TIME’s right to save en­ergy

TIME Ho­tels Man­age­ment has part­nered with Smart4Power to roll out a new cor­po­rate ini­tia­tive aimed at re­duc­ing en­ergy use at a num­ber of its UAE prop­er­ties.

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Newly im­ple­mented Air­cosaver tech­nol­ogy re­duces to­tal en­ergy consumption by 20 per cent per unit; six par­tic­i­pat­ing prop­er­ties re­alise cu­mu­la­tive saving of ap­prox­i­mately AED 222,000 on elec­tric­ity.

Spear­headed by Gae­tan Lavoie, TIME Ho­tels’ Cor­po­rate Di­rec­tor of Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices, Smart4Power was com­mis­sioned to con­duct an ini­tial en­ergy au­dit, which re­vealed that win­dow and split air-con­di­tion­ers were re­spon­si­ble for roughly 60 per cent of to­tal en­ergy consumption and as­so­ci­ated elec­tric­ity bills at the com­pany’s six Dubai and Shar­jah-based prop­er­ties. In or­der to ad­dress this high level of consumption and de­ter­mine a more sus­tain­able and cost-ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive, TIME charged Smart4Power with re­spon­si­bil­ity for test­ing the lat­est gen­er­a­tion Air­cosaver tech­nol­ogy, which im­proves the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of ex­ist­ing A/C units.

“The re­sults of the test­ing showed that im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Air­cosaver tech­nol­ogy could re­duce the en­ergy consumption of each unit by 20per cent; and that trans­lated into an ex­tremely fea­si­ble pay­back pe­riod of just 16 months. To date, we have in­stalled Air­cosaver at the TIME Grand Plaza, TIME Oak Ho­tel and Suites, TIME Opal, TIME Crys­tal, TIME Topaz and Oak Vil­las & Res­i­dence sites,” said Mo­hamed Awadalla, CEO, TIME Ho­tels.

Air­cosaver em­ploys a smart con­trol de­vice that op­ti­mises the op­er­a­tion of the com­pres­sors in direct ex­pan­sion air con­di­tion­ers, which in­clude win­dow, duct­less and ducted split, and pack­age unit types.

We con­stantly try to achieve fur­ther en­ergy sav­ings, and are iden­ti­fy­ing ways to im­prove the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of the chiller sys­tem. Lavoie stated, "Spe­cific so­lu­tions un­der eval­u­a­tion in­clude im­ple­men­ta­tion of a chiller plant man­age­ment sys­tem, and an evap­o­ra­tive cool­ing wet wall sys­tem. Com­bined, th­ese im­prove­ments could save as much as 30 per cent of the prop­er­ties en­ergy consumption."

TIME Ho­tels’ of­fi­cial com­pany pol­icy in­cludes a ded­i­cated en­vi­ron­men­tal sec­tion with listed and time-linked pri­or­i­ties such as the re­duc­tion or elim­i­na­tion of pol­lu­tion through en­hanced pre­ven­tive main­te­nance, the ef­fec­tive use of en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ma­te­ri­als, and the re­duc­tion of util­i­ties us­age through the ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of best prac­tices. In ad­di­tion, two of its busiest prop­er­ties, the flag­ship TIME Oak Ho­tel & Suites and TIME Grand Plaza Ho­tel are both in­ter­na­tional Green Globe cer­ti­fied.

(L-R): Fred­eric Cantin, En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Ex­ec­u­tive, Smart4Power; Gae­tan Lavoie, Cor­po­rate Di­rec­tor of Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices, TIME Ho­tels; An­dreas Kolb, Co-Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Smart4Power.

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