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TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling in the Indian Hospitality Sector

TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling in the Indian Hospitality Sector seeks innovative, climate-smart, cost-effective technologies and business models, including homegrown Indian solutions, that can meet IHCL’s cooling needs. These solutions should have the potential to be scaled across IHCL’s global business, and with other hospitality companies in India and the region more broadly. Innovations should enable thermal comfort in built environments without compromising the functionality of public areas, guest rooms, banquet halls, kitchens, laundries, and other spaces.

IHCL hotels


Type of solutions aligned with IHCL needs


area 01

IoT-enabled & AI/BI augmented systems that improve overall efficiency

➡ Scalable, IoT-based innovations including field monitoring devices, meters and sensors that can collect and feed data into centralized systems that monitor energy savings, thermal comfort and indoor environmental quality.

➡ Data-driven tools and monitoring systems with centralized and distributed level controls, that deliver actionable insights in real-time across multiple locations (properties) on HVAC performance, thermal comfort, and indoor and outdoor environmental parameters including:

  • Performance of individual equipment and system-level efficiencies
  • Diagnostics on equipment health, performance characteristics, preventive maintenance, and routine maintenance scheduling
  • Remote monitoring and alerts, periodic reports, and inputs to the central monitoring dashboard for all locations (properties)
  • Integrated dashboards that display unitary and system-level data points for consumption and action on desktop and mobile platforms


area 02

Plant room high side equipment optimization

➡ Solutions that improve the performance of equipment catering to variable thermal loads by taking advantage of: 

  • Variations from diurnal temperature and seasonal ambient fluctuations
  • Variations from occupancy rates in guest rooms, and usage of banquet halls and conference rooms
  • Chiller efficiency improvement and retrofit solutions, with emphasis on solutions that optimize part-load conditions


area 03

HVAC low side system optimization and indoor environmental quality solutions 

➡ Energy-efficient retrofits and solutions that enhance the efficiency of air distribution systems: 

  • High-efficiency motors and fans
  • Equipment that enables equitable temperature control across the low side and high side
  • Solutions that secure indoor air quality – e.g. filtration efficiency, demand-controlled ventilation, etc. 
  • Energy recovery solutions
  • Free cooling solutions
  • Innovations that enable improvements in kitchen and laundry cooling
  • Virus / bacteria neutralization solutions
  • Insulation materials that minimize heat gain in chilled water piping systems, complete with diagnostic features that predict condensation, leakages, and temperature measurements
  • Humidity control solutions that enable moisture egress from ambient air and avoid infiltration and moisture condensation in the conditioned areas


area 04

Passive cooling solutions

➡ Solutions that help manage heat gain and dissipation to improve indoor thermal comfort with low or no energy consumption; i.e. innovations that enable:

  • Reduced heat ingress and radiant heat gain
  • Thermal mass benefit
  • Night purge
  • External shading systems 
  • Heat reflective films
  • Performance glass façade retrofits
  • Heat reflective coatings 
  • Over deck or under deck insulation systems

In addition to the passive cooling categories outlined above, innovators with active/passive cooling technologies including hybrid designs in evaporative cooling, vapor compression/adsorption/absorption cooling, thermal storage, solid-state cooling applications, and green refrigerants are strongly encouraged to apply.