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Frigesco to present at CleanEquity Monaco

Ben Welter - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Frigesco Ltd. has been invited to present an update on its flash frost technology at CleanEquity Monaco 2015 in March. The annual conference, hosted by the investment bank Innovator Capital, brings together industry experts, government officials, policymakers and investors to discuss "next generation" clean technology.

The British company's technology harnesses waste heat to defrost refrigeration systems more efficiently, reducing supermarket cooling costs by up to 20 percent. Phase change material is used to store the waste heat.

'Last mile' will be hot topic at Cool Chain Europe

Ben Welter - Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vishal KhushalaniVishal Khushalani, Sonoco ThermoSafe's director of marketing and business development, will be among the speakers at next week's IQPC Cool Chain Europe in Frankfurt, Germany. Joined by Wayne Williams, president of Cold Chain Technology Services, Khushalani, right, will talk about "Achieving Significant Cost Savings with a Comprehensive Reclamation Process for Last Mile Shipments." They will review the life cycle of a returnable shipper across the supply chain and back for reclamation and re-use.

Steve Healy, global sales director at Intelsius, will lead a roundtable discussion on a similar topic: "Final Mile and In-Country Distribution: Improving Performance Whilst Maintaining Affordability."

The British company will display a range of its temperature-controlled packaging solutions at the conference, including its ORCA line, a reusable solution that provides 168 hours of thermal protection for temperature-sensitive payloads in the 2-8° C and 15-25° C ranges, using phase change material and vacuum insulated panels. 

Western Refrigeration using PCMs in coolers, freezers

Ben Welter - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In countries like India, where power failures are commonplace, refrigerators and freezers need backup. Western Refrigeration and other manufacturers are incorporating phase change material in their coolers and freezers to keep food cold during outages -- and help the appliances operate more efficiently.