Exmouth supermarket tackles climate change with installation of racing car technology

A supermarket in Exmouth playing its part in tackling climate change is gearing up to install new racing car technology in a bid to reduce its greenhouse gasses.

Co-operative Food, in Brixington Lane, is one of 12 Southern Co-op retail stores in Devon and Dorset to improve refrigeration efficiency and reduce cold air being lost into the aisles, driving down greenhouse gas emissions.

The technology has been developed by motor racing engineer Wirth Research and is expected to ‘lead to significant reductions’ in CO2 emissions.

The system being installed in the Brixington Parade convenience store copies the same technique used to direct airflow efficiently around racing cars, the Southern Co-op said.

A Southern Co-op spokesperson said: “Southern Co-op is rolling out the technology in 12 retail stores in Devon and Dorset and using it to improve refrigeration efficiency and reduce cold air being lost into the aisles.

“The technology, developed by motor racing engineer Wirth Research, is expected to lead to significant reductions in CO2 emissions as it uses the same technique used to direct airflow efficiently around racing cars.

“The twin-bladed shelf-edge strips were initially trialled in 2020 and will now be rolled out to all Southern Co-op stores which have fridges without chiller doors.”

They added: “The new EcoBlade technology is expected to reduce refrigeration energy consumption by up to 25 per cent by acting as an invisible air curtain, keeping warm air out and cool air in.”

The food store company said it had set ‘ambitious targets’ in its quest to help protect the planet.

Projects in place to reduce Southern Co-op’s carbon footprint include sourcing electricity from renewable sources, installing LED lighting, movement sensors to control lighting in stockrooms and employee areas, doors for refrigeration, and solar photovoltaic panels.

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