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The Last Frontier – Alaska – Polar Power comes home

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Polar Power!

We are working with a client in Alaska right now. With their 38,000 cubic foot cooler, set at 38F, we can see a whopping 172 days per year of Free cooling using

Freeaire’s new Industrial Polar Power Package. That’s six months of fresh, filtered outside-air cooling – now that’s Polar Power!

It’s (NACS) Showtime!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

NACSshow

Freeaire systems have been used successfully in a wide variety of environments — breweries, food processors, server rooms, etc. — almost any situation where a product needs to be kept in a cooler with a size of 1000 cubic feet or greater.  It’s a very flexible, reliable system with many possible applications.

That being said, Freeaire systems have always found particularly wide acceptance in convenience stores, going all the way back to when founder Richard Travers had his “eureka!” moment on a cold Vermont winter night and started tinkering with the refrigeration system at the Warren Store.

Since that moment more than 20 years ago, Freeaire systems have been installed in hundreds of separate retail locations throughout the United States and Canada.

energy consumption in convenience stores

Refrigeration can be the largest single source of energy consumption in a convenience store

The reason that Freeaire systems are popular in convenience stores is simple: Refrigeration makes up a large percentage of the overall energy consumption in this environment.

The Freeaire system dramatically reduces energy consumption over conventional refrigeration systems and produces significant energy savings.

The president of Champlain Farms, a 38 store chain in Vermont and New Hampshire, said installing Freeaire systems in all of his stores was “one of the best business decisions he ever made” (read the complete case study here).

With this track record in mind, we’re excited to be participating in the NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) annual trade show, October 1 – 4, in Chicago.  Going to an event of this magnitude is a big effort for us but we know that we have a story to tell.  We are looking forward to meeting with prospective customers in a face-to-face environment.   Our next-booth-neighbors will be Tim Hortons so come by and smell the doughnuts!

Planning on being in Chicago for the show?  Please come by booth 2950 and say “Hi” — we’d be thrilled to meet you!

Freeaire Polar Power at Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

At Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs the farm’s cage-free, organically fed and humanely treated birds are excellent egg layers, making Pete & Gerry’s the largest supplier of “specialty eggs” in the Northeast. And with a commitment to conservation, sustainability and organic foods, Freeaire was a natural choice for refrigeration.

With so many eggs at stake, refrigeration must be fool-proof. “If our coolers go down, our eggs can only stay above 45 degrees for fifteen minutes before they cant be used for retail,” says Jesse LaFlamme, co-owner of Pete and Gerry’s. “We have lots of confidence in this system. It really takes care of itself.”

One of Pete & Gerry’s main goals was to substantially reduce their carbon footprint while still producing high quality eggs. After installing the Freeaire system, they have achieved a significant improvement in cooling efficiency and energy use reduction. LaFlamme explains that, “With Freeaire, we can keep the price of our eggs down, and dramatically reduce our carbon footprint at the same time”.

Pete & Gerry’s now uses about 48% less energy each year, which saves over $6,291 annually. The improved refrigeration system has allowed them to run their compressors only 23% of the time, contributing to savings all year, even in the warmer months!

Below Jesse elaborates on the positive changes that have been prevalent at Pete & Gerry’s after the installation of the Freeaire System.

What is the Opposite of Solar Energy? Part Two

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

By Richard Travers

The answer to this question is revealed in the ancient Chinese view of the universe in which opposite and equal qualities form a dynamic whole. “Yang” literally means “sunny place”, while “yin” means “shady place”.  We’re talking about the sun and the lack of sun. Using this line of thought, the opposite of the heat of a bright summer day is the cold of a dark winter’s night. The tropical and sunbaked regions near the equator are the opposite of the frigid poles. What form of energy is more plentiful in the shade, at night, in the winter, and at the poles? Give up?

Polar Energy, that’s what.  Polar energy is yin to solar energy’s yang. It is the polar opposite of solar energy.

The sun is the source of energy, light and heat that living things need to survive. Polar energy can be thought of as the absence of solar energy. When we have less sun it gives us shade, night, and winter, essential factors in the life cycles of living things. With too much solar energy we would all die from the heat.  With too little we would die from the cold. Just the right balance between these two extremes makes the earth hospitable to life in all its forms. Ours is the Goldilocks planet. Not too hot, not too cold, but just right.

We use solar energy to grow our crops, heat our homes and even to generate electricity. Polar energy is harnessed by humans and our technology in fewer obvious ways.

Low-tech tools such as opening windows can cool our houses at night.

Higher-tech tools include air conditioning systems that often use “economizers” to bring cool outside air into a building at times to save energy by running their compressors less.

My company Freeaire Refrigeration of Waitsfield, Vermont, manufactures energy-efficient commercial refrigeration systems for walk-in coolers, freezers and cold storage warehouses. A Freeaire® refrigeration system harnesses what we like to call Polar Powertm in a surprisingly direct and effective way: it brings winter air inside. A conventional commercial refrigeration system uses lots of expensive electricity to make cold air with a compressor, even in the winter. A Freeaire® system uses much less energy to run fans to move naturally cold outside air into the refrigerated space whenever the weather is cold enough. No matter how the electricity is generated we use Polar Powertm and other efficiency measures to conserve energy, generating “negawatts” that cancel out the megawatts. The return on investment for Freeaire® systems is usually much faster than for photovoltaic solar systems.

Our state is full of examples of how we Vermonters take advantage of one of polar energy’s most visible and versatile manifestations: snow. Snow sports abound here. When the natural variety is not adequate, ski areas can actively make snow to cover their slopes. Outdoor skating rinks often make their ice with an even simpler technology than passive solar that you might call “passive polar”. Just flood the rink and let the winter sky do its thing.

With the 45th parallel, halfway from the equator to the North Pole, passing through our state, Vermont lies in the temperate overlap of the solar south and the polar north.  Even one of our favorite agricultural products, maple syrup, is best made when the days are warm but the nights are cold.

It is time to recognize that polar energy has been and should continue to be an important part of our state’s energy mix. It’s time to officially give polar energy the recognition as a legitimate form of renewable energy. Polar Powertm to the People!

What is the Opposite of Solar Energy? Part 1

Friday, July 1st, 2011

By Richard Travers

What form of energy is just like solar energy, in that it is:

  • Safe
  • Clean
  • Available in an inexhaustible, renewable supply
  • Distributed broadly across the earth
  • Delivered to our door for free every year, for months at a time.
  • A way to reduce our carbon footprint
  • A way to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and
  • Easily harnessed with “appropriate technology,” but is its complete opposite?

Lunar energy? The power of the tides caused by the gravity of the moon tugging at the oceans can turn generators. The sun and the moon have been compared throughout history, but opposites? I don’t think so.

Geothermal power? Earth energy lies deep down below our feet, the opposite direction from the sun above our heads. Sort of opposite, but like tidal energy, certainly not delivered to my door in any great quantity.

Wind power? A wind turbine is a lot more active than a solar collector.  But isn’t the wind another form of solar energy because the sun causes hot air to rise and create the wind?

Hydropower? It usually doesn’t rain when the sun shines, right?  However, it can’t rain without the sun first shining somewhere and causing water to evaporate to become rain clouds.  That makes hydropower liquid solar power.

Biomass?  That’s also solar energy, temporarily stored by photosynthesis in plants.

How about oil, gas, or coal?  Definitely not, since they are just fossilized solar energy, not to mention, non-renewable, loaded with carbon, and more expensive all the time.

Nuclear power? How much more opposite in danger and complexity can you get?  And although fusion is the opposite of fission, the sun is a huge nuclear reactor, located a fairly safe 96 million miles away.

So, it seems that while many forms of energy are either really the same as solar energy, but disguised, or are just different, none are the exact opposite. Now you know what is not the opposite of solar energy.  Tune in next week to find out what is.

Meet our Team: Brad Long, Freeaire’s Technical Salesman and Product Trainer

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Brad Long has always been interested in mechanics. He disassembled his first car at the age of fifteen. In fact, he still owns that 71 Corvette.  He’s taken a lifetime of tinkering and repair to flourish in technical services on a professional level.  He began working for us at Freeaire Refrigeration as a Technical Salesman and Product Trainer in February.

Since then, we have found that the excitement and energy Brad puts forth in offering our clients an engineered solution to help stave off ever increasing energy costs is unmatched. He’s absolutely emphatic about providing green solutions for companies to take advantage of the unlimited renewable resource – cold air!

As Technical Salesman and Product Trainer, Long works to develop a base of trained contractors for the sales and installation of Freeaire refrigeration equipment.  His focus is on business development, building relationships with trade wholesalers and manufacturer representatives.

Brad’s extensive experience and enthusiasm with training and assisting service technicians for mechanical systems comes at a critical point when the company is rapidly expanding outside of Vermont through a trade partner network.

Long’s professional career began in 2001 troubleshooting Bosch tankless water heaters. He quickly rose to the title of Technical Services Manager in the field and was responsible for creating business partnerships with independent plumbing and heating contractors for the sales, installation and service of Bosch tankless water heaters, ultimately resulting in the Bosch Service Provider field service network where his role included management and training and supporting independent contractors.

Long grew up in South Jersey and enjoys photography. He settled in Rochester, VT in 1998 and moved to Waitsfield in 2000 where he lives with his wife Jessica and dog Elma.

Superbowl commercials in our future? Probably not, but…

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Superbowl commercials in our future? Probably not, but…. As a business that sells exclusively to businesses, sometimes we tend to overlook the effect our products and our firm has have on individual consumers. But in the last few weeks, in the course of talking with a variety of our customers, it struck us how often Freeaire products have a positive impact on regular old street-level consumers, not just businesses.

We found that a good number of our customers – some of which are big retail-level brands – actively let their customers know that they use Freeaire systems in their businesses. Now, we’re not surprised that engineers, architects and refrigeration specialists get excited by our technology, but average consumers that buy our customer’s products and shop at their stores?

Turns out that, especially in hyper competitive businesses, companies are leveraging their Freeaire systems to show their customers that they are putting their money where their mouths are. Instead of just talking about energy savings, efficiency, carbon offsets, and renewables, they’re actually doing something about it by, among other things, using Freeaire technology. It becomes part of their retail marketing message, and it differentiates them from their competition. In marketing lingo, Freeaire becomes part of their ‘value proposition’.

In more marketing lingo, getting Freeaire into the retail value proposition achieves ‘share shift’ for them. That’s a fancy way to say that, all things being equal, people will buy products and shop at stores that most closely align with their values. A company that shows it’s forward thinking, that invests in renewables, can shift market share from a competitor to itself.

If two convenience stores are right next to each other with the same pricing, eco-conscious, socially responsible customers will patronize the one that is doing something innovative and proactive to solve environmental and quality of life problems.

It’s gratifying for all of us at Freeaire to hear these anecdotes from our customers. While we’ll always be focused on what we really specialize in, which is turning megawatts into NEGAwatts and saving our business customers a pile of money –its nice to know that we figure into their marketing sometimes too. But don’t plan on seeing a Freeaire Superbowl commercial any time soon!

April 27th, Training for Trade Partners at Freeaire Headquarters – Road to the “Freeaire Force”

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Each month, Freeaire Refrigeration offers free all day, hands on training classes for a complete Freeaire System overview. This training is ideal for independent refrigeration contractors, refrigeration wholesalers, efficiency rebate authorities, engineers, architects, energy auditors and product manufacturer representatives.

The goal is to educate seminar attendees on customer features and benefits of Freeaire systems. Brad Long, Director of Technical Sales, educates the trade partners on:

  • Government rebate processes and opportunities for alternative energies like the Freeaire System.
  • Basic knowledge of Freeaire components including sizing, installation, data collection and ROI calculations.
  • Ideal Freeaire markets and customers.

The all-day training involves a live, hands on cooler demonstration followed by a detailed Q & A session. If you would like to attend, please contact Brad Long of Technical Sales at 1-877-305-3733 or brad@freeaire.com

Want to learn more about the Freeaire system? To prepare for the training or if you are just intrigued, please check out the following resources we have put together in PDF’s:

  1. How does the Freeaire System work?
  2. Where can I see the Freeaire System in action? Freeaire Champlain Farms
  3. Freeaire FAQ’s

Upcoming Freeaire Counter Day @ Bell/Simons, Springfield MA

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Freeaire Counter Day, Bell/Simons, April 8 2011Attention HVAC-R pros in Massachusetts — Freeaire account representative Brad Long will be at Bell/Simons in Springfield on April 8 from 10:30 am until 2:30 pm.

This inaugural counter day is part of our ongoing efforts to cultivate good working relationships with installers and skilled  HVAC-R professionals.

At the Bell/Simons counter day, Brad will address  the features and benefits of Freeaire’s highly energy-efficient and environmentally friendly refrigeration system components while also getting realtime feedback from the field.

Interested in attending?  No RSVP required — just plan on being at Bell/Simons on April 8th!

Can’t make the date (or have questions?) — contact Freeaire Account Representative Brad Long at brad@freeaire.com or by calling 802-496-5205.  Freeaire offers regular product trainings at our Waitsfield Vermont facility.