Top 50 indie The Kay Group believes it has launched the most energy-efficient fuel station and convenience store in the UK.

The one-acre, 24-hour Texaco site based on Rossendale Road in Burnley, Lancashire, comprises a 2,500sqft Spar convenience store with 23 metres of refrigeration, eight fuelling positions and a five-unit jet wash centre, and is consuming less than 400kw units of electricity a day. This compares with an almost exact blueprint of this site built three years ago by The Kay Group in Liverpool, which is currently consuming just less than 900kw units a day.

Richard Cox, Kay Group managing director, said: "Enviroglow has already reduced the energy usage in seven of our sites by an average in excess of 36%, so it was clearly the right partner for this project. What’s more its affiliation with the American refrigeration technologies company SednaAire was a perfect fit. So far it is producing results that are in line with its own projections and therefore our expectations."

All the well-known energy reducing technologies such as LED lighting and voltage optimisation are present in the site. However, the site also contains a number of new (to the UK) technologies to reduce the energy consumption and overall efficiency.

Enviroglow development director Roger Shenton said: "Food retailers have been crying out for an open-deck display unit with the efficiency that they believe doors can offer.

"The E-volve system offers exactly this, in fact in a live trading environment the E-volve cabinet is more efficient than a fridge with doors. This combined with other Sedna technologies is producing phenomenal results."

The energy reduction side of the project was created via a joint effort between The Kay Group, Enviroglow Ltd and SednaAireUK Ltd.

Solar energy has also played a big role in the savings. SolarCool is a US solar thermodynamics air conditioning and refrigeration system, that uses free energy converted from the sun’s UV rays to assist the compressor in heating up the gas in the system, therefore significantly reducing the energy used on inverter and multi-stage systems.

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