GLRPPR Sector Resource: McDonald's to Save Energy and Increase Operations Efficiency with Echelon's Technology
McDonald's to Save Energy and Increase Operations Efficiency with Echelon's Technology
Summary of this press release from Echelon Corporation: Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON), a leading provider of networking technology that is used to manage and reduce energy consumption, today announced that McDonald's Corporation has chosen its LonWorks(R) technology to network its restaurant kitchen equipment in order to create the "kitchen of the future," which aims to lower energy consumption and increase operational efficiency. McDonald's is encouraging its kitchen equipment manufacturers to include Echelon's power line technology in new equipment for its restaurants. The power line networking technology will provide communication and data exchange between various pieces of kitchen equipment in the restaurants to allow the development of business process improvement applications, manage energy use, and reduce maintenance costs. This communication occurs over existing power lines, making for easy installation and retrofitting of equipment while enabling McDonald's to install the equipment without tearing out walls. The LonWorks enabled "smart kitchen" equipment could easily integrate with other existing or planned building sub-systems, such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and lighting systems that are also based on the LonWorks protocol, in order to extend energy management capabilities throughout the entire restaurant. Such measures are an element that can facilitate LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the restaurants, and further reduce energy use.
Date of Publication:
July 10, 2007
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