Refrigeration in supermarkets: What will today’s choices cost you tomorrow?

People’s concerns are changing. Increasingly aware of environmental issues, they are no longer just simply seeking to satisfy a physical need but are placing increasing emphasis on the transparency and responsible behaviour of the companies they choose.


Now it is time for retailers to commit to their
consumers and to keep to the commitments
they make. Supermarkets
are increasing their eco-responsible initiatives
to respond to these new trends.

The energy consumption of refrigeration systems
is a key issue, accounting for around 60%
of a retailer’s electricity bill.




Modelling eco-efficiency


To help the retail sector with this issue, new eco-efficient solutions are available that allow costs associated with thermodynamic installa­tions to be optimised. Current market regula­tions require retailers to move towards new low- GWP solutions and to enhance their systems to avoid energy loss. Investing in reliable and safe installations at a lower cost is the best way to reduce energy consumption.


Which factors really have a significant influence on the total cost of ownership and the overall carbon footprint, and which are less important?


To help you make this decision, our Climalife experts can provide you with a realistic sim­ulation using an objective decision support tool developed by Honeywell.


Validated by the Cemafroid institute to simulate the investment cost of an installation, this tool takes into ac­count both the environmental impact (TEWI) and the financial impact (CAPEX and OPEX) over the long term.




Making an eco-efficient choice for its refrigeration production, taking into account all the parameters


With this eco-efficiency model you get a tai­lor-made result depending on your environ­ment, the design of the refrigeration system, the choice of refrigerant, the surface area of your shop and all its specifications.

The tool goes even further and anticipates price fluctuations of various parameters in your simulation such as electricity price, refrigerant price, carbon tax and leakage rate.









The IoT (Internet of Things) for refrigeration


To ensure the sustainability of your choice and to go further in an environmental and mainte­nance cost optimisation approach, the analysis and monitoring of data from thermodynamic installations is essential. In the cold chain, re­frigerant leaks have a considerable economic and environmental impact on the company.


Whatever the refrigerant used, Matelex offers a connected solution that continuously meas­ures, analyses and optimises the performance of an installation.


The new “Sentinelle” platform, developed for the needs of the refrigeration industry, offers an overview of the status of refrigeration in­stallations and enables proactive and rapid management of irregularities such as leaks and changes in energy consumption thanks to its range of alerts, advice and settings available in real time and remotely.


It supports refrigeration professionals in man­aging their installations by providing them with a global view of the equipment, which is con­stantly updated. At a glance, you have a view of the level of refrigerant in an installation, its operation and access to practical advice.




This platform is powered by a series of sensors positioned on the installation which continu­ously capture essential operating data. This data is analysed and processed to provide a long-term optimisation plan for the system.

Matelex goes a stage further and supports its customers step by step by offering remote assistance during an intervention thanks to a virtual interaction between its engineers and those working in the field.

Thanks to this digital platform, the information provided in real time significantly increases the performance of installations and meets the economic and environmental challenges of the refrigeration industry.





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