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Teklab Evaporator Management system (TEM) for increasing energy efficiency in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. Cost effective, highly technological and innovative but easy to understand and install

Project description

Less energy consumption for industrial refrigerators

The burning of fossil fuels to generate power account for two-thirds of the total greenhouse gas emissions. Industrial and commercial refrigeration equipment are among the biggest culprits. For instance, up to 50 % of a supermarket’s energy consumption is due to refrigerated cabinets. Existing machinery comprises dry or flooded evaporators that are not efficient or flexible but are costly. The EU-funded TEM project proposes an advanced control system that can be adapted to both new and old industrial refrigeration instruments. The system is based on the combination of proprietary algorithms with TEKLAB technology, which is specialised in liquid level sensors and monitors for the refrigeration sector. TEM will significantly reduce energy consumption, limit costs and create economic benefits.


Problem. Industrial and commercial refrigeration equipment consume large amount of electricity for its functioning (around
35-50% of the total consumption of each supermarket building) also due to the inefficiency of its control. At EU level it is
estimated that approx. 117 TWh/year are consumed by refrigerated cabinets. This has a strong impact on the environment too.
About two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by energy consumption.
Current equipment includes dry or flooded evaporators that are inefficient, complex and expensive.

Solution. Our innovation, TEM, is a control system for new and existing industrial and commercial refrigeration appliances
(retrofit) that combines TEKLAB high technology and proprietary algorithms. TEM saves up to 15% of energy consumption
(17,25 TWh/year) reducing some 14,15 million CO2 tonnes and generating economic savings of 1,725 billion €/year during
operation. TEM project also aims at reducing refrigerant charge, together with system complexity and manufacturing cost of refrigeration equipment.

Opportunity. The total HVACR market is currently estimated in €68.4 billion and will continue to grow generating revenues of
€92.34 billion by 2020. End users in the food retail sector (supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience shops, etc.) will benefit
from a cost-effective, reliable and easy to install control system with a quick investment payback period (1.5 years).

Our Company. TEKLAB, based in Modena (Italy), is specialized in liquid level sensors and controllers in the refrigeration
market with over 25 years’ experience. We strongly believe that the contribution from the EC will be the necessary boost to
allow us to optimize and commercialize our TEM product and the turning point for scaling up our Company.

Outcomes. TEM would bring a long-term profitability for our company. We expect to significantly increase total delivery of units (with 3 years ROI of 2.86 / 5 years ROI > 10) and generating new job positions.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 409 685,38
Via emilia ovest 1179
41123 Modena

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Modena
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 604 150,87