A 200-room Premier Inn hotel in Scotland has
become the UK’s first battery-powered hotel in a bid to improve
energy efficiency, secure power supply and enable energy cost
The Gyle at Edinburgh Park, Premier Inn is trialling
a new 100kW lithium ion battery to help the hotel better manage its energy consumption.
The innovative battery, which is 3m3 in size and weighs
approximately five tonnes, functions by drawing power from the
National Grid during off-peak periods. It has capacity to run The Gyle hotel,
including powering meals cooked at its Thyme bar and grill, for up to three hours.
The battery takes two hours to
fully charge and will be used for at least 2-3 hours per day
on-site, depending on the needs of the National Grid.
at Edinburgh Park was chosen as the first site to trial the
battery in part because Scotland is a large producer of renewable
power, such as wind power, which can be prone to volatility. At
such times, the battery will help the National Grid by reducing
demand from the system.
As well as powering the
Edinburgh-based hotel, the trial of the new battery storage system
allows the Premier Inn site to avoid increased peak-time energy
costs and generate revenue by offering energy support services to
the National Grid - in essence, by being paid in exchange for
taking power off the grid.
The installation is expected to save
the hotel Ł20,000 per year in energy savings alone.
Cian Hatton, Whitbread’s Head of Energy and Environment, said:
“Batteries are of course everyday items, more commonly associated
with powering small household goods, like the TV remote control,
so it’s incredibly excited to launch the UK’s first
battery-powered hotel – an innovation which will save money,
ensure security of supply and support the transition to a more
partner E.ON has supplied and installed the battery technology and
will be remotely managing the battery’s workload and efficiency
from its energy management centre in Glasgow.
With 169 sites and growing, Premier Inn is
already the industry’s widest adopter of solar panels, and the
trial of the battery storage technology at its Edinburgh Park site
marks another step towards meeting parent company Whitbread’s
commitment to cut carbon emissions in half by 2025.
chain joins companies including B&Q and Veolia, which both
installed lithium ion battery power systems earlier this summer.
Richard Oakley, Customer Accounts Director at
E.ON, said, “The Gyle at Edinburgh Park is already an energy
efficient hotel thanks to the remote monitoring and management of
its systems from our control centre in Glasgow. By adding the
flexibility of battery storage we can also help Whitbread to
upgrade to the full-board option of drawing electricity from the
grid when prices are low, storing that energy for use at peak
times and having the ability to sell it back to the grid to help
balance supply and demand on the network. Premier Inn is
showing how hotel chains and large power users can further save
money, reduce their carbon footprint and support the development
of a lower-carbon, smarter energy grid in the UK.”
successful, the trial could be extended more widely across the
Premier Inn portfolio.
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