Dearman wins refrigeration innovation award

Dearman’s zero-emission transport refrigeration system has won the award for refrigeration innovation in the RAC Cooling Industry Awards, which recognize cutting-edge technologies.

This transport refrigeration system is based on the Dearman engine, which is powered by the expansion of liquid nitrogen to deliver highly efficient and cost-effective zero-emission power and cooling.

“We are excited to be bringing economically viable, clean power and cooling technologies to the market,” said Michael Ayres, deputy chief executive of Dearman. “It’s encouraging that the judges of this category responded so positively to Dearman’s zero-emission transport refrigeration system, which will reduce operating costs and improve air quality. As we look forward to the system’s first commercial trials later this year, this level of industry recognition is testament to the hard work of everyone in the company.”

Most transport refrigeration units currently are powered by fossil fuels. As these small auxiliary engines are poorly regulated, they are disproportionately polluting, contributing to poor air quality. The Dearman system is zero-emission at the point of use, eliminating NOx (nitrogen oxides), CO2, and particulate matter from the refrigeration process. As well as delivering environmental benefit, it saves operators money.

Dearman’s zero-emission system has undertaken extensive on-vehicle testing and results are encouraging, with the technology performing well. Later in 2015, the system will be in on-road commercial trials, with extended commercial trials commencing in 2016.

The RAC Cooling Industry Awards champion the leading innovations and environmental successes in the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry.

In other news, Dearman has released Liquid Air on the European Highway, a report assessing the environmental and economic impacts of transport refrigeration across the European Union.

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