Every year, an average-sized grocery store spends more than $200,000 on energy and releases 1,900 tons of carbon emissions, according to the Energy Star program. Refrigeration accounts for close to half of a grocery store’s total electricity usage, making investing in more efficient refrigeration a great solution to immediately start cutting utility bills.
Through a the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, Kansas City, Missouri-based QM Power recently commercialized a high-efficiency motor for commercial refrigerators that has the potential to transform the market. And, thanks to a DOE Building Technologies Office funding award, QM Power is demonstrating its technology, called the Q-Sync fan motor, in supermarkets across the country, with DOE and utilities verifying the savings. Customers are now using these successful demonstrations to accept and commercialize the Q-Sync fan in their refrigeration units.