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Aerofoil Energy completes M&S roll-out

In January 2019, M&S awarded a contract to Aerofoil Energy for the supply of Aerofoil Shelf-Edge Technology for installation in fridges across its food retail estate...

07-Oct-19

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The contract represented another major endorsement of Aerofoils in the grocery sector and another iconic retail client for Aerofoil Energy.  M&S viewed the project as an opportunity to make radical reductions to its energy bill and CO2 emissions, as well as improving aisle temperatures for its colleagues and customers.

Key facts:
Stores fitted: 505
Micro-Aerofoils installed:  349,500
Aerosteers installed:  41,300
Project duration:  Feb 19 to Jun 19
Total installation time: 21 weeks
Manufacturing suppliers:  6

Programme Innovations:

As part of the programme, M&S deployed three new technologies from Aerofoil Energy’s Vortex development project.  Aerofoil Energy firstly created the ‘micro-Aerofoil’ to accommodate M&S’ own ticketing specifications, as well as providing an enhanced visual impact and improved customer journey.  M&S also adopted Aerofoil Energy’s patented ‘Aerosteer’ product, which improves the coherence of the fridge's cold air curtain at its origin.  The third innovation for the project was Aerofoil Energy’s snap-fit bracket, which is installed securely in seconds and has saved M&S significant logistical costs during the roll-out process.

Programme Benefits:

Based on earlier successful trials, M&S set exacting targets for energy reduction and heightened expectations for other benefits such as warming up the store aisles for colleagues and customers.  Having now been installed across 505 M&S stores, Aerofoils have delivered a reduction in CO2emissions of over 3,500 tonnes per year and an average increase in aisle temperature of 1.8 degrees Celsius.

Sacha Berendji, Retail, Operations and Property Director of M&S, said: “We set ambitious objectives for the Aerofoil project in terms of reducing the energy consumption and associated environmental footprint of our food stores.  Aerofoils significantly outperformed alternative shelf-edge technology in our laboratory trials and we are seeing energy savings in practice that are fully in line with expectations.  The Aerofoil roll-out has also led to significantly higher aisle temperatures, improving the store environment for both our colleagues and customers.  Overall, we are delighted with the technology and our ongoing relationship with Aerofoil Energy.”

Paul McAndrew, CEO of Aerofoil Energy, said: “That Aerofoil Energy’s technology saves a significant amount of energy is now acknowledged across the retail sector.  What is particularly pleasing about the M&S project is the great feedback about the positive impact that Aerofoils are having on the store environment for staff and shoppers alike.  We are continuing our collaboration with M&S as part of our Vortex future-fridge technology project, which will deliver further energy solutions for its refrigerated estate and an even better experience for customers.”

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press articles

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videos

Out of the Cold

The BBC's One Show highlights how Formula 1 technology from Aerofoil Energy and Williams Advanced Engineering is saving energy for UK supermarkets

17-Oct-19

 

MacRobert Award 2018 finalist

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology

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