The world’s first self-chilling can is to go on sale in the UK – which can turn lukewarm beer or fizzy drinks ice cold in two minutes.
All you need to do to get an ice-cold drink is press a button at the base of the can.
Pressurised carbon dioxide is released from a capsule, chilling the can by 15 degrees centigrade. The can was shown off this week, and is expected to be on sale later this year.
The can is also claimed to be good for the environment – its supporters claim it’s far less wasteful than chilling cans in shops before they are served.
Drinks manufacturers are being lined up to use the cans – which are already in use in the USA and can be used for anything from fizzy pop to beer.
Among those who helped develop the can – called ChillCan – is Professor Roland Clift, a former science advisor to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Professor Clift, who now works a the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey, was brought in to help find an eco-friendly way to create the can without using harmful refrigerants.
He came up with a solution using carbon from coconut shells which is contained in an aluminium capsule inside the can which is activated – sending a blast of pressurised carbon dioxide – when you press the button.
As the carbon dioxide evaporates the drink is cooled by a frosty 15C in under two minutes – making it perfect for taking on picnics, beach parties, festivals or barbecues.
The UK launch of the can was made at the University of Surrey on Tuesday this week – with the can set to be rolled out to the UK market later this year.
Professor Clift – who previously worked for M&S and Unilever – said: ‘The new technology would be better for the environment than badly maintained drinks dispensers.
‘The strategy is to replace these dispensers and my role has been to develop this supply chain.’
The 500ml Chillcan – made by the Joseph Company in California – took 20 years to develop as previous versions were deemed harmful to the environment because they contained a refrigerant, which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.
Mitchell Joseph, the chief executive of Joseph Company, said: ‘The potential take-up is huge – what could be more convenient than a drink which cools down when you want it, rather than relying on polluting dispensers or having to carry an ice box to the beach or on a camping trip?
‘And it’s all the better for its good environmental profile.