Fareham-based specialist engineering firm Aqua Cooling has been honoured by the international Institute of Physics (IOP). The team, represented by Aqua directors Kevin Lancaster and Simon Davis, has been presented with a Commended Innovation award for its patented Leak Prevention System (LPS) which puts a basic scientific principle to work in a commercial application for the first time. This principle, the Venturi effect, is based on the premise that water under negative pressure cannot escape through a hole or breach in a pipe, hose, or joint.
Davis commented: “This award represents valuable recognition from the scientific community and highlights the enormous significance and potential of our LPS within the data centre industry. We spent a substantial amount of time trialling pipework sizes and designs to ensure sufficient velocity, and spent time with Venturi designers to overcome issues of noise and vibration.”
By incorporating the LPS into its range of water-based cooling systems, Aqua can guarantee optimum efficiency and continuous, 100% leak-free performance, which makes its systems ideal for installation and operation in sensitive environments such as data centre and on-chip cooling.
The ground-breaking system has already won the Hampshire-based cooling specialist industry-wide recognition. It has previously won a string of awards for its state-of-the-art development and design including a 2015 Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation), also in recognition of the LPS.
Five other IOP award winners at the presentation were Ikon Science, Jaguar Land Rover, Kromek Group, The Technology Partnerships and Ultra Electronics. Other companies to receive the commended award alongside Aqua were Airbus Defence and Space, e2v technologies, Endomagnetics and Tesla Engineering.