Bangor Team Invents Revolutionary Ice-Making Machine

by Jamie Adrankone

Bangor Team Invents Revolutionary Ice-Making Machine

A team of graduates and current students at Bangor University have developed a prototype ice-making machine powered by renewable energy. It is hoped that the machine could eventually be used to replenish melting polar ice caps, the University website reports.

The Bangor team, named Real Ice, have received support for their project from the United Nations Development Programme for sustainable innovators, For Tomorrow. They feature in a promotional video presented by Hollywood star Jessica Alba, which is set to be widely broadcast across social media channels.

The ice maker, named the Real Ice Re-Icing Machine, is due to be sent out to ice fields in Northern Canada for experimental tests. The wind-powered machine works by pumping water from under the ice cap to the surface, where it is quickly re-frozen in temperatures as low as -50°c, forming new layers of sea ice.

It is hoped that the indigenous Inuit people will own the machines, and be responsible for maintaining and moving them to new areas when necessary. This will allow the crucial layers of ice to form, which helps wildlife and people to survive in arctic regions.

Real Ice Managing Director Cian Sherwin said: “We want to collaborate with the Inuit up there because we need to understand what they want from this and what they don’t want. They’re losing their livelihoods and their culture and traditional way of life – their houses are literally falling down so there’s a lot at stake for them.”

The prototype is due to be trialled at the Canadian High Arctic Research Station at Cambridge Bay, between November and March. Cian and the team of seven students and graduates of the University’s School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering have been working with experts from the North Wales Business Academy to develop the project.

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