Having become aware of the significant challenge within the supermarket sector to reduce costs and emissions associated with refrigeration, Wirth Research’s highly skilled team has focused on applying its world-leading CFD capability to develop the revolutionary WR EcoBlade™.
The WR EcoBlade™ is a simple, discreet, retrofit solution that fits onto the shelf-edge of multi-deck refrigerated cabinets. It features two transparent ‘blades’ that are designed to retain the flow of cold air within the multi-deck refrigerated cabinets, thus reducing wasted energy and ensuring a more comfortable in-store temperature for customers. The WR EcoBlade™ is simple to install – a store can be fitted overnight with no requirement for special equipment. When installed it has proved to have very little visual impact – customers have simply not noticed it is there. The WR EcoBlade™ is robust, simple to maintain and proven to withstand the rigours of in-store, everyday use. It is also designed to allow the ticket strip to be fitted to the outer surface, without compromising performance.
Laboratory tests and a three month, in-store trial of WR EcoBlades™, fitted to M&S ‘Brooklands’ cabinets, demonstrated significant electrical savings of up to 20%.
This figure does not recognise further indirect savings from the reduced store heating requirement. When fitted to other vertical (non-Brooklands) multi-deck designs, the WR EcoBlade™ demonstrated increased energy savings of more than 30% in testing.
This product also qualifies for the government’s Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA), allowing businesses to apply the entire cost of the equipment against taxable profits in the year of purchase. The payback period for the WR EcoBlade™ is already very attractive – qualifying for the ECA makes it even more so.