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SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—WattStopper, a leader in energy-efficient lighting controls, recently announced expansion of its Birmingham, Ala. office, adding new positions to support commercial building control projects throughout the United States and Canada.
NATIONAL REPORT—Selecting an ice machine is a major purchase consideration for any hotel manager. The energy used in the average hotel restaurant for refrigeration and ice production is between 13 and 18 percent of overall energy costs for that section. Saving money on these costs not only helps the environment, but also helps the bottom line. How can we reduce energy usage and water usage while still generating enough ice to maintain service quality? Water efficiency in ice machines is based on number of gallons per 100 pounds of ice produced. This can range between 18 gallons to 200 gallons per 100 pounds. Water efficiency of ice machine units can be anywhere from 66 percent all the way down to 5 percent water efficient. Why such a big discrepancy? First, some ice machines are water cooled. Water cooled units are more energy efficient, but extra water must go to cooling the machine without making ice. Conversely, air cooled ice machines use less water but are more energy efficient.
VANTAA, FINLAND—Vancouver, B.C.-based Water Wall Turbine Inc. (WWT) has selected The Switch to provide a 500 kW full-power converter for its innovative self-floating power plant. This new commercially viable system extracts potential and kinetic energy from large, fast moving water currents for conversion into electric energy. The Switch will supply its first 500 kW full-power converter in October 2014 for WWT’s prototype project, which will be used for the Dent Island Resort, near Vancouver Island off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. System testing of the integrated equipment is planned for the first quarter of 2015. The vessel will power the resort, replacing existing diesel generators as the primary energy source, and is integrated with battery energy storage. The diesel generators will provide system backup. Additional 1 MW plants are being planned for other remote resorts and communities in British Columbia. The WWT vessel leverages patented technology in a tethered above-water design to provide superior advantages over other tidal flow power generation concepts.
HARVEY, ILL.—Litetronics introduces its LED Omni A-19, a replacement for 40 or 60 watt incandescent bulbs with 80 percent energy savings. The Omni A-19 is designed to meet the new, more stringent V2.0 Energy Star requirements for omni-directional beam angles, effective this month. LED Omni A19 produces even light output in all directions.
DEATH VALLEY, CALIF.—In keeping with its “pillars of sustainability,” the AAA Four Diamond Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park has enacted a series of initiatives designed to minimize the impact of its operations and of its guests. The resort has put in place programs to reduce waste and water usage, generate electricity and offer sustainable choices to its guests. Those efforts are working as the resort reports solid waste has been reduced by 44 percent, water usage has dropped 19 percent and electricity use is down 18 percent since 2010. In that same time period sustainably sourced food is up 19 percent and recycling is up 100 percent. The single-biggest development undertaken by Furnace Creek operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts has been the installation of a five-acre, one megawatt solar photovoltaic system.
NEW YORK—The American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Sustainability Committee has added a session entitled, “Measuring Hotel Carbon Footprints Using HCMI Methodology,” to the lineup of sessions at the Hospitality Leadership Forum which leads up to the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS). The session will take place from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, November 8 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. IHMRS will take place at the Javits Center from Sunday, November 9 through Tuesday, November 11. Pat Maher, partner, The Maher Group, LLC, will moderate the panel discussion that will include: Randy Gaines, Vice President, Engineering, Housekeeping, Laundry Operations, Americas, Hilton Worldwide; Fran Hughes, Head of Programmes, International Tourism Partnership; Eric Ricaurte, founder & CEO, Greenview; and Nancy Scanlon, Ph.D., CHE, Associate Professor, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Florida International University. Those attending the session can expect to learn about the new industry-wide common unified language for hotels reporting carbon footprints on meetings and/or hotel stays.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.—ClearWater Tech, representing EcoTex Ozone Laundry Systems, has been evaluated and approved for energy and water efficiency by the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Department of Energy commissioned a report to evaluate energy efficient technologies within the commercial on-premise laundry (OPL) market. After consideration of several alternative technologies, they chose to do their research on ozone for the report.
TORONTO—Aerelight Design, a product design studio focused on developing innovative OLED-enabled lighting, announced the aerelight desk lamp. Powered by an advanced energy-efficient OLED light panel, the aerelight lamp provides a warm, natural light source unlike that of a traditional lamp or overhead light.
PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, continued to demonstrate its leadership in sustainability best practices in 2013, reducing its operationally controlled asset water usage globally by 16 percent per square foot and its carbon emissions by 13 percent per square foot from the 2010 baseline. In the company’s fourth year of formal sustainability reporting, its 2013 Sustainability Responsibility Report details its strong commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. Wyndham Worldwide is one of the first hospitality companies to use the progressive G4 Sustainability Reporting Structure to report its economic, environmental and social performance. “Our progress has earned us industry distinctions that recognize the value we aim to create for our shareholders, our partners and the environment,” said Stephen P. Holmes, Chairman and CEO, Wyndham Worldwide. “Recognizing the emerging global challenges, our sustainability focus remains on reducing our carbon footprint and water usage as well as supporting innovation and collaboration among our associates and stakeholders to drive change in the communities where we operate, and throughout the travel and tourism industry.”
MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Telkonet, Inc., whose complementary business divisions include EcoSmart, an energy management technology platform featuring Recovery Time technology, and EthoStream, one of the largest hospitality High-Speed Internet Access providers in the world, announced the launch of its EcoCentral Virtual Engineer mobile applications for iOS and Android phones.
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