WR Refrigeration, one of the UK’s leading refrigeration and air conditioning contractors, has won the top training award in a national industry competition.
The company won the Training Initiative of the Year award in front of an audience of several hundred of the industry’s leading lights during the Cooling Industry Awards 2012, held at the Hilton on London’s Park Lane.
The award is in recognition of WR Refrigeration’s creation of the world’s first “alternative” refrigeration training facility with Carbon dioxide (CO2), Hydrocarbon (HC) gas, Hydrofluoroolefins (HFO) and chilled water technologies.
HFOs are chemical compounds composed of hydrogen, fluorine and carbon and are distinguished from hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by being derivatives of alkenes (olefins) rather than alkanes. HFOs are being developed as fourth-generation refrigerants with lower global-warming potential than HFCs.
“We aim to be a leader in the field of environmentally responsible, alternative refrigeration,“ said Mike Nicholas, managing director of WR Refrigeration. “Key to this is equipping our engineers with the theoretical and practical skills to handle all of the major options coming on stream.
“The new training facility makes this possible and opens the way for fresh insights into new ways of working in the future. It will help the wider industry and end users understand the potential of harnessing several refrigeration platforms together,” he said.
The company’s European Refrigeration Training Academy, near Birmingham, has been equipped with a state-of-the-art working HFO water chiller, linked to an integral HC refrigerated cabinet, alongside its existing carbon dioxide refrigeration system. It enables engineers to be trained in the new generation of low global warming refrigerants, hydrocarbons, and trans-critical and sub-critical CO2 refrigeration systems.
By joining several alternative technologies, the many end users who are not looking at single refrigerant solutions can opt for a mix of technologies.