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UK:  BITZER has been manufacturing COcompressors since the mid 1990s and has now expanded its series of semi-hermetic refrigeration compressors for transcritical COapplications, including smaller and larger models. With the introduction of the 4PTC-6K model for lower displacements and the 4DTC-25K and 4CTC-30K models for higher displacements, the series now ranges from 4.3 to 25.6 cubic metres of displacement per hour at 50 Hz.

With CO2, only very small amounts of direct greenhouse gas emissions are released, so with these applications a greater focus is placed on reducing indirect emissions through energy consumption.  Consequently, BITZER CO2 compressors offer high energy efficiency and exceptional versatility.

BITZER is the only compressor manufacturer to also have its performance data certified by ASERCOM (Association of European Refrigeration Component Manufacturers). All compressors for subcritical COapplications, and most of the compressors for transcritical applications, have been integrated into the certification programme.

Further information is available from BITZER UK LIMITED, Advantage One, Third Avenue, Denbigh West, Bletchley, MK1 1DR, tel:  +44 (0) 1908 642966, fax:  +44 (0) 1908 644330, email: sales@bitzeruk.com or downloadable from www.bitzeruk.com

CANADA:  Smartcool Systems Inc. today announced it has now received approval for beta testing of Smartcool's energy efficiency technology with a Florida-based food distribution firm.

This test is the next phase in introducing Smartcool's technology to the refrigerated transportation sector. As we previously reported the first phase produced 18% energy savings from an evaluation of their energy efficiency technology on two sea-going refrigerated containers.

Currently refrigerated transport accounts for about 20% of all goods transported, with millions of sea-bound containers, box trucks, and trailers using high amounts of energy to keep goods cold.

George Burnes, President and CEO of Smartcool states, "In our first phase of testing, we have already proven that our technology can yield significant savings on refrigerated transport compressor run time and energy consumption. Now we are aiming to translate these savings into diesel fuel saved, as this is the measurement that operators are looking for. Diesel fuel in Europe costs almost twice as much as in North America, and in both regions prices are on the rise. This indicates a huge opportunity for us to offer a valuable solution to our existing customers as well as giving us an edge in opening the door with new customers."

The 2nd round of testing set to take place in the next couple of weeks and Smartcool is keen to complete this next phase so they can roll out the technology across the food distribution firms 115 trailers.  

Bruce Kemp, Smartcool's Technical Director, explains the beta test. "Our beta site offers the perfect opportunity for us to test our technology on a fully loaded frozen food trailer. The food distribution company has two identical side-by-side refrigerated trailers storing 35,000 lbs. of frozen turkeys and running 24/7. The monitoring and verification equipment will be installed on both trailers, while Smartcool's technology will be installed on only one of the trailers. This allows us to see the savings we can achieve in one trailer compared to how the other identical trailer refrigeration system would perform without Smartcool installed. We will be able to monitor all aspects of system performance including box temperature, compressor cycles and diesel fuel flow."

About Smartcool: Smartcool Systems Inc. provides cutting edge energy efficient and energy cost reduction solutions for businesses around the world. The ECO3 and ESM are Smartcool's unique retrofit technologies that reduce the energy consumption of compressors in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump systems by 15% to 20%, giving customers a return on investment in as little as 12 months.

To read more about Smartcool, Click here

TECHNOLOGY:  A new device has come onto the market to control air conditioning units in the home. The new device called Sensibo is set to compete with the likes of the Tado. 

Sensibo is a small device that connects home air conditioners to the internet, with one of the many benefits being that it can be used with any air conditioning unit that has a remote control.

The device uses IR commands to communicate with your existing A/C, just like your remote control. It works right out of the box and supports any remote controlled A/C: Window A/Cs, Split, central, standing, etc.

The unit also comes with a cleverly designed app, which can connect with your alarm clock to adjust the temperature based on the time of day or you can set it to sleep and power saving modes. You can also control all of the standard features directly from your smartphone.

It also allows users to connect several different air conditioning units of different make and model. The Sensibo has two main components: Sensibo Pods – which connect to the A/C unit – and the Smart Hub, which connects to users’ router.

Sensibo is also developer friendsly and has a robust API that allows incorporation into other apps and can easily work alongside other smart devices.

The API gives developers access to:

  • Control all your A/C settings
  • Temperature input
  • Relative humidity input
  • Vibrations sensor input
  • Ambient light sensor input
  • iBeacon information
  • Time to reach target temperature
  • Efficiency of current A/C usage
  • Send arbitrary IR commands (TV, A/V, etc.)
  • Receive IR commands (from different remotes)

 

Currently, you can pre-order the Single Kit – a Sensibo Pod and Smart Hub – for $79, the Duo Kit – 2 pods and the Smart Hub – for $169, or the developers kit for $300. Additional Pods are $69.

Watch the Sensibo Video here 

To find out more about the Sensibo or to get yours Click here. 

UK:  ISD Solutions, has expanded its offering of modular walk in cold and freezer rooms for the hospitality and fast food sector. 

The new MISA modular cold storage range now covers 14 popular sizes with storage volumes from 3.1m³ to 16.7m³ and operating temperature from -20 to +5 degrees. Available ‘off-the-peg’ from ISD Direct, the  These provide an off-the-shelf easy to clean solutions ideally suited for hotels, restaurants and fast food outlets, as well as pubs and catering companies.

In addition, an innovative ‘FASTFIT’ system using a patented cam lock fastener ensures quick and simple assembly to minimise installation costs and the finished surface with rounded and internal coved corners enables easy cleaning for good food hygiene. Importantly the lockable MISA cold rooms are Food Standard’s Agency HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) compliant and include a range of additional features such as illuminated internal safety release, and integrated mono-block plant.

The use of 100mm thick high-density isothermal polyurethane panels provides superior insulation properties, typically making a MISA cold store significantly more efficient than other commercially available cold rooms or freezers. This in turn ensures lower running costs an increasingly important factor for small businesses facing rising energy bills.

All modular Cold Storage Solutions are supplied with: 

  • Floor, Ceiling and Wall Panels
  • Integrated Refrigeration unit
  • Digital Controls and Lighting

Extra Options include:

  • Bespoke choice of room size
  • Strip Curtains
  • Windows
  • Sliding Doors
  • Floor options (walk-in or trolley)
  • Remote condensing units

Andrew Hudspith, director ISD Solutions explains: “The demand for modular cold storage solutions is growing as small businesses realise the value of ‘walk-in’ solutions, with a single access door. These offer not only efficient safe storage of perishable goods, but reduced energy consumption – now the second largest cost factor for the hospitality sector.  Our customers range from hotels and restaurants, including high street brands Burger King and Yo Sushi, to caterers, recreational facilities and cinemas, schools and colleges, independent retailers, even artisan food producers, florists and care homes.”

ISD Solutions also provides bespoke design, manufacture and installation services

About ISD Solutions: ISD Solutions is a UK leading contractor in the design, installation and maintenance of composite panel-based structures from cold stores, food processing facilities & distribution centres to clean rooms & data centres. Pioneers of thermally efficient, low cost, single envelope construction, ISD is growing market share in the hospitality industry for its modular cold stores. 

UK:  The revolutionary RCS-Bacharach PGM-IR Portable Refrigerant Leak Detector has been shortlisted by judges at the RAC Cooling Industry Awards 2014.

The PGM-IR, a joint entry in the awards by RCS Energy Management and partners Murco, has been shortlisted in the Refrigeration Innovation category.

The PGM-IR represents a breakthrough in portable monitor technology for analysing and checking halogen-based refrigerant levels.

In addition to its portability, its advances include the detection and display of actual concentrations in real time.

This means it doesn’t zero out background concentrations, that it’s not looking for changes in concentration and, crucially for many refrigeration applications, that it isn’t disrupted by changes in temperature.

This, combined with highly sensitive 1ppm detection and fast response and clearing times, makes it possible to detect for the first time low level leaks in areas which render traditional leak detection technology ineffective – places such as already contaminated areas, the inside of chiller cabinets, and even outside the store.

RCS Commercial Manager Simon Grater said: “We are delighted that the RAC Cooling Awards judges have recognised the breakthrough nature of the PGM-IR in this way. “Everyone who has used the unit has quickly identified its power and potential – that it can locate for the first time the smallest leaks in the hardest to reach areas, and them prioritise where their leak prevention resources need to be deployed.

“We looking forward to the Awards night in September and fingers crossed that the PGM-IR is as successful in the awards as it is already proving to be in the market!”

For further product information visit: http://www.rcsenergymanagement.co.uk/RCS-Bacharach-PGM-IR-portable.php or contact Simon Grater directly on 01635 231600.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 24th September at the London Hilton.

Honeywell Process Solutions has announced availability of the Experion Orion Console, an advanced display technology that brings the plant control room of the future to life by meeting the changing needs of the increasingly mobile plant operator.

The console – which builds on Honeywell’s flagship Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) control platform – features an improved ergonomic design and better displays to simplify control system management, reduce operator fatigue and improve situational awareness.

The Experion Orion Console’s design was based on operator input gleaned from numerous visits to plant control rooms around the world and across industries, in both newer and older plants. The design and capabilities are the result of behaviour observations, as well as insights collected in multiple phases at plants, including process start-ups and during periods of abnormal operations.

“The state of plant control today is like putting operators on a sleepless, 12-hour flight in economy-class seating and then asking them to make a critical decision that impacts their company’s production and employee safety,” said Jason Urso, chief technology officer, Honeywell Process Solutions. “Operators need more than just process data to make a decision like that; they need an environment that helps keep them alert, allows them to move about more freely, and presents information more intuitively. The Experion Orion Console was designed with all of those factors in mind.”

 The console’s features include:

  • A large flexible,Ultra-high definition display, to provide clear status assessments of process operations in a single glance.
  • Customize displays for context-specific process issues
  • Advanced alarm management
  • Pan and zoom capabilities.
  • Limits and targets are directly integrated into overview displays, allowing operation of the process closer to the optimum and allowing operators an increased scope of responsibility across the industrial facility.
  • Touch panel displays enables operators to quickly and accurately respond to changing conditions and prevent situations that could lead to plant incidents and emergencies.

Aside from the actual information, however, the console has a mobile tablet that also reduces operator fatigue by allowing personnel to move about the control room more freely than before. When paired with wireless-enabled mobile technologies, the system also allows operators to view the same displays on hand-held devices in other areas of the plant.

“Plants must be designed and built according to a company’s specific production needs, but the control rooms themselves should be built around the operators’ needs,” Urso said. “If you meet the operators’ needs, they can manage the plant more effectively and at optimum levels, which ultimately impacts plant safety, reliability and efficiency more than anything else.”

For more information on this product, click here

About Honeywell: Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) helps industrial customers around the world operate safe, reliable, efficient, sustainable and more profitable facilities. They offer leading technologies as well as comprehensive lifecycle services.

Toshiba Air Conditioning (a division of Toshiba Carrier UK Limited) has developed a complete Building Information Modelling (BIM) support solution for consultants, contractors and designers.

It covers the manufacturer’s full range of SMMSI, SHRMi and Mini SMMSi VRF outdoor units, including flow selector boxes and the full range of indoor units.

The BIM package provides an accurate and easy-to-use digital representation of Toshiba’s air conditioning systems, that can be applied in standard BIM models of new and refurbished buildings, speeding up the design process and helping accurately to predict building performance.

The introduction of BIM is central to aiding companies to fall in line with the government’s four-year strategy to improve efficiency and reduce costs in the UK construction industry.

The aim  is to introduce 3D collaborative BIM to all new construction projects by 2016, with all project data encapsulated in electronic form, speeding up projects, reducing capital costs and helping to cut carbon emissions from buildings by 20 per cent.

David Dunn (inset), general manager of Toshiba UK, says: “We very much support the drive towards BIM-based design, as there are huge gains to be reaped by all concerned. For designers and contractors it speeds up project planning, and enables quick and accurate changes that save time on site.

“For clients and end users, it helps ensure installations are delivered on time and to budget, and provides assurance that design conditions can be achieved for a building. These twin planning and predictive aspects are what makes BIM so powerful.”

Toshiba’s suite of BIM icons, based on the popular Revit platform, can be downloaded from the Business Lounge on the company’s website: www.toshiba-aircon.co.uk/business-lounge

RCS Energy Management has extended its pioneering integrated communication module concept with a new DIN rail mounted controller, the Eden Avanta.

The Avanta is the second in RCS’ Eden range of next-generation controller units for automatic temperature regulation and defrost scheduling in refrigerated display cabinets and coldroom applications.

It follows hot on the heels of the successful launch in 2012 of the Eden Compact, the first all-in-one compact refrigeration controller requiring no additional communication modules, thanks to its on-board RS485, IP or wireless communication support.

The Avanta carries the same on-board communication functions as the Compact, but has been designed to be either DIN rail mounting or screw fixed.

To ensure maximum versatility, the controller offers six changeover relay outputs and a total of seven temperature / analogue inputs as standard. This means that as well as the standard five probe connections (Air On, Air Off, Evaporator In, Evaporator Out and Defrost Termination), a product probe can be connected on the sixth input and the seventh can be configured to accept different input signals such as pressure, humidity or pulses – particularly useful in CO2 applications or where energy monitoring by case is required.

The units are easy to install, to configure and commission, with two part connectors provided as standard for the wiring of all I/O and control options including a front panel, the supervisory system or a dedicated Windows application.

The Avanta is available either with or without an integrated display, the latter for use with RCS’s new Eden Remote Display unit.

Underpinning the entire Eden range is RCS’ proven and unique energy management technology.

Alongside the sophisticated algorithms which ensure efficient and appropriate use of energy-intensive items of refrigeration plant, specific energy saving features include the LSV cycle function which reduces energy at the pack by closing the case inlet valve if it has been sat in the deadband for longer than a pre-set time.

Adaptive control of trim heaters is managed a zero crossing triac module, and additional energy saving features such as night blind monitoring / alarming, setback control and parameter management all become available when the controller is used in conjunction with an RCS supervisory system.

RCS Energy Management Commercial Manager Simon Grater said: “The Avanta takes all of the innovations and advances which have made the Eden Compact so successful and integrates them into a versatile new unit which offers the DIN rail or screw mounting options which customers require.

“Because RCS designs and manufacturers in England, we are able to respond to this kind of feedback very quickly and bring exactly the right control products to market in a matter of months, rather than years.

“Thanks to this responsiveness and attention to precise customer requirements, we believe the Eden range is well-placed to establish itself as the most effective and versatile controller solution in today’s commercial refrigeration market.”

To find out more about RCS Managements range of products or contact them for more information click here

Coca Cola in conjunction with Leo Burnett Columbia have been shortlisted for the Cannes Lions for their innovatively designed Bio Cooler.

The Bio Cooler which aims to bring cold drinks to the world without the use of electricity or batteries is based on a combination of evaporation refrigeration and conventional absorption refrigeration.

According to their submission Leo Burnett and Coca Cola said; we should find the way to get energy to refrigerate the product. We researched about refrigeration technologies which don´t use electric power, we analyzed simple and ancient times techniques on how keep food and beverages fresh. As a conclusion, we decided to combine the evaporation refrigeration principle with a conventional absorption refrigeration system activated just from the sun's energy concentration captured by a parabolic mirror. The design line respects the next brand visibility guidelines and applies a very subtle eco design tone.

Screen Shot - Leo Burnett CommercialScreen Shot - Leo Burnett Commercial

One of the quirky features is that they don't just add water, but also have plants that cool even more through transpiration. The coolerworks by watering the plants that sit on top which creates evaporation inside the machine. Then, a mirror on top converts gas into liquid, making things even cooler inside the dispenser. The result is a cold drink without wasting any electricity to do it, and best of all the technology works better the hotter it gets.

Check out Leo Burnett's prize winning commercial Click here.

Driven by the European Parliaments new F-Gas regulations Verco have launched their latest innovations in refrigeration technology. Verco's Energy Plus includes a re-designed cabinet to improve airflow along with the fitting of LED lighting, and operating on R407F refrigerant.

Verco is initially introducing the low-energy, high-performance Energy Plus as an option for its Kingston and Verwood models and plans to completely phase out the use of R404a, one of the high GWP HFC refrigerants set to banned under the recent F-Gas regulations review.

Verco's development director Mike Nicholls comments "Following extensive testing, R407F has been selected for its combination of zero ODP (ozone depletion potential) and 53% reduction in GWP (global warming potential) compared to R404a."

Energy Plus is already the standard on the Quebec range of glass-door cabinets – including the single-door Q1XL, two-door Q2CC and three-door Q3CC – Verco has turned its attention to the open-chill Kingston and glass-door Verwood models. Already re-engineered to accept the optional Energy Plus and available to order now are the company's range-topping Kingston K250 (2500mm wide), single-door Verwood V1CHM models. These will be closely followed by the 1950mm wide Kingston K195 and two-door Verwood V2CHM models by this summer.

"Customers specifying the Energy Plus option on Verwood models can expect significant energy savings of up to 33% at chill temperature," says Mike.

Looking to the future, Mike says: "It is becoming increasingly difficult to anticipate and satisfy safety requirements where hydrocarbons are used so, while Verco has committed to standardising on the use of non-flammable refrigerants such as R407f in its glass-door cabinets, we will continue to offer the option of R407f or R1270 on open-chill Kingston and Cambridge models."

For more information on Verco and its Energy Plus Click here

About Verco: Founded in 1965. Verco is now a leading supplier of retail refrigeration and one of the largest UK manufacturers of open-chill and glass-door cabinets.