FRANCE: A custom-built Carrier MiniCO2OL rack, supplied in seven pieces, has been supplied to upgrade the refrigeration system at one of French retailer Monoprix’s premium stores in Montpellier.
The CO2 rack, installed by Vendargues-based contractor Solanref, was split into seven pieces in order to meet the significant installation challenges of the supermarket’s location in the city’s historic Place de la Comédie. Located directly beneath the Place de la Comédie, the machine room is accessed by a passage with a clearance of just 1.5m x 1.8m, which made it impossible to install a standard unit.
The office of Garcia Energy provided dedicated support for the custom, seven-piece design, which allowed a team from Solanref to transport the system into the Monoprix store’s machine room more easily.
The MiniCO2OL refrigeration system is fitted with an ECO compressor that delivers cooling capacity up to 21kW in MT and up to 140kW in LT to supply the display cabinets and cold rooms.
It is also equipped with a 70kW chiller for air conditioning and heat recovery for heating the store. This makes it ideal for a wide range of refrigeration and freezing applications, as well as heating and cooling.
Said to be significantly quieter than the unit it replaced, the MiniCO2OL unit refrigerates more than 100m of cabinets throughout the 1,200m2 store. The unit features three variable speeds to allow power usage to be continuously adjusted to meet the store needs. In addition, excess heat generated by the refrigeration unit is recycled by the heat recovery and water gas cooler system and redistributed into the store’s air conditioning or into a borehole water loop, further reducing the site’s carbon footprint.