Chototel is employing the benefits of Light Gauge Steel Framing to build cheaper, quicker and greener. Steel framing technology reduces materials wastage compared to conventional construction techniques, and eliminates the need for bricks and wood as raw materials. The buildings are manufactured off-site and then assembled onsite. This ensures the quality of the construction and reduces construction time to a 180-day cycle. The construction methodology is highly automated, reducing the time and cost required to train local labour, while creating employment opportunities for vulnerable groups. Each Chototel will have insulated walls, reducing the need for heating and cooling devices and consequently saving energy. At peak load, the houses are designed to consume less than 100 watts.
CLOSED-LOOP UTILITY SYSTEM
Chototel has embraced the latest advancements in renewable technology to create an innovative closed-loop utility system. The energy that powers each Chototel will be generated and managed using sustainable sources. This off-grid utility system does not only benefit the environment, but is also expected to cut our guest’s average utility bills to just US $0.50 a night.
The PV and Battery plant
This off-grid closed loop utility system fosters the use of renewable sources of energy such as solar power, reducing our dependence on traditional fossil fuel based sources. Electricity is generated from the photovoltaic cells and stored in deep discharge tubular battery banks. Batteries which store over 50% of the project peak load are used to discharge electricity during non sunlight periods.
Water treatment plant
Efficient water and waste management systems produce alternate resources such as good quality organic manure & treated wastewater to the satisfaction of Pollution Control Authorities, through the recycling of water and the treatment of solid and liquid waste. Water is sourced from the ground through bore wells and rainwater storage tanks, and is also acquired through the recycling of waste water.
The Biogas plant
An upward anaerobic sludge blanket plant is used to treat solid & liquid waste to generate Biogas, organic manure & portable water. This leads to appropriate waste disposal and the prevention of waste disposal at the solid waste disposal site, making it a significant catalyst in reducing overall emissions. Depending on the total quantity of Biogas generated, it can either be used as cooking gas or to generate power using a 100% Biogas generator.
Internet of Things (IoT) technology will become part of every aspect of Chototel’s operations. Each Chototel hotel will be managed remotely, and many tasks that have traditionally relied upon manpower will be automated, minimising our operating costs. For guests, our IoT technology creates an independent and personalised experience. Guests can check-in and out of their rooms remotely using our mobile App, and pay for their rental with one click. Using this smart housing solution, guests benefit from real-time data of utility usage and can make payments on a consumption basis via their smartphones.
How does it work?
Each room at Chototel will be fitted with “micro-bots”. This device receives information about specific data points and streams this data on a realtime basis to a cloud platform. This includes data points like usage of water, electrify and gas. The data is first ingested into a messaging system powered by Kafka, an open source, high-throughput, distributed, publish-subscribe platform that can quickly process real-time data feeds on a large scale. Through Kafka, the data is dropped into a large-scale data processing engine. It is here that the processing and aggregation of the data occurs – before it is written onto the second “universe,” or the primary database that manages all the storage, analysis and archiving of the data. The data includes time-series information like temperature, as well as enriched metadata such as accumulated electricity costs and surge usage rates. The analytical and operational data is then connected. The three technologies work well in harmony, creating a resilient, scalable and powerful Big Data pipeline, without the complexity inherent in other distributed streaming and database environments. It is simple in both its integration and production, where data flows smoothly between each stage.
Self-help groups, who are elected residents from each Chototel community, will partly manage the operations of the hotel. These members are paid either through a rent subsidy or a revenue share on community services they manage such as the crèche or kitchen. Formed from individuals who are not in full-time employment, Chototel’s Self-Help Groups encourage female participation by enabling woman to play a central role in community management. Such employment opportunities can alleviate pressure on single-income families, by reducing rent costs and creating an additional source of income.