Star launches energy usage benchmarking tool

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Published: 28 May 2019


Star Refrigeration has launched a benchmarking tool for cold storage businesses to compare their electricity usage against similar sites across the UK and Europe.

Industrial refrigeration systems use large amounts of energy and typically cost 7-10 times as much to run over their lifetime as they do to buy, according to the Food and Drink Industry Refrigeration Initiative report. In the cold storage sector, refrigeration is estimated to account for up to 90% of energy costs.
The ‘Chilling Energy Costs’ tool is able to benchmark the performance of a refrigeration plant vs industry standard and UK best practice guidelines. In order to benchmark their energy consumption against competitors, businesses must ensure they have details of their refrigeration system’s energy consumption and site volume.

David Wallace, director of sales at Star Refrigeration, said: “The cold storage energy consumption benchmarking tool is a quick and simple way to find out if you’re paying more than average on your annual energy bill. You will receive a detailed report demonstrating how your energy consumption compares with other users.

“With energy consumption playing such a huge part in a business’ annual spend, it makes sense to ensure everything is done to make a plant as efficient as possible. Not all actions require huge investment, we have found with many customers that simply altering set temperatures or regular maintenance can have a significant impact. As a company we strive for sustainability and pride ourselves on suggesting sensible solutions which help users save money and the planet.”

The calculator analyses data to give a detailed insight into how energy efficient a refrigeration plant is. If a user discovers their equipment is consuming more energy than most plants, and higher than the industry standard, Star Refrigeration can signpost a number of services which aim to increase efficiency and reduce energy bills.

The free benchmarking service is part of a wider Star strategy to increase awareness of energy consumption within the cold storage industry, with the end goal of reducing carbon emissions and energy costs.

The tool will be launched at Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution Show, which will take place on 25-26 June in Peterborough. Star is sponsoring the event and will be at stand B24, sharing industry knowledge with two presentations as part of the conference programme.

Find out more about the TCS&D Show and register to attend at: https://www.tcsdshow.com

To find out more about Star Refrigeration, visit http://www.star-ref.co.uk