DAAS, a division of Italian OEM Epta that provides turnkey retail projects in Romania, has agreed to a new installation of Epta’s transcritical CO2 technology at a refurbished store in Timisoara, at the Aushopping Sagului shopping center. 

The installation is the sixth pilot project of theLife C4R (Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration) project. Co-funded by the EU, Life C4R was created to accelerate the implementation of very-high-efficiency CO2 refrigeration systems as a way of reducing GHG emissions and cutting energy. It officially ended in July.

The system to be installed is the Epta Eco2Large pack, a transcritical CO2 system of medium and low power, withthe efficiency-enhancingFTE 2.0 system on board, pre-tested and pre-installed.

“FTE 2.0 is ideal in all weather conditions, and thanks to the system of heat recovery, remote monitoring by Eptaservice 24/7, and the Costan chilled cabinets selected, it reduces the carbon footprint of the store,” said Epta.

The system will provide a 10% reduction in energy consumption, and a saving of 78,239 kWh/year, compared to a corresponding system using R404a, said Epta. This is equal to 84,759 fewer washing machine cycles/year or 3,015 fewer small cars traveling 10,000 km (6,214 miles) per year for a decade.

The cabinets to be installed include the chilled units of the GranFit family; the vertical GranBering units for frozen products; semi-verticals with cascading shelves, both open (GranSibari) and closed (GrandValdaj) for beverages; and the vertical closed GranVista Next for fresh products. In addition, DAAS has proposed the closed version of GranVista Next for rear cabinets in the serve-over area for cured meats and cheese. 

 In July, Epta hosted a webinar in which other food retailers who participated in the Life C4R project reported energy savings and other benefits associated with installations of transcritical CO2 (R744) equipment in warm ambient climates.

In the webinar, representatives of three European retailers – Conad Centro Nord, Consum and Mega Image – discussed the installations of Epta’s transcritical CO2 equipment, notably systems using the FTE (Full Transcritical Efficiency) 2.0 and/or ETE (Extreme Temperature Efficiency) technologies.

“FTE 2.0 is ideal in all weather conditions.”


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