Vancouver, B.C. -- Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSXV: SSC), whose Energy Saving Module (ESM)™ makes refrigeration and air conditioning systems more energy and cost-efficient, has completed a 25-store ESM™ installation program for Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd. in the United Kingdom. The installation program consisted of three stages, an initial test store followed by a further 7 store assessment. Upon consideration of these results, Smartcool was commissioned to install the ESM™ in a further 17 stores.

'Green' grocer installs ESM™ in 25 stores as part of industry-leading initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The supermarket chain's energy management team extensively tested the ESM™ to ensure it meets Sainsbury's energy and cost reduction requirements and complements Sainsbury's innovative Re-Fit Program, which is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Sainsbury's, the UK's third largest supermarket chain, is an industry leader for environmental initiatives.

"We have enjoyed significant business and environmental gains over the last three years with our Reset program and our extensive testing has shown that the Smartcool ESM™ will be a key addition to our list of Energy Reduction initiatives," said Jeremy Waters, Energy Manager. "The energy savings we are experiencing with the ESM™ have led to valuable cost benefits and is helping us meet our Environmental targets"

Before making its purchase decision, Sainsbury's completed a comprehensive, real-world testing and analysis of the Smartcool ESM™. Testing was completed at an initial "assessment" store and then at seven additional pilot sites across the UK. Testing, which was carried out at stores ranging in size from convenience outlets to full-sized supermarkets, revealed extensive energy, environmental and cost savings.

With the Smartcool ESM™, testing at the assessment site showed:

  • a savings of 12.3-per-cent kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity for refrigeration units
  • estimated electricity reduction of 150,380 kWh annually, or enough electricity to supply 32 homes
  • estimated greenhouse gas reductions of 202,844 pounds annually

Meanwhile, testing at the seven pilot sites revealed:

  • an average reduction in total store electricity usage of 3.5 to 4.5 per cent
  • average 30-month payback on capital invested

Based on the eight-store testing, the ESM™ is now considered an approved product for Sainsbury's Reset program which led to the further installations in 17 additional stores.

"Sainsbury's understands that a green business is good business," said George Burnes, President and CEO, Smartcool Systems. "Retail customers expect great products, great service and fair prices, and they want to buy from companies concerned about their communities. Installing and using energy-saving technologies that cut greenhouse gases and electrical usage helps retailers meet consumer expectations."

The 3.5 per cent to 4.5 per cent reduction in total store electricity costs provided by the Smartcool ESM™ represents a significant saving for the stores using the system.

"These savings can then be reinvested back into store operations to improve the customer experience," said Burnes.

Sainsbury's green initiatives stretch back more than a decade, when Sainsbury's was the first retailer to publish a comprehensive environmental performance report.

"We are pleased to be part of Sainsbury's well respected and widely recognized Reset Program," said Steven Martin, Director, Sales, Smartcool Systems (EMEA) Ltd. "The quick return on investment provided by the ESM(tm) enables customers such as Sainsbury's to meet the challenges of economic responsibility and environmental legislation."

About Sainsbury's Supermarket Ltd.

Sainsbury's Supermarkets is the UK's longest standing major food retailing chain, having opened its first store in 1869. The Sainsbury's brand is built upon a heritage of providing customers with healthy, safe, fresh and tasty food. Today it differentiates itself by offering a broad range of great quality products at fair prices with particular emphasis on fresh food, a strong ethical approach to business and continuous leadership and innovation.

Sainsbury's is a subsidiary of J Sainsbury plc (LSE:SBRY) and consists of 509 supermarkets and 276 convenience stores. In addition, 165 stores operate an internet-based home delivery shopping service. For more information please visit their corporate website at www.jsainsburys.co.uk.

About Smartcool

Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) delivers cutting edge energy efficiency and cost reduction solutions for businesses around the world. The ESM™ and ECO3™ are Smartcool’s unique retrofit technologies that reduce the energy consumption of compressors in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump systems. Energy savings achieved by the ESM™ and ECO3™are quantifiable and the products can qualify for government and utility rebates. The technology has been validatedby rigorous third party testing, government organizations and private business installations.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

 

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