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Star Refrigeration shortlisted for three prizes at the TCS&D Awards for reducing industry’s carbon footprint

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Astrid Prado

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Star celebrate nominations ahead of the TCSandD Show on 25th and 26th June 2019

The Temperature Controlled Storage and Distribution Show kicks off on 25th June 2019 with an Awards Presentation dinner to recognise individuals and companies making a difference in the industry. Star Refrigeration has been shortlisted for three awards at the prestigious event taking place at the East of England Arena, Peterborough.

Two of Star’s recent customer projects have been shortlisted for the Partnership Award – for innovative projects at Gist and The Ice Co. Additionally, David Blackhurst of Star Technical Solutions has been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his contribution to the industry over the past 29 years.

David Wallace, Director of Sales at Star Refrigeration said, “It’s always satisfying to be recognised for our achievements in the temperature controlled storage industry, so we’re delighted to be nominated for three awards at the TCS&D Awards. We’ve had an incredibly busy and successful year of “industry firsts” with lots of exciting new services and projects planned for the TCS&D Show – to win an award for one of our pioneering projects would be the icing on the cake.”

Star Refrigeration collaborated with Gist to new refrigeration equipment at their Chesterfield warehouse which consumes less than 25% of the UK ‘Best Practice’ energy consumption guidelines. The installation includes two off Azanechiller 2.0, that were designed, manufactured and installed by Star, and exceed the ‘Minimum Energy Efficiency Requirements’ set by Europe’s Ecodesign Directive by 56%.

The plant has now been fully operational for a year and energy data from site indicate that the energy usage is around one eighth of UK ‘Best Practice’ guidelines and one twelfth of typical cooling demands for similar stores across Europe.

Star Technical Solutions has also played an important role in helping to reduce the environmental impact of existing refrigeration plants. Its award winning energy management software Ethos has been installed UK-wide with significant results. The partnership with The Ice Co has saved the distribution centre 310 tonnes of CO2 per year as well as cutting energy costs.

Mr Wallace added, “Minimising the energy consumption and carbon emissions impact of our industry is crucial. Star has made significant progress in sustainable cooling solutions and improving the efficiency of current plants for our clients. Ethos has recently been awarded the Refrigeration Innovation Prize at the RAC Cooling Industry Awards so we hope to add our partnership with The Ice Co to Ethos collection of trophies.”

As the Managing Director of STS since its inception in 2005, David Blackhurst has been nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award by his colleagues. At the helm of the consultancy business Star Technical Solutions, David has personally helped deliver innovative and efficient cooling solutions to customers in the UK and around the world. He has also played a key role in the development of Ethos, as well as the UK’s first ammonia Thermosyphon system, its first CO2 / NH3 cascade coffee freeze drying plant and its first CO2 plate freezer installation. He is the author of several technical papers and the recipient of various industry awards for work carried out in the promotion and installation of energy efficient cooling systems utilising natural refrigerants, such as ammonia and carbon dioxide. He is involved with a number of national and international industry bodies and served on the steering committee of Eurammon, the board of the IIAR, the IoR Technical Committee working group revising its Cold Store Code of Practice and the steering committee of the IoR REAL Zero project, aimed at improving industry standards with regard to HFC emissions.

David Blackhurst said, “I have always considered myself fortunate to have worked throughout my career in refrigeration with many talented and capable individuals, on a wide variety of fascinating projects, some of which have truly broken the mould for our industry. It is an unexpected pleasure to be both nominated by my colleagues and then shortlisted for this TCS&D award.

Winners will be announced at The TCS&D Awards Ceremony which will take place on 25th June at the East of England Arena, Peterborough and booking enquires should be made here: https://tcsdawards.com/bookings/

To find out more about Star Refrigeration visit http://www.star-ref.co.uk