Asda opts for F1-inspired Aerofoil tech in stores
Asda is to install F1-inspired Aerofoils in 187 of its supermarkets as it looks to reduce energy consumption from refrigeration and slash CO2 emissions.
Aerofoil, a new device from Aerofoil Energy, is influenced by Formula One aerodynamics from Williams and is similar in appearance to the rear wing of a Formula One car. It guides cold air down the fridge more efficiently. Initial results from tests in the US also show an increased shelf life of produce, helping to reduce food waste.
“Like all the Walmart family, we’re committed to lowering our energy use, with a target of a 30% reduction in energy intensity by 2025 from our 2010 baseline,” says Brian Churchyard, Senior Manager for Construction Design Standards at Asda. “The roll-out of Aerofoils, alongside other initiatives we’re undertaking, such as moving to 100% LED sales floor lighting this year, will significantly help us in achieving this target, as well as improving the shopping experience for our customers.”
“The teams at Williams and Aerofoil Energy are delighted that Asda has recognised the benefits that installation of the innovative Aerofoil device can deliver to the company and its customers,” says Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering. “Using state-of-the-art aerodynamic capabilities here at Williams we have worked with Aerofoil Energy to design and develop Aerofoil to deliver multi-million pound energy savings, tons of CO2 emission reductions and an improved climate in stores for shoppers.”