Chill your wine to 5 degrees in less than 45 seconds by V-Tex

A rapid cooling technology called V-Tex that can chill Fanta, lager or even Champagne from room temperature to 5 degrees in less than 45 seconds has been created by a British company.


The technology has been developed with the help of EU research funding and works on the basis of a cooling vortex that whizzes the drink round to chill it in record time, allowing you to uncork that bottle of white wine almost as soon as you bring it home from the shop.

While the V-Tex unit will manufactured and brought to market as a consumer product for anyone to put in their kitchens, it will also be a commercial product, and started life trying to solve an environmental problem very much caused by the commercial world.

Hall is dedicated to bridging the gap between environmental technology and the consumer market and has in the past invented a water-saving device for urinals. "Everyone's talking about the importance of reducing carbon emissions and lowering energy use, so we've got an opportunity to do something about it," he says.

He set about building a device that would chill lots of drinks of all different sizes and shapes quickly. To get the drinks to mix without fizzing, he had to use a collapsed vortex, called a Rankine Vortex.

Dutch researchers working with Hall developed an algorithm that provides the optimum speed for each type of drink, as bottles behave differently to cans, and glass, aluminium and plastic all have different heat transfer properties. The user enters the data about the drink into the control panel and the algorithm adjusts accordingly to provide the right spin speed.

The consumer version of the product might eventually be able to be incorporated into fridges, says Hall, and one commercial unit will be enough to replace up to seven drinks fridges.
Not only does the V-Tex benefit the environment, it could also seriously benefits retailers. Refrigeration accounts for over 70 percent of the energy costs facing small retailers, and 50 percent of the costs facing an average supermarket.

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Write by: RC - Thursday, October 3, 2013

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