With refrigeration and building control, the low-energy supermarket comes true. Eckelmann develops efficient control concepts for building automation across system boundaries. E*LDS solves sophisticated building control tasks in the commercial and industrial field, too.

Building management systems in practice

Intelligent building control in supermarkets

For the modern supermarket, the conscious and efficient use of energy is an ecological and economic must. Lower operating costs are reflected in increased profits. “The energy costs of a supermarket are often in the same order of magnitude as the profit made by this market (1 to 2 percent of sales).” (Michael Kauffeld, KI 4/2008) Electrical energy is, for the most part, used for refrigeration (40 to 60 percent).

Eckelmann is the ideal technology partner for enhancing energy efficiency in food retailing, because the individual automation solutions based on the E*LDS system cover the entire range of refrigeration and building control.

Heating pipes in the engine room of a food product market
Heating pipes in the engine room of a food product market

Integrated building management systems offer a high energy-saving potential. The networking and central control of all building engineering services such as heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, hot water preparation and lighting systems allows for the harmonisation of all control loops and their coordination with refrigeration control. Compared to conventional supermarkets, up to 25 percent of energy can be saved by the use of intelligent control technology alone.

High-performance technologies such as geothermal energy, heat recovery or the needs- and weather-dependent heating circuit control increase energy yield. In addition, building management systems ensure a pleasant shopping climate in the food product market, for instance, by the needs-oriented speed control of the supply and exhaust fans via CO2 sensors.

Energy control and active energy management

Diagram of a supermarket system with integrated refrigeration and building control
Diagram of a supermarket system with integrated refrigeration and building control

Energy management is a task that is never completed. That is to say, there will always be potential for optimisation. The individual solutions for refrigeration and building control from Eckelmann offer comprehensive energy control tools which have proved successful many times over.

The systems can be continuously monitored and controlled with PC applications or online via web-frontend. The success of these measures is immediately evaluable.

The technical articles available in the download area provide information on further applications of building management systems in the food industry and in canteen kitchens.

  • Sustainably enhancing energy efficiency in food product markets with integrated refrigeration and building control
  • Consistent networking and control of all building engineering services
  • Comprehensive logging of operating and consumption data
  • Energy control and active energy management tools
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Refrigeration Award 2009

in the category "refrigeration management systems" - a prize by the German Environmental Ministry



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