The Cool Science project was voted a big winner at the Cooling Industry Awards, in a night of sucess across the supply chain!
The project won the Environmental Collaboration of the Year for the way in which it galvanised the industry to the cause and saw the project’s founder Chris Vallis walk off with the coveted Gold Award in recognition of the impact that Cool Science could have on future generations.
The Cooling Awards, run by RAC, saw a significant step in its evolution for its 11th year as it introduced face-to-face judging to make the process more interactive.
After over a hundred presentations seen by 42 judges, the move was voted a resounding success, with the happy result of recognising an unprecedented 18 different award winners, including 12 first-time Cooling winners.
The Awards recognised a clutch of industry-firsts, from Gree’s PV-powered centrifugal chiller in International Achievement to I-I-Ice’s ammonia-cooled commercial office installation in Building Energy Project of the Year.
With F-Gas bans looming, there was a good showing for low-GWP solutions, such as Green Cooling’s CO2 system, which won the inaugural Excellence in Foodservice award and Dearman’s nitrogen-based system for cooling and power, which picked up a Refrigeration Innovation accolade.
At the same time, the rise of the app was celebrated with two different mobile solutions garlanded for simplifying the complexities of the F-Gas regulations for the engineer and end user: A-Gas for its Gas-Trak Online and IDS Refrigeration for the Climalife app.
In the traditionally hard-fought Contractor of the Year category, A1 Engineering picked up the laurels for its growth on several fronts, not least its development of a hydrocarbon convenience pack for Waitrose. In the equally competitive National Retailer of the Year, Sainsbury’s took home its second trophy in two years.
The coveted RAC National Student of the Year was this year won by George Shepherd, formerly of J&E Hall, who trained at Grimsby Institute. The competition, which has been run in collaboration with the IOR now for a staggering 22 years, remains the gold standard for cooling students, with the judges voting the competition “as tough as ever”.
A special presentation of the Fred Jamieson Award For Industry Achievement was made in memory of the late Kingsley Curtis, chairman of wholesaler HRP.