The shortlist for this year’s Cooling Industry Awards includes some potentially revolutionary cooling solutions, now being harnessed to meet the environmental challenges facing the sector.
Finalists include a ground-source, low energy and HFC-free cooling system for a new generation of green supermarket; a revolutionary smart building material which changes phase to save energy and keep buildings cool; and a new combined CO2 and ammonia-based cooling technology for commercial end-users.
The finalists span Blue Chip companies – such as Marks and Spencer plc, Tesco, Co-operative Group, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and Norwich Union, and influential trade bodies such as the HVCA, the ECA and Refcom.
Among the technology innovators in the running for a prestigious award are BASF, Daikin Europe, EPTA Refrigeration, Mitsubishi Electric, Space Engineering Services, Star Refrigeration and Trox AITCS.
Ray Gluckman, chair of Judges and former president of the Institute of Refrigeration, said: “The Cooling Industry Awards demonstrate how the industry is responding positively to the environmental challenge.
“This year’s entries achieved an exceptional standard. It is clear from the Cooling Industry Awards 2007 that the industry and end users have recognised that providing a good environmental solution is now becoming a mainstream requirement”.
The Cooling Industry Awards judging panel comprised: Robert Arthur (Head of Refrigeration, Marks & Spencer), David Butler, (Senior Researcher, Building Research Establishment ), Judith Evans (Senior Researcher, FRPERC, Bristol University), Graham Garner (Chairman of ACRIB; Past Chairman, Eurovent / Cecomaff), Clare Hanmer (Technology Manager, Carbon Trust), Guy Hundy (Past President, Institute of Refrigeration), Rob Lamb, (Sales Director, Star Refrigeration), Terry Pride (Former President of the British Refrigeration Association), Graeme Ogilvie (Former Head of Refrigeration, ASDA), Mike Smith, (Engineering Manager, BSRIA) and Terry Wyatt, (Past President, CIBSE).
Winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, on October 3, 2007.
COOLING INDUSTRY AWARDS 2007 SHORTLIST
Environmental Marketing Campaign
- HVCA and Electrical Contractors' Association for M&E Sustainability
- Marks and Spencer plc for Plan A
- Mitsubishi Electric environmental marketing campaign
- Johnson Controls for its training programme to target environment, health and safety
- Ellis Training Works for developing the new City and Guilds 2081 certificate covering split air conditioning
- Star Refrigeration for its online training programme, elearning-training.com
Installation of the Year - Commercial and Industrial
- CCS Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Ltd for refrigeration installation at The Emirates Stadium
- Star Refrigeration Ltd and Hoare Lea for the ammonia air conditioning installation at Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Milton Keynes
- Trox AITCS and Norwich Union for a new blade server cooling installation
Installation of the Year – Retail
- Daikin Airconditioning UK for Conveni-Pack installation at Co-Op store, Nottingham
- Epta Refrigeration (UK) for HFC-free Co-Op store using C02 in Manchester
- Marks & Spencer plc for its Galashiels store, harnessing all natural refrigerants
Field Service Innovation of the Year
- Johnson Controls Refrigeration field vibration analysis system
- Refcom refrigerant tracking database
- Testo digital refrigeration manifold
Green End-user of the Year - Small Projects
- The Co-operative Group for new carbon dioxide/hydrocarbon store in Manchester
- Robert Wiseman Dairy for the installation of carbon dioxide heating/cooling system in a new facility
Green End-user of the Year - Large Projects
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office - for the ammonia air conditioning installation at Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Milton Keynes
- Marks and Spencer plc for estate-wide strategic refrigeration revamp under Plan A
- Tesco Stores Ltd for new environmental store cooled by C02 in Shrewsbury
Environmental Pioneer - Air Conditioning
- Mitsubishi Electric for its strategic plan to cut carbon emissions from air conditioning
- Star Refrigeration for the ammonia air conditioning installation at Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Milton Keynes
- Trox AITCS, JP Morgan and Star Refrigeration for the Co2oldesk installation at JP Morgan's dealer centre
Environmental Pioneer - Refrigeration
- Arctic Circle for the innovative work of its Low Carbon Technology Team
- Space Engineering Services Ltd for carbon reduction plan for company, and product innovation
- SPG for application of high efficiency LED lighting to frozen food cabinets
- Star Refrigeration for product development across several sectors harnessing friendlier technologies
Environmental Pioneer - Individual
- Bob Arthur of Marks and Spencers for environmental leadership within company and wider industry
- Andrew Gigiel for work on air cycle cooling
- Alexander Pachai of Johnson Controls for championing development of carbon dioxide cooling
- Bill Watson of the Co-operative Group for championing C02 initiative within Co-Op
Environmental Product of the Year
- BASF for SmartBoard with phase-change for cooler buildings
- J&E Hall for the Rescroll recycled scroll compressor
- Space Engineering Services for transcritical C02 system for convenience stores
- Trox AITCS, JPMorgan and Star Refrigeration for Co2oldesk