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Sainsbury's opens its plantroom doors for World Refrigeration Day

Retailer offers access to industry on June 26 to see new frozen food depot and CO2 store

Sainsbury’s is opening the doors of two key plantroom sites as part of the World Refrigeration Day celebrations, allowing industry to see the inner workings of either the Pineham frozen food depot or the Leicester North store - or both if delegates wish to travel the hour’s journey between them. The tours are organised by the Energy Institute East Midlands and open to those who register with the Energy Institute - entrance is subject to availability and eligibility.

The Pineham frozen food depot was constructed in 2018 and went live in Jan 2019. The retailer says: ”At just under 400,000 cu m, it is one of the largest single chamber facilities in the UK. The facility has a CHP generating the power for the facility, while the refrigeration plant is a two stage ammonia system with an absorption chiller utilising exhaust heat rejected by the CHP. The installation incorporates many energy/carbon and water saving initiatives.

The Leicester North store was opened in 2013 and together with Weymouth is one of the Sainsbury’s two ‘Triple Zero’ stores (zero carbon, water and waste) during construction and operation. It incorporates a CHP, PV array and a CO2 refrigeration plant with ’numerous energy saving features’, the retailer says.

More details and booking are available at the Energy Instute East Midlands site here for Pineham and here for Leicester.

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