CBio Eyes Air-Conditioning Market After Sales Of Award-Winning Fridge Innovation Soar
10 February 2011, News release from Cleveland Biotech Limited
Environmental biotechnology company CBio is developing a system to prevent gel build up in air-conditioning units after sales of its award-winning FridgeFree product have soared year on year.
The firm - which provides natural solutions to pollution arising from the discharge of effluents and wastes into the environment - launched Amnite L600 FridgeFree in 2007 and went on to win numerous industry awards for the biological solution to clearing gel build-up in the drains of commercial refrigeration units.
Sales of the product have doubled year on year and predicted figures for the coming year is a staggering 67% up again on the previous year. The product is now in scores of major supermarkets across the UK - a recent contract saw one of the top four players install 200 systems in its worst affected sites across the South East.
CBio is developing the application to enable the technology to work in air-conditioning units, which will open up a whole new market for the firm and forms part of plans to grow the company to £10m in the next five years.
"We are constantly looking at the ways we can push the boundaries of environmentally focused refrigeration and air-conditioning," said CBio's managing director, Ben Hoskyns.
"This is a widespread problem which leads to floods in roof spaces, extremely costly breakdowns, physical safety risks as well as potential health problems associated with aerosoled pathogenic bacteria.
"Fridge Free has revolutionised how companies combat refrigeration issues at source and our technology will do the same for air-conditioning."
Air-conditioning systems have the same problems with gel forming in the condensate drains - the condensate then sits in the pipes as it cannot flow away, which provides the ideal conditions for certain types of bacteria (the start of the slime process) to breed.
These bacteria will grow at the expense of the limited nutrients available in the drain line, once these have been exhausted they become 'stressed' and in these circumstances they secrete an 'exopolysaccharide', which binds the bacteria together into a gel which clogs the drain and causes costly and inconvenient breakdowns and can release harmful airborne bacteria.
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