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“In law there is a maxim that states that ignorance is not a defence”

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A couple of years ago I had to sit a driver awareness course as one of the only two traffic policemen in Dorset had captured me in the crosshairs of his freshly calibrated speed camera. No complaints, it was a classic “it’s a fair cop, Guv” moment, but during the course of the day it was regularly reiterated to us that, were we to be unaware of current traffic regulations due to our failure to buy a copy of the Highway Code every year, and transgressed again we would have one leg less than the minimum statutory number required to stand on.

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Today’s press highlighted that speed cameras are allegedly targeted at making money more than improving road safety – (well, who knew, eh?), so it seemed opportune to make some comparisons between this and the current conundrum surrounding energy optimisation – work with me on this, it’s not as far-fetched as you might think.

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At Ki-tech Solutions we have been promoting the benefits of energy optimisation for some time now, but for some reason there is a reticence from our industry in general to accept it and put the system forward. With the benefits easily identifiable, primarily in situations where an incoming electrical supply is not sufficient to power a kitchen or associated area, it leads us to query why these systems are not more generally accepted and can only conclude that it’s down to two things – one is ignorance: people are simply not aware that the solution exists and that’s down to us – perhaps we haven’t publicised its capabilities properly. The other is that people are reticent to put themselves forward to promote a science they don’t readily understand. The problem is though that we are left with more and more energy greedy installations with equipment powered by gas and fossil fuels and that, as I think we can all accept, is bad for our precious planet. Put simply, whilst we need to reduce our consumption of these fuels and increase our use of renewables, there is insufficient capacity to provide the amount of power we need, so we need to find ways of reducing the amount of power we use. The by-product of this, and a very acceptable by-product it is, is that the less energy we use, the less carbon emissions we produce.

 

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The Sicotronic system we have carries a cost, of course it does, but it is far less than the cost, both financially and from a sustainability point of view, than that associated with providing a new sub-station, so I can defend the money making argument with ease, particularly when one considers the ongoing benefits and cost savings to the operator over time.

We are not limited to the kitchen either, laundries, spa and wellness centres and even car charging stations can be incorporated into the system. We can also measure and optimise up to four different areas via one central panel meaning a hotel with, for example a main kitchen, banqueting kitchen, spa and laundry can be managed via one system with up to 140 channels of optimisation in operation.

In simple terms, Sicotronic redistributes available power to only where it is needed. Originally developed to combat the peak power charges, where the energy suppliers apply their maximum tariffs, more commonly found in mainland Europe, sometimes called maximum demand or critical peak, the system has the benefit of using the same technology used to combat the peak power charge to overcome the issue of insufficient electrical supply.

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This dashboard image shows the actual savings Sicotronic can achieve.

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With a threshold set at 75kW, our system never pulled more than an operating peak of 73kW.

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Without Sicotronic this site would have demanded nearly 140kW – a reduction of a massive 67kW!

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In terms of CO2 this equates to a reduction of 28.31kg/CO3 per kilowatt hour!

 

We apply this technology to set a threshold of power limitations. Thereafter, intelligent software redistributes the energy, ensuring that the threshold (effectively, the limit of the available supply) is never exceeded and that power is only ever delivered to where it is needed.

Looking at a theoretical incoming supply (before any diversity is applied), we can look at an overall halving of the requirement. Realistically, Ki-Tech is able to reduce the actual incoming power supply required by anywhere from 25-40%. Many of Europe’s premier manufacturers recognise the value of this energy optimisation system and build it into their product ranges – either as standard or as an option.

So now you know the basics, there is no reason not to consider it moving forward. Moving forward we are going to be targeted more to save energy and adopt a greener approach to hospitality design and provision and looking at energy optimisation as one of the first names on the teamsheet when it comes to outline design should be a given. Likewise our hoteliers, restaurateurs and caterers, given that every aspect of expenditure for their operation will be subject to scrutiny, will need to perhaps consider technologies previously unknown to them

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The highest form of ignorance is when you

reject something you don’t know anything

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– Wayne Dyer

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None of us can hide behind the defence that we didn’t know, You’ll find out more about this and the other services we offer on our website so do take some time to see how we can help.

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To leave you with something to hopefully make you smile, at the safety course there as a lovely lady, who unfortunately had very poor eyesight. When we were asked to identify the sign on the right, she told us that said she had a funny story about it.

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Apparently driving home one night she came across one of these and despite having very thick glasses, they clearly weren’t thick enough as she’d stopped for a number of minutes because she thought it was a cow!

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Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to brush up on my Highway Code. In the meantime if you want to find out more about what we do, you know where to come

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Ki-Tech Solutions Limited

www.ki-tech.solutions

connect@ki-tech.solutions

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