Edinburgh Premier Inn is UK’s First Battery-Powered Hotel
Renewable record-breakersRenewable energy generation reached a record high in the UK in 2018, but the technology is still limited by natural wind and sun patterns. No electricity is generated when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow. Using battery technology allows the hotel and other businesses with storage capacity to buy power on particularly windy or sunny days, when electricity is cheap and abundant. As well as being cheaper, this also allows the National Grid to better match supply and demand – eliminating some of the inefficiencies associated with bringing power stations online and offline. Other companies made use of battery technology in 2018. In July, B&Q installed large batteries at the company’s Swindon distribution centre to store more of the energy generated by 552 rooftop solar panels. Electricity stored in the batteries could be released back into the building to provide power during periods of peak pricing and to support overnight operations. Global resources management company Veolia also uses advanced energy storage technology to improve the performance of the country’s biggest High Temperature Incinerator. Some technology evangelists predict that battery power is the missing piece in the energy equation. Tesla boss Elon Musk predicted that the expansion of this kind of technology will transform global energy infrastructure, revolutionising not just commercial and domestic energy markets but also the car industry and other markets too. Commercial energy supplier E.ON installed the battery at the hotel in Edinburgh and will remotely manage the battery’s workload and efficiency from its energy management centre in Glasgow. Richard Oakley, customer accounts director at E.ON, said: “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.”
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