The leading culinary school in Melbourne, Australia, features several full training kitchens that operate 24/7, 365 days per year.
To address the ventilation system in the facility’s largest kitchen and to help control operating costs, the school decided to retrofit the existing design with a demand control kitchen ventilation system to self-modulate according to cooking conditions. Thus, an ENERGY STAR-rated Ecosense Ecocanopy, featuring kitchen hood controls by Melink Corporation, was installed in the training kitchen.
With the implementation of Intelli-Hood® into the kitchen hoods of the training kitchen, the school was able to reduce its fan speed from 100% all the time to an average of 38%. Before Ecosense and Intelli-Hood®, it cost $28,912 (AUD) yearly to operate the kitchen; this was reduced to $5,490. The system will pay for itself in about two years.
With this improvement, the college was not only able reduce its immediate energy consumption but is able to use the technology to continually monitor usage and adjust as necessary.