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Industry Vendors Feature Latest Resource-Saving Technologies at HITEC


MINNEAPOLIS—At the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference here last month, numerous companies were on hand pushing green products—whether on the trade show floor or in the futuristic Guestroom 2010 pavilion. The following is a summary of the featured products.

Energy Eye—This Rochester Hills, Mich.-based company demonstrated its Wireless Radio Frequency Energy Management System. It is capable of detecting whether or not a guestroom is occupied through information transmitted to the Energy Eye Brain by the company’s Passive Infrared Detector and Micro Door Sensor. When a guestroom is occupied, the Energy Eye allows the guest to have full control over all temperature settings. If Energy Eye detects an unoccupied guestroom, HVAC operation is regulated by the Energy Eye brain.

Matt Mrowczynski, executive vice president of Energy Eye, says his company has just added a ceiling-mounted sensor to the Energy Eye system. It allows for 360-degree visibility in a guestroom.

Menova Energy—Few hotels throughout North America use the power of the sun for heating and cooling or power generation. Menova Energy, Kanata, Ontario, is hoping to change that. Scott Leslie, c.f.o., and Tim Durnford, commercial and retail sales, were on hand to explain Menova’s Power-Spar system that combines solar cells with a solar concentrator to capture up to 80 percent of the sun’s power.

Leslie says his company’s technology converts heat to both heat and electricity. The heat can also be used to drive existing thermal-based chillers and air conditioners. Menova says payback on the system can be as low as five years.

Dometic Corp.—Representatives of this Elkhart, Ind.-based company were on hand to explain the energy efficiency of the company’s refreshment centers. With no moving parts, the absorption cooling unit in every Dometic refreshment center is silent and uses 40 percent less energy than compressor-type refrigerators.

Mintek Mobile Data Solutions—Located in Dunedin, Fla., Mintek’s HITEC exhibit featured its Lodging Asset Management Suite of products, including WinTrack PM. A system that incorporates software, handhelds, bar coding and ASP technology, WinTrack PM ensures that equipment runs energy efficient through effective preventive maintenance.

Diversified Computer Corp.—In addition to its GuestWare Rapid Response, Incident Tracking and other software modules, DCC featured its Facilities Maintenance software at HITEC. Facilities Maintenance ensures maximum energy efficiency in hotel guestrooms by providing a tool to plan, record and analyze maintenance. DCC is based in Seattle.

LEDgen Lighting, Marion, IN, displayed its energy-efficient lines of LED lighting. Its products are used in displays at hotels including the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville and the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha, Wisc.

Guestroom 2010 Pavilion

Goodman Manufacturing Co. L.P.—Goodman featured its Amana brand PTAC with DigiSmart digital control technology. It includes an on-board energy management system that can be readily incorporated into either wired or wireless RF energy management systems for added energy savings and systems control. The easy-to-read control panel helps avoid over-cooling or over-heating.

Toto USA—This Morrow, GA.-based maker of toilets and other bathroom products featured its EcoPower Faucet with Helix Spout. The faucet generates its own electricity every time water spins its small internal turbine. Stored in a series of capacitors, this auto-generated electrical energy powers the faucet’s operation. Toto also demonstrated its Neorest 600 toilet. Its lid automatically opens whenever it is approached. It uses just 1.2 gallons per flush.

Glenn Hasek can be reached at greenlodgingnews@aol.com.