Energy efficiency and low energy consumption in refrigeration equipment.
Find out the relationship between energy efficiency and low energy consumption in refrigeration equipment in this exclusive Fricon content. Discover solutions that reduce energy consumption by up to 55%.
The global market asks for solutions that guarantee a reduction in energy consumption in refrigeration equipment, but also that contribute to energy efficiency at the point of sale in the sense of environmental sustainability. How do these two concepts relate – energy efficiency and energy saving?
At Fricon we aim to be at the forefront of technological innovation in refrigeration and food preservation, so to help you understand the importance of this topic, in your life and in your business.
Energy consumption in refrigeration equipment
In the vast majority of commercial establishments, the highest operating cost is with the consumption of electrical energy associated with refrigeration systems. Depending on the equipment and its use, it can represent between 30 and 50% of the energy bill at the end of the month.
In addition to the economic and financial impact of energy consumption on a larger scale, the use of refrigeration equipment with low-efficiency technology has a direct and indirect impact on environmental sustainability requirements. Examples of these effects are the emission of greenhouse gases and the need for greater economic investments and natural resources for energy generation and distribution.
Faced with this reality, a dilemma arises: how to minimize the consumption of electricity, without having to decrease the operating capacity of the point of sale and improve environmental sustainability?
Energy efficiency: impacts far beyond energy savings
In view of this scenario, reference companies in the refrigeration sector are increasingly committed to the search for technological efficiency. However, the goal is not just a reduction in the energy consumption of equipment: the macro perspective of the energy efficiency of systems, buildings, processes, and equipment must also be taken into account:
- reducing the use of natural resources;
- reduction of greenhouse gas emission levels;
- rational use of energy equipment;
- less investment in energy production parks;
- awareness of sustainability.
In terms of energy efficiency, it is necessary to contemplate all of the above topics, but without reducing the competitiveness of companies. Note how energy saving in refrigeration equipment is just one of the goals to be achieved with the development of new energy-efficient technologies.
Technology combined with energy efficiency in refrigeration equipment
In general, compressors are the most responsible for energy consumption in refrigeration equipment. In this sense, Fricon maintains its prominent role in the search for technological innovations, having co-developed solutions that combine the Inverter (variable speed) and Bivolt systems.
The application of frequency inverters to drives and variable speed controls allows Fricon to develop equipment with lower consumption and greater energy efficiency.
While in conventional models the compressor turns off and on at its maximum consumption, generating high energy peaks and increasing energy consumption, the Inverter compressor is similar to the accelerator of a car. It decelerates when the cold demand is less and accelerates when there is a need for greater cooling.
The Bivolt technology, when applied to the Inverter compressor, allows it to work with a greater voltage amplitude (twice the conventional one), ensuring that the application will continue to work even with voltage peaks and unstable power lines.
See some of the benefits obtained with the simultaneous use of these two technologies, and the exclusivity of Fricon refrigeration solutions:
- Stability of the energy flow: the longer range of the operating voltage ensures operational stability, reducing the risk of damage and increasing the operating time (a longer life);
- Energy efficiency: the motor of the Inverter compressor has a variable speed, adjusting the energy according to the need for cooling, reducing electrical consumption;
- Economy: as the speed is less, the energy required is also less. Thus, consumption can be reduced by up to 55% when compared to similar systems;
- Sustainability: the natural refrigerant gas R-290 (propane), is the most efficient gas with the least environmental impact. Reduces energy consumption by approximately 12% compared to equipment with R404a gas.
We hope to have contributed to your better understanding of the relationship between energy efficiency and low energy consumption in refrigeration equipment.
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