UK: The leading air conditioning manufacturers are set to battle it out for honours at this year’s RAC Cooling Industry Awards.

Products from air conditioning heavyweights Toshiba, Daikin, Mitsubishi Electric, Airedale, Johnson Controls, Ciat and LG are amongst a host of entries shortlisted for this year’s event which takes place in London in September.

In an event once dominated by retail refrigeration, this year’s shortlist reveals a greater predominance of air conditioning.

In a clash of VRF systems, Toshiba’s recently launched three-pipe heat recovery VRF,  LG’s MultiV 5 and Daikin new R32 Sky Air A series will all compete with others for the Air Conditioning Product of the Year title. Daikin and Mitsubishi Electric’s R32 air conditioners will also come head-to-head In the Air Conditioning Innovation category.

Other intriguing contenders for the 16 categories are a new range of chemicals expected to be launched by Aspen Pumps next month and Honeywell’s involvement in the supply of HFO1233zd(E) refrigerant for chillers in the Channel Tunnel.

The full shortlist:

Air Conditioning Innovation – Chillers and Data Centres
Cool-Therm and partners, Custom-designed low-noise chiller
EcoCooling, Hydro66 data centre cooling solutions Sweden – ECT10800 Nordic Range
Efficient Energy, eChiller – efficiency optimised process cooling with minimal global warming effect
Johnson Controls, The YORK YMC2 chiller – inverted operation
Johnson Controls, EasyParts online chiller parts service
Klima Therm, Teslamiser lithium battery back-up system for chillers
Sudlows, A:LIST
Vertiv, Amdocs Data Centre Project in London

Air Conditioning Innovation – VRFs, Heat Pumps, Fan Coils and Peripherals
Advanced Engineering, Vertex
Airedale International Airconditioning, Artus – hybrid low energy fan coil unit
Aspen Pumps, Storm Chemicals – Green XL
Daikin, Sky Air A Series
Magnatron International, Airtron programmable sensor-driven AC saver
Mitsubishi Electric, R32 range of split air conditioning units
Mitsubishi Electric Hydronics & IT Cooling Systems, i-FX-Q2
Parker Hannifin, Zoomlock
Toshiba, online commissioning and warranty system
Toshiba Air Conditioning, offsite construction modules with integrated air conditioning

Air Conditioning Product of the Year – Components and peripherals
Advanced Engineering, Vertex universal coil cleaner
Aeroseal, duct sealing
Aspen Pumps, Storm Chemicals – Green XL
Aspen Pumps, MAX Hi-Flow tank pump
BlueDiamond Pumps, MicroBlue condensate pump
EBM-Papst​, AxiBlade axial fan with EC motor
Solved FM Ltd, smart monitoring maintenance solution
Sudlows, A:LIST

Air Conditioning Product of the Year – Systems
Airedale International Airconditioning, Artus – hybrid low energy fan coil unit
Ciat Ozonair, ClimaCIAT
Daikin, Sky Air A Series
Klima Therm, Teslamiser lithium battery back-up system for chillers
LG Electronics, Multi V 5 VRF system
Mitsubishi Electric hydronics & IT cooling systems, i-FX-Q2
Toshiba, three-pipe heat recovery VRF system

Building Energy Project
Carel, energy performance contracting on a medium-size supermarket
EBM Papst, GreenTech EC technology in RBS Trinity Quay AHU refurbishment project
Finn Geotherm, RAGT Seeds
Mitsubishi Electric Hydronics & IT Cooling Systems, Cajamar Headquarters
Mitsubishi Electric Hydronics & IT Cooling Systems., Leaf Lab Loccioni
Vertiv, Amdocs data centre project in London

Cold Chain Project (Logistics and Storage)
CD Refrigeration UK, national mobile coldroom hire
Chemours, implementation of low GWP HFO blend refrigerant at Park Cakes
Chimney Energysave systems, Kenya air and semi arid areas solar powered cold storage

Environmental Collaboration
Cool-Therm- Box Clever – Briggs and Forester, Abel Cleland, Berkley Homes
G&O Refrigeration and Bitzer , Gorac Chiller Packs for Ice Rinks
Tesco, Honeywell, A-Gas, Climate Center, Space Engineering and Carter Synergy, reducing Tesco’s HFC legacy
Stephen Gill Associates and Mentor partners, Cool Mentoring

International Achievement
​Boostherm, Heat recovery system
City Developments Ltd, The Brownstone
Honeywell, HFO to cool the Channel Tunnel
Magnatron International, Airtron programmable sensor-driven AC saver
Mitsubishi Electric Hydronics & IT Cooling Systems, Cajamar Headquarters
Mitsubishi Electric Hydronics & IT Cooling Systems, Leaf Lab Loccioni
Toshiba Air Conditioning, offsite construction modules built in China with integrated air conditioning and shipped to UK to create prestige hotels
Vertiv, University of Dammam: achieving energy efficiency in a sizzling climate

Low Carbon Achievement
Adande Refrigeration, Adande A+ fridge
Boostherm, heat recovery system
Chimney Energysave Systems, Kenya air and semi arid areas solar powered cold storage
Dawsonrentals and Chemours, First commercial implementation of low GWP HFO blend refrigerant at Park Cakes
Fluid Mechanics, near isothermal Stirling heat pump
G&O Refrigeration with Bitzer UK, halving carbon emissions and cooling costs for ice rinks
Honeywell, HFO to cool the Channel Tunnel
Tesco, Adopting R448A as part of carbon reduction strategy

RAC Contractor of the Year
Flowrite Services
G&O Refrigeration
J&E Hall
JD Cooling Systems
Kingswood Air Conditioning

Refrigeration Innovation – System or Standalone
Adande Refrigeration, setting the standard to A+ – The Adande A+ Fridge
G&O Refrigeration, Gorac chiller pack for ice rinks
Gram UK, The Gram SuperiorPlus K 72 G – the latest generation technology
Hitema, ISVF series
Lennox, DUO CU
Pastorfrigor GB, Genova Ecovision MCT
Tecumseh, eco-friendly mini chiller for refrigeration
Verco, Cold Shelf

Refrigeration Innovation – Component, Accessory or Services
A-Gas, Rapid Recovery
Bitzer, ECOLINE+ CO2 transcritical compressor range
BlueDiamond Pumps, ArctikBlue cabinet pump
Boostherm, Boostherm heat recovery system
Carel Industries, Hecu, high efficiency solution for condensing units
Chemours, First commercial implementation of low GWP HFO blend refrigerant at Park Cakes
Cooltech Applications, scalable MRS -35kW and over
Embraco, Wisemotion Technology: first oil-free compressor for residential applications
Johnson Controls, EasyParts online chiller parts service

Refrigeration Product of the Year – Component, Accessory or Services
A-Gas, Rapid Recovery
Bitzer, Ecoline+ CO2 transcritical compressor range
Boostherm, Heat recovery system
Carel Industries, Heos, natural efficiency for waterloop system
EBM-Papst, EC pump motor in Cornelius’ ecoFLO smart pump system.
Embraco, FM FT platform
GEA UK, Grasso M series screw compressors
Testo, Smart Probes refrigeration set

Refrigeration Product of the Year – System or Standalone
Adande Refrigeration, Adande A+ fridge
Danfoss, Optyma Plus Inverter condensing unit.
G&O Refrigeration, Gorac chiller pack for ice rinks
Guntner UK, wetted pad gas cooler
Pastorfrigor GB, Genova Ecovision MCT
Precision Refrigeration, Retro refrigeration
Tecumseh, eco-friendly mini chiller for refrigeration

Retail Initiative
A-Gas, Rapid Recovery
Honeywell, help the retail cooling industry to adopt the F-gas regulation more quickly
Solved FM Ltd, Smart Monitoring Maintenance Solution

Retail Project
Carter Synergy and Sainsbury’s, naturals in convenience
Epta UK, creation of a roll-in milk display cabinet acceptable under the proposed Eco Design Directive
Tesco, R448A as part of carbon reduction strategy