Radisson Hotel Group (RHG) leads sustainability in the hotel industry, installing fuel cell technology that allows Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankfurt to generate its own energy.
RHG is setting new standards for sustainability in the hotel industry.
Thanks to a highly innovative decentralized solution, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankfurt in Germany is now able to generate its own energy. This achievement makes it the first hotel in Europe with a hydrogen fuel cell of industrial size, and the unique installation of the fuel cell technology is the first of its size in a hotel. We believe that the travel and hospitality industry (together with its partners) can be a force for good. It’s why we participate in significant collaborative initiatives to help build a better planet for all.
Our sustainability actions support the preservation of natural resources and the conservation of destinations, all while contributing to the bottom line and enhancing our ability to deliver the value our customers expect. In addition to RHG company-wide initiatives, we believe in piloting innovative solutions in the space of carbon footprint reductions, water stewardship and aiming for zero waste.
RHG’s Think Planet commitment is to reduce the group’s carbon footprint by 10% by 2022 (compared to our 2017 baseline) by reducing our energy consumption and increasing the use of renewable energy. Think Planet was designed and launched as a company-wide initiative in 2012, and helped RHG to reduce its energy consumption by 25% by the end of 2016.
Think Planet is the driving force behind the introduction of fuel cell technology to the Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankfurt. The installed fuel cell has a huge advantage over conventional power generation systems – generating electricity and heat in a non-combustion process, which is virtually absent of pollutants such as nitrous oxide or fine dust particles.
With more than 400 rooms and suites, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankfurt has enormous energy needs, which had previously been covered entirely by the power grid. Starting in late summer 2017, the fuel cells began to supply approximately 3GWh of electricity and 2GWh of heat to the hotel.
The highly efficient technology also allows the hotel to reduce CO2 emissions by about 600 tons a year. This amount is equal to the CO2 emissions from 50,000 cars driving 100km. The use of fuel cell technology allows the hotel to generate a large share of the energy needed to run the hotel free of emissions.
FRANKFURT VISION 100% RENEWABLE BY 2050
According to estimates, the German hotel industry emits about 5m tons of CO2 annually. At the same time, sustainability is becoming ever-more important for hotel guests. Frankfurt am Main is driving sustainability with a remarkable vision. In line with the COP21 agreement, the city plans energy efficiency targets – aiming to decrease its energy demand by 50%, and to make all energy sources in Frankfurt renewable by 2050.
The fuel cell project is receiving additional support through the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Program from Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (a total of over €800,000). The goal of the sponsorship is to develop and market internationally competitive hydrogen and fuel cell technology products.
TECHNOLOGY AND PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT
RHG and E.ON formed a partnership to apply the use of the fuel cell technology for the hotel in Frankfurt. The main reason is to achieve extremely low CO2 emissions, though low noise and an absence of exhaust gases are an additional advantage.
This innovative technology is environmentally friendly, proven and fully operational – having already been employed in the United States for a number of years. The new technology is installed outside the hotel, with the produced electricity and heat transferred by cable and pipeline to the respective distribution network in the hotel basement.
The daily hotel business therefore continues hindered because most of the work tales place outside. The produced heat replaces a large part of the expensive local district heating. The electricity from the fuel cell covers up to 80% of the hotel’s requirements, so that only about 20% of the electricity needs to be sourced from the grid.
Innovative energy solutions, including fuel cells, can supply added value for hotels – significantly lowering energy costs and dramatically increasing environmental friendliness (up to the point of being carbon neutral). The effects of the technology – plus the subsidy from the combined-heat-and-power legislation – create energy cost savings of approximately €60,000 in the first year of the commissioning of the plant. These savings are secured through an annual availability guarantee (8,000 hours) by E.ON. Assured total savings amount up to around €750,000 over the contract time of 10 years.
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