Innovate UK has awarded Dearman a Smart Grant to further explore the use of ‘waste cold’ from LNG terminals to provide sustainable power and cooling.
The funding will support studies in the UK, India, Singapore and Spain. Dearman is researching the potential to recycle ‘wasted cold’ produced at LNG terminals, to make low-cost, low-carbon liquid air, which in turn can provide both cold and power.
When LNG is re-gasified at import terminals, its cold ‘packaging’ is thrown away. However, Dearman believes that it is possible to capture the cold and recycle it to assist in the production of liquid air.
The company’s technology harnesses liquid air to produce zero-emission power and cooling for use in a number of applications, including urban transport, the built environment and refrigerated transportation. Dearman will lead detailed, in-country studies into how capturing waste cold can support a clean ‘Cold Economy’, harnessing waste cold to replace the use of diesel. Producing cold in this way decreases the cost of cooling and lessens its environmental impact.
Michael Ayres, Group Managing Director, Dearman, said: “This project will further our understanding of how Dearman technology can enable a shift towards cleaner, more efficient provision of cold and power, using resources that already exist but are currently wasted. Recycling wasted cold from LNG is a huge opportunity that is currently almost completely untapped.
“Rethinking the way we use cold is vital if we are going to meet the growing need for cooling, driven by a rising global population, the desire to eradicate food waste and the need for new digital communications infrastructure. This latest piece of funding is further recognition that liquid air technologies present an economically viable, environmentally sustainable alternative to traditional, polluting fossil-fuel systems.”
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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