UK’s first battery-powered hotel now operational in Scotland

Posted: January 4, 2019 by oldbrew in Energy, News
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Well, partly battery-powered to be more exact. Government subsidies play a part in the economics of this, as the article shows. Battery purchase and installation costs are not stated, nor is the expected lifetime. Then there’s the insurance bill for a lot of fire-prone lithium in or next to a building.

The Gyle Premier Inn in Edinburgh is trialling a new 100kW lithium-ion battery supplied and installed by E.ON at its 200-room site in a bid to improve energy efficiency, secure power supply and enable onsite energy cost savings.

The battery is 3m3 in size and weighs approximately five tonnes, reports PEI.

It can run the hotel – including powering meals cooked at its restaurant – for up to three hours.

The battery takes two hours to fully charge and will be used for at least two-to-three hours per day, depending on the needs of the National Grid.

As well as powering the hotel, the trial of the new battery storage system allows the Premier Inn to avoid increased peak-time energy costs and generate revenue by offering energy support services to the National Grid.

The installation is expected to save the hotel £20,000 per year in energy savings alone.

E.ON will remotely manage the battery’s workload and efficiency from its energy management centre in Glasgow.

The hotel is owned by Whitbread, which plans to cut its carbon emissions in half by 2025 and has already installed solar panels at 169 of its UK sites.

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  1. cognog2 says:

    Typical press release all spin no substance. This will contribute to my next energy price rise.

  2. Bitter@twisted says:

    An expensive solution to a non-problem.
    All you need is a reliable electricity grid.
    Like we did before the renewables scam started.

  3. oldbrew says:

    What will they be charging the battery with?

  4. oldbrew says:

    Greater Manchester tells fracking firms they are not welcome

    The home of the industrial revolution is now scared of industry?

  5. J Martin says:

    Virtue signalling subsidy gathering since solar anywhere north of Italy doesn’t repay its embodied energy.

  6. ivan says:

    I like the for up to three hours statement. Does that mean that is when everything is switched off? As for cooking, they can do that as long as there is gas although they might have to revert to hand peeling the potatoes and mixing the batter for the deep fried mars bars.

    As J Martin says it is nothing more than virtue signalling and taking a hand out from other power users.

  7. ivan says:

    A question I forgot to ask – are all their room locks electric powered and, if so, what is their power failure state, locked or unlocked?

    Could be fun when there is no wind blowing and the battery goes flat.

  8. oldbrew says:

    They will still be connected to mains electricity. The battery is in effect an optional extra.

  9. stewgreen says:

    “to save £20,000 on energy bills”
    I wouldn’t have thought a hotel room uses much electricity
    This Premier inn hotel has 200 rooms and a magic battery is going to cut each rooms electricity cost by £100/pa
    I suppose the hotel might use electricity for lighting of signs & car park, as well as breakfast room.. maybe uses some for aircon

    @IDAU points out “Premier Inn runs on aircon/heat pumps, which will account for the majority of its power demand.”

  10. stewgreen says:

    – Whitbread got loads of free PR from BBC
    – Did Whitbread get free instead of massive installation costs ?
    \\ Electricity company E.ON has supplied and installed the technology at the hotel and will be remotely managing the battery’s workload and efficiency from its energy management centre in Glasgow. //
    @IDAU says : Iguess E.On take advantage of the schemes for managing batteries on the grid that cover not only demand side response, but also grid stabilisation, both of which are grid services for which they get paid, **funded by our bills ** via Balancing System charges.

  11. Graeme No.3 says:

    100kW seems a rather small capacity for 200 rooms and ?restaurants. I assume they use gas for cooking and do not have electric kettles in the rooms.
    Anyway you can rest assured that the 0.1MW capacity will make a huge difference to any shortfall in generation on the grid.

  12. stpaulchuck says:

    they are going to save 20,000 quid a year on a unit costing probably 150,000 installed, but not including the operating costs, and then the final removal and recycling costs. And what’s the useful life on this? Lithium capacity goes down over time and then pretty much quits. In ten years what’s the capacity, 25KW?

    More magic beans for the taxpayers to pay out for.

  13. Bloke down the pub says:

    They’d be better off installing kit from these guys.

  14. oldbrew says:

    Entire Scottish grid could go down with over-reliance on unreliable renewables…

    Wind Power Chaos Reigns: Scots Build Diesel Generators & Brace For Week-Long Blackouts
    January 4, 2019 by stopthesethings
    – – –
    Are people aware what gambles are being taken with their formerly reliable electrical power systems? Wind power can’t do a ‘black start’ for example.