Aerofoil Energy celebrates successful partnership with F1 specialist Williams Advanced Engineering
The development of shelf-mounted aerofoils as an energy saving measure has accelerated with the collaboration of Aerofoil Energy and Formula 1 specialist Williams Advanced Engineering. Williams is offering its specialised aerodynamic testing, proven on generations of racing cars to optimise the design of the aerofoils.Williams is using computational fluid dynamics to model and simulate new designs before testing them in the F1 wind tunnels at the Williams factory in Oxfordshire.
The collaboration comes alongside extensive field-testing by Sainsbury’s of the aerofoils across its estate, as reported in RAC February. Other supermarkets are also now trialling the aerofoil devices.
The team at Aerofoil Energy believe the technology is a viable alternative to fitting doors, particularly in retrofit, as retailers look to reduce energy loss from open-fronted multidecks. The multidecks suffer from cold air ‘spilling’ into the aisles and so the aerofoils are designed and engineered profiles that control the direction of air flow.
As well as reducing energy consumption, the aerofoils reduce cold aisle syndrome, making the shopping experience more pleasant for consumers.
The aerofoils by Aerofoil Energy have been shown to dramatically reduce the spillage of cold air from multideck refrigerators. In tests by leading manufacturers such as EPTA and RD&T, they have produced energy savings ranging from 18% to 41.5%.
Sainsbury’s has committed to reducing its absolute operational carbon emissions by 30% by 2020 and this technology can play a key role in achieving this target, the retailer believes.
Speaking about the trial John Skelton, Head of Refrigeration at Sainsbury’s PLC, said; “‘We’re proud to be giving our fridges a turbo boost with this fantastic aerodynamic technology. Aerofoils help the airflow around Formula One cars and can improve their performance – and that’s exactly how they help the fridges in our stores, by keeping the cold air in. This Formula One inspired innovation has already shown it can cut carbon produced by major refrigerators.”
Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering, added; “Our mantra is to take the best of Formula One technology and knowhow and work with a range of industries to help improve their products and services. Much of our work focuses on improving energy efficiency and the collaboration with Aerofoil Energy is a perfect example of how Formula One innovations can have a tangible benefit to ordinary people and the environment. This technology has global potential and the savings in operational costs and emissions are extremely promising.”