A consortium led by Dearman has been awarded almost £850,000 (total project value £1,246,085) by Innovate UK to develop a zero-emission auxiliary engine that will dramatically reduce the CO₂ emissions from refrigerated trucks and air-conditioned buses.

The project brings together Dearman, Hubbard Products and University of Birmingham, to develop a cost-effective, zero-emission auxiliary power and cooling system, which is based upon the revolutionary Dearman engine.

Dearman technology harnesses liquid air or liquid nitrogen to drive an engine that simultaneously produces zero-emission power and cooling. When used to provide auxiliary power, this technology could cut the well-to-wheel CO2 emissions of refrigerated trucks and air-conditioned buses by 35%, while providing a substantial cost saving to the operator.

Dearman engine technology is currently undergoing on-vehicle trials at MIRA, powering a transport refrigeration unit. The newly funded project will develop Dearman technology, so that cooling can be provided with a surplus of electrical power to run the vehicle’s auxiliary systems, such as electric doors, lighting and power steering. This has the capacity to deliver significant environmental benefits – because existing diesel-powered auxiliary engines do not face emissions regulations, they are generally inefficient and produce disproportionate levels of harmful emissions.

Discussing the project, Professor Toby Peters, founder and Senior Group Managing Director, Dearman said, “This project has the capacity to bring substantial environmental and economic benefits for vehicle operators. More importantly, it has the potential to be hugely beneficial to society. We are rapidly bringing a range of clean cold and power technologies to market that will both address environmental challenges and provide manufacturing jobs.”

Elsewhere, Dr. Tim Fox, the widely respected Head of Energy and Environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, has today announced that he will join Dearman, the clean cold and power technology company, as Global Ambassador.

Fox is a globally acknowledged thought leader on sustainably meeting the major challenges facing human populations, namely the provision of food, water and energy, as well as urbanisation, in the face of increasing environmental risk and depleting natural resources.

A graduate of Surrey University, with a technical background in fluid dynamics and heat transfer, Fox has a range of international engineering and commercial experience in sectors including the built environment, nuclear power, chemical processing, cryogenics, oil & gas, transport and renewable energy. He has provided advice and input on government energy and environment policy at local, national and international levels, including to the EU and the UN.