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Tesco to transform in-store fridges with Formula One technology

The UK’s largest retailer, Tesco, is adopting Formula One-derived aerodynamics in its stores to boost the efficiency of its refrigeration cabinets.

The grocer has teamed up with Aerofoil Energy to install the UK technology company’s Aerofoils in supermarkets throughout the UK and Ireland. Tesco will also adopt the manufacturer's Vortex, which is described as future-fridge technology that can save energy and reduce carbon emissions.

Aerofoil Energy says the energy savings Tesco will make from using the technology on its open fronted fridges will rival that of fridges with glass doors.

Using aerodynamics developed with Williams Advanced Engineering, the tech services division of Formula One constructor Williams Group, cold air can be guided more efficiently down the front of the fridge. The process results in less cold air being lost from the unit and warmer aisles, hence the promised energy savings.

Paul McAndrew, managing director 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.”

He added that adopting the Vortex technology for Tesco’s new-build cabinets “will set a new standard for energy and temperature performance in supermarket refrigeration generally”.

The technology company said the Aerofoils are manufactured in Britain from 100% recycled aluminium, which itself is a fully recyclable material. 

Sainsbury’s, Asda, and Marks & Spencer are among the retailers already using the technology in their UK stores.

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