SU780XLE Reduces Costs at Leading Cancer Research Facility

By Jennifer Shrider, Marketing Coordinator

Photo Credit: Fredhutch.org

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center opened in 1975 in Seattle, WA, and is a world-renowned, non-profit research facility for the prevention and treatment of cancer, HIV/AIDS and many other diseases. Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, one of the pioneering researchers, discovered that bone marrow transplantation could help to treat leukemia and improve the outcome of blood cancer treatments in patients. Since then, Fred Hutch researchers have made numerous breakthroughs such as developing immunotherapies, which use the immune system to disrupt cancer cells. Today the 15-acre campus consists of five scientific divisions, three Nobel laureates and over 2,700 faculty and staff.

Fred Hutch has purchased a significant number of Stirling freezers, which has been established as part of their Freezer Purchase Policy. Fred Hutch has about 450 ultra-low temperature (ULT) -80°C freezers on campus. These ULT freezers are necessary to store fragile biological samples and materials for research. The Fred Hutch Fairview Freezer Facility houses 200 ULT freezers and has reached capacity for power consumption and floor space. To address both issues, Fred Hutch chose our SU780XLE upright ULT freezer as the exclusive model when new ULT freezer purchases must be made. The SU780XLE freezer is not only the most energy-efficient, Energy Star®-certified upright freezer on the market, but it also has the largest storage volume per square foot of floor space.

As stated in the Freezer Purchase Policy, the Facilities Engineering (FE) Department at Fred Hutch verified that the SU780XLE freezer uses 50% less power than a traditional compressor-based freezer. Heat generation during operation was also reduced, which resulted in 50% less energy use from the air conditioners that cool the facility. The SU780XLE also uses 80% less refrigerants and no oil due to the utilization of our free-piston Stirling engine.

At Stirling Ultracold we are always excited to hear about how our freezers reduce operating and energy costs, protect sample integrity, provide more storage capacity and help advance innovative cancer research.