'Reverse microwave' revealed that chills warm cans in 45 seconds
A NEW gadget dubbed the reverse microwave hopes to do away with chillers in shops and petrol stations.
The European Union has pumped money into the Rapidcool project that it hopes will cut energy needs for fridges containing cold drinks.
The theory is that cooling a can of pop or whatever on demand in 45 seconds uses less energy than a long chill in a fridge.
Rapidcool can chill a drink can or bottle from room temperature in 45 seconds or less, claiming it is 80 per cent more energy efficient that open-front drinks chillers and 54 per cent better than glass door coolers.
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Kelvin Hall founder of Enviro-Cool (UK) Limited. said: “The development grant from the EU has enabled us to develop Rapidcool as a replacement to the existing expensive, high energy use equipment, such as multi deck open refrigerators and beverage merchandisers.
"We’re proud to be contributing to the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions by developing a game-changing green technology and look forward to continuing to develop the product for both commercial and domestic use."
Mr Hall claims there has been considerable interest from Asia and North America in Rapidcool and his firm now wants to make European manufacturers and distribution channels aware of this new technology.
But can you imagine seeing such a device in a Somerset shop or petrol station. We asked one convenience store owner if she was interested.
She said: "It looks good and chillers are a nightmare but do customers do the chilling themselves or is it staff? And it looks quite bulky."
To cool the beverage in the fastest way possible without the outer layers of liquid freezing before the inner liquid is cooled, the liquid needs to be efficiently mixed. The key to Rapidcool's now patented V-Tex technology is the way the drink is agitated without causing it to fizz when opened.
Although designed to work as a stand-alone unit, the cooling chamber can also be integrated into existing self-serve chillers. This has proved a real innovation and could potentially replace most, if not all, open-cabinet-style drinks fridges used around the world.
Rapidcool engineers have recently created a robotic arm to add to the commercial unit so the taking and delivery of the can are fully automatic. Consumer trials are planned to start in a supermarket in the Netherlands at the end of October.
Video Link: http://www.v-tex-technology.com/#/prototype-videos/4565994654