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About us

GLACIEM COOLING is a technology based manufacture specialising in innovative natural solutions for the commercial and industrial refrigeration sectors

We at Glaciem believe in energy efficient, natural, sustainable and costs effective cooling solutions close knitted to client’s needs.

In order to deliver our unique range of products and solutions we also provide a range of consultancy, engineering and training services.


Glaciem Cooling provides Consulting and Training services to both end users and contractors. Glaciem Cooling focus is to ensure that both the End Users and Contractors are getting the best system and support to meet their needs.

Consulting services for End Users include

  • Refrigeration System energy and performance reviews
  • Refrigeration System Design
  • Tender management
  • Project Management
  • Refrigeration system commissioning

Consulting Services for Refrigeration Contractors

  • Refrigeration System troubleshooting
  • Refrigeration System Design
  • Refrigeration system commissioning assistance
  • CO2 system design & maintenance training
  • Ammonia system design & maintenance training

Sister Companies & Suppliers

Quik-Cool (Shanghai) Cooling Technologies is part of the Glaciem group of companies.

Located in Shanghai Quik-Cool specialises in delivering CO2 technology to the Asian market. Services include:

  • Refrigeration Equipment Supply
  • Consulting/Engineering Services
  • Training
  • Commissioning Assistance

JCH Refrigeration

JCH Refrigeration Consulting offers a wide range of professional client based consulting services in both commercial and industrial refrigeration sectors throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.

With over 28 years industry experience and specializing in Natural Refrigerants Carbon Dioxide (R744) and Ammonia (R717), you can be sure that your business gets professional impartial advice in all matters concerning your refrigeration plant and equipment.

We can guide you through the complexities involved when making decisions concerning your refrigeration equipment. With the continuous changes in the refrigeration sector driven by legislation it is essential for end users get impartial professional advice.


Glaciem Cooling Technologies is the Australian distributor for the SPL series of evaporate condensers manufactured by Shanghai Baofeng Refrigeration.

SPL is 100% owned by listed company Lianhe Group with national resources and solutions for worldwide heat transfer application located in Shanghai China. SPL is dedicated to designing and manufacturing the highest quality products for the evaporative cooling and industrial refrigeration markets around the globe. Since its founding in 2001, SPL Incorporated has become an industry leader in the engineering and manufacturing of quality heat transfer products in China.

Glaciem Cooling Technologies is the Australian distributor for Luvata Heat Transfer Solutions.

Luvata Heat Transfer Solutions (HTS) is the world’s largest coils-coolers-and-coatings group supplying precise temperature control for virtually any situation in which temperature matters.

In November 2016, Luvata Heat Transfer Solutions (HTS) Division was purchased by Modine Manufacturing Company.


CO2 is a natural refrigerant which is manufactured as a by-product from many industries. It is contained in large amounts in the oceans, and all living things produce or absorb it.

refrigerants-hcfc-r22R22, also known as HCFC-22, has been commonly used in air conditioning and refrigeration systems in Australia since the 1990s.

The release of R22, including those from leaks, contribute to the depletion of the earth’s ozone layer

As a result, Australia has a legislated phase out of all HCFCs in line with its obligations under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Australia will largely phase out the import of HCFCs from 2016, apart from the equivalent of around 45 tonnes of R22 a year.

The reduction in import quotas has seen a steep rise in the price of HCFC-R22 to around $395.00 per Kg (list price)

hfc-refrigerantsIn 2017 the Australian Federal Government amended the Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Legislation to include the phase out of HFC refrigerants.

A statutory 85 per cent phase-down of HFC imports commencing from 1 January 2018. The phase-down will have a starting point of 8 Mt CO₂-e, based on Australia’s current demand and reduce to 1.6 Mt CO₂-e from 2037. The phase-down will be managed by import quota limits which will reduce every two years. 90% of quota will be allocated to existing importers and the remaining 10%will be allocated to applicants through a ballot system or by Ministerial discretion.

The reduction in import quotas has seen a steep rise in the price of HCF refrigerants similar to those seen with the phase out of HCFC-R22.

hfo-refrigerantsHFO refrigerants are been developed as a replacement for HFC refrigerants. Their operating characteristics are very similar to HFC’s they a meant to replace. The chemical process to manufacture HFO is extremely complex raising questions about the eventual cost per Kg. There are also concerns relating to their environmental impact, when HFO’s breakdown in the atmosphere they produce Trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) which is extremely harmful to aquatic life.

HFO’s are also flammable or toxic depending on their GWP and are not really viewed as a long term refrigerant but more as an interim.

ammonia-r717When installed correctly and with the right safeguards, ammonia is a very efficient refrigerant especially in large industrial applications, however it is toxic and there are grave health and safety concerns in its use due to a number of refrigerant leaks that have led to loss of life. Ammonia systems are generally require large capital investment.

carbon-dioxide-r744Although CO2 operates with high pressures, it is an excellent refrigerant in terms of efficiency and environmental impact. CO2 system technology has been widely adopted in Europe, Australia and gaining in popularity in the USA. Adapting CO2 systems in warm climates can be a challenge but huge in roads have been made in the development of new technology that enables CO2 systems to operate efficiently in warm climates.

In general natural refrigerants such as CO2 offer the best long term pathway

What type of applications can CO2 be used in?

Temperatures < -35⁰C Case studies has shown that CO2 has very high efficiencies in temperature applications below -35⁰C even out performing ammonia

Blast Freezing

Blast Freezing

Plate Freezing

Spiral Freezing

Temperatures -18⁰C –to -25⁰C
CO2 used in applications between -18⁰C to -25⁰C has a an increase in energy efficiency >20% when compared to R507 & R404A

  • Food Storage/Distribution centers
  • Supermarkets
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Process Cooling
  • Beef Industry
  • Fish Industry
  • Poultry Industry
  • Ice Rinks
  • Ice Production

Shifts the energy load from the high daytime electricity rates to the lower nighttime electricity rates. Reduces refrigeration electricity costs by up to 50% by charging during non-peak hours to discharge during peak-cost hours

Runs the refrigeration plant at night in lower ambient temperatures requiring less energy.

Resolves the mismatch between generation hours and electricity use, so that solar and wind power can form an even larger slice of the national generation grid.

Smooths out electricity use, reducing the need for expensive, peak-driven infrastructure, and for extra fossil-fuel generation of power during daylight hours

Smooths the total energy requirements.

In some cases allows for a reduction in the maximum demand (kVA) related electricity supply charges.

Reduces risk and high penalty for exceeding allowable total (kVA) demand.

Phase change materials (PCM) are substances that absorb and release thermal energy during the process of melting and freezing. When a PCM freezes, it releases a large amount of energy in the form of latent heat at a relatively constant temperature.

The most commonly used PCM is water/ice

Thermal energy storage (TES) allows the transfer and storage of heat energy, by means of a thermal reservoir. The thermal energy stored can then be used later. A typical example used for cooling is to run a refrigeration plant overnight using cheaper off peak electricity, then during the day the refrigeration plant is cycled off and the energy used in the ice is used for cooling, thus avoiding using more expensive peak electricity

Glaciem Cooling Technologies thermal storage system Thermcold utilises the development of new PCM’s to provide a revolutionary breakthrough that can significantly reduce energy costs for medium & low temperature refrigeration applications.

Phase Change Material (PCM) devolved by UniSA winner of the Australian Museum 2015 ANSTO prize for Innovative use of Technology

The technology has been fully commercialized by obtaining an Australian government CleanTech grant in 2013 and a 3200kW/h Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system has been operating successfully at an Onion and Potato storage facility in South Australia.

Medium & low Temperature Food Storage (0⁰C to -21⁰C) using secondary heat transfer fluids.

Thermal Battery; Potential to store excess electricity generated by Solar PV or Wind in the form of thermal energy

Ideal for increasing winery refrigeration plant efficiency at low loads outside vintage

Ideal suited for food process requiring –6⁰C glycol temperatures


Glaciem Cooling Technologies provides innovative environmentally sustainable solutions that;

  • Reduce electricity bills
  • Reduce peak electricity load
  • Reduce risks associated with large NH3 volumes
  • Decrease Environmental Impact

Research & Development

Glaciem Cooling Technologies head office is located at the University of South Australia Faculty of Engineering Mawson Lakes Campus and is part of the Low Carbon Living Cooperative Research Centre’s (CRC) program

Working with awarded scientists such as Associate Professor Frank Bruno, Dr Martin Belusko and Dr Steven Tay from University of South Australia who developed their whole life to energy efficient and sustainable solutions enables Glaciem to be ahead of its time and industry. Our leading edge expertise provides Glaciem with the credibility to deliver projects of any size and scale.

Glaciem Cooling Technologies in collaboration with UniSA have been awarded the following grants and is currently conducting the research projects below.

The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF)

Glaciem Cooling along with the University of South Australia has been awarded close to $1m from the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund to develop a commercialised renewable energy driven cooling technology integrated with energy storage for the refrigeration of raw milk.



High Efficiency CO2 only System

Glaciem is currently conducting cutting edge research in the application of CO2 systems capable of achieving high energy efficiency in 45C ambient temperatures and has received a South Australia Government grant for this research under the department of State development INNOVATION VOUCHER PROGRAM



Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

The grant was based on the research and development that Glaciem Cooling is doing in the field of phase change material (PCM) for the industrial and commercial refrigeration market, and also to optimise the control and operation of PCM thermal storage systems integrated with solar photovoltaics (PV). You can read more info here: https://arena.gov.au/project/maximising-solar-photovoltaic-with-phase-change-thermal-energy-storage/

Laboratory & Test Centre

Glaciem partners with Barbara Hardy Institute of University of SA where state of the art premises are used to deliver cutting edge in new technologies. With only handful of similar facilities existing globally we can test products in scale and in any environment in cold or hot chambers.


ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology 2015

Associate Professor Frank Bruno and his team Dr Martin Belusko and Dr Steven Tay, have combined a number of innovations to provide an inexpensive alternative for storing electricity to be used for cooling. These innovations include concepts such as dynamic melting, ’coil-in-tank’ and a low-cost storage medium, all of which can be integrated with renewable energy sources.

  • Watch Professor Bruno, Drs Belusko and Tay’s finalist video
  • View Professor Bruno, Drs Belusko and Tay’s media release
  • Nominated Finalist in the AIRAH 2014 Best HVAC&R Retrofit/Upgrade award
  • Nominated Finalist in the B/HERT award 2016 for the  Ashley Goldsworthy Award for Sustained Collaboration between Business and Tertiary Education

Contact us

Glaciem Cooling Technologies

UniSA Mawson Lakes Campus
Building M Room M1-04 Mawson Lakes Blvd
Mawson lakes SA 5095

0417 920 434

08 8302 3397