingham Town Hall on 29 January.

For more information: call David Walter on +44 (0)1392 247 943 or +44(0)7889 368 629; Email: david@frigesco.com;  Web: www.frigesco.com

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INTERNATIONAL:  The Institute of Refrigeration is proud to announce that it will be hosting the International Institute of Refrigeration’s 12th Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluid Conference.

Since this conference’s inception in 1984 many of the questions raised by Gustav Lorentzen about the future of natural working fluids in refrigeration have been answered. However, new developments, environmental issues and legislation have raised new and different types of questions. 

The 12th Gustav Lorentzen conference will address fundamental issues about what is the vision for the future of natural working fluids for 2016 and beyond, along with showcasing the latest developments in the application of natural working fluids. The programme will encourage delegates to think about how natural refrigerants are used and remind the industry that it needs to consider:

  • total cost of ownership of systems
  • the impact of indirect emissions
  • comparing the most efficient solutions
  • ensuring safe and reliable operation
  • component development and availability
  • how we use refrigeration systems
  • extending the geographic range of natural working fluid suitability.

Gustav Lorentzen Conference

The programme design will provide opportunities to discuss the latest developments in the application of research into natural working fluid use and the technical tours will be a strong feature of the event with certain papers presented at the tour sites to explore underlying technical issues.

The conference will explore in depth how we can ensure a sustainable future for natural working fluids in the face of the increasingly challenging global, political, legislative and economic environment.

The conference will take place from the 21st-24th August in Edinburgh, one of the UK’s most vibrant cities. During August the city also hosts the Edinburgh International Festival which is is one of the most exciting arts festivals in the world. The city turns into a stage where plays, comedy and art can be viewed not only in the galleries, theatres and bars but also on the streets. There is no  better time to visit Scotland’s capital city.

Details about the event and the call for abstracts will be announced at the conference website www.gl2016.com

 

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