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    INDUSTRY INSIGHT: How smart technology can save energy

    The experts at Quintex explain smart technology beyond what the consumer sees and experiences…

    Room temperature and light control via apps and voice recognition are just a few examples of Smart Technology starting to be integrated into the hotel industry, to not only enhance the user experience but also to save energy.

    However, Smart tech isn’t just in front of the house but, a big player behind the scenes in saving huge amounts of energy. In this article, I would like to highlight the impact Smart Tech can make in hotel kitchens around the world.

    When you think about saving energy in the kitchen, the initial appliances that spring to mind would be ovens, grills, fryers and fridges, all very commendable choices but one area is unknowingly overlooked and that’s extract and supply fans. We are talking big workhorses, keeping the kitchen balanced and safe. Surveys have historically shown that most kitchen fans are running 24/7 in hotel kitchens when nine times out of 10 this is not needed. In a busy hotel kitchen, there is little to no time for the kitchen user to turn fan speeds up and down in line with kitchen activity.

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    Demand Controlled Ventilation (DCV) is slowly but surely becoming, a top priority in saving money in the commercial kitchen space. We’re finding that it is fast becoming a mandatory requirement in many new build specifications to keep in line with the various governmental guidelines, from the recent ESOS scheme, and looking further into the future and reaching the Net Zero by 2050 campaign. This is something we will see evermore increasing in business and operations as the months and years roll on to meet those targets set.

    So, what is DCV, and what can it do to make an impact in my hotel I hear you ask!?

    Demand Controlled Ventilation essentially is a fully automated system, that does not require any user input, that modulates the Extract and Supply fans in line with the activity on the cookline at any time during the day or night.

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    Cheetah, the market-leading DVC control in the EMEA, boasts some of the most comprehensive patented technology. This included high-end optical and temperature sensors to ensure the user is getting the highest degree of modulation and pick up to manage the fans appropriately and yield the highest level of energy-saving!

    This smart technology is unlike any other technologies in the market that use inaccurate thimble sensors in conjunction with BMS systems that use broad set points and don’t offer the same level of saving as Cheetah. Due to the intricate design of Cheetah it can offer savings on energy consumption to up to 80 per cent depending on, kitchen design, fan sizes and other variables.

    Cheetah is the market-leading DCV control and is recognised in the hotel market across Europe and the UAE. Cheetah’s installed across various estates in the hotel world, one of the systems biggest users, Marriott hotels, reduced their annual energy consumption across 45 hotels in Europe by 65 per cent, saving €500,000 a year on energy costs across those hotels. It’s not just the large savings on offer but the appetising payback timeframes with Cheetah. Marriott ROI for this project was just over a year, and this isn’t an unusual ROI found within kitchen hotels.

    The product manufacturer Quintex are happy to talk further on how Cheetah can help save money, energy and improve kitchen conditions with smart technology.

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    Hamish Kilburn / 05.06.2020

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