VS Beer Cooler Highly Commended at Refrigeration Awards
Here at Kilkenny Cooling Systems we are delighted to announce that the Kilkenny VS Beer Cooler was highly commended at the biannual Refrigeration Awards ceremony held in the beautiful surroundings of Clontarf castle on 22nd April.
The Awards take place every two years and their purpose is to recognise progress and achievements in the refrigeration industry. Awards categories include Refrigeration Apprentice of the Year, Contribution to Industry award, the IRI Energy and Environmental award and the Innovation award.
The Kilkenny Cooling Systems team was ‘highly commended’ in the Innovation category for the Kilkenny VS Beer Cooler design, which solves one of the major issues associated with draught beer cooling systems.
Conventional fixed speed systems have pumps running at full power at all times, regardless of demand, with the refrigeration units running as required. This keeps the beer in the lines cool and fresh, but costs can be significant.
The VS system is a vast improvement on this traditional approach. By only running the pumps at a speed that delivers the required cooling and no more – the minimum amount of power is used to do the job. The Nimbus centre in Cork Institute of Technology independently showed that on a typical installation the VS used 28% less electricity than a modern conventional system.
It was this invention that won Kilkenny Cooling Systems the IBEC Environment Award 2016 / 2017 and had the VS beer cooler shortlisted for the SEAI energy awards in November last year. Kilkenny Cooling Systems will go on to represent Ireland at the European Business Awards for the Environment in Tallinn, Estonia later this year.
This latest commendation from the IRI means that the Kilkenny’s energy saving VS beer cooler design is recognised by our own industry, which is a huge boost for the product, which has been recently made commercially available and is selling very well.
The Institute of Refrigeration Ireland (IRI) is a professional membership body that represents refrigeration and air-conditioning professionals in Ireland.
Judges for the awards are drawn from the industry and represent experts and experienced professionals in the
The Institute’s aims include promoting the general advancement of refrigeration and air conditioning applications, and to pursue excellence in the provision of refrigeration products and services for the community.