tim-foxUK: Dr Tim Fox is to leave the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to join liquid air technology company Dearman.

An eventful week for Dearman, which began with confirmation of £850,000 of UK government funding, now sees the head of energy and environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers becoming Dearman’s global ambassador.

The Dearman engine is a zero-emission auxiliary engine that promises to dramatically reduce the CO2 emissions from refrigerated trucks and air conditioned buses. The project brings together Dearman, Hubbard Products and the University of Birmingham,

A graduate of Surrey University, with a technical background in fluid dynamics and heat transfer, Tim Fox has a range of international engineering and commercial experience in sectors including the built environment, nuclear power, chemical processing, cryogenics, oil and 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. He will join Dearman in May.

Commenting on the appointment, professor Toby Peters, founder and senior group managing director at Dearman said: “Tim will continue as a highly respected IMechE Fellow, but the fact that he has chosen to leave the staff of the Institution to join Dearman demonstrates the rapid progress we have made in developing our technology and the reputation we are creating for innovation and delivery. This is a very exciting time for Dearman and Tim will have a huge role to play in our future.”

The £850,000 funding from Innovate UK will go towards developing the 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.

The Dearman engine technology is currently undergoing on-vehicle trials at MIRA, powering a transport refrigeration unit.

“Government backing will help us to make continued progress, not only enabling us to get a range of clean cold technologies into the market quickly, but also ensuring that the UK can establish global leadership in the emerging cold economy,” said professor Peters.

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