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Cooling is the most crucial and expensive part of a supermarket’s energy spending.
With the encentive platform and the demand response service we help to turn costs into revenue with no need of additional hardware!

The story of Jens Schwarz:

Jens Schwarz, project manager for energy efficiency at a food retailer, has been commissioned by his employer to examine possible energy efficiency measures.The aim is to save energy costs (after all, these are very high and the margins are generally low) and to promote the image of a sustainable company.

He has already been able to implement several smaller projects with his team (e.g.use of targeted LED lighting), but sees the greatest potential in the area of cooling systems.

High investment costs and difficult negotiations

The existing cooling systems are already somewhat outdated and therefore no longer meet the latest efficiency standards. The existing energy management system is also reaching its limits for further optimisation. Jens Schwarz therefore determines that replacing the refrigeration systems and refrigerated cabinets could greatly reduce energy costs. Moreover, this could be marketed well to the customer.

After presenting these plans to the management, however, Jens Schwarz is disillusioned to find that his plans face little approval from his employer. In particular, the size of the investment and the associated long payback periods were viewed very critically, as was the associated disruption to the operating business.

Jens Schwarz as an example for the whole industry

Jens Schwarz is not alone in facing this challenge:

According to a dena study (2020), energy efficiency and climate protection are judged to be important issues, if only for business reasons (cost savings and marketing). However, according measures are not self-perpetuating.

The study estimates that the biggest obstacles to the use of energy-efficient technology in food retailing are anchored primarily in the high investment costs and the associated long payback periods. Further points are that correspondingly extensive conversion measures interfere with the operational business and that the necessary resources are often not available to tackle the topic of energy efficiency in a structured manner.

There is therefore little incentive to invest in energy-efficient technology for cooling systems.

Back to Jens Schwarz: Few incentives for energy-efficient technology (?)

Jens Schwarz is annoyed. Everyone is always talking about sustainability, but there is no incentive in his industry to invest in truly energy-efficient technology. He is about to give up his ambitions in the field of refrigeration systems when he hears about a manufacturer of control systems that enables its customers to use encentive technology in their own refrigeration systems.

A technology that allows the LEH to use more renewable energy for the refrigeration systems and at the same time generate additional revenue. All without risk, extra effort or additional costs!

encentive bridges profitability and energy efficiency

For Jens Schwarz, this means:

With the encentive technology, he can align the sustainable approach with the business interests of his company without affecting the operational business.

The software-only solution can be easily incorporated into new systems and existing plants via an update, thus reducing payback times through the additional revenue.

The intelligent use of energy also enables quantifiable more renewable energy to be used. An important factor for sustainability strategy and marketing of his employer.

The management is in love with the solution and therefore decides to conduct a new energy efficiency strategy using the control system with the encentive technology!

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