UK: Steve Gill, the man behind this year’s inaugural World Refrigeration Day, was honoured with the RAC Gold Award for service to the industry in last night’s Cooling Industry Awards.
The announcement sparked a standing ovation for the Derby-based refrigeration consultant from the 500 guests at the London Hilton Hotel.
The first World Refrigeration Day on June 26 received the backing of all the world’s major air conditioning and refrigeration bodies and was celebrated in more than 153 countries.
Another notable winner at the Cooling Industry Awards was German manufacturer Ziehl-Abegg which picked up two awards for its ground-breaking ZAbluefin ECblue centrifugal fan.
Sam Gills of Star Refrigeration, ACR Trainee of the Year in 2017, took the Gold Medal in the RAC National Student of the Year Award. Ryan Walton of AC Solutions took Silver and Adam Walker of J&E Hall won the Bronze Medal.
The full list of winners:
Fred Jamieson Award
David Blackhurst, Star Technical Solutions
Air Conditioning Innovation of the Year – Systems & Controls
Grid Edge, artificial intelligence for HVAC
Air Conditioning Innovation of the Year – Components & Peripherals
Ziehl-Abegg, ZAbluefin ECblue centrifugal fan
Air Conditioning Product of the Year – Components & Peripherals
Ziehl-Abegg UK Ltd, ZAbluefin ECblue centrifugal fan
Air Conditioning Product of the Year – System/Standalone
Carrier, AquaEdge 19DV water-cooled centrifugal chiller
Building Energy Project of the Year
Aldi, HEAT – Harvesting Energy through Applied Technology
Cold Chain Innovation/ Project
Sainsburys Pineham Distribution Centre
Diversity Impact Award
A1 Engineering Solutions
Environmental Collaboration of the Year
Asda & Partners, SMAR2T Future
Low Carbon Achievement
Clade Engineering Systems
RAC Contractor of the Year – Up to 100 Employees
Cold Control Services
RAC Contractor of the Year – Over 100 Employees
Flowrite Services Limited
Refrigeration Innovation of the Year – Software, Monitoring & Controls
Nexo, inventory management IoT solution
Refrigeration Innovation of the Year – System/Process/Standalone
KPS Global, FUSIONFRAME
Refrigeration Product of the Year – Components & Peripherals
KPS Global, FUSIONFRAME
Refrigeration Product of the Year – system/system improvement/standalone
Aerofoil Energy Ltd, shelf-edge technology
Aldi, Always Making a Difference
Retail Project of the Year
Asda, SMAR2T HFO System