A hotel in Edinburgh is said to be the first in the UK to operate solely on battery power.

The Gyle Premier Inn at Edinburgh Park has installed a five-tonne battery that will charge from the national grid in off-peak times and power the 200-bed hotel for several hours each day.

The move is part of Premier Inn’s parent company Whitbread’s commitment to halving its carbon emissions by 2025 and will save the hotel £20k a year on its energy bill.

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The 3m cubed lithium ion battery is able to power the hotel, including the restaurant, for up to three hours after a two-hour charge.

Electricity company E.ON has supplied and installed the technology and will be remotely managing the battery’s workload and efficiency from its energy management centre in Glasgow.

Speaking to the BBC, 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 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.”

Richard Oakley, customer accounts director at E.ON, said: “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.”

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