Tesco and Aerofoil target cabinet transformation

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Published: 18 July 2019


Tesco is working with UK technology company Aerofoil Energy to transform the performance of refrigeration cabinets in its stores via the application of Formula One-derived aerodynamics.

The roll-out of Aerofoils in Tesco supermarkets throughout the UK and Ireland represents the largest adoption of shelf-edge technology to date. Tesco will also adopt Aerofoil Energy’s Vortex technology for its new fridges, with the aim of delivering energy and carbon emissions savings to rival that of cabinets with glass doors.
The Aerofoil uses aerodynamics developed with Williams Advanced Engineering to guide cold air more efficiently down the front of the fridge. This stops cold air being lost from the cabinet, resulting in lower energy use, fewer carbon emissions and warmer aisles in stores.

Vortex is the future-fridge technology project of Aerofoil Energy.  Using advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling with technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering, Aerofoil Energy’s Vortex technology  is applicable to both existing and new-build refrigerated cabinets.

Paul McAndrew of Aerofoil Energy said: “Rolling out Aerofoils across an estate the size of Tesco’s will have a tangible impact on energy consumption at a national level and confirms Aerofoil Energy as the number one choice for shelf-edge technology.  But that’s only half the story – adopting our Vortex technology for Tesco’s new-build cabinets will set a new standard for energy and temperature performance in supermarket refrigeration.”

Craig Wilson, managing director of Williams Advanced Engineering, said: Our mission is to deliver inspired engineering for a sustainable future and it is great news to see the adoption of this technology by such a respected global retailer.”

Sainsbury's, Asda, Boots, M&S, Scotmid Co-op and WH Smith are among the retailers who also use the Aerofoil technology. Aerfofoil Energy says it has supplied more than 960,000 units for 21 retailers worldwide.