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RLtec announces Sainsbury's deal

RLtec has signed a lucrative 10-year commercial deal with Sainsbury’s that will result in green smart grid technology being installed in more then 200 of the retail giant’s stores.

The aim of the project is to boost energy efficiency by integrating RLtec’s clean technology equipment with the heating and ventilation systems in each supermarket, and follows a successful trial of ‘dynamic demand’ technology at three stores in the South-east.

The technology works by managing the power consumption of electrical equipment such as heating and ventilation systems, automatically responding to changes in the balance between supply and demand on the national grid and allowing changes to the timing of the ‘switching’ to meet demand.

Financial details have not been disclosed, but it is hoped that the scheme will save 10,000 tonnes of carbon per year when it goes live from March 1.

The announcement continues an impressive year for the venture capital-backed business, which was recently named New Energy Rising Star at the Rosenblatt New Energy Awards 2011.