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8 Sep 2016

Design School graduate wins national round of prestigious design competition

Industrial Design and Technology graduate, William Broadway, has been announced as the UK winner of the 2016 James Dyson Award for his final year product, a new portable cooling device to improve vaccine transportation in developing countries.

The product, ISOBAR, can keep vaccines cold for up to six days and can be recharged on the go in just over an hour, providing a safe and effective means of transportation.

William, who came up with the idea whilst on a camping trip in Mexico, will receive £2,000 to develop ISOBAR, which he plans to put towards building more prototypes and applying for patents.

ISOBAR uses a chemical process to provide a long term cooling effect for vaccine delivery. A mix of ammonia and water is heated in a lower pressure vessel. The ammonia vaporises and separates from the water into the upper chamber where it is trapped by a valve. It remains trapped until the cooling effect is needed. When the device’s valve is opened, the ammonia evaporates back into the water. It is this process of evaporation that gives off a strong cooling effect, providing a stable 3°C. Should the courier experience delays during their journey, ISOBAR is able to provide extended cooling power using propane charges for up to 30 days without the need for mains power.

It is anticipated that ISOBAR could save millions of lives, due to the fact that current vaccine programmes in developing countries do not meet the international standards for temperature safe vaccine distribution which leads to vaccines losing potency.

William said: “I am so pleased that the technology can get a bit of the limelight. Winning the UK James Dyson Award gives me the confidence to pursue my invention with my whole heart in the knowledge that yes, I can actually make this device, and that it could have a great impact for the benefit of thousands of people.”

Professor George Havenith, Dean of the Design School, said: “We are extremely proud of William’s achievement. His award win is testament to the fantastic tuition we provide at Loughborough Design School. The ingenuity and creativity of our students grows year on year and we are very excited to see what the future holds.”

Jack Lang, Fellow at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, co-founder and chair of Raspberry Pi, and UK James Dyson Award judge 2016, added: “ISOBAR is a brilliant invention. It solves a real problem and is a complete, well-thought-through system.”

William also took ISOBAR to the New Designers exhibition in London last July. It is regarded as the UK’s most important graduate design exhibition and he was one of just 14 Design School students to showcase their final projects.

ISOBAR and the UK national runners up will compete in the next round of the James Dyson Award as they go up against the best entries from 22 countries. The international winner will be announced on the 27 October, a title which is awarded along with a £30,000 prize to help the inventor in further developing their idea.

In 2014, the International James Dyson Award was won by James Roberts, a fellow graduate from the Design School, with his invention – the mOm Incubator – a life-saving, low cost, inflatable, baby incubator for use in the developing world.