Asda takes the racing line with Formula-1 cooling technology

The supermarket is to introduce energy efficient aerofoils to fridges in 187 of its stores

By Jonny Bairstow

Asda is to install energy efficient cooling technology inspired by Formula-1 racing cars in its fridges.

The supermarket has announced it will introduce aerofoils in 187 of its stores, a move it expects to reduce energy consumption from refrigeration by an estimated 17% and slash carbon dioxide emissions.

It says refrigerators are its largest consumer of power, often losing significant amounts of cold air as it leaks into the aisles, leading to a larger carbon footprint.

Aerofoils, which work similarly to the rear wing of a Formula-1 car, guide cold air down the fridge more efficiently, having the additional effect of increasing the shelf life of produce and reducing food waste.

Paul McAndrew, CEO of Aerofoil Energy, said: “It is great to see such a well-known and respected brand as Asda choosing to install aerofoils.

“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 Energy team.”