DCI Refrigeration and Electrical has opened the South’s only test plant and training facility for the greener refrigerant CO2.
One of the South’s leading refrigeration and air conditioning contractors, DCI has invested more than £100,000 in the innovative development which is the second only facility of its kind in the UK.
Director of DCI Gareth Chambers said: “This is a significant step in our industry’s quest to find solutions that minimiseenvironmental impact, comply with legislation and enable all companies involved in the business of refrigeration to meet their environmental responsibilities.”
Featuring a CO2-cooled convenience store mock-up, the new facility enables ongoing test and refinement of DCI’s specially-designed system and provides an invaluable live training resource for refrigeration engineers throughout the country. This is vital to ensure expert and safe design, installation and servicing of CO2 systems as the refrigerant is increasingly adopted.
The new facility was officially opened by Phil Ponsonby, Chief Operating Officer for The Southern Co-operative. Speaking as he unveiled a commemorative plaque, he said: “With increasing demand for efficient and environmentally friendly refrigerants, DCI has demonstrated that CO2 offers perhaps the most viable solution, particularly in the food chain where demand for chilled and frozen food continues to grow. We are currently working with DCI to evaluate the use of CO2 for our eco-friendly neighbourhood stores.”