31 Jan '18, 10am

How Whole Foods uses saltwater to cut costs and boost resilience

How Whole Foods uses saltwater to cut costs and boost resilience

Whole Foods Market has been using thermal batteries at five stores in California and Hawaii to reduce its electricity bills and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Now, the grocer is taking a closer look at how these alternative battery storage systems can cut costs and keep food cool in the event of a blackout. "If we do not have power, we do not have a product; it doesn't take long for that product to spoil," said Aaron Daly, global energy coordinator at Whole Foods. "With changes due to climate, weather and a variety of factors, there are reasons to think we could improve on the existing scenario with storage." At a grocery store in the Silicon Valley enclave of Los Altos, Whole Foods uses systems made by Axiom Energy that employ frozen tanks of saltwater to store cooling energy that can keep food cool for as long as eight hours, in place of electricity — such as in cases whe...

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