The sushi company's processing plant is in London where it processes thousands of tons of raw fish, which it imports from Japan and supplies to a major retailer.
The client chose contractor Cold Control to supply a more efficient refrigeration solution. The contractor chose Bitzer Ecostar condensing units because of their high energy efficiency, reliability and small footprint.
“Given the scale of the installation in terms of power requirements, the importance of impeccable hygiene standards, and limitations for siting external plant, the Ecostar units offered an ideal solution. It enabled us to pack a lot of cooling power into a relatively small space, while significantly cutting the end user’s energy costs compared with conventional equipment.”
The ten Ecostar condensing units provide the cooling for preparation areas and cold rooms. Two standard size Bitzer condensing units serve a blast cooler and freezer room. In total, the cooling capacity of all the plant is 420kW.
It took three months to install the plant, and there was no disruption to the sushi company's existing operations.
The reason Bitzer's Ecostar condensing units are so efficient is a combination of the intelligent control system, which matches cooling output with demand precisely. This makes big savings on energy costs. The EC fans cooling the condensers make a big difference compared to traditional kit.
Cold Control estimates that the Bitzer Ecostar plant will save about 30% on the client's energy costs, which will have a big impact of the lifetime costs of the solution.
The contractor anticipates that they will need to install more Bitzer units in the near future as demand for sushi grows in the UK.
“We have worked with Ecostar units on a number of projects before, in particular on climatic test chambers for universities. These applications require very close control of parameters such as temperature and humidity. With its inverter drive and EC fan control, Ecostar delivers this and provides reliable, energy efficient cooling end users can depend on.”