Dearman was today joined by the Uk’s Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, at the official opening of its groundbreaking Clean Cold and Power Technology Centre in Croydon.
The new facility is home to Dearman’s extensive research and development (R&D) activities, which are focused on the delivery of a range of zero-emission cold and power technologies.
Home to more than 40 people, the majority of whom are engineers and technicians, the centre will grow to include even more personnel in the years to come as Dearman plans to extend its activities, expand its range of applications, and begin after-sales and support services.
The Minister and senior Dearman executives were joined by representatives of industry and academia, for a tour of the new facility which includes state-of-the-art engine test facilities, engine build and component machining facilities, and space for Dearman’s growing number of engineers, designers and analysts.
The facility also features all of the cryogenic infrastructure needed to run a series of liquid air cold and power systems.
Minister Johnson commented, “From an invention designed and built in the lab to this impressive technology centre, Dearman is one of the great success stories that gives the UK its reputation for driving innovation. I want to continue to make the UK the best place in Europe to innovate and grow a business and this new facility is a strong sign of the progress we are making to achieve this goal.”
Toby Peters, Chief Executive of Dearman, added, “Today is a momentous occasion for Dearman. Not just because it marks the opening of this groundbreaking research facility, which will be at the heart of Dearman innovation for years to come. But because it highlights the progress we have made, as a team, in such a short period of time.”
“Just over three years ago Dearman and clean cold were nothing more than ideas. Today we are a company of more than 50 hugely talented people, we have our own bespoke facility, we have made huge strides in developing our technology and our first application will begin real-world deployment soon.”
Peters continued, “With the rapidly increasing global demand for cold and cooling of all types, especially in the rapidly emerging and developing economies, our vision is to create and supply revolutionary clean cold and power systems that deliver strong environmental benefits and are equally commercially attractive.”
“I am very proud to say that today, our vision of clean cold and power came one step closer to becoming a reality.”
Dearman is working on diverse applications of its technology for use in transportation, the built environment and logistics – all of which utilise the Dearman engine, a novel piston engine that is powered by the expansion of liquid air to provide clean cooling and power.
The first application of Dearman technology is a zero-emission transport refrigeration system, which will begin commercial field trials later this year, before extensive international trials begin in 2016. Subsequent Dearman applications will include a clean power and cooling system for buildings, an auxiliary power unit for buses and HGVs, and a liquid air heat hybrid system for trucks and buses.