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Americold achieves energy use reduction with lighting upgrade

Groom Energy and Digital Lumens have announced the installation of Digital Lumens’ LED-based Intelligent Lighting Systems at Americold facilities in Massachusetts, Utah, and Wisconsin.

These upgrades produce higher-quality lighting and reduce overall energy consumption up to 90%, or 2.3 million kilowatt-hours (kWhs) annually. Over the coming months, Groom and Americold are scheduled to upgrade facilities in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, and Texas. The projects will reduce another 3.3 million kWhs and 3.25 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually.

Working with site managers from Americold, Groom developed customized configurations for each location, managing all installation, system commissioning, and training. The design delivers lighting “on demand,” producing evenly distributed high light levels when operators are nearby, then automatically dims to “night light” levels after operators have exited the area. The mesh-networked lighting system continuously tracks and reports energy consumption and savings.

“Groom Energy has led a successful process for our facility upgrades,” said Fred Walker, Americold’s vice-president of engineering. “They knew our operators’ needs and designed and managed the implementations very effectively. Our teams are very pleased with the increased light levels, functionality and the significant energy savings,”

Tom Pincince, president and chief executive officer of Digital Lumens, said, “Americold’s feedback during the development process was invaluable to our successful product design. In addition to broad improvements in light quality and energy efficiency, Americold is also leveraging LightRules management software for a detailed view into the facilities’ operational performance and to measure progress toward companywide sustainability objectives.”

Based in Atlanta GA, Americold owns and operates more than 182 temperature-controlled warehouses in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, China, Argentina, and Canada with a total capacity of more than 1.1 billion cubic feet of storage.

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