Star Refrigeration eLearning wins Cooling Industry Award

The Cooling Industry Awards, the Academy Award equivalent for successful and environmentally efficient cooling, presented an award to Star Refrigeration for the success of i-know.com for its international achievement as a groundbreaking training provider for the HVACR industry.

i-know.com, the pioneering eLearning initiative of Star Refrigeration which focuses on air conditioning and refrigeration training, received the Cooling Industry Award for the Training Initiative Of The Year 2007. A gala dinner brought the industry together to celebrate the achievements of those at the forefront of the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.

The Cooling Industry Awards, organised by RAC Magazine, took place on the evening of the 3rd October at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. Comedian Dara O'Briain introduced the winners for the twelve different categories, including i-know.com as the winner of the award for the Training Initiative of the Year sponsored by Hitachi Europe.

The judges unanimously agreed that i-know.com "transforms the process of training, giving the student the ability to learn anytime and anywhere and master the core principles quickly."

The history of i-know.com

i-know.com was launched in September 2006 by Star Refrigeration as a pioneering eLearning training initiative for the HVACR industry, offering a learning solution that makes training easier, more effective and more convenient to all.

In only 12 months, i-know.com has built an international student community of more than 15,000 members and has now been updated to include an improved Learning Management System that will be home to the world's no.1 virtual gateway for air conditioning, heating, ventilation and refrigeration training and reference material.

After collecting the award, Graham Stuart, Managing Director of Operations, said: "This award recognises the great value of a 21st century web-based training solution that offers everyone the potential to be lifelong learners regardless of location, age or job title. This flexible learning platform enables students to work towards their preferred course at their own individual pace and ability."

"i-know.com is gathering a momentum at a rapid pace. The list of future priorities and plans is growing rapidly and promises even more success for the coming years."

A success for Star

Star Refrigeration was also the recipient of two more awards; the Environmental Pioneer - Refrigeration (Sponsored by Marks and Spencer) and the Gold Award (sponsored by Climate Center) in recognition of excellence in leadership and performance.

The judges said: "Where others have been content to go with the flow and work with existing technology, Star Refrigeration has been consistently creative and unorthodox, coming up with a seemingly endless stream of new ideas and fresh approaches. Its inventiveness and curiosity is coupled with the highest levels of professionalism, delivering new solutions that not only work - but could become the industry standard for the future."

Star Refrigeration has developed over the years "real world solutions that address today's needs" according to the judges. The company has pioneered on the technology front with a raft of product developments harnessing friendlier technologies. Star has played a leading role in the development of carbon dioxide refrigeration in the UK and overseas, and it continues to innovate by focusing on today's environmental issues.

A full list of nominees and winners can be found at www.coolingindustryawards.com.

The Star Refrigeration Group

i-know.com is backed by the resources and expertise of The Star Refrigeration Group. Founded in 1970, the Group maintains a worldwide reputation built on quality, reliability and sound technical innovation and has successfully delivered products and services to its customers in over 50 countries. The SRG operates in five global business sectors: - Refrigeration Engineering (Star Refrigeration); Industrial Freezing and Chilling Systems (Starfrost); Electrical Engineering (Penec); Technical Consultancy (Star Technical Solutions); and eLearning (i-know.com).

For more information, visit www.i-know.com.

For further information about this project, please contact:

Contact name: Astrid Prado
Contact telephone: +44 (0) 1416387916
Contact e-mail: aprado@i-know.com