Based in West Bromwich, Weatherite Manufacturing Limited has established itself as one of the UK’s leaders in the design and manufacture of bespoke, energy efficient cooling solutions. With over 40 years of experience, the company is able to advise their customers on the most efficient way to meet their needs, while saving on cost and ensuring longevity.
Weatherite’s strategy is reliant on developing products that are environmentally friendly, safe, energy efficient and cost effective. Trigeneration energy, whereby a combustible material is used to generate electricity as well as provide heating and cooling services, was an area that they were keen to explore and develop their capability in. Yet the company was being held back by a reliance on technology that was 20 years old. Support was needed in order to innovate in this key area.
With access to the knowledge of Drs Raya Al-dadah, Saad Mahmoud and Karl Dearn, a postgraduate was employed on the project for 2 years. The postgrad, Ahmed Elsayed, was able to devote his full time to the project, gaining expertise that has helped to develop his career. In turn, the academics were able to establish a research group dedicated to studying adsorption technologies, as well as bring in further research and doctoral student funding.
Weatherite now has the necessary knowledge to develop low temperature cooling systems based on adsorption technology. The project also highlighted a number of other potential uses for the technology, with new markets now available both nationally and internationally.
‘The KTP scheme… has demonstrated the benefits of tapping into academic resource where more detailed research/analysis is required. We have learnt that a partnership of the more detailed and structured approach from academia can be successfully cross fertilised with the more practical and hands on approach from a manufacturing company.’Paul Griffiths – Technical Director, Weatherite Manufacturing.