After a decade-long test of secondary and cascade CO2 equipment, Food Lion is ready to run its first transcritical refrigeration system - in a warm climate, no less. In the cover story of the latest edition of Accelerate America, the company’s Susan Sollenberger and Wayne Rosa explain Food Lion’s journey.
Rosa, energy and maintenance manager for Food Lion, believes the company is ready for the next step. “We’re experienced with CO2 as a refrigerant in secondary and cascade systems,” he said. “We feel very comfortable with it.”
Food Lion has also had the benefit of learning from the transcritical refrigeration experience of its sister company, Hannaford Supermarkets. Fortunately for Food Lion and other food retailers testing the waters with transcritical systems, every component part is now rated for CO2 in the U.S., which was not the case when Hannaford installed its first system two years ago.
“If we can open the market to those European manufacturers, that would put more pressure on costs and help to reduce the initial cost of the system,” said Rosa.
“If (CO2 transcritical) it works there, it will work anywhere in Food Lion’s area,” said Rosa.
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