Thursday, May 29, 2014

News: Further incentives for Xeros

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Operators of commercial laundries in the US are being given even more incentive to use the innovative Xeros cleaning system in the form of financial rebates and incentives from their utilities supplier.

The Leeds University spin-out, based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, has developed a patented system using a unique method of special polymer beads rather than the usual large amounts of fresh water to clean clothes. Instead a small amount of water is added to loosen clothing stains and activate the beads.

Customers in certain US states are able to apply for financial incentives to install energy efficient machines supported by the Federal Energy Management Program's Energy Incentive Program. The first company to secure a rebate is Sterling Linen Services, one of the largest commercial hospitality laundries in New England, who has secured $28,000 from Liberty Utilities under its Natural Gas Energy Efficiency scheme.

The large-scale industrial laundry provider services more than 30 hotels every day, laundering everything from bedding linens to towels and table linens. As well as direct money and resource savings, Sterling Linen Services also experiences superior cleaning and the machine management programme gives them access to real-time wash data tracking.

The Xeros cleaning system comprises a special washing machine designed to release the beads into the drum for cleaning, and which then removes the beads from the clothes once the cleaning is complete.

An evaluation was carried out which included the metering of energy and water usage by a Xeros washing machine compared to an industry standard machine. The Xeros polymer bead machine demonstrated a 100% reduction in natural gas usage, a 76% reduction in water usage, and reduction of the wash time by up to 28 minutes.

Recently admitted to AIM, Xeros is targeting commercial laundries and hotel industry for their in-house laundry operations. Unsurprising given that the global laundry industry is worth $100 billion per annum. 30 systems have been installed or are committed to be installed in the US, UK and EU and Xeros estimates that approximately 120 further machine installations are expected for 2014.

Bill Westwater, CEO of Xeros, said: "This first incentive payment received by one of our customers further underlines the attraction of Xeros's polymer bead technology to the commercial laundry sector by ensuring our customers not only make significant financial savings but also reduce energy and water use, all whilst providing superior cleaning results. We look forward to working with utility companies on future incentives for their customers using Xeros technology.

"Liberty is pointing the way but since our IPO, we are also now in active discussions with a number of other US utility companies about assessing Xeros machines for energy incentive programme eligibility and I look forward to updating shareholders on progress with these discussions in due course."

Xeros website

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