air blast

How to improve the efficiency of your Chiller

There’s a lot of pressure on individuals, businesses, and organisations to increase plant reliability, reduce energy consumption and lower the carbon footprint of their operations on the environment.

In most applications, chillers are the single largest energy-consuming piece of equipment within a building.
By increasing the efficiency of your chiller plant, you can expect to:

• Increase the service life of the asset
• Reduce your ongoing operating costs
• Improve your green credentials

Investment strategy sees Aqua aim for industry top spot

Aqua has announced substantial multimillion-pound investment as part of an impressive, large-scale growth plan.

The company has confirmed two new investors, Philip Wilson and Russell Wilson, who join the Board alongside Aqua’s original founders, Kevin Lancaster and Simon Davis.

Philip and Russell bring a plethora of industry experience to Aqua, having both been intrinsically involved in ICS Cool Energy.  Philip Wilson takes on a Non-Executive Director, consultative role, whereas Russell Wilson will be active within the hire side of the business.

Aqua was founded in 2001, focusing primarily on industrial and process cooling across the UK and overseas.  The Service side of the business was formed five years later and Aqua acquired Stadco Cooling from the Stadco Automotive Group in 2010. Aqua won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation in 2015, and 2018 saw the launch of their hire division.

As the company celebrates its 20th anniversary, 2021 seemed a pertinent time to make a change, as Simon Davis explains; “Aqua has established itself as a market leader for technically led cooling solutions but Kevin & I recognised we needed capital investment to move to the next level.  We have a great team with an over-arching belief that we can be number one in our industry.  Phil & Russell joining us will be key to delivering that aspiration.  This is such an exciting time for Aqua, I’m really thrilled about where we will go next.”

Initially, the new investment will be directed towards rental equipment, new premises, and personnel, as Russell Wilson comments; “We aim to combine Aqua’s 20-year legacy and reputation with our industry experience, to create something really quite special for the marketplace.  From a hire perspective, Aqua is now positioned to offer customers technical expertise, site-specific hire solutions and a technically innovative fleet of equipment.  Just because a customer hires it shouldn’t mean they have to compromise on the quality of equipment, installation, or technical resource.   Watch this space, we have exciting plans!”

Aqua Group Appoint Ben Davies as Hire Director

Aqua Group, has appointed Ben Davies as Director of their hire division, Aqua Hire.

Ben has spent over 13 years within the temperature control sector, working within sales and contract engineering roles. For the last 10 years, Ben has specialised within the rental market, joining Aqua from ICS Cool Energy where he oversaw hire activity for the South of England.

Aqua are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and launched their Hire business in 2018, specialising in commercial and industrial applications across the UK. Their range of temperature control rental equipment includes chillers, air conditioning units, boilers, portable heaters, and ancillaries such as fuel management and supply.

Group Director, Kevin Lancaster explains; “Our hire division has gone from strength to strength in a very short space of time and we see Ben’s appointment as key in building on our achievements going forward. His experience and specialist technical knowledge are a real asset and I’m delighted to have him on board.”

“I am really excited about using my industry experience and knowledge to help propel Aqua Hire to the next stage, building on the excellent achievements of the team to date. Together, I’m confident that we can achieve great things during 2021 and beyond”

apprenticeship

Aqua Takes Up Transfer to Transform Initiative

Joe Barnes is the latest new addition to the Aqua Group team, joining as an Apprentice Service Engineer through the Government’s Transfer to Transform scheme.

Based in Crewe, Joe will work alongside Aqua Engineer Alan Carter, visiting sites, meeting & supporting customers and gaining a hands-on understanding of the day to day world of a refrigeration engineer. In addition, Joe will study for his Level 3 Refrigeration & Air Conditioning (RAC) qualification at Dudley College. The course will cover theoretical and practical training on different applications and the principles and practices behind them.

Aqua worked with The Solent Apprenticeship Hub to recruit Joe as part of the Transfer to Transform initiative. The scheme uses unspent levy from large companies to support SME businesses to train and upskill apprenticeships. Jodi Fair, Manager, Solent Apprenticeship Hub Manager, explains, “Transfer to Transform offers the perfect opportunity to cut the cost of apprenticeship training entirely for SME’s in the region – we are so pleased that businesses such as Aqua have seized the opportunity. Many of the businesses we have worked with said that introducing an apprentice into the business gives the workforce a fresh perspective, motivates the rest of the team and improves the overall productivity of the staff. Utilising apprenticeships can be revolutionary for businesses.”

Rebecca Ogburn, Aqua Group’s HR Manager adds, “We’re delighted to have Joe on board. Apprenticeships are such an important factor in developing talent and nurturing a skilled and qualified workforce and I’m so pleased that Aqua have been able to participate in the TTT initiative with fantastic support from the Solent Apprenticeship Hub.”

dcs innovision

DCS InnoVision – Immersion Technology

Our Technical Manager – and all round data centre guru – Mike West, was invited by Data Centre Solutions to give his thoughts on the future of energy optimisation within the industry. Mike’s article appears in their recently launched digital publication “InnoVision”.

The article centres on deploying immersion technology and the opportunities it offers for large scale energy savings. It outlines the impact this has on data centre infrastructure design theory and how it allows facilities to embrace water based process cooling options as an alternative to chillers.

For more information you can read Mike’s article in full here – or call our Data Centre team today for more information and technical advice.

chillers

Chillers – Available From Stock

Need a chiller fast? Aqua deliver in just one week

Aqua Group have a range of process chillers in stock, ready to be shipped across the UK in as little as a week. Models available include those from our best-selling ENR chiller and SBS chiller ranges. Both are air cooled, scroll compressor design chillers and units up to 300kW capacity are available for immediate despatch.

In addition, we can supply larger capacity chillers to very short lead times compared to most manufacturers within the marketplace. Aqua can turn around up to 1.2MW of cooling in 4-5 weeks – just half the current lead time of most of our competitors! All units are factory built to standard configuration, but there is the opportunity to add optional extras prior to shipment if required. Currently this is having minimal impact on delivery and normally most options can be added within a week.

In addition, our nationwide network of Service Engineers are on hand to support you with installation and commissioning once your unit arrives to site. We can also help with mechanical & electrical site works if required or can work on a supply only basis. Aqua Engineers are F-Gas trained refrigeration specialists and have all undergone mandatory iHasco COVID-19 training.

asset finance

Is COVID-19 Impacting Your Plans to Invest? We Can Help with Asset Funding

For many businesses, the advent of COVID-19 has negatively impacted their plans to invest in their temperature control system, whether that’s investing in new equipment, an energy efficiency upgrade or enhancing a facility to future proof it for the long term. But, before you put a project on hold, why not discover how Aqua could help you with asset funding?

Via our finance partner, and in conjunction with the British Business Bank, we are now able to support customers to apply for Asset Funding via the Government-backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). The CIBLS was introduced to help small & medium sized UK businesses who are feeling the impact on their cash flow from deferred or lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Asset Funding in particular is designed to support SMEs with their investment in new and used assets through tools like lease purchase.

The scheme offers asset finance from £50,000 to £250,000 over a 1 to 5-year period. The government will also make a Business Interruption Payment to cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any additional fees. This means smaller businesses will benefit from no upfront costs and lower initial repayments.

So, rather than push projects back, with asset funding you get to proceed with improving and future proofing your business for the years ahead, whilst protecting your capital expenditure and with no upfront investment. Plus, you’ll gain all the advantages – and efficiencies – of having the latest temperature control equipment on site. We can give you examples of energy upgrades we have undertaken where clients’ energy costs have reduced so dramatically that they’ve recouped the costs of their investment within just a few years. In additional you’ll have fixed monthly payments, helping cashflow and budgeting.

coronavirus

A Message From Aqua Group About Covid-19

It’s become very clear in recent days that COVID-19 is leading us into unprecedented territory, both as a nation and as a business community. The situation we are all facing is unique and rapidly changing. So, at Aqua, we just wanted to let you know that we’re doing everything we can to keep our people, customers and suppliers safe and supported during these challenging times.

As a Company we’re closely following advice and guidance from the Government and World Health Organization. For several weeks now our employees have been adhering to a self-declaration policy on travel plans and visits to our Italian manufacturers ceased as soon as news of their initial emerged.

For us it’s very much business as normal and we’re dedicated to helping our customers’ businesses continue in the same way.

Our Service Engineers have all completed mandatory iHasco training on COVID-19 and are still on call, 24/7, providing Planned Preventative Maintenance and emergency breakdown support to our customers nationally. We are also working with key members of our UK supply chain to ensure that we can still supply spare parts and consumables to our customers for many of the assets on our customers sites.

For anyone looking to ramp up production in the short term, or perhaps avoid the need for CapEx investment whilst this period of uncertainty reigns, our Hire team are on hand to help with temporary temperature control requirements.

Lastly, but by no means least, our Sales team are ready on the end of the telephone to help with all your permanent, fixed cooling requirements. Perhaps your corporate policy doesn’t allow for site visits at the moment? Not a problem! Our Engineers will happily arrange a virtual meeting to discuss options and ensure you get the help and advice you need.

Click here for more information about how we can help.

Keep safe, keep well, keep in touch – we’re here to help – The team at Aqua Group

service

F-Gas Phase Out – The Next Step

As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, not only will it herald the start of a new decade, but it will also mark a significant step in the legislative phase out of F-Gases. From 1st January 2020, refrigerants with a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of over 2,500 will be banned within the commercial refrigeration and air conditioning sectors. This affects not only new equipment but the servicing of existing equipment.

The EU set out updated regulations in 2015, with the aim of reducing the use of Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) by 80% by 2030 through a phase-down process. In the same year Hydrocholoroflorocarbons (HCFCs), such as R22 refrigerant, were banned.

Over the last 5 years we’ve worked closely with clients, helping them understand the new regulations and their impact on both existing and new equipment.

From an equipment supply perspective, we have a range of highly energy efficient chillers available with low GWP refrigerants, for example R1234ze and R513A which have GWP figures of 7 and 631 respectively. We also offer units with R290 propane, a natural rather than man made refrigerant, which has a GWP of just 3 and can be a great alternative to an ammonia-based system.

When looking at alternative refrigerants, system design is key. It’s important to ensure the correct levels of energy efficiency and cooling power are achieved and that this is balanced with budgetary requirements. Our Sales Engineers are on hand to give you technical advice and to help with product selection every step of the way.

In addition, we have a nationwide network of Service Engineers, all F-Gas trained, giving you peace of mind in respect of all the legislative requirements when it comes to handling refrigerants, detecting leaks, recovering refrigerant from legacy equipment and the necessary documentation and labelling that’s needed. The team can also help with converting existing equipment to lower GWP refrigerants as well as carrying out energy audits, ensuring your site is F-Gas compliant and running as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

gwp testing

Aqua Wins Data Centre Accolade

Aqua Group has been recognised at the 2019 Data Centre Solutions Awards for their commitment to energy efficient data centre design.

The DCS Awards, now in their 9th year, recognise providers, product designers, suppliers and manufacturers working within the data centre arena. Entries are validated by a specialist panel and then a short list is put to a vote.

Aqua won the “Data Centre Energy Efficiency Project of the Year” category, for a project undertaken for their client 4D. 4D is a UK based colocation provider, providing ultra-fast connectivity and
business focused cloud services around the world. When 4D took on a legacy data centre facility at Gatwick, Aqua were selected to upgrade the existing chiller-based cooling system.

The project had energy efficiency at its heart, and Aqua improved the energy saving of the cooling system by 90%, deploying a bespoke cooling solution based on a “chiller-less” design. Cooling tower technology was used alongside pumps, heat exchangers, dosing equipment, filtration, inverters and remote monitoring.

“We were absolutely delighted to win a DCS Award”, explains Mike West, Data Centre Projects Manager for Aqua Group. “Being a finalist was an achievement but to win really was the icing on the cake. It’s great recognition for everyone involved in the project and showcases our commitment to improving our environment by reducing energy consumption and substantially reducing CO2 emissions which impact global warming. Not only with large scale projects like this one, but every time we install energy efficient chillers, free coolers, pump inverters, and so on, we’re doing something positive and so important for our future.” 

The ceremony was held at the Leonardo Royal St Paul’s Hotel and featured entertainment from stand-up comedian Zoe Lyons.

dcs awards

accreditation
REQUEST A CALLBACK