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EU research: how to chill a drink in 45 secs
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Published on 17-09-13

An innovative UK SME has developed a new technology that chills drinks from room temperature to 4 degrees Celsius in less than 45 seconds. The new cooling device is also 80% more energy efficient than existing standard open front chillers and 54% more efficient than glass door coolers. At present, commercial refrigerators and freezers consume energy equivalent to the energy sufficient to power 20 million households.

    The company – Enviro-Cool (UK) Ltd received a GBP 757 000 (Euro 903 000) EU research grant and worked with partners in Spain, Slovenia and the Netherlands.

    Kelvin Hall founder of Enviro-Cool (UK) Limited said: “The development grant from the EU has enabled us to develop Rapidcool as a replacement to the existing expensive, high energy use equipment, such as multi deck open refrigerators and beverage merchandisers. We’re proud to be contributing to the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions by developing a game-changing green technology and look forward to continuing to develop the product for both commercial and domestic use. We have received considerable interest from Asia and North America and now want to make European manufacturers and distribution channels aware of this new technology.”

    The project partners now have formal agreements with two global companies in beverage distribution and in white goods production.  Consumer trials are planned to start in a supermarket in the Netherlands at the end of October.

    Rapidcool engineers have recently created an additional robotic arm that can load the bottles and cans into the commercial device and take them out. A family of related products are under way. These products could potentially be used in the home, the work place, bars, restaurants and hotels to cool a variety of drinks from 150ml canned drinks to 750ml wine bottles. They will be commercialised under the trademark V-Tex.

    How it works

    RapidCool  focused on ensuring the quick cooling of small quantities at peak times to avoid the need for heavy stocked chillers to run continuously in order to supply cooled drinks during opening hours. A key secret in the cooling process is to chill a drink evenly, so that its outer layers don't freeze before the inner core gets cool. The key of Rapidcool's now patented V-Tex technology is the way the drink is stirred without causing it to fizz when opened.

    Estimated cooling times for cooling one single product from 32°C to 5°C: 


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