Retailer to install shelf-edge aerofoils along with new Vortex-enhanced cabinets
Tesco is joining forces with Aerofoil Energy to install the company’s shelf-edges and new Vortex-enhanced cabinets. The Vortex technology in the retailer’s new-build cases is claimed to deliver energy and carbon emissions savings to rival that of glass doored cases.
The retailer is installing the technology in its estate throughout the UK and Ireland.
The Aerofoil strips guide cold air more efficiently down the front of the fridge, resulting in substantially less cold air being lost from the unit, leading to lower energy use, fewer carbon emissions and warmer aisles in stores.
Vortex is described by Aerofoil Energy as its ‘future-fridge technology project‘, which uses advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling from technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering to deliver enhanced energy and temperature improvements in refrigerated cases, applicable to both existing and new-build cabinets.
Paul McAndrew of Aerofoil Energy said, “Rolling out Aerofoils across an estate the size of Tesco’s will have a tangible impact on energy consumption at a national level and confirms Aerofoil Energy as the number one choice for shelf-edge technology. But that’s only half the story – adopting our Vortex technology for Tesco’s new-build cabinets will set a new standard for energy and temperature performance in supermarket refrigeration generally.”
The Aerofoils are manufactured in the UK from 100 per cent recycled aluminium, which itself is a fully recyclable material. Overall, the adoption of the technology delivers significant benefits for retailers from a sustainability perspective, Aerofoil Energy added, and will make wide-ranging positive contributions to Tesco’s environmental goals.