nZEB: THE RESPONSE BY EPTA UK AND CO-OP

01/09/2016

A new successful collaboration between Epta UK and Co-op, leading United Kingdom retailer, for the creation of the Horwich retail outlet in Greater Manchester, a store featuring an innovative solution created in accordance with EU FP7 CommONEnergy project. This is a research project promoted by the European Union to transform supermarkets, often thought of as the paradigm of consumer societies, into concrete examples of energy efficiency and eco-sustainability, favoring the adoption of avant-guard methodologies and technologies.

The Contracting Team of Epta UK supplied the retail outlet with an exclusive solution based on EPTA ECO2-Small Transcritical Booster pack. This solution, designed by the Group for the CommONEnergy project, enables the building's refrigeration systems to be integrated and the heat to be reused by exploiting the properties of CO2 in an effort to transform stores into Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB), in compliance with Directive 2010/31/EU.

The installation is completed with George Barker personalised vertical cabinets with sliding doors Lion dedicated to fresh packaged products, wine and beer and Elephant negative vertical counters for ice-cream and frozen products. These refrigerated solutions with glass doors guarantee the maximum reduction of energy consumption and a superior efficiency, as well as ensuring a perfect visibility and a better conservation of the products on display.

This all-in-one solution is already enjoying very positive results and to date it has met and in some cases exceeded the expected performance from both the theoretical calculations, as well as those of the prototype unit. On yearly basis, calculations suggest it can generate extra energy saving of 21% and TEWI reduction of 57% compared to equivalent traditional systems that use HFC refrigerant gases.

 

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COMPLETELY NATURAL REFRIGERATION: EPTA WAS IN EDINBURGH FOR THE XII GUSTAV LORENTZEN NATURAL WORKING FLUIDS CONFERENCE 2016

01/09/2016

The Epta Group was a sponsor of the XII IIR Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluids Conference, which was held in Edinburgh at the new Conference Centre built for the occasion at the heart of the Heriot-Watt University Campus.

The Conference programme included 150 speeches, distributed throughout the three-day event, to examine the topic of natural refrigerants both in professional terms and on a purely scientific level. The numerous speakers included the following Epta Group staff: Daniele Mazzola, Epta System Engineering R&D, Maurizio Orlandi, Manager of the Epta Innovation Center and John Austin-Davies, Commercial Director of Epta UK and Fellow of the Institute of Refrigeration, who was also appointed as its Chairman for two technical sessions. The three papers illustrated by the Group contained experimental data on the use of cabinets with CO2 refrigeration units connected to a water loop, the analysis of results from an all-in-one transcritical CO2 solution that enables refrigeration systems to be integrated with a building’s own system and, finally, a study of the performances of transcritical CO2 systems with subcooling in hot and temperate climates.

This event of global significance focused on three main issues: the future of transcritical CO2 systems, the possibilities offered by the increase in the limit load of hydrocarbons and the technological evolution in natural refrigerant systems through subcooling.

The Conference was organised by the global organisation IIR International Institute of Refrigeration in collaboration with the Institute of Refrigeration UK, It brings together around 2,000 professionals working in the field, and constitutes a resource of primary importance for developing refrigeration technologies that promote the wellness of the public at large.

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LEGAMBIENTE REWARDS COSTAN FOR ITS COMMITMENT TO PROMOTING GREEN TECHNOLOGIES

13/08/2016

Costan has been awarded the Prize for Best Practices for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Mobility by Legambiente’s National Centre for promoting renewable sources. The ceremony took place during the 28thFestambiente, an international festival in the entrance to the Maremma Nature Park with 60,000 visitors each year.

This award is made to companies such as Costan which are committed to creating innovations offering the highest energy savings and carbon footprint reduction whilst saving resources. Costan also combines these important goals with a guarantee to enhance #FoodValue to the full, by designing cutting-edge systems that conserve and display foods to best effect while ensuring their quality is maintained.

Alvise Case, Energy Manager at Costan states: “We are very pleased to have received this award. It demonstrates the importance of the ongoing Research and Development investments made by the Epta Group. It is a strategy which allows us to offer Retailers the perfect “total solution” for a completely green store, regardless of its size. Countless solutions are available: they include the low energy impact refrigerated cabinets of the RevUP Family, the transcritical CO2 systems, the range of plug-in F-gas compliant products and the new EPTABlue 2.0 technology”. He concludes “One of the most ambitious goals reached in recent years involved optimising transcritical CO2 plant, which we can now use as a valid alternative to the traditional cascade system in warmer areas such as Central and Southern Italy. It is a radical shift, and one that has already enabled us to install over 40 Eco2Small and Eco2Large systems all over the country.

After the award ceremony, a debate entitled “The Energy Revolution to stop climate change” was held. It was coordinated by long-standing journalist Giancarlo Capecchi and saw the participation of high-profile speakers such as President Giuliano Amato, Under Secretary to the Environment Silvia Velo, Deputy Minister for Economic Development Ivan Scalfarotto and Edoardo Zanchini, National Vice President of Legambiente.

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EPTA AND CONAD TOGETHER FOR THE CLUSONE STORE

27/07/2016

Epta and Conad have embarked on a successful new partnership. Conad has placed its trust in Costan and Eurocryor’s experience to furnish the fresh and frozen foods area of the recently opened Conad Superstore at Clusone. The store includes solutions that combine outstanding efficiency with product enhancement and improved food safety.

In particular, the positive temperature vertical Costan GranVista cabinets and Elephant UP frozen food cabinets, the finest expression of the RevUP Family, were picked for presenting packaged items. Minimalist style and elegant transparency feature in these full-height refrigerated cabinets, guaranteeing the highest visibility of displayed products. As a result, they are perfect for the Brands preferred by consumers for a quick shop.

The meat area features the serve-over Bistrot cabinet by Eurocryor. Equipped with an exclusive Dynamic System, this show-stealer has been designed to heighten the appeal of the specialities on offer. Its innovative technology preserves meat so effectively it can be left in the Bistrot cabinet for several days without needing to be returned to  refrigerated storage overnight. At the same time, the meat retains its visual appearance and customer appeal.

The Bread & Pastry section is also worthy of note. Here, Eurocryor proposed Impact: a solution designed to suit the need to present fresh, self-service packaged products alongside ultra-fresh items which shoppers are served over the counter. All in a single cabinet with an outstanding appearance and unbeatably ergonomic design. In fact the height of around 1.30m makes it easier for staff members to refill the cabinet, whilst at the same time ensuring even consumers with limited mobility find it very convenient to use.

The range supplied is rounded off with the transcritical CO2 Eco2Large system, which makes it possible to incorporate the cooling system into the building’s H&V system. This ensures heat is entirely reclaimed and that the Epta Service telemonitoring system, operative h24 7/7, allows the system’s parameters to be regulated and energy consumption to be promptly rationalised.

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EPTA ANTICIPATES FUTURE TRENDS AT CHILLVENTA

22/07/2016

What is the future of refrigeration? What are the new ideas for natural refrigerants? Today Epta responds to the requirements of the future by presenting at Chillventa, along with the major experts from the sector, the driving forces behind innovation in the coming years. (Pad. 9 Stand 9-213)

Chillventa, the leading biennial fair for refrigeration, air-conditioning, ventilation and heat pumps, is scheduled to take place from 11 to 13 of October in the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre. It is an important opportunity for producers, associations and universities to to discuss and share best practices in the design of extremely efficient solutions that are geared towards ecosustainability. With more than 31,000 visitors expected and about 1,000 registered exhibitors, the three-day event, which is now in its fourth edition, looks set to be the most popular edition of all. Moreover, the exclusive Chillventa CONGRESS and the numerous meetings that have been organised, including the Refrigeration Forum, further contribute to the attractiveness of the event.

William Pagani, Group Marketing Director of Epta comments: “Chilliventa is a fair dedicated to the professionals of the sector and a prestigious international showcase for the latest solutions that were designed by our R&D department. In this regard, we will be offering new solutions with natural refrigerants to integrate refrigeration systems with heating, ventilation systems and the illumination of buildings” and he concludes “Chillventa will also be an occasion to present refrigerated cabinets and units that can combine a carbon footprint reduction with the highest level of food safety, to ensure a perfect preservation and display of foodstuffs, while maintaining its value. Finally we will be illustrating the advantages of Epta Service, that offers fully-comprehensive suppourt programmes to ensure first class advice for Customers.”

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EPTA MEETS THE QINGDAO DELEGATION

21/07/2016

On the 16 July there was an historic meeting between Marco Nocivelli, the CEO of Epta, and a delegation from the Chinese city of Qingdao in the Group’s headquarters in ‪‎Milan. It was a strategic meeting to illustrate the results of Epta’s factory in the Shandong peninsula to the Vice Mayor Zhang Deping and his Team and discuss the possibility of expanding the Group’s presence in the area.

Asia is a strategic market where the Company, which has two production sites in Qingdao and in Cha-Am in Thailand, aims to consolidate its position. In this regard the Group has recently upgraded the Qingdao plant to optimise the fluidity and efficiency of processes, while ensuring respect of the high qualitative standards that have always characterised the Group’s solutions in all its production hubs.

Marco Nocivelli, CEO of Epta commented: “We firmly believe in China’s potential for growth. It is for this reason that in 2009 we accepted the challenge and opened the plant in Qingdao. We are proud to announce that the results have been very positive and we are experiencing an encouraging growth trend that will enable us to improve our coverage of the Asian market and contribute towards the economic development of the city of Qingdao. I would like once again to thank Mayor Zhang Deping and the entire delegation for their visit and for the support that the city of Qingdao has always given us and which we are sure will continue to provide” and concluded “We are planning new investments in the Qingdao plant for the future and would like to invite there the Delegation so that they can continue to follow our progress.”

The Vice Mayor of Qingdao Zhang Deping congratulated Epta for its business and the Company’s important role in the area. He also described the Group’s Chinese premises as a prime example of the successful collaboration between Companies and the city of Qingdao in contributing to the development of the area as an advanced industrial hub.

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EPTA FRANCE WINS THE JANUS DE L’INDUSTRIE ONCE AGAIN FOR ITS #EPTAbricks

20/07/2016

Epta France has won the prestigious Janus de l’Industrie for the third consecutive year for its innovative #EPTAbricks. These are refrigerated lockers that can be installed along the route between people’s homes and workplaces, for example  in stations or in Company’s premises, to enable consumers to collect the fresh and frozen products they purchased on line from retailers’ websites. This is a revolutionary solution that guarantees to conserve items for more than 24 hours and enables retailers to get even closer to their Customers, while reducing their carbon footprint by eliminating home deliveries. Moreover, as a guarantee of the highest level of ergonomics and safety, the #EPTAbricks comply with the PMR and VIGIPIRATE regulations.

This year the ceremony in honour of the lauréats will be held at the Hôtel du Ministre and will be chaired by Matthias Fekl, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, who is responsible for International Trade, as well as the Promotion of tourism and French overseas. It is an opportunity to reward 16 original products in the Industry and Commerce sector, which include Epta France’s E-lockers.

Christian Le Gousse, General Manager of Epta France comments: «We are proud to have been awarded the exclusive Janus de l’Industrie for the #EPTAbricks project, a revolutionary solution we developed by integrating our expertise in commercial refrigeration with the skills of our new Pole for Digital Innovation. Specifically, it wasn’t just the design and production of the first refrigerated lockers that Epta dealt with in-house, as we also produced the dedicated software for the distance monitoring of the #EPTAbricks (ordering of the products and verification that the lockers are functioning correctly), the communication screen on the #EPTAbricks (for the collection process) and the interface program with the Retailers’ websites ». He concluded «It is a complete system that makes as the ideal partner for Retailers who are focused on a multi-channel approach in order to expand the potential of their businesses.»

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Thanks to Epta Argentina transcritical CO2 technology for subtropical climates conquers South America

14/07/2016

Epta Argentina completed the first installation of transcritical CO2 systems for subtropical climates in Latin America. One of the leading retail brands has turned to Epta for this major project involving a recently renovated store in Buenos Aires. Specifically, Epta Argentina provided with its brand Costan a turnkey solution with a minimum environmental impact that is in line with the sustainability policy promoted by its customer.

It was a significant challenge, won thanks to the combined efforts of Epta Argentina and the Group’s CO2 Training Centre in Great Britain that enabled to apply in South America the most technologically advanced solution available on the market.

Specifically, two tailor-made transcritical CO2 systems were installed with four medium to high temperatures compressors and three low temperature compressors. Epta Argentina, with its brand Costan, also dealt with the storage area, equipped with 2,100 m2 of TN and BT cold rooms, as well as with the fresh and frozen food aisles of the store. These were furnished with high energy efficiency solutions such as the Lion ECCO closed vertical cabinets, the Beluga 2 frozen food islands and the serve-over and self-service Piazzolla cabinets for fresh products and hot delicatessen.

The project was completed with Epta Service telemonitoring service, active 24h a day, 7 days a week, to ensure predictive diagnostics and targeted interventions to guarantee the maximum operational and energy efficiency.

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THE EPTA TRAINING CENTRE DEDICATED TO CO2 EXPERTS

01/07/2016

Epta has always been at the forefront in the design of innovative and forward thinking solutions, combining new technologies and a strong commitment to turnkey green systems with the potential to maximise store profitability. To support this approach, and share years of knowledge acquired designing and installing CO2 refrigeration systems around the world, Epta opened a training centre in Bradford, in the United Kingdom, in 2009.

The Epta CO2 Training Centre was created in response to the urgent demand from Retailers for systems using natural refrigerants which will not be phased out under the F-Gas Regulations. Use of these systems depends entirely on a fully trained network of installation and maintenance engineers certified to work with R744, which Epta is now able to support with R744 training courses for professionals both within and outside the Group.

In 2010 Epta training centre courses were certified by the prestigious British City & Guilds organisation, confirming the high standards of training on offer. To date more than 600 engineers have been trained in the CO2 Epta Training Centre, with practical and theoretical lessons in student’s native languages. Within the centre students are able to gain practical experience working with the most advanced CO2 transcritical, cascade and pumped systems, along with heat recovery.

 

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