Austrian logistics and transport service provider Nöbauer LLC is investing around five million euros in a brand new, sustainable cold storage facility at the existing company site in Seekirchen (Salzburg). The family business moved to the new site two years ago, but in the meantime, the 600m² company warehouse had already become too small. Due to this, a new hall with a total capacity of around 880m² has been under construction since last summer. The commissioning should take place in March 2021, according to a spokesperson.
Semi-trailer trucks of the company Nöbauer / Image: Nöbauer & Co
Sustainable geothermal cooling
The stored food - like fruit and vegetables - will soon be cooled down using geothermal energy. "Both cooling and heating will be powered by geothermal energy, so no cooling equipment such as evaporators will be needed. As a result, the new logistics hall will be completely CO2 neutral," they explain. In addition, a photovoltaic system will be installed on the roof to generate electricity for the facility.
Since the company specializes primarily in the transport and intermediate storage of fruit and vegetables, more energy is needed for cooling than for heating. A total of about five million euros will be invested in the new building, and the move is scheduled to take place in spring 2021. Similar projects on this scale have not yet been carried out in Austria.
Service provider for the food retail trade
Family-owned company Nöbauer was founded about 35 years ago and has developed over the years into a permanent transport partner of the Austrian food retail trade. Among others, they work together with Spar, Hofer and Lidl. Although this year, a slight decrease in sales of five to ten percent is expected due to Covid-19, the participants believes in the further growth potential from 2021.