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Heating Hire Keeps Things Warm & Toasty

The Client –

Leading UK Food Producer

The Challenge –

Temporary Distribution Sites Needing Heating

The Solution –

Indirect Oil-fired Heating Solution & Fuel Management

Aqua Hire have been busy heating a network of warehouses for one of the UK’s biggest food producers. Our client, best known for their range of bakery products, created a series of temporary storage distribution centres across the country to keep their distribution network on track and to keep up with demand.

Each centre consisted of a huge warehouse which needed heating to ensure the premises stayed at a consistently comfortable temperature for the warehousing and logistics staff based there. Whilst each site was slightly different in size and layout, our team designed a system using indirect oil-fired heaters which could achieve a comfortable 22˚C temperature over the winter months. Airsock ducting ensures heating is evenly distributed and in-built thermostats in each heater help to regulate temperature. A wall mounted thermostat in each facility then controls the overall temperature within the environment.

Our full solution included:

  • Complete system design
  • Indirect oil-fired heaters
  • Airsock ducting and ancillaries
  • Delivery and installation
  • Fuel management service

“Aqua provided a great service, with constant updates and technical assistance when needed. We are thrilled with the equipment on site and would recommend Aqua to anyone requiring temperature control services”, commented Paul, Building & Services Manager.

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Hire Solution Solves Critical Cooling Dilemma

The Client –

Midlands Based Medical Equipment & Logistics Supplier

The Challenge –

Critical Cooling For MRI Scanners

The Solution –

Bespoke Cooling System Supplied On Short-Term Hire

For a medical equipment supplier, our teams’ technical design ability was the driving force behind selecting Aqua Hire as their chosen service provider.

Our client, based in the Midlands, specialises in the supply of medical equipment including MRI scanners. Towards the end of 2020, due to changes in legislation resulting from Brexit, the customer bought forward a delivery of twelve MRI machines. The scanners were stored in a warehouse before needing to be tested and transported to the end user client. Aqua were tasked with designing and supplying a temporary cooling system so that the equipment could be safely and reliably tested.

Inside every MRI (magnetic resonant imaging) machine is a cooling system which contains litres and litres of liquid helium which keeps the magnetic component cool. Within the cooling system itself is a “cold head” which re-condenses the helium. If the helium temperature is not closely controlled during operation, the units will over pressurise with extremely costly results.

Our Engineers designed and built a temporary cooling system consisting of a dry air cooler and manifold which fed the individual flow and returns of the twelve scanners.

The full solution:

  • Site survey
  • System design & build service
  • 250kW dry air cooler
  • Pump & tank assembly
  • 2” flow and return manifold, to feed 12 x 0.5” flow & returns
  • Delivery & installation

“This was a great example of a technically led hire install”, explains Aqua Hire Director, Ben Davies. “For this client, our ability to deliver on application knowledge and technical expertise was paramount. Their plans had changed at short notice and we were on site within 24 hours of their initial call with the project up and running within their required timeframe.”

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Aqua Group Appoint Ben Davies as Hire Director

Aqua Group, has appointed Ben Davies as Director of their hire division, Aqua Hire.

Ben has spent over 13 years within the temperature control sector, working within sales and contract engineering roles. For the last 10 years, Ben has specialised within the rental market, joining Aqua from ICS Cool Energy where he oversaw hire activity for the South of England.

Aqua are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and launched their Hire business in 2018, specialising in commercial and industrial applications across the UK. Their range of temperature control rental equipment includes chillers, air conditioning units, boilers, portable heaters, and ancillaries such as fuel management and supply.

Group Director, Kevin Lancaster explains; “Our hire division has gone from strength to strength in a very short space of time and we see Ben’s appointment as key in building on our achievements going forward. His experience and specialist technical knowledge are a real asset and I’m delighted to have him on board.”

“I am really excited about using my industry experience and knowledge to help propel Aqua Hire to the next stage, building on the excellent achievements of the team to date. Together, I’m confident that we can achieve great things during 2021 and beyond”


Eco Waste Facility Uses Hire Solution To Get Up And Running

The Client –

Waste Management Solution Provider

The Challenge –

Eco-friendly Waste Processing Facility Commissioning

The Solution –

Short-Term Chiller, Generator & Fuel Package Hire

Aqua Hire has been involved with the commissioning of an ecologically focused waste processing facility in the South of England. Aqua was appointed by the plant’s contractor to provide a cooling solution, on a temporary hire basis, to enable the centre to be tested under load before completion.

The project involved redeveloping and upgrading an existing facility, with the new centre having provision for two types of waste treatment process – gasification and anaerobic digestion. The former is used to treat waste that is left when any recyclable items have been separated from it and anaerobic digestion is used with food waste. When the waste is processed it is converted to either fuel or fertiliser for use in farming. The fuel is used to run the plant and then excess is supplied to the national grid.

This new plant gave the local area its first ever energy recovery facility and is expected to treat a third of its household waste, as well as an element of waste from local businesses.

Aqua supplied cooling equipment to the anaerobic digestion process, upscaling on-site cooling capacity so that the system could be thoroughly tested.

The provision of a hire chiller increased capacity from 300kW to 500kW and the addition of a generator took the power supply from 220kVA to 500kVA. Aqua Hire also supplied a fuel tank and a full fuel management service to measure fuel levels and co-ordinate future fuel deliveries.

The full hire solution included:

  • 500kw process chiller
  • Plate heat exchanger
  • Pump, hoses, ancillaries, install & de-install
  • 500kVA generator
  • Fuel package – including 3000l tank & telemetry

“This project is an incredible achievement and really showcases the next generation of waste treatment facilities. It will benefit both the environment and the local community, totally transforming how waste is handled within the region” explains Aqua Hire Sales Engineer, Jack Crawford.



Heat Rejection Hire Solution Helps Fuel Plant Commissioning

The Client –

Leading Energy Management & Solution Provider

The Challenge –

Testing Fuel Generation Plant Project

The Solution –

Heat Rejection Package On A Short-term Hire

Often a hire solution is regarded as a last minute, emergency option when either existing equipment fails or there is a sudden spike in production demand. But, for many of our customers, temporary hire is a fundamental part of their annual maintenance or project plans. For one such client, a bespoke heat rejection package supplied on a short-term hire agreement, was key when it came to the testing and commissioning of their latest project.

The project itself involved the design and build of a highly innovative stand-alone energy plant. The state-of-the-art facility was undertaken for a UK university and when complete would supply both heating and electricity to an entire student campus. The plant would run entirely on gas and any heat generated as a by-product of producing the electricity would be reclaimed as a heating source. Back up, should it ever be called for, would be provide by an on-site oil-fired boiler. The resulting energy centre would not only be ultra-efficient with a minimal carbon footprint, but it would also hugely reduce the university’s ongoing operating costs.

Aqua were tasked with supplying a heat rejection package which would enable the system to be tested under load. We designed and supplied a 1.6MW cooling system, which would take the heat generated by the system operating as required and reject it into the ambient. The system could then be tested as needed, with the cooling system countering the heat being generated by the reclaim system and/or back up boiler on each occasion. Once the load testing was complete and proved the system achieved all necessary operating criteria, it could be approved for the next stage of project completion.

The full hire solution included:

  • 2 x air blast coolers – 1.6MW capacity
  • System design
  • HIAB delivery, installation, commissioning & all ancillaries

Aqua Hire’s Sales Engineer, Jack Crawford, commented; “This was such an innovative project and we look forward to assisting this client further on future tasks as they really change the shape of renewable energy across the industry.”