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JD Cooling launches new business to help firms switch to natural refrigerants

JD Industrial Cooling founded to help customers in the rapid move away from HFCs

JD Cooling, which lays claim to being the UK’s leading independent supplier of bespoke cooling systems to the fresh and processed produce industry has expanded to be able to deliver natural refrigerant systems to a wider market. In recognition of the rapid change that the industry faces to switch away from HFCs,

JD Cooling has launched a new company JD Industrial Cooling Systems within the JD Group to concentrate on applying natural solutions.With an existing customer base that traditionally uses HFC, JD Cooling says it wanted to be able to give those customers the proper advice on what systems they should be installing for the future. This involves working with natural refrigerants such as ammonia and CO2.

The firm, based in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, was established in 2000 and now designs, installs and services specialist systems for food industry customers all over the world. 

JD Cooling’s Managing Director John Dye said: “We have seen a gradual move towards secondary cooling systems over the last 5 or 10 years and have applied various technologies to deliver a vast array of systems to our existing client base. The last 18 months has seen the move towards secondary cooling accelerate rapidly and with this the push towards natural primary fluids, such as ammonia has become stronger.”

Mr Dye stressed that the risks with these new low-charge ammonia systems was much lower than commonly perceived. He said: “The fact is that low-charge ammonia chillers offer huge energy savings and offer no greater risk to the site than a propane forklift. In fact a propane forklift is a far greater hazard than a low charge ammonia chiller, it is just getting users to ignore the fact that it smells unpleasant and understand that it is not dangerous and just needs to be dealt with by people who understand it.”

The formation of JDI has seen the recruitment of industrial sector experts Robert Unsworth (Technical Director), Mark Culley (Sales Director), Peter Whitman (Service Director) and Richard May (providing hands-on support for the group in those key new engineering sectors). Together they have nearly 100 years of experience working in the industrial refrigeration sector, the company notes.

They are working alongside JD Cooling’s 50-strong workforce to ensure their skills are passed on and shared with the whole group, to allow the company to develop with the technology.

A key area of expertise for the new personnel is the ability to design and install integrated heat recovery and cooling systems for major industrial usage. This, the company notes can save the client 40 per cent of their energy costs, and this saving can be further increased by RHI payments, where Robert Unsworth is an industry expert, the company said.

Mr Dye added: “We now have the in-house ability to install natural refrigerant solutions such as ammonia and CO2, working in conjunction with the continuous development of our secondary cooling systems. Whilst we are not the only company who can deliver natural cooling systems using secondary refrigerants, we are unique in that we can offer such technology as well as the traditional solutions, which are still the right way to go in some circumstances. This just means we can give our clients the right advice for their business and not try and steer them in a direction which may suit our own due to any inabilities in our portfolio.”

“We now offer complete design and installation of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems for offices through to pharmaceutical clean rooms across the whole of the UK. We believe we are the only UK-wide contractor to offer all of those services in one place.”

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