The efficient and environmentally-friendly ESyCool green energy solution from Viessmann Kühlsysteme GmbH has been awarded the German Innovation Prize for Climate and Environment, or IKU (Innovationspreis für Klima und Umwelt) for short.
The IKU Award is presented every two years by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, as well as the Federal Association of German Industry.
It awards prizes to innovations from industry and research that showcase new approaches in the field of climate and environmental protection.
The ESyCool green solution, which was developed by Viessmann in cooperation with discount retailer Aldi Nord, took first place in the category 'Process innovations for climate protection'.
Joachim Janssen, Co-CEO of the Viessmann Group, received the award in Berlin from Jochen Flasbarth, Secretary of State for Environment.
"This award encourages us to continue in developing sustainable energy solutions for the benefit of future generations,” said Janssen.
The new type of refrigeration and heat supply for supermarkets not only reduces energy consumption, but also significantly reduces CO2 emissions.
With ESyCool green, so-called 'zero-emission stores' can be realised – one of the major sustainability goals of food retailing.
“We are very pleased with the award and it underscores once again how innovative our solution is," said Frank Winters, CEO of Viessmann Refrigeration Solutions.
"It boasts features that are unique on the market – especially in terms of ice energy storage.”
The main focus of ESyCool green (Energy System for Cooling applications) is on refrigeration, which accounts for more than 50% of a supermarket's electricity consumption.
The fact that the environmentally-friendly ESyCool green energy solution also works in practice has been proven by the cooperation with Aldi Nord, with pilot projects in several of the retailer's branches.
After two years of intensive testing, there are signs of a significant reduction in electrical energy consumption, but also in total store CO2 emissions.
For more information, visit cooling.viessmann.com.
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