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Special Report Proof positive: Hotel Höltje in Verden


A co-generation plant provides all the electricity needed at the Höltje Hotel in Verden in northern Germany during the summer months. This cuts electricity costs by more than 20,000 Euros per year for Günther Glander, the hotel’s propri- etor, and host of our visit. And now his laundry is able to save even more money with a new Miele dryer which runs on hot water. The new H2O dryer from Miele Profes-


sional has been running in a trial at the Hotel Höltje since the end of June. The machine is proving cost-effective as the process air in the tumble dryer is heated using 80°C hot water from the storage tanks connected to Glander’s co-genera- tion plant. These tanks store heated cool- ing water. This heat is available to the hotel owner to run his Miele dryer at no extra charge. “The dryer usually runs at least 10 times a day - which means that cost savings are genuinely realised,” said Günther Glander, the hotel’s proprietor. “And, the pleasant side-effect is that the dryer helps avoid over-production: the storage tanks only have a capacity of 1600 litres and during the summer months - when there is no call for heating - the tanks prove too small, resulting in a rise in water temperature and eventually in the generation equipment switching off auto- matically. This is now no longer an issue - as water is drawn off on a regular basis to heat the dryers, we can keep our power station running year round.” The Hotel Höltje dries at least 200kg of laundry each day. Since 1998, the laundry


has relied exclusively on Miele technology and currently uses two washer-extractors with load capacities of 14 and 7.5 kg, to- gether with a new flatwork ironer. For senior proprietor, Anolda Glander, there is no alternative to an on-premise laundry: “We tried outsourcing years ago, but were continually beset by mix-ups and plagued by laundry damage. Besides that, turn- around times were simply too long. Today, guests are able to hand in their laundry and get it back within 12 hours.” Becoming self-sufficient in electricity


obviously meant a huge investment but, according to Günther Glander, an invest- ment ‘that has already paid its way and will reap huge economic rewards in the long run’.


Back to business


Miele Professional, together with the broader multi-billion Euro Miele business, is not resting on its laurels. The company has continuously evolved during its long history, carefully guided by successive members of the Miele and Zinkann fami- lies, and shows no sign of stopping. Its machines - both domestic and profes- sional - are at the very cutting edge of technology. All this development is driven by two key principles - to create appli- ances that deliver the very best results whilst reducing running costs, and min- imising environmental impact at every stage of the process, from design to dis- posal. Without doubt, it is exceeding its aims.


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A co-generation plant provides all the electricity needed at the Höltje Hotel in Verden in northern Germany during the summer months. This cuts electricity costs by more than 20,000 Euros per year.


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