Hickory's Smokehouse

Project Overview
Hickory’s adopts cookline heat recovery system to transform eight venues.
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.
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. 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 Brief

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 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. 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.


The Result

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 our industry should embrace.”

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