The National : DRYCLEANER DECEMBER 2018
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2018 41 to be an RTO: For a cost of $1m, return on investment in6-7years. Energy pricing went up so the potential for installation. We will be doing further installations, and Adelaide is stacking up as next one. Long range forecast for Victoria is that costs will come down. But, it won’t go back to the old days. Still we are $1m better off over 10 years. Energy pricing over the past 2 years has gone up 60% cost per kW hour. Distribution costs not so much. United Solar Energy. The installation is “Guaranteed” for 25 years. Seven year period, light they put the number and guarantee 90%. if it drops below 80% then it will kick in. Made our decision really simple Sunshine every day, and lots of comfort in getting the return. Another eco and finance friendly decision we have made is the installation of The Blue Ocean AquaCycler from Ecolab. It can be used for washer extractors and for continuous batch washers, we have it on a tunnel. Blue Ocean formula, Bruno Carnovale, water filtration system, configuration of water. The tunnel consumes water and with Blue Ocean we filter and clean and reuse the water and can filter the process water down to 115 micron through a single step self-cleaning disks-filtration system. The filtered water is at a temperature between 25°and 40°(depending on the washing process) and this creates both water and energy savings. Water buffer tanks, pumps and automatic control systems are all integrated in a standard and compact kit. Bruno Carovale made a few observations on the installation. There was a lot of interest from Delegates and a brisk Q & A followed: Q: Roof space and variation in cost of panels? A: These are manufactured not to produce heat. Heat resistant and not contributing to the heat. Like windows, give it a couple of months of dirty rain, acid rain, yes there is an impact. But they are also designed to be self cleaning to an extent. We don’t have a lint problem in our gutters or drains, and we are aware of the necessity of reducing lint problems. Q: Have the panels made it cooler in the plant? A: This is a new installation –ask me in January! Q: Red tape? A: I have to get a permit from the owners of the grid. We only put back on a Sunday when we are not working. There was a delay of 6 - 8 weeks to get a Certificate. Q: Did you look at Co-generation or other sources of energy? A: No. Solar, all that roof space, it was a no brainer for us. I get 30% of my power for free! LAA Putting on his Chairman of LAA hat for a moment, Warwick took the opportunity to tell the meeting that TRLA Qld had voted today to fold and join the LAA. The 15 new Members, and their balance of funds make us a truly national body and strengthen our position. Add to that the new alliance with TRSA, which has 12 staff, 350 members, a vast library, archives, and we are working out how LAA Members can access this. The two Associations will have reciprocal positions on TRSA/LAA Boards. We have made big leaps in the last two years. Our Membership include small, large, private, not for profit,hospitality, healthcare. It has been a journey, not easy, but it is heartwarming to see so many launderers here today. Thank you for coming. Jane, Mara Bun, Hiten Somaia and Mehul Somaia.
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