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
UK: Carrier has announced the launch of a new monitoring solution that offers unprecedented levels of choice and performance by providing building owners and maintenance staff to track and remotely monitor their heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems, and receive expert analysis and recommendations from Carrier experts.
To meet the needs of each user, the solution comes in three levels: standard, premium and infinite, with services including automatic alarm notification and corrective actions, data analysis and specific recommendations from Carrier experts to optimize resource allocation.
The service enables improved response through alarm monitoring and pre-diagnostics, allowing the identification of a potential issue before it occurs. Corrective actions can be taken quickly, either on site or via a remote connection to the equipment.
This monitoring solution adapts to a broad range of systems, new or existing, and can also be connected to non-Carrier equipment.
A Web portal offers customers a single point of connection to access and monitor all their sites at the chiller or chiller plant level. The system links the equipment to Carrier’s data center through a dedicated virtual network via dedicated Access Point Name: no data will circulate through the Internet, and there are no extra telecom costs.
“Through this new offering, Carrier delivers an advanced monitoring solution with Carrier’s expert know-how. It is an effective way for our customers to monitor their sites and installations and maintain them at top performance levels,” said Adam Pinfold, Technical Development Manager, Carrier Controls UK Ltd.
To find out more about Carrier’s new monitoring solution contact Phil Treacher on 01372 220 220, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrier operates in the UK as Toshiba Carrier UK Ltd and is the world leader in high performance heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls and Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
UK: Hubbard Products, the world-leading Suffolk refrigeration manufacturer has announced plans that it is to relocate its research, development and manufacturing facilities to a prestigious 50,000 sq ft site at Europark, Ipswich.
After 42 years at its current home in Otley, north of Ipswich the UK’s leading developer of energy efficient, low-carbon refrigeration will be moving its 165 strong workforce in stages from November 2015 to January 2016.
Pat Maughan, Chief Executive Hubbard Products Ltd, said “Our success at developing innovative refrigeration solutions in collaboration with some of the UK’s best-known retailers and developers of zero carbon technology means that we have outgrown the site.
“The new site is well-placed for transport links alongside the A14 for UK wide access and within minutes of the main East Coast container ports that service our increasing export sales to North America, Europe and Asia. The Europark location offers us the opportunity to reorganise and update our future manufacturing systems to suit our growing ambitions and technical requirements. This development will enable us to respond promptly and precisely to the changing needs of the global markets we sell to.”
The company will occupy a group of three units consisting of over 46,500 sq ft of manufacturing and storage facility and an additional 3,000 sq ft of administrative, sales and marketing suites.
The news comes following the announcement of the Dearman Engine Company and Hubbard Products exclusive refrigeration technology partnership.
The development of Hubbard’s Dearman powered nitrogen transport refrigeration system is expected to have a major effect on removing diesel particulates (NOx) from city environments in coming years and is receiving significant global support from policy makers, environmental lobbyists and governments.
UK: Dearman, has renewed its’ technology partnership with Hubbard Products, Europe’s leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of commercial and transport refrigeration equipment.
The partnership will see both companies work together to further develop and bring to market a highly efficient and cost-effective zero-emission transport refrigeration system based around the revolutionary Dearman engine.
The agreement cements their relationship and confirms that both companies will work together, not only to continue to develop the zero-emission transport refrigeration technology, but also to bring it to market internationally.
Pat Maughan, Managing Director of Hubbard Products said: “Revolution is crucial for the future of Transport Refrigeration, for a long while the refrigeration industry has relied on improving old technologies. We believe that approach is a compromise too far and is now irrelevant to the needs of the future. The fresh thinking that Dearman has brought to the table has been revelatory. New ideas create huge opportunities, and the Dearman Hubbard partnership is a chance to create a cost-effective, cleaner and more sustainable environment.”
The Dearman-powered Hubbard transport refrigeration system will build upon on- vehicle trials already conducted by Dearman and extensive lab testing.
The zero emission system eliminates all of the PM and NOx emissions associated with diesel. This is a significant improvement, as existing transport refrigeration units can be up to 29 times more polluting than much larger Euro VI diesel engines.
Commercial trials of the system will begin in the UK later this year, with extended international trials to begin in 2016.
UK: The warm autumn spell could give way to one of the coldest winters for many years, according to forecasters, with a high risk of significant snowfall. Following the warning, temporary heating and cooling specialist Carrier Rental Systems is gearing up to ensure it is able to support customers.
The Met Office says the El Niño effect, a major influence on UK winter weather conditions, will be the strongest since 1950. Scientists warn that conditions could be similar to those in the winter of 2009-10, when heavy snow caused widespread disruption across the country, closing airports and affecting rail and roads. During December 2009, the average UK temperature was 1deg C, the coldest month on record.
In preparation for expected high demand, Carrier Rental Systems has further expanded its heating rental fleet, to ensure it can respond to requests from customers for emergency top-up heating and replacement systems for plant breakdowns during an extended cold snap.
The company has invested in a new fleet of high efficiency boilers, integrated heating packages, fan-powered systems and radiant heaters as part of its plans to support customers this winter. This equipment is now available for hire across the UK and Ireland.
Carrier Rental System’s range includes high efficiency back-up and replacement heating systems
Marc White, Carrier Rental System director, says: “There is concern that the Indian summer may lull people into a false sense of security, and result in buildings and industrial premises being exposed. Forecasters agree that conditions point to a particularly cold winter this year, with a high risk of severe and prolonged snowfall.”
In the event of a sudden arrival of cold conditions, the impact on older heating equipment in particular can be significant, resulting in undiagnosed problems coming to light, as systems attempt to go from standby to maximum output very quickly. This can result in plant failure and create an emergency situation, with implications for building use and company productivity.
Marc White says: “The other issue during extended periods of very cold weather is head-room. Some heating systems in the depths of the 2009/10 winter were unable to cope with the unremitting low temperatures, which for the best part of a month hovered around freezing. Top-up temporary heating can provide the necessary additional capacity to maintain comfort conditions and keep buildings and industrial facilities operating.”
He added: “We have invested significantly in extending our hire fleet, with the addition of new, high efficiency systems. However, equipment availability is finite. Those who secure hire systems early have a vital safety net, and can reassure building occupants and owners that they have the situation covered.”
UK: Klima-Therm and Gree have won a prestigious international award for the world’s first photo-voltaic-powered centrifugal chiller.
The International Achievement of the Year Award 2015 was presented to Klima-Therm’s Roberto Mallozzi and Gree’s Sam Chen at a glittering awards ceremony held at The Hilton on London’s Park Lane, at the recent Cooling Industry Awards.
Harnessing light to power air conditioning is not new. However, the judges said the PV-powered centrifugal chiller represented a breakthrough in terms of the degree of integration required between the PV system and the chiller / heat pump.
The team had to overcome significant technical challenges that have prevented widespread adoption of large PV-based chillers in the past. The machine consists of three main components: the photovoltaic system, an inverter-driven centrifugal chiller, and an integrated power control system.
Crucially, DC power generated by the PV is used directly to drive the chiller, under the management of an on-board power control system. This direct PV power approach increases efficiency by between 6-8 per cent, compared with a conventional grid-connected PV generation plant and air conditioning system.
Roberto Mallozzi said: “It opens the way for the use of PV-powered air conditioning as a mainstream technology. With cooling capacity measured in MW rather than kW, it brings solar-energy powered air conditioning within reach for large or multi-storey buildings with higher cooling demands.
“What is particularly exciting is that it makes possible adoption of PV-powered systems in relatively high northern latitudes, such as the UK.”
He added: “When you consider the number of major buildings planned for construction in London alone over the next five years, not to mention the replacement market for aging centrifugal chillers installed in the Seventies and Eighties, it is not hard to appreciate the enormous potential.
“As part of our armoury of renewable energy solutions, PV-based chillers offer an exceptional opportunity to reduce the industry’s energy use, minimise carbon emissions and dramatically cut running costs for end users.”
For more details, contact: Tim Mitchell, Klima-Therm, email email@example.com, tel 07967 030737.
UK: A new high efficiency air conditioning system installed at Thorpe Park in Leeds is equipped with Toshiba’s new generation of touch-screen Smart Touch controllers.
The state-of-the-art interface gives engineers and building managers immediate access to system controls, set points and a comprehensive range of diagnostic and analytical tools, via a full-colour high definition screen.
The open-plan building is cooled and heated by a Toshiba SHRM-i three-pipe heat recovery VRF system, with a two-pipe SMMS-i VRF heat pump system serving separate administration areas.
The system, supplied by Cool Designs Ltd and installed by HLA Services, has five outdoor condensing units with 47 mainly ducted indoor units delivering up to 416kW of cooling capacity.
It replaces an aging chilled water-based system that was struggling to maintain conditions, given high heat loads and solar gain to the building.
A key element of the design brief was a requirement to deliver high quality, stable comfort conditions for building occupants. The project was made more challenging by the nature of the open-plan, multi-storey work space, which has a high central atrium.
Cool Designs worked closely with HLA to produce detailed heat load calculations for the building, and then created a system design using Toshiba’s new pipework and wiring software package.
Chris Oldroyd, who headed the project for CDL, said: “The design plays to the respective strengths of the Toshiba VRF heat pump and heat recovery systems, making the most of the opportunity for heat recovery in order to reduce running costs and carbon emissions.”
Paul Smith, who headed the project for HLA Services, said: “CDL’s Toshiba-based design provided a flexible, high quality and efficient solution, with the new Toshiba Smart Touch Controller interface enabling quick access to set up the system, and monitor and control it once commissioned.”
UK: Mitsubishi Electric has introduced a new replacement grille for air conditioning units, which automatically lowers the grille on any ceiling mounted cassette up to 4 metres high. Meaning that filters can be cleaned by non-skilled workers to reduce maintenance costs and improves health and safety by removing the need for ladders or towers.
According to the Health & Safety Executive over half a million working days were lost in 2014 due to falls from heights so finding ways to reduce risk is important for everyone.
The PLP-6BAJ grille is easy to fit as a replacement for any of Mitsubishi Electric’s PLA, or standard size PLFY models of 4 way blow cassettes.
Watch this short video demonstrating how the system works.
The grille is available immediately and can be controlled from a PAR31 controller or the remote control that comes with the grille. It is straightforward to use and includes an automatic lowering function to simplify filter maintenance and help maintain energy efficiency.
Keeping the filters clean saves on energy use and reduces the stains and smudges on ceiling tiles caused when filters become dirty.
UK: Arctic Circle was honoured to receive a visit from His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent whilst visiting Hereford last week. His Royal Highness was given a tour of the privately owned British Refrigeration Manufacturers facility, which boasts a multitude of diverse and innovative low carbon refrigeration and heat transfer technologies being adopted by some of the leading UK food retailers.
The Duke of Kent spent more than an hour at the company’s headquarters in Hereford meeting employees and touring the facility, after being invited by Debbie Gittoes, owner and founder of Arctic Circle, to unveil a plaque to commemorate the Royal Visit.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent unveils a plaque to commemorate his visit to Arctic Circle in Hereford.
His Royal Highness was welcomed by Debbie Gittoes, who commenced the tour by explaining about the company’s history, development and growth, and providing insight into how the company continues to be at the for-front of innovation when it comes to new and developing cooling and heating technologies.
Among those who The Duke of Kent met and chatted with was apprentice James Oddie, who explained about the company’s apprenticeship scheme, which commences with a year at Herefordshire Group Training Asscociation and then a further three years training on all aspects of the company’s engineering disciplines, before continuing the professional career development that Arctic Circle offers all of its’ employees.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent discusses the company’s apprenticeship scheme with James Oddie.
The Duke of Kent was then taken on a tour of the factory floor where he took time out to speak to some of the engineering workforce involved in the mechanical and electrical build process, whilst witnessing at first-hand the assembly of one of the many CO₂ transcritical refrigeration packs currently in production for UK supermarkets.
Debbie Gittoes gives His Royal Highness an insight into the use of Natural Refrigerants in Supermarket Refrigeration
The Duke of Kent’s last stop involved a visit to the company’s Natural Refrigerant Technology Centre (NRTC), a state of the art facility set up for the development of natural CO₂ and hydrocarbons refrigeration systems. The Duke of Kent was provided with further insight into the changing face of Supermarket refrigeration and the industry’s drive in moving to low-GWP and alternative refrigerants following the introduction of the new European F-Gas Regulation, and the phase-down of high-GWP refrigerants.
Commenting on the visit Managing Director, Debbie Gittoes said, “I hope that HRH found the visit interesting and informative. The Duke of Kent was particularly interested in our training programme and apprenticeship scheme. It is our thirty year anniversary next month and this visit was a good opportunity to showcase the business.”
Rounding off the visit, The Duke of Kent was treated to an Exhibition of the history behind the Royal Ordnance Munitions Factory at Rotherwas in Herefordshire, where some 12,000 men and women worked during the first and second World Wars.
The High Sheriff of Herefordshire Edward Harley and the Mayor of Hereford Cllr Charles Nicholls were also among the dignitaries for the royal visit of the facility.
UK: Daikin UK is offering VRV installers the chance to win a Classic Drive of a Lifetime through Tuscany in spring 2016. The first 30 installation companies to order 10 VRV systems before the 31st December 2015 will secure a place on the trip.
Winners will be driving classic sports cars through the hairpin bends and hilltop towns of the Chianti region from Bologna to Florence in a selection of rare marques such as a 1971 Jaguar E Type, 1954 Austin Healey Roadster and 1965 Ford Shelby Cobra.
The journey includes an epic drive along part of the famous Mille Miglia road racing route, where Alfa Romeo and Ferrari battled it out to the 1000 mile finish line, as well as a private tour of the Ferrari Museum and test track in Maranello, the birthplace of a truly iconic marque.
Installers can order from the entire VRV range to count towards their qualifying 10 units – and now there are even more options than ever before to suit all applications.