John is highly respected as one of the most experienced and technically accomplished engineers in the refrigeration industry. In 2018 John was awarded the prestige RAC Gold Award for his lifetime contribution to tackling major environmental issues in the cooling and refrigeration industry.
Following his career at the Epta Group, he has set up his own refrigeration consulting business, JAD ICE Ltd, and is advising OEM's and retailers on the latest HVAC technology, whilst continuing to support Epta Group initiatives.
Paul McAndrew CEO of Aerofoil Energy said
"Having John as our specialist technical advisor is a huge bonus for Aerofoil Energy. John brings unrivalled expertise and is one of the few people in the industry who command complete respect from OEMs and retailers alike. It's a great opportunity for us to accelerate our product development pipeline whilst benefiting from John's experience."
John Austin-Davies said
"During my years at Epta I have seen many new technologies emerging, including the products introduced by Aerofoil Energy where I have first hand test experience. It has been fascinating to see the technology grow into a market-leading energy solution now adopted by the top UK retailers. Aerofoils have been a game-changer in the refrigeration industry and I am looking forward to driving further technological innovation as part of the development team at Aerofoil Energy and Williams Advanced Engineering."
*Vortex is Aerofoil Energy's technology pipeline and has developed a suite of ground-breaking technologies that are already transforming the refrigeration industry. The Vortex team comprises highly-skilled experts with over 150 years of combined industry expertise, and deploys some of the world's most advanced R&D technologies including high-fidelity computational-fluid-dynamic modelling and independent EN23953 laboratory testing.
Boots begins roll-out of aerofoils
Another major high-street retailer has selected aerofoils as its shelf-edge technology of choice.
Boots UK Limited has a major food-to-go offering across its stores. Many of its fridges are fitted with glass doors, but aerofoils are now delivering energy savings to the customer-friendly open fridges best suited to narrow isles with high customer traffic.
We'll be fitting over 100 Boots stores with aerofoils by the end of 2018.
Vortex is here!
Our Vortex team has developed a suite of new energy-saving technologies, which we've already installed in over 125 stores.
In the UK alone, nearly 2,000 supermarkets and convenience stores are already using aerofoil technology, making Aerofoil Energy one of the fastest-growing and innovative technology companies in the UK. The unprecedented success of aerofoil technology now enters a new phase with the launch of VORTEX.
What is VORTEX?
The team that invented aerofoils has again partnered with Williams Advanced Engineering to deploy some of the world’s most advanced R&D technologies, including high-fidelity computational-fluid-dynamic modelling and independent EN23953 laboratory testing. The VORTEX team comprises highly-skilled experts with over 150 years of combined industry expertise. They have been working quietly behind the scenes for the last three years on the VORTEX project and have developed a suite of ground-breaking technologies that are already transforming the refrigeration industry.
– That’s right, VORTEX technology is already here! –
We’ve already completed extensive laboratory and field trials, and this year Aerofoil Energy has installed VORTEX technologies in over 150 UK supermarkets. VORTEX is now being used in three major supermarket chains in the UK.
- virtually eliminate cold air spill from fridges;
- eradicate product hot spots; and
- significantly narrow temperature banding.
VORTEX technologies can therefore:
- reduce energy consumption by up to 52%;
- extend food shelf life, reducing food waste and associated revenue loss;
- create warmer aisles, increasing customer comfort whilst simultaneously lowering heating bills;
- reduce refrigeration duty and lower the cost of new plant; and
- provide a genuine alternative to glass doors.
VORTEX technologies can be retrofitted now to existing refrigeration estates. We have also worked closely with some of the world’s leading case manufacturers to ensure VORTEX technology can be applied to new-build fridges. VORTEX technologies make for a compelling investment case, and can deliver a negative payback period with savings going straight to the bottom line from day one.
Asda adopt aerofoils
We're delighted that Asda are now rolling out aerofoils across their refrigeration estate.
Supermarket Asda has today announced that it will install F1-inspired Aerofoils in 187 of its supermarkets, reducing energy consumption from refrigeration by an estimated 17% and slashing CO2 emissions.
Refrigerators are the largest consumer of power in supermarkets and, in their present design, lose significant amounts of cold air, creating inefficiencies that demand increased energy use. This leads to greater carbon emissions and colder aisles for shoppers.
Aerofoil, a new device from Aerofoil Energy, is influenced by Formula One aerodynamics from Williams and is similar in appearance to the rear wing of a Formula One car. It uses aerodynamics to guide cold air down the fridge more efficiently, meaning substantially fewer carbon emissions and warmer shops. Initial results from tests in the US also show an increased shelf life of produce, helping to reduce food waste.
“Like all the Walmart family, we’re committed to lowering our energy use, with a target of a 30% reduction in energy intensity by 2025 from our 2010 baseline, said Brian Churchyard, Senior Manager for Construction Design Standards at Asda. The rollout of Aerofoils, alongside other initiatives we’re undertaking, such as moving to 100% LED sales floor lighting this year, will significantly help us in achieving this target, as well as improving the shopping experience for our customers.”
Aerofoil has won multiple awards recognising its innovative nature and was most recently a finalist with the Royal Academy of Engineering for their MacRobert Award, the UK’s most prestigious and longest-running engineering prize.
“The teams at Williams and Aerofoil Energy are delighted that Asda has recognised the benefits that installation of the innovative Aerofoil device can deliver to the company and its customers,” said Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering. “Using state-of-the-art aerodynamic capabilities here at Williams we have worked with Aerofoil Energy to design and develop Aerofoil to deliver multi-million pound energy savings, tons of CO2 emission reductions and an improved climate in stores for shoppers.”
Aerofoil Energy worked closely with Williams Advanced Engineering to refine the original Aerofoil concept, using Williams’ proven expertise in aerodynamic design and testing from four decades of success in Formula One racing. Williams’ Advanced Engineering division uses computational fluid dynamics to model and simulate new designs before testing them at the Williams technical facility in Oxfordshire.
“It is great to see such a well-known and respected brand as Asda choosing to install Aerofoils,” said Paul McAndrew, CEO of Aerofoil Energy Ltd. “From an idea I had a few years ago, through working with Williams to refine and produce it, to now seeing Aerofoils in operation in supermarkets, this is a proud day for me and the Aerofoil team.”
Aerofoil Energy's F1-inspired refrigeration technology on show
We're in Atlanta to bring aerofoil technology to supermarkets in the US.
British company Aerofoil Energy is in Atlanta to bring Formula 1-inspired technology to supermarkets in the US. At the Energy and Store Development Exhibition in Atlanta, Aerofoil Energy will show-case its innovative new device – the Aerofoil – developed in association with Williams Advanced Engineering (part of Williams F1). Attached to open-fridge shelves, Aerofoils direct cold air more efficiently down the front of the fridge, preventing it from spilling into the aisles. As well as saving up to 30% on energy costs and CO2 emissions, Aerofoils create a more pleasant customer experience. Available as retro-fit and for new-build cabinets.
Earlier this week, UK retailer ASDA (part of the Walmart family) announced plans to install Aerofoils across 187 of its stores. Confidential store trials are already under-way with several US retailers.
Paul McAndrew, Chief Executive Officer of Aerofoil Energy said: “Aerofoil is proving a great success in the UK. Taking an innovation from our company and combining it with the aerodynamic expertise at Williams, we are improving product shelf-life and significantly enhancing refrigeration efficiency. Aerofoil can thus pay for itself in just a few days, with energy improvements helping companies reduce their carbon footprint.”
Aerofoil-energy has won multiple awards in recognition of its innovative nature. Most recently, it was a finalist for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award, the UK’s most prestigious and longest-running prize for engineering.
Williams Advanced Engineering and Aerofoil Energy were selected as a MacRobert Award finalist for their aerodynamic shelf-edge technology 'aerofoils', which significantly reduce energy consumption in supermarket and convenience store fridges.
Describing how aerofoils can assist in reducing energy consumption in supermarket refrigeration, Paul McNamara and Ian Turner discuss how Williams Advanced Engineering has assisted Aerofoil Energy in its product development.
Williams F1 racing deputy team principal Claire Williams gives her take on the first CBI annual conference she's attended, how Williams plans for success and the business partnerships that take formula 1 technology and innovation from the track to the supermarket aisle.
The cutting-edge technology behind Formula One cars isn't limited to the racetrack. Engineers at F1 team Williams adapt much of their expertise to help industry. And this aerofoil device could help supermarkets make big energy savings, says technical director Paul McNamara.