A hotel in Edinburgh has become the first in the UK to run off battery power

A hotel in Scotland has become the first in the UK to run off battery power. The Gyle Premier Inn in Edinburgh is currently trialling being powered by a five-tonne lithium iron battery, in an effort to reduce its environmental impact and lower its electricity bills by an expected £20,000 ($25,521) per year.

The Premier Inn in Gyle runs off battery power. Image: Premier Inn

The three-metre-square battery will charge up from the national grid during cheaper-rate, off-peak periods. A two-hour charge will enable it to power the 200-room hotel for three hours, including powering meals cooked at Thyme bar and grill. According to its parent company, Whitbread, the hotel was chosen as the first site to trial the battery partly 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.

A two-hour charge will enable it to power the 200-room hotel for three hours, including powering meals cooked at Thyme bar and grill. Image: Premier Inn

The hotel group says that the innovation underlines its commitment to cut carbon emissions in half by 2025. Having installed the technology at the hotel, electricity company E.ON will remotely control the battery’s workload and efficiency from its energy management centre in Glasgow.

The innovation underlines Premier Inn’s commitment to cut carbon emissions in half by 2025. Image: Premier Inn

“Batteries are of course everyday items, more commonly associated with powering small household goods like the TV remote control, so it’s incredibly exciting to launch the UK’s first battery-powered hotel,” says Cian Hatton, Whitbread’s head of energy and environment. “It’s an innovation that will save money, ensure security of supply and support the transition to a more flexible grid.”

For further information on the Gyle Premier Inn at Edinburgh Park, see here.

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