With innovation and skyscraper glass, the Danish company PeVino has developed the world’s most energy-saving wine refrigerator and overtaken the major players in the rapidly growing white goods market.
Denmark is the country in the world that searched the most for the word ‘wine fridge’ during the corona crisis shutdowns, where the word was one of the most searched for by Danes.
On the other hand, the recent year’s great focus on consumption of both money and energy has challenged the luxurious parts of life, where the wine fridge must be said to belong.
The small Danish company PeVino however, have been two steps ahead when, with support from the Innovation Fund, in 2021 they set about developing what has ended up being the world’s most energy-efficient full-height wine refrigerator.
– Wine refrigerators as a product have made great progress in recent years, and at the same time, even before the rising energy prices, we have seen a growing interest in saving energy with a wine refrigerator. That’s why we started developing a more energy-efficient wine refrigerator even before the Danes became aware of saving electricity, says Jakob Dau, who is the managing director of PeVino.
The glass door holds at an altitude of several hundred metres
Together with SMV:Grøn, which is a scheme where small and medium enterprises can apply for support for investments and advice for green projects, they at PeVino came to the conclusion that the largest emission in the total CO2 footprint of a wine refrigerator comes from the use phase itself and not through production. Therefore, it has been given high priority to develop the part of the refrigerator that has to keep the cold in, and here the challenge has been especially the glass, which is a design characteristic of a wine refrigerator.
– The people who have a wine fridge are often also collectors and aestheticians, which is why the glass door is essential. The skilled refrigeration engineers who have been on the job came up with the idea of using the same type of glass as that used in skyscrapers in China, which can withstand wind and weather at an altitude of many hundreds of meters and insulate against both cold and heat. Therefore, the glass is able to keep the cold in better and save considerably on energy consumption, explains Jakob Dau.
Typically, a full-size wine refrigerator uses 170 kWh per year. By way of comparison, an ordinary fridge-freezer that is no older than five years uses 232.00 kWh annually, according to Videnscenter Bolius. The new energy-efficient model uses 79 kWh in a year and thus more than halves energy consumption.
The future costs money
The company has spent two years and three million kroner developing the energy-saving wine refrigerator together with external refrigeration engineers and experts in the technological field.
– We have invested time and money in the project to be able to meet the customers’ big wishes. Energy consumption is what most people ask about when looking at a wine refrigerator. And it makes good sense, because it is a luxury item to have in a time when the climate takes up more and more space. Therefore, we must also take special account of the climate and go the green way if the wine refrigerator is to have a license in 2023, says Jakob Dau, who in addition to PeVino also owns and is director of the company Wineandbarrels, which is among the retailers of the new energy-efficient wine refrigerators.
Source: IT-Kanalen by it-kanalen.dk.
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