Refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps play a vital part in the lives of everyone
Businesses involved in this sector
Cooling and temperature control are a necessary part of many businesses and services in the industrial and commercial sector. For example businesses manufacturing equipment and components (UK and import), wholesalers and distributors of equipment, contracting companies providing engineering services (consultancy, technical sales, design, installation, service, maintenance); users of refrigeration technologies (e.g. supermarkets, hospitals and medical applications, IT telecoms and data servers, building cooling, heat pumps), as well as researchers and teachers in colleges and universities involved in research and development work.
Applications of technologies
All types of food and drink production, storage, distribution rely on refrigeration. It is also essential for industrial or manufacturing retailing and service activities including food or drink related, mining, textiles, papers, chemical processing, pharmaceuticals and medical applications, air conditioning in vehicles and refrigerated transport, construction and refurbishment of industrial and commercial premises (air conditioning) and increasingly domestic (heat pumps which use refrigeration technology), telecommunications and information technology servicing (data centres, computer rooms and serves), professional consultancy in construction, architecture, engineering services, scientific research and development in universities and businesses.
This video explains some of the ways we use refrigeration technologies today and the kinds of jobs involved: