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Gaslok: Reaching the Summit of Innovation

Added: (Tue Mar 26 2002)

Pressbox (Press Release) - "Gaslok", the brainchild of Cambridge-based AB Technologies will be demonstrated before world environmentalists and industrialists at the Earth Technologies Forum in Washington DC.

Its inventor, David Peall, will himself give a major address at the summit next week on the vital importance of the world controlling the dangerous leakage of refrigerant gas into the atmosphere.

Designed to tackle what is recognised by the industry and environmental agencies alike as a costly and ecologically detrimental problem, Gaslok is able to warn of gas leakage at a very early stage.

The device could lead to the industry making huge financial savings and in turn vastly reducing harmful gas emissions into the atmosphere.

The invention is being showcased at this year's Earth Technologies Forum in Washington DC, which runs between the 25th and the 27th March 2002. The forum provides a comprehensive educational programme and exhibition featuring the latest in ozone protection and climate change, technologies and policies.

AB Technologies last year fought off United Kingdom rivals to win an annual competition organised by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority in Virginia to develop the product in the US marketplace.

Gaslok, which will be developed and marketed in the US, is certain to attract a great deal of attention given the scale of the problem it has been designed to combat. Statistics for gas leakage in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector are staggering.

It is estimated that 50% of US power consumption is attributed to refrigeration and air conditioning and that 70% of all refrigerant production is used to top up leakage. Obviously the use of extra power is not only an added expense to the consumer but contributes to the already high volume of pollution caused by industry as a whole.

In the US the problem is taken seriously as indicated by the $25,000 per day fines which can be levied on any business found guilty of allowing such leakage to continue unchecked. However the reality is that given the lack of an effective device to detect and prevent refrigerant leakage, the problem is generally ignored by users and currently cannot be pursued by environmental agencies.

Gaslok is set to change this. David Peall, Managing Director of AB Technologies: "No-one can deny that refrigerant pollution is a very real problem to both users and environmentalists. However, without effective methods of detecting leakage it is unreasonable to impose real penalties on those who allow such pollution to take place. Gaslok provides a real solution to the detection and prevention of gas losses from commercial refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

"Now that a technology exists that does provide reliable early detection, and with the financial benefits that users will enjoy, there is a real opportunity to make a significant reduction in atmospheric pollution with positive economic benefits to end users."

The Gaslok device is not only able to make substantial cost savings for the industry but can do so efficiently and without consuming man hours in the process, as David Peall points out: "Gaslok monitors the refrigerant flow twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week without human intervention. Should an alarm condition be triggered, the sensor identifies the specific
system that requires attention."

About the FCEDA
The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (www.FairfaxCountyEDA.org) promotes Fairfax County, Virginia, as a business and technology centre. The FCEDA maintains marketing offices in London, Frankfurt and Tokyo.

About David Peall
David Peall is the Chairman and founder of AB Technology. He is a member of ASHRAE and the Institute of Refrigeration, and has worked in land & marine refrigeration and air conditioning, and facilities management since 1962. He has worked with Carrier Air Conditioning, Hall Thermotank, Sea Containers and Holiday Inns.

A B Technology was formed in 1999 to develop an idea first thought of by David Peall in 1996. Two British Government Department of Industry feasibility and development grants have been received, and the University of Cambridge have assisted with development expertise and funding.

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