Food distribution and cold storage companies operate facilities which span multiple regions, often across North America. Whether broadline or specialty, these companies operate networks of unique facilities for their customers, continuously moving and storing food products while maintaining facilities which have closely monitored and managed environments. Refrigerated and frozen storage facilities have large energy footprints and driving energy efficiency can deliver them a competitive operating cost advantage.
Groom Energy’s team has performed energy assessments and implemented projects in over thirty-seven US States, Canada, & Australia representing over 2.5 billion cubic feet of storage space. For cold storage facilities, Groom engineers have identified a two step opportunity for energy efficiency – first applying LED lighting, which operate only when occupied thereby reducing energy and cooling loads and second, adding variable frequency drives to refrigeration systems, which optimize the resulting lower cooling load requirement. This two step process can reduce energy cost by 50% or more.