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Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. It could be a simple operational change or a complex capital investment. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Energy Management

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Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. It could be a simple operational change or a complex capital investment. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Nora Emergency Light Available with Wet Location Enclosure

COMMERCE, CA—Nora Lighting’s Compact Dual-Head LED Emergency Light is now available as Model NEG-602 with a waterproof, vandal-resistant enclosure. With the enclosure, the fixture is suitable for wet location installations and is 5VA flame retardant. During a power failure, the glare-free luminaire provides 90 minutes of light from two adjustable LED heads with 6000K, powered by a NiCad 3.6V 3W battery. It is capable of housing an extra battery to power an additional remote emergency light. Lumen options range from standard 75lm (1W) to high output 250lm (4W). Self-diagnostic/self-testing functions are optional. White or black finishes are available, and the light...

New LED Intigo Omni-Directional 35W Lamp

FORT MILL, S.C.—HyLite announced the New Intigo Omni-Directional 35W Lamp. This new lamp is a high-quality LED Retrofit Solution that replaces traditional 175W MH/HPS lamps. The HyLite LED Intigo Omni-Directional 35W Lamp enhances vision for better optical acuity, and provides clean, crisp light. Suitable for fully enclosed fixtures, its compact size makes it the ideal replacement for CFL, MV, HID, and HPS Lamps in existing fixtures. The Omni-Directional 35W Lamp comes standard with 3,000⁰K and 5,000⁰K and products with 2,400⁰K-6,500⁰K are available as Special Orders only. Designed for easy installation in new fixtures or existing luminaires, HyLite LED Intigo Omni-Directional...

Google + Volara Enabling Voice Based Contactless Guest Engagement

NEW YORK—A partnership between Google and Volara is enabling hotels across the globe to deploy the best of Google, including a contactless guest engagement and touchless room controls solution that facilitates private, automated and live, conversational interactions between hotel guests and staff. Running on the Google Nest Hub, guests may ask the popular voice assistant to make calls, play music, watch shows, request amenities, book services, turn on/off TVs, increase the room temperature, adjust the lights, set alarms and more without ever lifting a finger. With new safety protocols reshaping the guest experience, this new solution from Google and...

Nora Lighting Now Offering Lutron Ecosystem Drivers

COMMERCE, CALIF.—Lutron Hi-lume EcoSystem Drivers are now available for Nora Lighting’s small aperture 2” and 4” Iolite LED Downlights. The specified drivers include Soft-on and Fade-to-Black features that allow smooth, flicker-free dimming from 100 percent down to 1 percent or 0.1 percent. The light source fades smoothly between 0 percent and 1 percent when turned on and off for an incandescent-like effect. Lutron drivers can be linked to the Lutron Quantum Total Light Management system to monitor lighting power consumption. Additionally, the drivers can be integrated into a planned or existing EcoSystem or Vive lighting control solution for guaranteed dimming performance,...

Video Released of Largest Ever SolarWindow Generating Electricity

VESTAL, N.Y.—SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. released scheduled video footage of its largest ultra-transparent SolarWindow, discretely generating electricity to power lighting and drive a digital multimeter. Capable of generating current and voltage while maintaining the transparent nature of ordinary glass, the featured nine-square-foot SolarWindow was created using the company’s patented LiquidElectricity coatings. These coatings transform otherwise ordinary glass into high-value glass which generates power from sunlight, indoor lighting, and even in the shade. When installed on commercial buildings, SolarWindow products could achieve a one-year financial payback for building owners, according to independently-validated company power and financial modeling. “Shareholders, building owners, developers, and architects have...

How Tech is Making Commercial HVAC Greener

Green building owners are always looking for more efficient and cost-effective heating solutions in order to meet sustainability goals and reduce operating expenses. Innovations in commercial heating technology are providing more efficient heating options to consider than ever before. One example is the adaptation of condensing furnace technology, which was previously only used in residential furnace and indoor applications, to commercial rooftop units. How it Works In an indirect fired gas furnace, natural gas (or LP) is burned, creating very hot flue gases that travel through a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger heats up and in turn transfers this heat to...

Eemax Delivers Safe, On-Demand Hot Water for Handwashing

WATERBURY, CONN.—The World Health Organization has declared a pandemic as COVID-19 rapidly spreads across the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water to protect against COVID-19. Eemax tankless electric water heaters can help to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by making comfortable handwashing available to all. “Eemax water heating equipment is vital for health and safety, particularly for water heating, disinfecting homes, food and medical sanitation, handwashing, and emergency eye and drench showers for oil, gas and chemical industries and the military,” said Jens Bolleyer,...

Ecolab Launches Ambitious 2030 Impact Goals

ST. PAUL, MINN.—By 2030, there will be an additional billion people in the world, placing greater demand on natural resources. To help companies sustainably address growing demand, Ecolab Inc. has launched its ambitious 2030 Impact Goals to significantly increase the company’s positive impact within its own operations and through its work with customers. Ecolab’s new impact goals were launched with the recent release of its 2019 Corporate Sustainability Report, entitled Partners for Greater Purpose, which also highlights Ecolab’s work with leading companies to advance environmental and operational outcomes. “The next 10 years represent a crucial opportunity to reach higher and...

Envisioning the Day Your Hotel is a Vertical Power Generator

Imagine if the windows on your hotel became electricity generators for your property. Not just the windows on the south-facing side but every side. A company called SolarWindow Technologies has developed a product called SolarWindow that it says could have a payback of one year and reduce your electricity costs by 50 percent. Capable of generating current and voltage while maintaining the transparent nature of ordinary glass, the company’s recently featured nine-square-foot SolarWindow was created using the company’s patented LiquidElectricity coatings. A new video demonstrates the Solar Window. It is very cool technology. The product is still not available for...

Renewables Hit New Record, Provide More Than One-Fourth of U.S. Electricity

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) produced significantly more electricity than either coal or nuclear power during the first five months of 2020, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of just-released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). In May alone, renewable sources accounted for more than one-quarter (25.3 percent) of the nation’s net electrical generation—an all-time high. The latest issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through May 31, 2020) reveals that solar and wind both showed continued, strong growth, expanding faster than all other energy sources. For the period January to May, solar-generated...