The first-ever refrigerated display cabinets incorporating Adande Refrigeration’s new Aircell technology have been installed at a new Tesco Extra eco store in Lincoln.
Two 2.5 m refrigerated display cabinets have been installed at the store for the display of sandwiches, snacks and soft drinks.
Adande is best known for its refrigerated drawers, but the development of the Aircell system has taken it into the open multi-deck market.
Chairman, Nigel Bell, said the installation was an “important breakthrough” in the evolution of the technology.
The cabinets were manufactured by Manor Concepts under a licence agreement, with the Bedfordshire-based retail refrigeration specialist incorporating the Aircell system within its ‘Viper’ remote cabinet design.
It built a number of prototype models to make the project a commercial reality within a demanding time schedule.
Tesco’s head of refrigeration, Joe Gomez, said it viewed Aircell as a good fit with its environmental objectives.
“It affords shoppers unhindered access to merchandise for ease of shopping. We will be monitoring the cabinets’ energy consumption, product display temperature stability and the effect on cold aisle syndrome against key performance indicators as part of this trial installation.”
The Aircell concept avoids the need to fit physical barriers, such as glass doors, to the front of multi deck cabinets to achieve energy savings. It segments standard retail cabinets into a series of air flow managed cells with short air curtains.
Consequently, there is less pressure on the air curtain of each cell, resulting in a substantial reduction in cold air spillage from the case, so less energy is required to maintain the chilled temperature within the cabinet.