The Falls hotel is dedicated to eco-tourism and sustainability. They are members of the Burren Ecotourism Network, which focuses on protecting and maintaining the sustainability and promoting responsible tourism for the Cliffs of Moher and Burren UNESCO Geopark, where the hotel is located. The Falls Hotel is also a member of GreenHospitality.ie. This programme is the Hospitality, Travel & Tourism Resource for Sustainable and Responsible Tourism in Ireland.
About the Storage Challenge
The hotel is currently provided with approx 75% of its electrical power annually by a 220kW Kaplan turbine. The spa & pool pumps, along with the kitchen, count as the most energy heavy loads on the system and are active from 7am through to 10pm.
Currently, plans are under way to install 450kW water sourced heat pumps on the tail race of the turbine to provide the hot water needed instead of using gas.
Energy storage would allow The Falls Hotel to enhance its self-consumption and provide grid services. The Falls hotel aims to become completely energy self-sufficient.
Usable Capacity: 1000 - 2000 kWh
Power, discharging cont.: 200 kW
Power, charging, cont.: 200 kW
Voltage level: 220 V; AC
Temperature range: 10 °C - 30 °C
headword / technology: open for different energy storage