UK: Refrigeration specialist, Adande, has announced that the company and its consortium partners is to invest over £4 million in the further development of Aircell technology. Designed to improve the energy efficiency and operational performance of open front, multi deck refrigerated display cabinets.
The investment, funded by equity finance and a £2.1 million AMSCI grant will allow the company and its consortium partners, including refrigerated cabinet manufacturer, The Bond Group, to take the technology to new levels and meet retailers’ specific merchandising requirements in the UK and abroad.
Part of the investment is to go towards the construction of three state-of-the-art test chambers for the research, development and testing of refrigeration systems at the Adande factory in Lowestoft.
In addition to the establishment of the research, development and test chambers, Adande will be creating a dedicated facility, housing CAD resources and a sophisticated computational fluid dynamics’ suite, for the numerical analysis of complex issues, relating to fluid flows and simulation scenarios such as turbulent flows.
Furthermore, the ongoing Aircell development programme will also have positive recruitment implications. It is projected that the establishment of technical and engineering teams, as well as associated management, sales and administrative roles, will lead to 12 new jobs at Adande within the next twelve months, with nearly 100 jobs created by 2024.
How it works
Aircell is a unique and patented airflow management system, which has been designed to improve the energy efficiency and operational performance of open front, refrigerated multi deck retail display cabinets.
It works by dividing the merchandising envelope of the refrigerated display case into separate airflow managed cells with small, low-pressure air columns. Each cell has its own air curtain, which is more efficient than a full height air curtain on a conventional multi deck case. The net result is less pressure on the air curtain of each cell and a substantial reduction in cold air spillage from the case.
Crucially, Aircell does not require back panel flow to support the air curtain, so it does not over cool and freeze food at the rear of the cabinet.
The key benefits of Aircell for the retailer
Adande Managing Director Ian Wood said, “Aircell has been successfully tested under independent laboratory conditions and a pre-production model has undergone live trials.
“Our investment plans and the AMSCI grant will enable us to accelerate the development of the technology to meet the requirements of retailers and original equipment manufacturers, at home and abroad.”
To find out more about the Adande Aircell technology visit http://adanderefrigeration.com/products/Aircell