Coca-Cola (Japan) Co Ltd has unveiled new innovative energy-saving vending machines. The machines shift the use of power for cooling from the general daytime "peak demand period" to nighttime, when relatively less strain is placed on power supply.
In summer, these machines can provide cooled products for 16 hours while reducing daytime power consumption by 95%. Power consumption is also reduced in winter by 20% compared to current vending machines and, combined with power consumed for cooling, these vending machines are a global forerunner that can reduce power consumption by 68%.
In the first year of peak shift vending machines’ introduction from January to December 2013, Coca-Cola said that more than 10 billion yen in related investment will be made and that 25,000 units will be installed nationwide.
"Peak shift vending machines" are a world-pioneering, innovative new type of vending machine jointly developed by Coca-Cola Japan and Fuji Electric. In line for full-scale introduction onto the market and in addition to experiments conducted in research laboratories, field testing was conducted over two months from July 2012. Results verified that if cooling was conducted at night, when there is relatively little power consumption, and turned off during the day, then cold products could be sold for a maximum of 16 hours, reducing daytime power consumption by 95%.
Tomoya Otani, Director of Vending Strategy & Solution Development, Franchise Operations & Commercial Leadership, said: "The history of vending machines at Coca-Cola Japan is a history of revolutionary innovation. With the three features of being quiet during the daytime, being able to dispense cool products for a maximum of 16 hours even when the compressor has been switched off, and greatly reducing power consumption throughout the year, these peak shift vending machines are set to completely change how people think about vending machines. These revolutionary vending machines can be seen as creating new history."© Japan Today