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World's First Environmentally Friendly Chilled Drinks Dispenser Launched in the UK PR Newswire GUILDFORD, England, June 26, 2012 GUILDFORD, England, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The first dispenser in Europe of drinks using new technology is unveiled at

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World's First Environmentally Friendly Chilled
Drinks Dispenser Launched in the UK
PR Newswire
GUILDFORD, England, June 26, 2012
GUILDFORD, England
,
June 26, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
The first dispenser in
Europe
of drinks using new technology is unveiled at the
University of
Surrey
today (26 June) by its inventor American entrepreneur
Mitchell Joseph.
Professor Roland Clift, of the Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES) at the
University of
Surrey
, has been working with the Joseph Company of
California
in
developing a way to deliver cooled drinks without refrigerated storage: the
CHILLCAN® technology. To chill the drink to about 15°C below ambient
temperature, the consumer just has to push a button on the base of the can.
This releases pressurised carbon dioxide which is adsorbed onto activated
carbon contained in an inner can. The release absorbs heat (the "heat of
desorption") which cools the drink, contained in the space between the inner
and outer cans. The liquid is then ready to be poured or drunk from the top of
the can in the usual way.
The CHILLCAN is much more climate-friendly than drinks stored in
refrigerators. It avoids the power consumption and also leaks of refrigerant
which represent contributions to greenhouse gas emissions causing climate
change. The carbon dioxide is recovered from waste gases which would have
gone into the atmosphere anyway. The activated carbon comes from
biological waste - coconut shells, at present.
Roland Clift, Emeritus Professor at the University of
Surrey
and Executive
Director of the International Society of Industrial Ecology, said: "Helping the
development of the CHILLCAN has been a unique opportunity to apply the kind
of systems thinking we have developed in the Centre for Environmental
Strategy to a potentially disruptive high-volume consumer product."
"We have been able to help Mitchell Joseph by using Life Cycle Assessment
(LCA) to ensure that the whole supply chain is environmentally sound. LCA has
also shown where best to launch the can: to replace drinks dispensers which
may be badly maintained, leaking energy and refrigerant."
"It also shows the importance of recovering and re-using the chiller units, which
is the next important stage in developing the CHILLCAN system."
The Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of
Surrey
is celebrating
its 20th anniversary and the new drinks dispenser was launched at a special
event to mark the occasion.
Media enquiries: Peter La, Press Office at the University of
Surrey
, Tel:
+44(0)1483-689191 or E-mail: p.la@surrey.ac.uk