EcoDesign Compliant Low Charge Ammonia Chiller Breaks Energy Efficiency Figures

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East Kilbride Ice Rink will be fitted with Star Refrigeration’s Azanechiller 2.0 to ensure its new look facility is not only cooler, but also future proofed against recent environmental legislation. The EcoDesign compliant chiller sets a new benchmark in chiller performance with efficiency figures that are 71% higher than the European EcoDesign Directive requirement.

Star Refrigeration's EcoDesign Directive compliant Azanechiller 2.0 is being housed in Westway until despatch

Star Refrigeration's factory in Westway, Renfrew

The new ammonia based chiller system with its significantly improved energy consumption will be an essential part of our successful operation.

Azanechiller 2.0, Star Refrigeration’s latest development in cutting edge cooling technology, will provide East Kilbride Ice Rink with a solution that will significantly reduce the rink’s energy costs and environmental impact, avoiding the uncertainty of synthetic refrigerants caused by the F-Gas Regulations.

East Kilbride’s famous ice rink is currently undergoing complete replacement in order to bring the facility into the 21st century and developers were looking for a cooling solution that could act as a strong, reliable backbone to support it into the future. Star Refrigeration’s expertise in the specialist field of ice rink design and installation helped the company succeed in securing the project following a competitive tender.

Gerry Campbell, General Manager of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture said, “After a long and productive partnership with Star, SLLC are delighted that they have been selected to provide so much of the fundamental equipment at the newly refurbished East Kilbride Ice Rink.”

“The new ammonia based chiller system with its significantly improved energy consumption will be an essential part of our successful operation.”

“The excellence of the service received over the past 25 years from Star ensures we can look forward to the next years comfortable in the knowledge that the single most important piece of equipment will be well installed and well maintained.”

The refurbishment project includes the removal of existing floor, plant and barriers, and the supply and installation of a new ammonia air cooled chiller, pump set, ice rink floor, barrier system, curling stone storage area, interconnecting pipework and wiring.

Azanechiller 2.0 is an air-cooled, packaged ammonia chiller which incorporates energy saving technology and delivers cooling efficiencies that are 71% higher than the EU’s EcoDesign Directive’s requirements and 20% higher than competing high efficiency chillers. In addition, the use of ammonia, a natural occurring refrigerant with zero ozone depleting and global warming potential, will keep the rink in line with current regulations which have banned the use of R22 due to its ozone depleting potential.

The Azanechiller also offers proven exemplary safety credentials and reliability, reduced life cycle costs when compared to the next best alternative, and a long life expectancy of over 20+ years.

Lewis Brown, sales engineer for Star Refrigeration who is overseeing the project through from its inception, said, “East Kilbride ice rink’s state of the art Azanechiller 2.0 has a Seasonal Energy Performance Ratio (SEPR) of 4.32, which is 71% higher than the EU EcoDesign Directive requirement.”

“Our research showed life cycle cost savings of £278,000 and carbon savings of 1,204 tons of CO2 over 20 years for this specific application when compared with ‘best in class’ ammonia screw chillers.”

The installation is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Star Refrigeration’s local Bellshill branch will continue to offer support through a three year maintenance programme to ensure the ice rink performs at optimal design conditions.

The Azanechiller 2.0 is suitable for temperature controlled storage, food processing, beverage production, process cooling, HVAC, data centres, ice rinks, pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries.

Star Refrigeration are inviting guests to their factory in Westway, Renfrew tomorrow to view the first Azanechiller 2.0 before it is despatched. To RSVP for the free event, go to http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/azanechiller-20-debut-tickets-8418127847.

If you would like to arrange a private viewing of the Azanechiller 2.0, email azanechiller2.0(at)star-ref.co.uk.

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