Jason, I assume that your comment about changing to the Cooling Institute was made with your tongue very firmly in your cheek?
Neither the of the bodies mentioned in this news item refer to themselves as a Cooling Body. I assume that the headline is just journalistic license.
But Jason you are correct in your comment that the word cooling is being used more frequently these days to refer to refrigeration and air conditioning. Both of which are far more than just simple cooling.
I have also seen the recent trend of taking about cooling as a commodity, and references to the cold economy. I assume that these terms are being used to try and differentiate in some way, and for some reason. Most probably to gain funding.
Rest assured, refrigeration is here to stay but as an industry we should explain that it is much more than just cooling.
Good to read a reasonable and considered response to a genuine concern.
A question for Nigel, or anyone else that may know:
What period of time (or percentage of time period) is a cabinet under going periods of high usage? As I understand it, an airflow system would also suffer during a period of high usage as the air flow pattern is disturb and takes a period of time to reestablish itself. Is that correct or are the manufacturers of air-flow products claiming that high usage has no effect on performance?
I agree with you that there is perhaps no 'one size fits all' solution to this and so maybe air-flow and glass door solutions do have a place side by side. My concern is that the retailers will jump of this and discontinue to consider doors as they at not particularly in favour of them anyway.
I have a second question regarding due-diligence and government funding:
Does anyone have any information as to how this was carried out, and by whom?
Finally I must thank Jason for kicking this off, and Nigel for responding. This is an important topic
Good observation from Jason as always.
Birmingham have a long history of teaching refrigeration courses but they have always appeared to be separate and go it alone.
The new 'Institute' and 'Commission' are to look at the cold chain and clean energy. So it probably duplicates much of what the cold chain logistics associations are already doing and associations such as the Energy Institute. I would also guess that fair from helping people like ASHRAE, CIBSE, IMECHE. and the IOR, this new 'Commission' will pull valuable resources away from them. I agree with all who have said that this is important work but also question why it is being spent the way that it is
Academia teaches the higher level refrigeration courses, and as such relies on funding to survey because lets face it, not that many students actually take that route. The higher the level the course the more likely they are to lecture to the next lecturer. In industry, the training bodies do a lot more good work at craft level but receive no funding for it.
Jason, you have said many times that the trade associations and learned bodies are weak and ineffective, so don't sound so surprised when others try to fill the void. This will just be another ineffective and ultimately diluting body draining any cohesion there is out of the RAC industry.