Rapidcool is a Framework Program 7 project, commissioned by the EC to reduce the energy requirements of commercial drinks.
Commercial refrigerators and freezers are ubiquitous and are used in diverse environments such as Supermarkets, grocery stores, service stations, restaurants, hotels, pubs, and cafés. The most visible are vending machines and open or closed refrigerated cabinets such as open display cabinets. Combined commercial refrigerator/freezers are estimated to consume 85TWh of electricity per annum.
Three Industrial and two research based partners from four EU countries have come together to engineer a fast innovative cooler capable of chilling drinks on an as required basis therefore helping to address the low energy consumption challenge. The project partners, through the success of the project were also able to enter formal agreements with two global, multi-billion Euro companies in the fileds of beverage distribution and the production of white goods.
The outcome is a leading technolgoy, beating other solutions hands down to acheive ultrafast cooling times under 1 minute and even promising much shorter waiting times (around 15-20s per can) through the use of multi-can, batch chilling. Perhaps more improessive Rapidcool has demonstrated enormous energy saving, with results showing savings of over 80% compared with some standard open front drinks chillers.
Work has begun to develop the Rapidcool technology, not only for commercial applications initial envisaged, but also for use in your homes. Look forward to seeing Rapidcool in the market place under the trademark "V-Tex"
More information (+ VIDEOS) on the future V-Tex product range can be found on: www.v-tex-technology.com