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Intelli-Hood Chicago Hospital Retrofit Case Study

Author: Luci Feie – Dec 30, 2016

"The Intelli-Hood system at Shriner’s is exceeding expected savings, it has the staff very impressed...which makes us look like heroes! We’re pleased with the data and will get it installed in future kitchens. ”

- Mike Sullivan, Hill Mechanical Operations Inc, Director of Facilities for Shriner's Hospital


Faced with the industry challenge to reduce operating costs, Shriner’s Hospital sought after promising opportunities to reduce energy usage. Other hospitals in the area had selected Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV) for their cafeteria kitchen hoods based on promising estimated savings and available utility incentives. Shriner’s decided to also take advantage of the opportunity.

  • Total motor power: 8 HP
  • Daily operating hours: 14
  • Days per week: 7
  • Weeks per year: 52
  • Cost per kilowatt hour: $0.10
  • Climate zone: 5


Shriner’s Hospital made use of $4,000 in total incentives from both People’s Gas and Franklin Energy to get DCKV installed. Intelli-Hood reduced their hood exhaust fan speed  by 45 percent and has been proven to perform above expectations.

Energy savings graphic

Below is a sample graph of the varying exhaust fan speed for one day at the hospital:

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Could Intelli-Hood be a fit for my project?

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Authored By: Luci Feie

Luci Feie is the marketing manager at Melink Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio. For 30 years, Melink Corporation has been helping companies save energy, increase profits and make the world a more sustainable place. Melink's corporate headquarters is LEED Platinum and Net-Zero Energy, and their vehicle fleet consists of all hybrid and electric cars. Luci may be reached at [email protected] 

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