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Stamp of approval for pioneering liquid air technology

Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, attended the opening of ground-breaking Clean Cold and Power Technology Centre by Dearman on Monday 14 September 2015.

The new facility is home to Dearman’s extensive research and development activities, which are focused on the delivery of a range of zero-emission cold and power technologies and supported by expertise from the University of Birmingham.

Dearman Launch Event

The company is working on diverse applications of its technology for use in transportation, the built environment and logistics. All of these applications utilise the Dearman engine, a novel piston engine that is powered by the expansion of liquid air to provide clean cooling and power.

The Minister and senior Dearman executives were joined by representatives of industry and academia, for a tour of the new facility which includes: state-of-the-art engine test facilities; engine build and component machining facilities: and space for Dearman’s growing number of engineers, designers and analysts. The facility in Croydon, Greater London, also features all of the cryogenic infrastructure needed to run a series of liquid air cold and power systems.

Partnering with the Birmingham Centre for Cryogenic Energy Storage at the University of Birmingham has enabled Dearman to conduct durability and efficiency testing with a focus on tribology – the study of friction, wear and lubrication. Additionally, the collaboration has supported Dearman in the development of knowledge and skills needed to advance its revolutionary clean cold technology, on its journey from idea, to commercially available product.

Discussing the visit, Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, said:

“From an invention designed and built in the lab to this impressive technology centre, Dearman is one of the great success stories that gives the UK its reputation for driving innovation. I want to continue to make the UK the best place in Europe to innovate and grow a business and this new facility is a strong sign of the progress we are making to achieve this goal.”

Commenting Toby Peters, Chief Executive of Dearman and Visiting Professor in Power Cold Economy at the University of Birmingham, said:

“Today is a momentous occasion. Not just because it marks the opening of this ground—breaking research facility, which will be at the heart of Dearman innovation for years to come. But because it highlights the progress we have made, as a team, in such a short period of time. Just over three years ago Dearman and clean cold were nothing more than ideas. Today we are a company of more than 50 hugely talented people, we have our own bespoke facility, we have made huge strides in developing our technology and our first application will begin real-­world deployment soon. With the rapidly increasing global demand for cold and cooling of all types, especially in the rapidly emerging and developing economies, our vision is to create and supply revolutionary clean cold and power systems that deliver strong environmental benefits and are equally commercially attractive. I am very proud to say that today; our vision of clean cold and power came one step closer to becoming a reality.”

The first application of Dearman technology is a zero-­emission transport refrigeration system, which will begin commercial field trials later this year, before extensive international trials begin in 2016. Subsequent Dearman applications will include a clean power and cooling system for buildings, an auxiliary power unit for buses and HGVs, and a liquid air heat hybrid system for trucks and buses.

Professor Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute at the University of Birmingham said:

“It was fantastic to see the launch of this new facility, a success story for the important collaboration between research and industry. The University of Birmingham is establishing itself as a centre for excellence in cryogenic research. A number of our graduates from the University have joined Dearman’s pool of talented engineers and specialists. With successful partnership between academia and industry, the cold economy could develop into a large industry that rapidly reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves air quality and replaces environmentally critical refrigerants with better alternatives – as well as producing thousands of new manufacturing jobs.

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