Innovation award for ABB

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Motors and drives specialist ABB has won an award for its innovative use of variable speed drives for refrigerators in the food and drink industry.

The Food and Drink Innovation Network Clegg Food Projects Award for New Process & Environmental Awareness was presented to ABB at a gala dinner at the National Space Centre, Leicester, hosted by BBC business presenter Declan Curry. Receiving the award, ABB’s UK food & beverage market manage, Ron Macdonald said the award was the culmination of hard work by ABB engineers; partners who were applying the drive to their compressors used in the refrigeration industry; and customers for having the vision and confidence to trial innovative applications. ABB’s innovation is to apply existing technology to the food industry by developing ‘bolt on’ variable speed drive motors for refrigerators. These keep units running at regular speeds, and prevent peaks of energy use when something freshly made is put inside a fridge, reducing energy use and costs and cutting carbon footprints. Pictured: Declan Curry, left, and ABB’s Ron Macdonald.