Supermarket Asda is to install F1-inspired Aerofoils in 187 of its supermarkets, with the aim of reducing electricity consumption from refrigeration by an estimated 17% and cutting CO2 emissions.
Many supermarket refrigerators lose significant amounts of cold air, creating inefficiencies that demand increased energy use. This leads to greater carbon emissions and colder aisles for shoppers.
The Aerofoil 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 uses aerodynamics to guide cold air down the fridge more efficiently, meaning fewer carbon emissions and warmer shops. Initial results from tests in the US also show an increased shelf life of produce, helping to reduce food waste.