Refrigerated Solutions Group (RSG) and energy management firm Budderfly have completed an energy efficiency pilot across two Subway stores that could save quick service restaurants thousands of dollars in annual running costs.
Both of the locations tested the Capsule Pak ECO, a new, self-contained refrigeration system for indoor walk-in coolers and freezers that is produced by the manufacturer, which owns the Master-Bilt and Norlake brands.
Findings from the pilot show that the system can save QSRs an average of 50% on their walk-in refrigeration unit’s energy bills, and more when combined with Budderfly’s energy efficiency as a service (EEaaS) solutions.
For the pilot, Budderfly replaced legacy refrigeration systems, made up of multiple motors and controls, with new Capsule Pak ECO systems at two Subway locations in Woodbridge and Southport, Connecticut.
At the Woodbridge location, the systems were installed in the cooler and freezer; at the Southport location, the cooler’s existing Capsule Pak was replaced with a new Capsule Pak ECO system.
The patent-pending design uses efficient component parts and R290 as a natural refrigerant to deliver eco-friendly cooling solutions. It is also simple to install and requires 20% less space than legacy systems.
“We are extremely pleased with the successful pilot results in Connecticut,” said Dan Hinkle, Chief Commercial Officer of RSG. “We are also very excited to be working with a company like Budderfly, who is dedicated to providing the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient solutions.”
RSG plans to work with Budderfly in a number of locations in the coming months to deliver cost-savings and emissions-reductions benefits to QSRs and foodservice businesses across the country.