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How refrigeration revolutionised global trade

For a century, scientists had known that you could make it [a packing ship] artificially colder by compressing some gases into liquids, then letting the liquid absorb heat as it evaporated again.

But commercially successful applications remained elusive. Every day food such as banana’s became a delicacy as the overseas transportation of the fruit proved unsuccessful with the journey exceeding the shelf life.

Argentina’s government even offered a prize to anyone who could keep its beef cold enough for long enough to export it overseas!

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Article from the BBC’s World Service, 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy.

Are you F-gas compliant?

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The Department of Environment Food & Rural Affairs plan to introduce penalties from April next year in England and Scotland for companies and individuals who breach F-gas regulations.

“A maximum fine of £50,000 could be applied to breaches including failing to correctly label F-gases or products containing them; failing to comply with the requirements for declarations of conformity for importing products containing F-gases; and failing to keep records of F-gases used in equipment or F-gas sales.”

Read the full report here.

MP calls for phase-out of ammonia

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Following 3 fatalities caused by ammonia, British Columbia MP has called on the Canadian Government to begin phasing out the fatal gas.

Commonly used in refrigeration systems, Stetski told the House that there had been over 50 ammonia leaks in Canada since 2007, “many resulting in injuries and deaths”.

Maintaining that CO2 systems offer a safer and more efficient alternative, Stetski said: “I call on the federal government to work with the provinces to help municipalities phase out of ammonia based systems to ensure there are no more tragedies like the one suffered by the people of Fernie.”

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How does Glycol benefit your Cooling System?

Glycol fulfils an essential requirement to ensure the ultimate performance and the reduction of added maintenance costs of your cooling system. As part of a new email series, we’ll be sharing key information about the importance of maintaining a balanced fluid system within cooling or heating plant, allowing you to select the most suitable solution for your system.

Today, we’re dealing with glycol in cooling systems, and in our follow-up emails we will be sharing more information about glycol for heating applications and anti-corrosion, before finally revealing more details about our exclusive glycol solution.

Why is a glycol solution used in cooling systems?

In your system, a heat exchanger allows the transfer of heat between the liquid coolant (often water) and the refrigerant liquid. This refrigerant’s temperature is usually 6-7°C lower than the water temperature, allowing heat to flow and the liquid refrigerant to evaporate. If the refrigerant liquid is below 0°C or your water temperature below 6°C, it puts the water at danger of freezing, obstructing the evaporator and preventing coolant flow. This can cause permanent, irreversible damage.

The surrounding ambient temperature also plays a part here – even if your water temperature is high enough for the refrigerant liquid not to be anywhere near 0°C, if the ambient temperature drops below 0°C you run the same risk of freezing and irreversible damage.

Glycol is used in Heat Transfer Fluids (inhibited anti-freeze), and is suitable for multi-metal closed chilled water systems. Adding glycol to your coolant reduces the freezing point of the water, allowing the water to be efficiently cooled whilst also preventing any risk or damage to your chiller.

How air conditioning changed the world

The BBC have released an article the discusses how air conditioning has changed the world.

Taken from their “50 Things That Made the Modern Economy” series, the article starts by looking back to 1902 and explains how air conditioning began. Interestingly, the first invention had nothing to do with human comfort.

“Since the invention of air conditioning, we have been able to control the weather inside, and that has had some some far-reaching and unexpected effects.”

From flour mills to the Gillette corporation, the list of industries who benefit from air conditioning is an extensive and ever growing list.

Everyday the GalxC team see first hand, the incredible benefits their clients receive from a high-quality, tailored cooling solution.

Click here to read the full article and find out what company, through sheer frustration, changed the world: How Air Conditioning Changed the World Article

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Choose your Equipment’s Future

 “Murphy’s law”…

 “Left to themselves things tend to go from bad to worse”.

Honestly, would you run your car brake pads to the point that damage is inevitable … metal squeals on metal?  No! of course you would not, why? Because you value your car, scheduling it in for a service is now just a matter of course.

Love and attention is what we all require and mechanical refrigeration equipment is no different, in order to reduce the likelihood of equipment failure.  Giving early warning by identifying a potential issue which can be scheduled for rectification thus reducing unplanned downtime.

Then adopt the same reasoning to your extremely valuable equipment which is essential  in ensuring  your business is successful.

How can we help you in reducing the running costs of your refrigeration equipment?

  • View refrigeration as a “Black Art”, ” GalxC can offer a basic get to know your equipment informative talk when attending your site for a free site survey.
  • By offering bespoke packages, which can be easily tailored to suit you the customer requirements.
  • GalxC will not be beaten on price on any repair works, (subject to the same specification and a written quotation by a bonafide company)
  • 24/7 coverage for breakdown out of hours assistance is available.
  • Free technical telephone assistance on our products.
  • Need assistance in understanding your F-gas responsibilities then give us a call or just look at our web site: GalxC cooling Services and use the pull down menu.
  • Cleaning of condensers, evaporators are overlooked and the damage caused by this oversight can be both terminal and costly.
  • Compliance with your F-gas responsibilities should be very high on your “to do “ list as a Manager of the company plant.
  • Secondary refrigerant inspection, reducing the likelihood of corrosion or bugs.

To find out more, simply call our team on 0845 094 2644 or send an email to info@galxc.co.uk.

Ideal solutions to Microbreweries’ chiller requirements

The microbrewery industry is undoubtedly a growing industry, with many individuals taking their home brewing to a new level.  Certainly there are over 1100 breweries of varying sizes in existence in the UK today.  As more and more individuals are looking to set up their own microbrewery facilities, they’re also looking to find the most effective and efficient solutions for chilling and processing their beer.

If you’re operating a microbrewery yourself, you’ll appreciate how important it is to have facilities that have the ability to chill quickly and accurately but also to meet all necessary environmental legislation’s, plus adhering to any health and safety standards too.

With microbreweries, several factors need to be considered when choosing chiller equipment.  First of all, it needs to be effective; it needs to be as economical as possible.  Secondly you’ll need it to be reliable, and if it isn’t robust enough, there’s a high chance of failure when it comes to processing your brew.  Equally you’ll want to choose equipment that can be maintained with ease.  It goes without saying that it needs to be cost-effective too.

Perhaps you’re looking to only brew a small amount of barrels or maybe much more than this.  Either way, you need to be confident that you’re choosing the right supplier to meet the individual needs of your microbrewery.

Certainly the clue to the ideal brew is down to the right temperature control, so it makes sound sense to get the right equipment in-house first.  When it comes to chiller facilities, a glycol chiller will undoubtedly give you the capability to brew the high quality result that you’re aiming to achieve.

With such a specialist industry involved, it’s vital that you find a supplier who will understand the specific needs within the industry and be able to advise on the best chiller to suit.  Securing the right temperature for chillers is absolutely critical for microbreweries, and also that they have the ability to provide maintenance as and when you need it; avoiding any delay which could be potentially disastrous to your brewery.  Gone are the days of relying on banks of ice as this has the potential to delay brewing by many days.  Have a look at the experience that Tiny Rebel Brewery found by installing GalxC chillers within their microbrewery.

To discuss chiller facilities for your microbrewery, get in touch.

Our Most Exciting Project Yet!

Here at GalxC, we thrive off lending our expertise in process cooling chillers and systems to a variety of different projects, from finding the right cooling solution for a brewery, to meeting the specific requirements of a mushroom farm. Our experts have spent years in the industry, so are able to apply their knowledge to a range of varying projects.

Our latest is one of our most exciting to date, and is something new for the team here at GalxC. We were appointed as the supplier of a bespoke water cooling system for a project run by a large utility company.

The Brief

The aim of the project was to ensure the provision of high quality drinking water to a large UK city.

The project called for 1.5Mw of cooling, with no power supplies readily at hand. The site in question was situated next to a large reservoir within a conservation woodland area. Therefore, there was emphasis placed on avoiding any kind of pollution or disruption to local wildlife.

To find out how we solved this complicated brief, visit the full case study. To find out how we can help you with a diverse range of projects, call us on 0845 094 2644 or send an email to info@galxc.co.uk.

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Should we be concerned about using HFCs in chillers?

When you’re running a business that relies on chiller equipment, considering the environment probably isn’t high on your list of priorities.  However, you’ll recognise the importance of keeping up with legislation.  With the demand for keeping your business green, you’ll probably be fully aware of the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to protect the environment.

We know that the Montreal Protocol has meant that in replacing CFCs, HFC usage has certainly reduced emissions necessary for climate change.  The use of ozone-depleting substances has been pretty much ruled out.  Worldwide, 197 countries have signed up to the Montreal Protocol; which has led to a positive effect both on the global market and reducing CO2 emissions.

With a greater increase of HFCs in the environment, this now means that an alternative challenge now arises.  It’s now recognised that unless the HFC emissions are not controlled, this could actually negate all of the entire climate benefits that the Montreal Protocol has worked tirelessly to achieve.

There are definite alternatives to HFCs, and certainly in not continuing with HFCs, it’s anticipated that by the year 2100, a 0.5˚C of global warming can actually be prevented through a phase-down process.  Not to mention a cost-effective and practical alternative which will limit global average temperatures rising 2˚C to pre-industrial average temperatures.

On the legal side, environmental law and regulations are being continually tightened so it makes sound sense to consider alternatives to HFCs in your chillers.  There are three mainstream alternative refrigerants to HFCs that remain safe for the environment.  You could consider choosing ammonia or CO2alternatives.  Both have performance-related and environmental advantages but also present drawbacks too.

On the other hand though, Hydrocarbon R290 refrigerant gives you the alternative solution that’s perfectly safe for the environment, cost-efficient and highly effective.  Hydrocarbons perform as well as, and often better than those of HFC refrigerants, which makes them an ideal alternative.  To find out more about hydrocarbon chiller facilities for your business, contact us.