The Dearman Engine, which uses the expansion of liquid nitrogen to produce zero emission cold and power, is being exhibited at the UK-Qatar Business and Investment Forum hosted by the UK and Qatari Governments in Birmingham.
Dearman is part of the University of Birmingham Energy Capital exhibition to demonstrate world-class UK expertise which can support the Qatari 2030 National Vision. The Forum aims to strengthen and broaden UK-Qatari trade and investment.
Professor Toby Peters, Visiting Professor in Power and Cold Economy at the University of Birmingham and the founder of Dearman, said: “Qatar is committed to enabling transformational change in low carbon energy systems infrastructure through innovation in policy, economic models and disruptive technologies. Key is an optimal energy system for cooling and the Dearman Engine harnessing liquid air to deliver clean cold and power can be a core part of a sustainable cooling strategy for all three key areas, transport, data and the built environment.
“The challenge historically has been that when people talked about energy, they often meant electricity, and when they talked about energy storage, they meant batteries. This blurring of concepts matters because it fails to recognise that a large slice of energy consumption comes in the form of thermal energy, especially cooling, and that cooling would often be better served by energy storage technology other than electricity and batteries.”
Dearman is developing a suite of applications for the transport, energy, retailing and data sectors, the first of which is the zero-emission transport refrigeration system which recently held a successful trial with Sainsbury’s in the UK. With UK Government support, a range of new applications are on track to be demonstrated and trialed both in the UK and abroad.
The company will sit amongst a series of UK companies who are set to showcase a range of major high-profile ‘investment ready’ partnership opportunities. It is thought that this trade event will result in a number of milestone agreements and could lead to major levels of new investment in the UK.