Following a highly successful trial of the KERS’ kitchen heat recovery system in Hickory’s Smokehouse’s Burton Green location, the restaurant has now tasked the commercial energy experts with implementing similar energy saving systems in a further eight of its venues across the UK.
KERS technology uses 98% recycled energy and is 98% carbon neutral, and offers substantial energy and utility cost savings.
The KERS high temperature (HT) commercial kitchen heat recovery system is designed to capture high-temperature waste heat from the cookline and convert that heat into free hot water at over 55c. This innovation means the kitchen generates hot water and heat as energy efficiently as possible, reducing utility bills, lowering energy consumption and saving tonnes of carbon.
As with all KERS installations, the system was fitted at Hickory’s Burton Green restaurant without the need for complex changes to appliances, or to the cookline itself, meaning minimal disruption for the busy kitchen team.
The project is expected to save the venue a huge 53,746 kgCOe2 per annum, helping Hickory’s Smokehouse to reduce carbons, lower costs and meet their environmental goals.
Jim Bishop, Head of Property at Hickory’s said, “Sustainability, carbon reduction measures and energy saving are very important to us and innovation like this is something that that our industry should embrace.”
KERS solutions have been used by a number of hospitality brands in the UK, creating more energy efficient kitchen spaces in large and small commercial kitchens alike. The KERS HT commercial kitchen heat recovery system can be found at Big Mamma Group London, Royal China Baker St and Marstons The Crown Worcester.
The implementation of KERS energy-saving technology is just the latest move from Hickory’s as it strives to become more environmentally friendly and eco conscious. Hickory’s Smokehouse has become highly invested in sustainability over the past few years and is participating in the Sustainable Palm Oil City Project in association with Chester Zoo throughout 2019.
Along with the Burton Green branch near Coventry, Hickory’s Smokehouse also operates across the Midlands, the North West, and North Wales. For more information visit: www.hickorys.co.uk
To find out more about KERS technology, visit: www.kersenergyrecovery.com