First battery-powered hotel in UK

Published: 08 January 2019

An Edinburgh hotel has become the first in the UK to be powered by battery. The Gyle Premier Inn has installed a five-tonne battery which will charge up from the national grid during cheaper-rate off-peak periods and power the 200-room venue for several hours each day.

The technology is expected to cut the hotel's energy bill by £20,000 a year, as well as reducing its environmental footprint. The 3m3 lithium ion battery will be capable of powering the whole building, including the restaurant, for up to three hours at a time after a two-hour charge.

Premier Inn's parent company Whitbread said the trial of the battery storage technology will help its commitment to halve its carbon emissions by 2025.

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 - an innovation which will save money, ensure security of supply and support the transition to a more flexible grid.

Cian Hatton, head of energy and environment, Whitbread


The hotel chain follows other companies including B&Q and Veolia, which both installed lithium ion battery power systems in 2018. Electricity company E.ON has supplied and installed the technology at the hotel and will remotely control the battery's workload and efficiency from its energy management centre...

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