June 14 2022  |  Trolleys & Galleys

Collins chills out the the cabin with new product

By Rick Lundstrom

Grant West of Collins Aerospace shows visitors the SpaceChller™ teamed with the M-flex™ Duet monument

Hamburg — Near the middle of the circular stand ringed with the company’s many seating products, Collins Aerospace displayed its SpaceChiller™ filled with colorful beverage bottles.

The SpaceChiller is a a modular thermoelectric cooling system scalable to fit a variety of applications throughout an aircraft’s interior. The SpaceChiller is built to run quietly and environmentally friendly keeping onboard products to food-safe temperatures without the use of refrigerants.

The unit is designed for a variety of applications, from premium suites and passenger social zones to single galley inserts and whole cart bays. Airlines benefit from flexibility in service, storage and space without sacrificing room for passengers and flight attendants.

“The availability of chilled refreshments at one’s fingertips or in a designated passenger social zone is a luxury for travelers and delivers benefits to airlines and operators,” said Jeff McKee, director of Interiors Customer Experience and Design at Collins Aerospace. “SpaceChiller provides compact and convenient chilling capacity to areas that were previously limited, unable to be chilled at all or required much larger volumes of galley chillers to provide a similar service. The expanded chilling footprint enhances airline service and catering options without increasing cabin crew workload.”

The SpaceChiller in some of its many possible applications

SpaceChiller uses advanced heat sinks, initially developed for The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), that reduce power consumption up to 50 percent over alternate thermoelectric systems and can be leveraged across multiple service areas and passenger seats.

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