CO2 Refrigeration Systems Presented at FMI Energy Conference
Mr. Singh joins executives from Target, Sobeys and Fresh & Easy to discuss end user experience with CO2 based refrigeration system.
Maple Grove, MN: Grocery retailers can reduce energy cost and help protect the global environment by operating refrigeration systems that use carbon dioxide (CO2) rather than more commonly used refrigerants. This will be the topic of a presentation at the FMI Energy and Store Development Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 12.
In contrast to CO2 systems, most other refrigeration systems appear much more likely to increase the risk of global climate change by releasing chemicals that tend to trap heat within earth’s atmosphere.
The presentation at FMI will include Abtar Singh, President of Singh360 Inc., and executives from Target Corporation, Sobey’s Inc., and Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market. Participating speakers will discuss their experience with CO2-based refrigeration systems.
Specifically, Singh will discuss the latest trends in the use of CO2 refrigeration in North American supermarkets.
“Supermarkets have been using a class of refrigerants known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFC’s). The problem is, these HFC’s have very high global-warming potential (or GWP). These days the industry is more inclined to use refrigerants with a lower GWP. CO2 is a natural refrigerant and also has one of the lowest GWP. For these reasons CO2 is becoming an obvious choice in the industry,” Singh said. “Although CO2 systems are widely used in Europe and Australia, supermarkets in the States are in the early stages of adoption. Many retailers have questions about their use, cost and maintenance.”
Singh will co-present on a panel with Paul Anderson, Group Manager – Engineering, Target Corporation, Rod Peterson, National Procurement Manager of Sobeys Inc., and Tom Hutchinson, Energy Consultant for Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market.
What : 2012 Energy & Store Development Conference
Where : Phoenix, Arizona
When : Wednesday, Sept 12, 2012
About Singh360 Inc
Singh360 Inc. helps retailers understand the facts related to switching to a CO2-based refrigeration system so they can make good decision in implementing the technology. Singh360 is a full-service consulting firm that specializes is facility management. The firm is independent of suppliers of energy commodities or equipment. The company provides counsel from the client’s perspective and is objective in recommending the best solutions for the client’s goals in energy and maintenance management.
The services of Singh360 include the following:
- building-envelope assessments
- complete mechanical and electrical design (including HVAC, lighting and refrigeration systems), and
- renewable energy evaluations for both new and existing buildings.
The firm uses computer modeling tools such as eQUEST and Singh’s internally developed custom refrigeration models in all analyses. The models consider historical hourly weather data for the locations. They also recommend options based on utility rate structures (including real-time pricing, time of use [or TOU] rates and fixed rates) for the location.
About the FMI Conference
The FMI Energy and Store Development Conference provide an opportunity for retailers to learn about energy-management trends in the food retail industry.
For more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Abtar Singh, please contact Singh360.
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