CINCINNATI, – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Melink Corporation's Intelli-Hood® Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV) System with the 2015 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award for its ability to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Intelli-Hood®'s accomplishments will be publically recognized at The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) Show in Anaheim, CA on February 19-21, 2015.
This accomplishment marks another milestone for Intelli-Hood® since pioneering DCKV technology in 1989. After overcoming regulatory obstacles and winning the 2012 AHR Product of the Year, this award further propels the market acceptance of DCKV and its aim to further green the commercial kitchen. With over 10,000 systems installed worldwide and an estimated 650 million kWh/year saved, Intelli-Hood® contributes to energy conservation goals of the top commercial food service operations.
EPA ENERGY STAR Program Manager, Una Song, responded, "We extend congratulations and applause to Melink Intelli-Hood® for the Emerging Technology Award accomplishment. The Intelli-Hood® System is a benchmark for DCKV technology that offers energy savings with financial value."
Craig Davis, Vice President of Intelli-Hood®, commented on receiving the award, "Melink Corporation is fully committed to sustainability, and we are focused on the development of energy efficient products and services that support this commitment. Not only are we honored to be recognized by the EPA for our Intelli-Hood® technology, we also applaud the EPA's effort to bringing DCKV technology, such as Intelli-Hood®, to the forefront of energy efficiency."
Steve Melink, President of the Melink Corporation, states the following as a response, "We are very grateful for this award. As the pioneer of automatic variable-speed controls for commercial kitchen hoods over 25 years ago, this further validates our vision and passion for innovation."
Commercial kitchen ventilation removes the heat and effluent generated by the cooking process from the kitchen space, ensuring the comfort and safety of the cooking staff. Commercial kitchen ventilation is typically composed of an exhaust hood suspended above the cooking appliances ducted to fans necessary to expel the heat and effluent outside. To replace the air lost through this process, make-up air (MUA) must be provided by the building's HVAC system or a dedicated MUA fan to the kitchen, which is composed of its own fan, ducts and potentially heating or cooling depending on the climate.
DCKV provides control over the ventilation system by modulating the speed depending on cooking activity. Traditionally, commercial kitchen ventilation systems would operate at their maximum designed speed/volume throughout the duration of the kitchen's operating hours. In contrast, DCKV provides automatic, continuous control over fan speed in response to temperature or optical sensors that monitor cooking activity.
About Melink Corporation
Melink Corporation is a pioneer in energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for commercial and institutional facilities. The Cincinnati-based company has become an industry leader comprised of three businesses: Melink Test Balance provides heating, ventilation and air conditioning commissioning services; Intelli-Hood® applies energy-saving controls to commercial kitchen ventilation systems; and Melink Solar supplies solar photovoltaic project development services for commercial building owners and utilities. Melink works with some of the largest and most successful organizations in the world, including Walmart, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Procter Gamble, Verizon Communications, U.S. military, Target, Whole Foods Market, Hilton Hotels Resorts, Honeywell, Siemens AG, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, Melink operates in a LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy office building, making it the greenest building in Ohio. For more information, please visit melinkcorp.com.
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