Halton inaugurated an advanced kitchen indoorenvironment laboratory in France.
Halton inaugurated its advanced kitchen indoor environment laboratory in Béthune, France. The laboratory is dedicated to research and development as well as customer simulations. In addition, it completes the global network of Halton’s indoor environment laboratories.
Halton’s kitchen ventilation laboratory is unique in Europe by recreating the working conditions of a full-scale kitchen. It allows to implement simulations on a large variety of commercial kitchens equipped with canopies, ventilated ceilings and / or totally customized solutions wether they cover cooking appliances powered with gas or electricity.
Béthune indoor environment laboratory is equipped with an advanced data acquisition technology enabling a reliable measurement of the energy consumption as well as the comfort criteria. In addition, the laboratory is equipped with a Schlieren system. The technology, developed by NASA, allows to visualize the heat generated by cooking appliances and how efficiently it is captured by the kitchen exhaust system.
Halton has a network of five indoor environment laboratories on three continents. These laboratories allow Halton to innovate, adapt systems to local market demands and to perform comprehensive indoor environmental testing and analysis.
Three of Halton’s indoor environment laboratories, including the new Béthune facility, concentrate fully or partially to Foodservice solutions. In Foodservice solutions Halton has concentrated on energy efficiency and comfort. As an example, Halton introduced an innovative Demand Controlled Ventilation (DCV) system, called Halton M.A.R.V.E.L., that cuts commercial kitchen energy consumption by up to 50%. The system has been recognised with four innovation awards.
Bethune indoor environment laboratory
Béthune laboratory has been inaugurated by Mika Halttunen, chairman of the board of Halton Group. The event was also joined by majors of the neighbouring cities and 70 guests were also present to celebrate that is a real event in the small world of ventilation systems for professional kitchens.
Innovation in the catering field is all the more important so, according to a report published by the World Business Council for Sustainable Develoment (“Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Transforming the Market”), catering is the most energy consuming activity among all commercial and residential buildings with 800 kWh/m², far ahead healthcare.
Director, Halton Foodservice business area
Benoit de Rycker
Halton is a family-run company specialized in indoor climate and indoor environment products, services and solutions. Haltons aim is to create comfortable and safe indoor environments that have energy-efficient and sustainable life cycle.
Halton solutions range from public and commercial buildings to industry, commercial kitchen and restaurant applications. Halton is also one of the most recognized indoor climate solution providers for marine and offshore applications. Areas of expertise and product ranges cover air diffusion, airflow management, fire safety, kitchen ventilation, air purification and indoor environment management. Halton was founded in Finland 1969. These days company has operations in 23 countries. 2010 turnover was 140 million euros. Halton in web: www.halton.com
Halton is a corporate partner of the Millennium Technology Prize. Millennium is the world’s largest technology prize. The prize celebrates innovations that have a favourable impact on quality of life and wellbeing. In particular, the prize seeks to highlight innovations that assist and enrich our everyday lives today as well as in the future. Millenium online: www.millenniumprize.fi