World News

Industry news and insights from Europe and around the World

UK News

Latest news and developments in the United Kingdom


Keep up-to-date with the latest new products and technology


General articles, applications and industry analysis

Solid-state fridge earns EPA award

USA: A compressor-free laboratory refrigerator is the first solid-state refrigerator to earn Energy Star energy efficiency certification from the US EPA.

Phononic, a company based in Durham, North Carolina, is attempting to revolutionise cooling and heating with solid-state technology. The company has now announced that its Evolve 5.5ft³ compressor-free refrigerator for medical, pharmaceutical and laboratory applications is the first solid-state refrigerator to earn Energy Star certification.

Designed to provide cold storage for sensitive medical and scientific products, Evolve’s solid-state refrigeration system absorbs heat energy from the storage cabinet using a non-toxic, non-hazardous refrigerant embedded in the walls.

The Evolve refrigerator uses solid-state heat pump technology coupled with non-hazardous, non-toxic refrigerants. Heat energy is channeled up to a high-performance thermoelectric heat pump that cools the refrigerant and transfers the heat into the ambient environment.

The compressor-free design is said to meet guidelines for the controlled storage of vaccines and pharmaceutical drugs, while reducing energy consumption by up to 40% compared to traditional products. 

“The Energy Star certification further validates how our proprietary solid-state technology is revolutionising refrigeration in the healthcare market,” said Jerilin Kenney, Phononic’s vice president/general manager of life sciences and healthcare.

Related stories:

$44.4m for semi-conductor cooling firm17 December 2014
USA: Phononic, a company developing a thermoelectric cooling system, has secured a further $44.5m in funding. Read more…

Latest News

26th February 2024

Brian Streatfield 1936-2024

UK: Brian Streatfield, a man who was instrumental in the formation of Carrier in the UK during the 1970s, died at the weekend. He was 87.
25th February 2024

Safety is vital in global F-gas transition

UK: Institute of Refrigeration president Graeme Fox has warned of the real-world issues that the “rapid transition” to “natural” refrigerants poses for developing countries.
25th February 2024

Terrie Lamb wins lifetime achievement award

UK: Terrie Lamb of Cimetrics was recognised for 25 years of dedication to the RACHP sector in a night of awards at Thursday night’s annual Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) dinner.
25th February 2024

Boosting EV range with microwave energy

UK: Researchers from the University of Birmingham are working on an energy storage system which couples a chemical heat pump with microwave energy to produce heating or cooling on demand.
25th February 2024

Home heat pump install for newly-trained engineers

UK: A UK charity is proposing to give newly trained heat pump installers an air-source heat pump to install in their own home.
23rd February 2024

Hoshizaki acquires 25% stake in Fogel

PANAMA: Japanese refrigeration equipment manufacturer Hoshizaki has acquired a 25% stake in Fogel Company Inc, a manufacturer of commercial refrigeration equipment based in Republic of Panama, for US$28m.