CO2 chill technology centre opens to meat industry

The meat and poultry industry is being encouraged to enrol engineers at the UK’s first CO2 training academy.

WR Refrigeration’s European CO2 Refrigeration Training Academy has been launched as a centre of excellence for training engineers and end-users in carbon dioxide-based refrigeration technology.

The facility, which is unique in the UK, builds on the company’s previous in-house training centre and now includes working examples of all the main types of carbon dioxide systems likely to be met with in the field.

This includes examples of sub-critical, cascade and trans-critical carbon dioxide refrigeration systems, all under one roof.

Based on a mini-supermarket format, it incorporates high and low temperature display cases and a fully functioning walk-in cold room. It is said to provide a realistic working environment for engineers to gain both theoretical and hands-on experience of working with the latest carbon dioxide systems.

WR Refrigeration business development and marketing director Patrick Mullins said: "Interest in carbon dioxide has increased dramatically over the past year or so. It is an attractive alternative to HFC systems as it is environmentally friendly, safe and proven.

"The major obstacle to widespread adoption to date, however, has been the shortage of engineers trained in handling carbon dioxide. The CO2 Academy meets this need and unlocks the huge potential of carbon dioxide for end-users."

The European CO2 Refrigeration Training Academy will be aimed at WR Refrigeration employees, parent company Huurre Group, rival companies, consultants, end-users and educational establishments.

The training consists of a two-day course where a booking of a minimum of six costs £650 per head. For more information, contact Paul Arrowsmith at or call 0870 608 0590.

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