The average vending machines operate 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, consuming 2,500 to 4,400 kWh of energy annually. With new technology, energy efficient vending machines can reduce the amount of energy used by 24 to 76% and the amount of CO2 being released into the atmosphere can be reduced significantly.
The University of Sheffield published the second INNOCAT tender in March 2015 to develop a vending solution that reduces carbon emissions and energy usage. Following a competitive dialogue with eleven suppliers, contract is expected to be awarded in Autumn 2016.
The procurement is being led by the University of Sheffield who together with INNOCAT partner Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells have brought on board a number of other universities and organisations interested in increasing energy efficiency and reducing the carbon emissions that arise from vending operations. This Buyers Group aim to set a new standard for Low Carbon Vending, and as the tender will be a public contract, the contracted solution will be accessible for all organisations participating in the Buyers Group.
INNOCAT is eager to get further organisations on board, as the larger our Buyers Group, the better we can demonstrate to the market that there is in fact a demand for Low Carbon, energy efficient Vending Machines. By joining the Buyers Group at this stage, your organisation is not committing to purchasing anything, but is simply stating that if cost effective, low carbon, energy efficient vending services were available, you would be interested in buying them.
If you are interested in joining the Buyers Group, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org