In a new independent study, the award-winning Kilkenny VS (Variable Speed) beer cooler has shown to cost 39% less to run than a standard beer cooler.
The study took place in Idlewild bar Dublin over the course of several months in the summer of 2016 and comprised of a highly detailed comparison between a recent standard installation and a VS installation.
The ‘before and after’ study is one of the most comprehensive and detailed independent energy efficiency studies every undertaken on draught beer systems in Ireland. Parameters such as product temperature, flow rates, cellar temperature, electricity consumption, pressures and product demand were examined – even the weather outside (which affects refrigeration unit performance) was taken into consideration in the study, which generated over one million discrete data points and provided enough data for an 18 page report on the subject.
The results and data from the study were reviewed by two leading breweries prior to publishing the report, to ensure accuracy and fairness.
“Energy saving is a huge concern for our business and so we are delighted with the Kilkenny VS system that we installed in Idlewild. We have other projects in the pipeline and I will ensure the Kilkenny VS is part of the specification”
– Linda Monahan, Operations manager, Market Bar Group, Idlewild Bar, Button Factory
“The results of two extensive technical assessments that we performed clearly indicate that the Kilkenny VS Beer Cooling System is superior to the standard ice bank and glycol based beer cooling systems that are currently available”
– Michael Desmond, Energy Engineer, Nimbus Centre at C.I.T.
The Kilkenny VS [variable speed] beer cooler won Best Product at the 2016 IBEC Environment Awards and the design was highly commended by the Institute of Refrigeration Ireland. The design was also shortlisted for an European Commission EBEA Award (2016/2017). Well over 50 systems have been installed to date.