A new hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland, has become the United Kingdom’s first accommodation to operate completely using battery power. The Gyle Premier Inn is testing daily operations powered by nothing more than a 5.5-ton lithium iron battery.
The Edinburgh property opted to explore this energy-saving option in an effort to save money in electricity bills. Minds behind the power switch anticipate annual savings of $25,521 in electricity. Whitbread Hospitality Company chose Scotland as the first location to test the technology as the country is known for its growing use of renewable resources.
Measuring 32.2 square feet, the battery receives its charge from the national grid, and its power is monitored and controlled by E.ON’s energy management center in Glasgow. After two hours of charging, the battery can power the entire hotel for up to three hours. The power will illuminate the 200 guestrooms and also power up the kitchen electronics used at Thyme bar and grill in the hotel’s lobby.
The commitment to using renewable resources aligns with the hotel group’s endeavor to cut carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2025.
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