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Development of a highly efficient, innovative beverage COOLer

Objective

The total EU stock of beverage coolers is currently 6.3 million, which is nearly 50% of the total number of commercial display refrigerators in use. So far commercial refrigerators have remained outside EC legislation. However, this is likely to change as it is now generally accepted that commercial refrigerators offer significant potential for energy savings. A recent working document for the implementation of the Ecodesign Directive outlines several legislative options that will encourage and mandate significant energy efficiency improvements for beverage coolers. Compared to similar sized domestic refrigerators, the energy consumption of commercial beverage coolers can be over 3 times higher, even after allowing for increased heat loads, due to use of glass doors, for example. This is the result of a combination of factors such as: i) lack of legislation and standardization; ii) user requirements in relation to pull down (cooling rate of products within a set time frame), which means that the refrigeration system of most coolers is significantly oversized; iii) the fact that the large majority of equipment owners do not operate the beverage coolers and hence do not pay for operating cost. This means that cost and design are the most important drivers and not efficiency. We aim to overcome these barriers by development of unique technology that makes effective use of phase change materials (PCM) within beverage coolers. This will allow downsizing of the cooling system, thereby significantly increasing energy efficiency. It is our aim to achieve a 75% saving compared to a base case cooler. The market opportunity will be worth at least €700 million per annum in Europe alone. In order to exploit our development we will introduce a radically new business model that will allow equipment owners and users to share the benefits of energy savings. This will motivate equipment owners to make the additional investment required for more energy efficient equipment

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

NEW WAVE INNOVATION LIMITED
Address
Unit 15/16 Winterbeck Industrial Estate
NG13 0AU Bottesford
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 255 265
Administrative Contact
Roger Poeth (Mr.)

Participants (6)

SATURN ENGINEERING LIMITED
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 175 194
Address
Tsvetan Lazarov Blvd 152
1582 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Spas Spasov (Mr.)
FRIGOCON INDUSTRIA DE FRIO E CONGELACAO SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 232 203
Address
Rua Das Calcadas 568
4480 492 Touguinha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paula Gonçalves (Ms.)
AFM BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 243 538
Address
Singel 4 A
2550 Kontich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Koen De Bie (Mr.)
Re/gent B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 27 600
Address
Lagedijk 22
5705BZ Helmond
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martien Janssen (Mr.)
BAYERISCHES ZENTRUM FUR ANGEWANDTEENERGIEFORSCHUNG ZAE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 19 453
Address
Am Hubland
97074 Wurzburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Harald Mehling (Dr.)
HEINEKEN SUPPLY CHAIN B.V
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 32 370
Address
Tweede Weteringplantsoen 21
1017 ZD Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Harold Vlooswijk (Mr.)