There is a general consensus that the higher the energy savings, the lower the price we pay for it, as well as the negative environmental impact generated. Additionally, there is a growing global demand to reduce energy consumption and refrigeration accounts for about 15 per cent of this share. As a result, small improvements are no longer enough to save this resource, significant changes are needed in how refrigeration equipment, that integrate households and commercial environments, are designed.
Based on the worldwide need to reduce energy consumption Embraco developed Variable Speed Technology 20 years ago, a clear example of how the company uses research to make its solutions more efficient. Developed initially for the household refrigeration market, more recently the technology has become part of the company’s portfolio for the commercial segment.
“We look at refrigeration from the perspective of the consumers who want well-preserve food and lower energy bill at the end of the month. This is what we intend to deliver: a cooling experience with high technology that helps save money,” exemplifies Dietmar Lilie, a master researcher in Embraco and one of the leading names behind Fullmotion technology.
The solution was the first in the refrigeration industry to present Inverter technology that allows the compressor to adapt its capacity according to the cooling needs of the freezer or refrigerator. The electronic inverter interprets temperature fluctuations inside the equipment and sends signals to the compressor to adjust its speed and reach the desired temperature more quickly and efficiently.
According to Dietmar, this technology has revolutionised the market because it optimises cooling capacity according to the refrigerator’s need, which reduces energy consumption by up to 40 per cent, depending on the refrigeration system in which it’s applied. In addition, the solution greatly improves food preservation, which is better conserved due to lower temperature oscillation. “This provides a better quality of life to people,” summarises the researcher.
Fullmotion is the result of 10 years of research in Embraco, from filing the first patent in 1989 until its launch. It’s the solution that raised the parameters of the global refrigeration industry in pursuing more energy efficiency, comfort and better food conservation. Embraco has been increasing its energy efficiency gains by close to 5 per cent between each generation launched: the first model – the VEM – to one of the most recent – the VESF – there has been a 32 per cent energy consumption improvement of the compressor.
To better illustrate the energy savings generated, Embraco did the math: it added all Fullmotion compressors sold in the last 10 years and calculated an energy saving equivalent to 9 billion KWh when compared to conventional compressors. This amount of energy could supply, for example, all Croatia for six months.
The technology was also the first to enable the use of natural refrigerants, revealing Embraco’s pioneering in adopting these fluids, which contribute to increasing energy efficiency in the refrigeration system and generating less harmful impacts to the environment.
In the commercial segment, the most recent launch is FMFT, the first commercial refrigeration bivolt compressor and one of the world’s most efficient in its capacity range. Aimed at the retail, medical and restaurant segments, it reduces energy consumption by up to 30 per cent and because it’s bivolt, it serves different regions of the world, even in situations of electric grid instability.
Market demands met
Embraco will continue launching Fullmotion inverter compressors in 2018 and 2019, as the company continually invests 3 per cent to 4 per cent of its annual revenue in R&D, maintaining in its portfolio innovative solutions that respond to global market needs. According to the company, 59 per cent of the revenues in the last five years came from products launched during that same period. “We practice innovation focused on customer needs in different countries,” reinforces the Sales Senior Manager, Esequias Pereira.
Today, Fullmotion technology is present in markets all over the world, such as India, a country that illustrates Embraco’s efforts towards FMX compressor massification in the household segment. “Our technology meets the increasing demand of the government and the Indian population for solutions capable of providing more quality of life. The Indian government has been encouraging the refrigeration industry to develop ever more sustainable solutions, and we’re aligned with this objective,” adds Pereira.
Embraco is a global company that promotes quality of life through innovative cooling solutions. With eight plants, two commercial offices and one global business shared services, the company has approximately 1,200 patents granted and is present in over 80 countries showcasing technologies that advance high performance and energy efficiency. Embraco provides cooling solutions for household, commercial, such as medical and retail applications, and aftermarket segments. Through partnerships with startups and digital services, it also delivers value and intelligence to its customers.
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