|Andre Patenaude | Director, Food Retail Marketing & Growth Strategy, Cold Chain
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions
This blog summarizes an article from Progressive Grocer, entitled “The Big Green Chill.” Click here to read the article in its entirety.
Sustainability initiatives and energy-efficient practices are asserting themselves as top priorities in the minds of food retailers and foodservice professionals. Suppliers like Emerson have acknowledged this trend and have begun developing technologies and solutions that can assist with furthering these initiatives and help our customers work toward a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly future.
Retailers can implement sustainability initiatives through the use of precise temperature and pressure controls, which allow for a true steady state of operation. These can help better enable the benefits of lowering condensing temperatures to improve the efficiency of the entire system when combined with an electronic expansion valve.
Because of an increase in competitivity in the foodservice, supermarket and transport industries, customers are seeking products and solutions which provide them assurance that operators are maintaining the highest quality of perishable food items from farm to fork.
Retailers can also utilize Emerson Copeland Scroll™ digital compressors to improve “green” operations. They have digital modulation capabilities that allow for infinite capacity adjustments within specific modulation ranges. This means that instead of having to cycle on and off to match capacity, these compressors are capable of adjusting their output to precisely match a load.
Emerson’s supervisory controls are other tools that retailers can use to manage major refrigeration, lighting and HVAC systems. Supervisory controls grant powerful energy-efficient temperature and condition management capabilities through a user-friendly, dashboard-style interface that puts critical information at the users’ fingertips.
Looking ahead, the growing adoption of newer control technologies and the upgrading of older refrigeration systems will continue into the future as two primary means of achieving sustainability and energy efficiency. The combination of new systems with enhanced digital controls will serve as a way of further realizing energy efficiencies and additional cost savings.
Along with energy-efficiency improvements, retailers are simultaneously evaluating other sustainable practices such as: the use of natural refrigerants, implementing refrigeration leak detection, deploying advanced demand-reduction methods, and exploring energy storage potential and considering how to incorporate natural refrigerants.
More retailers are likely to challenge their previous decisions in these areas and learn about entirely new architectures in store controls, refrigeration systems and HVAC units that are capable of meeting overall sustainability challenges.
For more information, read the full article here.