UK: The developers of a breakthrough British vaccine refrigerator have been invited to take part in a scheme linking them with powerful entities in Dubai.
The pioneering British cooling technology company Sure Chill is one of just 30 companies selected from 2,274 entries from around the world to be part of the ground-breaking Dubai Future Accelerators programme.
Backed by the Dubai government, the 12-week programme has been designed to identify emergent technologies and businesses with the potential to address the world’s current and future problems.
Sure Chill’s cooling technology doesn’t need a constant power supply. It is said to be able to provide cooling for over 10 days or more without power in hot ambient conditions. The technology, it is said, can also be adapted to suit any cooling device, from cool box and domestic refrigerators to air conditioning and retail chillers.
Based in Cardiff, Sure Chill previously received a $1.5m Grand Challenges award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the vaccine cold chain.
Explaining the Dubai Future Foundation programme, chief executive officer Saif Al Aleeli commented: “Our mission is to turn the future, which was once a theoretical concept, into a reality in which Dubai can position itself as a global leader. We are excited to see how some of the world’s most innovative companies and entrepreneurs collaborate with our government entities to create solutions that will transform the future of Dubai, and possibly the world.”
Sure Chill director Nigel Saunders revealed: “By the end of the 12 weeks, we hope to announce a significant partnership within Dubai. The story of Dubai fits with Sure Chill’s big thinking and we are excited about the prospects; this is all about working on tomorrow’s world.”
The Dubai Future Accelerators is an initiative of the Dubai Future Foundation and part of the Future Endowment Fund worth US$275m.
The three-month programme, which started on September 18, will see the 30 successful companies sharing a purpose-built facility for the Dubai Future Accelerators alongside the seven government entities who have committed to pilot these technologies. Sure Chill will be working with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.