A new CPU providing meals for the nursery food sector has launched this month and is bucking the trend in energy supply for its appliances.
The Professional Nursery Kitchen has turned to predominately gas appliances over electrical equipment, in contrast to many commercial kitchens in today’s market.
The CPU, which can produce 5,000 meals a day at max capacity, claims the choice to use gas and other modifications will eventually lead to an annual energy saving of £28,000 as it faced having to pay a significant sum to bring in the power supply the site would have needed.
Managing director Jonathan Player, who is making his debut in the foodservice industry, made a £50,000 investment in converting equipment to gas but avoided having to pay £150,000 to install an on-site substation to meet electrical load.
Further to this, advanced condensing technology in its 17 cold rooms and operational practices in the kitchen will add to energy savings as it looks to supply nurseries in the South with their meals.
“It’s not been restrictive. The way the design has been done and the way the flows have been considered, all we’re doing is not running heavy equipment that doesn’t need to be run together,” commented Player.
“For example, the blast chiller and the utensil washer, we wouldn’t be washing the gastronorm trays because they’re in the blast chiller. As long as you’re conscious of that, it runs and it runs efficiently.”
A smart system also monitors all the electrical currents that are being used in the kitchen and cold rooms and automatically makes adjustments. For example, when the cold room reaches required temperature it will switch itself off or if the mixer or blast chiller comes on the system will allocate the appropriate supply to where it’s needed.
The operator hopes the decision to use gas, operational changes and small streamlining adjustments will help it to dominate the sector.
Image: The CPU is primarily using Baron for its cooking equipment