The hotel brand, which is owned by Whitbread, is trialling the new 100kW lithium ion battery at the 200-room site to help the hotel better manage its energy consumption. The battery, which is 3m3 in size and weighs approximately five tonnes, functions by drawing power from the National Grid during off-peak periods.
According to the group it has the capacity to run the property – 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 two to three hours per day on-site, depending on the needs of the National Grid.
The group said the hotel 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.
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 flexible grid”.
Richard Oakley, customer accounts director at E.ON, added: “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.”