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Pepsi Pre-Cool System Expected to Cut Energy Use 26%

PepsiCo has begun testing a Cool-n-Save pre-cool system for air conditioning at its bottling facility in Tulsa, Okla.

Greenway Design Group says it expects its pre-cooling system to reduce the bottling facility’s energy use from air conditioning as much as 30 percent, with an average savings of about 26 percent during peak heat seasons. PepsiCo will test the system for two weeks.

Cool-n-Save reduces the temperature of outdoor air as it is being blown through the AC system’s condensing coils. Greenway Design Group says, according to one paper published by Colorado Springs Utilities and the company’s own field studies, air conditioning will use 25 percent less energy when outdoor temperatures are at 70 degrees Fahrenheit, compared to 95-degree temperatures. By saving money from energy consumption, companies can earn back the cost of installation and maintenance in about 12 months, Greenway Design Group says.

PepsiCo won a 2011 Energy Star Sustained Excellence award in recognition of its continued energy-efficiency efforts.

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