The current owner is the sixth generation of the Ancillotti family to run the Alcide Hotel in Valdelsa, between Firenze and Siena since 1849. Her ancestor started providing hospitality to the pilgrims travelling from Canterbury to Rome over the old “via Francigena” route. Nowadays the Hotel has 6,000 m2 of surface area and the restaurants can host up to 500 people at the same time.
HOW WAS THE SITUATION BEFOREHAND?
Heating and domestic hot water was provided by an old traditional boiler; cooling was provided by an electrical chiller. Fan coils and radiators are installed in the rooms and AHU for the restaurants.
WHAT HAS YANMAR DONE?
Yanmar installed 2 Chillers ECWP710J with heat recovery. They provide cooling and heating for the 82 rooms as well as domestic hot water with the heat recovery option. This is combined with a small boiler which works mainly in the winter season.
HOW IS THE SITUATION NOW?
Flexible heating and cooling system, increased efficiency both in heating and cooling thanks to the chillers modulation. Significant reduction of energy consumption in summer for domestic hot water production. How is the overall performance of the system? The performance is very good. About 60% reduction in energy consumption is expected. During the summer they detected 15 min of working time in 8 days for the boiler.
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT YANMAR?
Ms. at first had the perception of Yanmar as an extremely innovative company, and although she didn’t know exactly the GHP technology, she shared with Yanmar the same principles and values of a sustainable future.