Innovation Centre targeting catering, cleaning, and FM sectors

A ‘ground-breaking’ new Innovation Centre aimed at the catering, cleaning, and FM sectors is to open its doors for business on 1 May in Peterborough. A ‘collaboration’ between Oxford company, GreenTeck Global, ‘an innovator in alternative green technologies’, and commercial kitchen experts, CK Direct, the Centre is based at CK Direct’s factory and showroom just a mile off the A1 (M), and is unusual, Greenteck says, in featuring a fully fitted, fully operational commercial kitchen as its centrepiece, all under one bespoke, stainless steel roof, also fabricated ‘from scratch’ on the premises.

Equipment on display includes:

  • An extraction system incorporating GreenTeck Global’s AirTeck trioxygen unit, which uses UV light to produce ozone that is then introduced into the ducting system for deodorising and degreasing. The equipment was independently tested, on site, by Odournet, ‘with outstanding results’.

  • A second air-handling system designed to cool, degrease, and deodorise in premises where it is not possible to vent to the outside atmosphere.

  • A third air-handling system built into the ceiling. Using balanced pressure, extractors draw air up through one set of fan-tiles in the ceiling, while it is replaced with cool, clean air from the ceiling void through another set of tiles.

  • AquaTeck – another GreenTeck Global sanitising / sterilising / cleaning system for contact use on floors and skirting (including carpets), work surfaces, door-handles, handrails and banisters, call and lift buttons. Ordinary tap water is put through a water-softener, dishwasher salt added, and electrolysis used to produce Free Activated Chlorine within the solution. The solution can be produced at around 7 litres / minute, used in standard mop-buckets and carpet cleaners or dispensed via a trigger-spray bottle, and is remains active for around 48 hours before neutralising.

  • Hygeia – an activated oxygen sanitising spray bottle. This new product produces ozone in solution from ordinary tap water, on demand, inside its trigger-spray bottle, and reportedly kills ‘99.9 per cent of common pathogens’, sterilising and deodorising.

  • Solar Assisted Heat Panels (SAHP), which can be used to recover and then reuse heat from existing rooms or buildings to produce hot water (at 55 °C). The thermodynamic units come in two variants: integrated (BMTB), or retrofitted, for adding to an existing hot water system.

  • The Eco-Safe Digestor – ‘simple technology that eliminates food waste, on site, using aerobic digestion’. Biological microorganisms reduce food waste into liquid that can be safely discharged into sanitary sewer lines.

CK Direct has been in Peterborough for 19 years. MD, Tony Ricciardi, explained: “We manufacture kitchen equipment and systems on site, starting from stainless steel sheets.  When we decided to have Odournet undertake trials on the AirTeck trioxygen units last year, we needed a professional / commercial kitchen for them to work in. The obvious solution was for us to build exactly what we wanted on site, and really the idea for the Innovation Centre just grew for there.”