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Hickory’s adopts cookline heat recovery system to transform nine kitchens

Hickory’s Smokehouse

Hickory’s Smokehouse expects to achieve a significant reduction in carbon and lower kitchen running costs by rolling out a heat recovery system across multiple sites.

Following a successful trial of the KERS’ kitchen heat recovery system at its Burton Green branch, the restaurant has tasked the commercial energy experts with implementing similar energy-saving systems in a further eight UK venues.

The high temperature heat recovery system is designed to capture high-temperature waste heat from the cookline and convert it into free hot water at over 55°C.

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The 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 without the need for complex changes to appliances, or to the cookline itself, meaning minimal disruption for the busy kitchen team.

The project will save the venue an estimated 53,746 kgCOe2 per annum, helping Hickory’s to reduce carbons, lower costs and meet their environmental goals. KERS technology uses 98% recycled energy and is 98% carbon neutral.

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 to create more energy efficient kitchen spaces.

The KERS HT commercial kitchen heat recovery system can be found at Big Mamma, Royal China Group and Marston’s Inns.

The implementation of KERS energy-saving technology is the latest move from Hickory’s as it strives to become more environmentally friendly and eco-conscious.

It 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.

The majority of Hickory’s Smokehouse restaurants are based in the Midlands, North West and North Wales.

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