Franco Venturini, an engineer with experience in the field of energy and thermotechnics, took his inspiration from the origins of food conservation techniques in order to create a temperature control system designed for warehouses for storing cheese, wine and cured meats. Energaid (Energy-Gain Active-Insulation Device) maintains a constant indoor temperature in a similar way to a storage cave. How? With special walls and surfaces covered in thermal insulating material, inside which fluid circulation eliminates undesirable condensation and makes it possible to control temperature exchanges. In this way, the warehouses exploit geothermal and hydrothermal energy, taking a big stride towards sustainability and energy saving.
How was the Energaid idea born, and what technologies is it based upon? What are its most innovative aspects?
Just as caves have been exploited for thousands of years as environments which limit temperature fluctuations, so Energaid works to reproduce a stable microclimate using active thermal insulation technology. The walls and surface coverings inside the warehouses are filled with thermal fluids naturally present on the site, and these bring about constant climate control using renewable energy. This system aims to substitute traditional warehouse air conditioning systems, which are expensive and environmentally unfriendly.
Where are you active? In which field or food process innovation trend can your startup be placed?
Our activities are divided between Lombardy (where our experimental plant is situated) and Veneto. Our operational sector is basically that of energy saving, using renewable energy and improving warehouse hygiene. And creating substantial economic advantages.
Who are your competitors? What are your strong points and competitive advantages?
Our main competitors are traditional air conditioning systems and resistance to innovation. Our strong points are numerous and extremely significant: energy consumption close to zero for temperature-controlled indoor environments, in line with EU directives; elimination of surface condensation with consequent hygienic advantages; extraordinary temperature stability, leading to elevated long-term reliability. Bearing in mind these multiple advantages, our goal is to activate further industrial collaborations as soon as possible, in order to demonstrate our success in a wide range of applicative contexts.