Aerofoil Energy presents ground-breaking research into refrigeration doors

At the recent International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain, Aerofoil Energy presented the findings from its extensive research into the energy efficiency of refrigeration doors...


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Independent research confirms the benefits of Aerofoils

Research published in the International Journal of Thermofluids has confirmed the benefits of using Aerofoils to reduce the energy consumption in refrigerated display cabinets...


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Aerofoil Energy to build a new, ultra-efficient supermarket fridge

With the launch of COP26, Aerofoil Energy today announced that it will accelerate the prototyping and testing of its revolutionary Elite fridge...


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Aerofoil Energy - Results for 2020

Last year saw Aerofoil technology established in major overseas markets...


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• Tesco roll-out completed successfully
• Aerofoils now design specification for new cabinets
• Advanced trials with major international retailers
• Aerofoil Energy wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise
• Vortex technology moves into store trials

Revenues were boosted by Tesco roll-out:

We completed the roll-out of Aerofoils across Tesco’s estate on schedule despite the significant challenges of working in stores during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic and under commensurately tighter health and safety protocol.  Feedback from Tesco stores and management has been very positive, and we are now working with the retailer on our new technology programme.

OEM sales increased three-fold:

In addition to retro-fit projects, Aerofoils are now specified as design standard for new cabinets for Sainsbury’s, Asda, Tesco and Co-op.  Consequently, our sales to cabinet manufacturers alone has more than tripled in 2020, and is expected to continue to grow as more customers adopt Aerofoil technology going forward.

Business development for Aerofoils is increasingly focused on key international territories:

Having now captured ca. 80% of the addressable market for Aerofoils in the UK, our business development efforts are increasingly focused overseas on major international retailers.  We have appointed partners for key territories, who have proven a critical on-the-ground resource, initiating trials with several new customers and helping to accelerate our traction in these important markets.

Our Vortex programme moved into store trials:

Our Vortex technology suite includes several aerodynamic innovations, which can be incorporated into new cabinets by OEM suppliers to our existing clients.  These additional technologies significantly boost the energy savings achievable with Aerofoils.  Vortex cabinets are now in trial stores with the major UK supermarket chains.

Aerofoil Energy wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Her Majesty the Queen has today recognised Aerofoil Energy with a Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation...


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Revolutionising supermarket energy efficiency: inside Aerofoil Energy’s success story

In 2019, the UK Government passed legislation committing it to bringing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The first major economy in the world to do so...


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2020 Engineering & Technology Award for Sustainable Planet

The successful collaboration between Aerofoil Energy and Williams Advanced Engineering was acclaimed by the Institute of Engineering & Technology in its 2020 awards.


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BusinessGreen 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year

CEO of Aerofoil Energy, Paul McAndrew is the 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year in the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards.


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What does it mean to be an entrepreneur?

Nicholas Burke, Aerofoil Energy's Commercial Director, discusses his experience of backing a start-up enterprise and how it has coped with the COVID-19 pandemic...


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Aerofoil Energy - Results for 2019

We’re pleased to report another successful year, operationally and financially...


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Millionth Formula One fridge fitted in new Sainsbury’s store

Today Sainsbury’s opens its new store in Battersea Park Station, where Aerofoil Energy and Williams Advanced Engineering have fitted their milestone one millionth Aerofoil in the UK


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1,320 km

The distance we'll be travelling to and from EuroShop 2020, and the total length of all the Aerofoils we've sold so far...


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Aerofoils key sustainability technology at GreenBiz20

Among the technologies exhibited in Phoenix at this year's GreenBiz conference, Aerofoils stood out as offering a unique combination of energy efficiency, reduced product waste and lower carbon footprint...


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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...


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Aerofoils - 2019 Refrigeration Product of the Year

Aerofoil Energy were delighted to receive the Refrigeration Product of the Year at the 2019 RAC Cooling Awards, along with a special commendation in the Low Carbon category...


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2019 Refrigeration Product of the Year

Aerofoils were awarded the 2019 Refrigeration Product of the Year at the 2019 RAC Cooling Awards, along with a special commendation in the Low Carbon category.


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Tesco and Aerofoil Energy to revolutionise supermarket refrigeration

Tesco is joining forces with UK technology company Aerofoil Energy to transform the performance of refrigeration cabinets in its stores...


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Aerofoil Energy announces results for the year to Nov 2018

2018 was a year of exceptional achievement for Aerofoil Energy, operationally and financially, and provides a springboard for our continued rapid growth in the current year...


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Sainsbury's roll-out: mission accomplished!

Aerofoil Energy today installed the final Aerofoil in its roll-out across Sainsbury's estate...


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WHSmith chooses F1-inspired Aerofoils to save energy and reduce its carbon footprint

Leading high street brand WHSmith has chosen to fit Aerofoils to its open-fronted refrigerators in more than 430 of its travel stores...


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Aerofoils help Scotmid save energy and lower emissions

Community retailer Scotmid Co-operative have adopted aerofoil technology for their chilled food cabinets, a move that will deliver transformative savings in energy costs and carbon emissions as well as improving the retail experience for shoppers...


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SSP Group chooses F1-inspired, energy-saving aerofoils

SSP Group plc, the leading global travel retailer, has chosen the Formula One-inspired Aerofoil for its chilled food cabinets, in another major contract award for Aerofoil Energy.


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M&S chooses Aerofoils to save energy and carbon emissions

Marks and Spencer, the iconic UK high street retailer, has chosen to roll out Aerofoils, the Formula One-inspired energy saving device for open-fronted retail fridges from Aerofoil Energy Ltd.


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100 engineering ideas that have changed the world

Engineers have radically changed lives for the better over the years, solving problems, improving safety and contributing to the quality of life...


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John Austin-Davies joins Aerofoil Energy

Aerofoil Energy is delighted that John Austin-Davies has joined the team as our specialist technical advisor and a key member of our Vortex development group.


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Boots begins roll-out of aerofoils

Another major high-street retailer has selected aerofoils as its shelf-edge technology of choice.


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Vortex is here!

Our Vortex team has developed a suite of new energy-saving technologies, which we've already installed in over 125 stores.


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Aerofoil Energy's F1-inspired refrigeration technology on show

We're in Atlanta to bring aerofoil technology to supermarkets in the US.


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Asda adopt aerofoils

We're delighted that Asda are now rolling out aerofoils across their refrigeration estate.


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Aerofoil technology in finals for UK's top engineering award

Aerofoil Energy and Williams Advanced Engineering were finalists for the 2018 MacRobert award.


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Sainsbury’s to accelerate energy-savings in supermarket ‘first’

Sainsbury’s is the first UK supermarket to roll out revolutionary Formula 1 inspired aerofoil technology on fridges in the cold aisles across all of its stores...


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IET Innovation Awards - 2016 Winner

In collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, Aerofoil Energy proved its energy saving credentials yet again by winning the Horizontial Innovation category award at the prestigious IET Innovation Awards.


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Williams’ F1 technology provides energy savings on the high-street

A team of engineers from Williams Advanced Engineering have used their aerodynamics expertise to help UK supermarkets reduce energy and costs with a ‘rear wing’ design on their open fridges


Sainsbury's pledges £1bn to achieve net zero by 2040

Sainsbury’s has pledged to invest £1bn towards ensuring it achieves “net zero” carbon emissions by 2040.


Formula One spreads its wings to the supermarket

The technology that developed the wings which help keep Formula One race cars tight to the track has found its way to supermarkets in the U.K. and soon, in the U.S...


Company using F1 tech in supermarket fridges in line for top engineering prize

Aerofoil Energy, based in Cheshire, and Williams Advanced Engineering's successful collaboration has put them in the running for the 2018 MacRobert Award...


Williams harnesses Formula One aerofoil technology for fridges

In a room at the back of a 38,000 sq ft engineering facility at the Oxfordshire headquarters of the Williams Formula One team is a supermarket fridge...


Frosty supermarket aisles could become thing of the past thanks to new gadget developed for F1

If you've ever found yourself pulling your coat closer as you pick out your chilled goods, then this will come as very good news...


Why supermarket chiller aisles may soon not be so chilly

Have you ever gone food shopping on a lovely hot day only to be turned into an icicle walking past the supermarket's open chiller cabinets?...


Chilly supermarket aisles set to become history

Chilly supermarket aisles are about to become a thing of the past as Sainsbury's has designed new F1-style gadgets to stop cold air escaping from fridges...


Williams keeps it cool

How F1 technology ended up on supermarket shelves...


Best wing since sliced bread

You'll never be chilly in supermarket aisles again - and it's all thanks to the rear wings on Williams F1 cars...


Williams' F1 rear wing tech will feature in ... supermarkets

Sainsbury's uses aerofoil to keep fridges cold, aisles warm and energy consumption down...


Here's why Formula One engineering is invading supermarket aisles

They suck airplanes up into the sky. They help race cars speed around tight corners. And now airfoils are coming to the fridge aisle...

industry journals

Improving supermarket fridge efficiency with robots

A programme aimed at improving the energy efficiency of supermarket refrigeration cabinets is employing robots to emulate the real-world opening and closing of fridge doors...


Aerofoil Energy gifts energy saving technology to supermarkets

Aerofoil Energy, the company behind the energy-saving aerofoil shelf strip adopted by most UK supermarkets, is to provide free access to some 20 technology patents


Aerofoil Energy provides cabinet technology royalty-free to supermarkets

Shelf-edge technology firm aims to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 1 million tonnes


Sainsbury’s says its aerofoil fridges are a really cool way to reach net zero

The supermarket giant notes the innovative equipment delivers emissions savings of around 8,783 tonnes each year


Advanced aerodynamics and retail refrigeration

Walk into a supermarket or food outlet in any town, city, railway station or airport in the UK, and there is a strong chance you will see an Aerofoil...


Two U.K. Companies Enter U.S. With Energy-Saving Shelf Blades

At the FMI Energy & Store Development Conference in Dallas, Texas, two U.K. companies made their first appearance at the conference at tables in the exhibition hall...


WHSmith is latest to adopt Aerofoils

WHSmith is the latest retailer to adopt Aerofoil Energy’s shelf-edge technology to the open-fronted refrigerators in more than 430 of its Travel stores...


WHSmith adds F1 technology to travel stores

The retailer has added Aerofoil Energy’s shelf-edge technology in more than 430 of its travel stores...


Marks and Spencer and Scotmid Co-operative adopt aerofoil cooling

Both retailers have announced plans to adopt cooling technology based around Formula One engineering principles for their stores with aim to improve energy efficiency...


M&S to roll out energy-saving tech for its fridges

The devices guide cold air down the front of the fridge so it can be recirculated...


M&S to deploy aerofoil technology

Marks and Spencer is said to have chosen to roll out energy-saving Aerofoils on its open-fronted retail refrigeration units...


Marks & Spencer chooses Aerofoils to save energy and carbon emissions

Marks & Spencer, the iconic UK high street retailer, has chosen to roll out Aerofoils, the Formula One-inspired energy saving device for open-fronted retail fridges from Aerofoil Energy...


M&S adopts F1-inspired tech in fridges

Marks and Spencer is reducing the energy consumed by its fridges by using Aerofoils, the Formula One-inspired device from Aerofoil Energy...


Warm response to fluid dynamics

Technology that makes racing cars go faster is now saving energy in supermarkets and reducing the 'frozen aisle' effect often found near the chiller cabinets...


ASDA adopts energy-saving Aerofoils

Supermarket group Asda is set to adopt an energy-saving aerofoil device on refrigerated cabinets in 187 of its stores...


Sainsbury's to use aerofoil technology in all cold aisles

Retailer will be adopting chiller technology based around Formula One engineering principles in a bid to improve cost efficiency and customer comfort...


F1 takes to the aisles

In one of the more unusual examples of technology transfer, an aerofoil system is to be used to improve the efficiency of fridges at 1400 Sainsbury's stores...


Enhancing the performance of glass doors

Aerofoil Energy has been working closely with our partners to demonstrate how our technology works in tandem with glass door cabinets to significantly improve their energy-efficiency.


Why You Need Aerofoils

Our CFD model highlights the aerodynamic and temperature challenges arising in a typical open-fronted multi-deck fridge. Aerofoils are helping address these problems in over 3,500 stores.


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


MacRobert Award 2018 finalist

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.


The Institution of Engineering and Technology

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.


Claire Williams at CBI annual conference

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.