Foster has conducted a study into its latest +stayclear refrigeration condenser technology, comparing it to a traditional fin condenser.
The manufacturer reported that its system recorded 35.8% lower energy consumption and 28.6% lower compressor run time when 12 months old. Over the same period, a 16.3% reduction in airflow was documented on the cabinet fitted with +stayclear, compared to a reduction of 94.7% with the fin condenser.
Foster’s condenser has been designed to extend the period of efficient cabinet operation between cleaning cycles, saving both maintenance costs, and energy consumption.
It features an aerofoil tube design, said to achieve high heat transfer without the potential for blockage and efficiency loss commonly associated with the traditional “car radiator” style condensers.
Chris Playford, market and development director at Foster, said: “The incentive to develop the +stayclear came from a need to provide products that require less maintenance and achieve high levels of energy efficiency that is maintained during the life of the equipment, not only for a new certification test.
“Fundamentally the +stayclear helps to create sustained energy efficiencies for the entire refrigerator, meaning its working life is extended.
“As a traditional condenser blocks, it uses more energy no matter how energy efficient the refrigerator is, and this is a real problem for professional equipment which cannot afford downtime and is a big cost investment.
“With +stayclear the blockages just do not happen, so the lifetime of the refrigerator is increased, and its energy efficiency in everyday use is improved.”