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Time to chill

Enviro-Cool, an innovative refrigeration technology company, has launched V-Tex, a game-changing technology that chills cans and bottles on demand. 

Since launching in 2000 it has been Enviro-Cool’s mission to develop technology and products that rapidly chill beverages at the point of sale or consumption. Based in Wapping, East London, the British company has patented technology that’s been developed with the support of grants from the EU.

V-Tex is a low energy, rapid-cooling drink-chilling unit that uses a Rankine vortex, a mathematical model of a vortex in a viscous fluid, combined with ice and water to chill drinks like never before. V-Tex is leading the drive to permanently change the way drinks are chilled, which will save enormous amounts of water and energy, worldwide.

Operation of the unit is very easy: drinks are placed in a unique gripper and subjected to ‘forced convection’ – as opposed to the natural convection of existing equipment. Not only does it chill drinks in a matter of minutes, V-Tex is shaking up the refrigeration game by offering significant energy savings of 50-90%.

This new chiller also eliminates the need for commonly-used chemicals and glycol, adding to the environmental benefits and the product designers have also overcome the challenge of agitating carbonated liquids without fizzing, which has confounded the experts for years.

Flexibility is another key feature – the V-Tex unit’s universal holders can accommodate any size can, plastic or glass bottle drink from 150ml to two litres.

It means vendors can offer customers a wider choice of chilled beverages without the need for large and bulky refrigeration equipment, which is often expensive to run.

Commenting on the new product launch, Colin Rodgers, director, at V-Tex, said: “The idea of on-demand drinks chilling has been around for many years and several large companies have tried to achieve it, but without success.

“V-Tex enables large quantities of drinks to be chilled in a brief time, from a small footprint, whilst using significantly less energy than conventional methods. I hope, in time, this technology will be the global standard for beverage chilling.”

V-Tex has the potential to transform the way businesses chill and serve their beverages, which is initially aimed at the commercial market; there are plans for a consumer version later. With its intuitive control panel, efficient cooling system and premium design, V-Tex should be on the list for any business that wants to provide high-quality, chilled drinks to its customers.

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