E.ON has partnered with Radisson Blu to create a low-emission hotel in Frankfurt.
The energy firm has installed an industrial scale fuel cell in the building which is expected to generate around three GWh of electricity and two GWh of heat.
With more than 400 rooms and suites, the hotel has enormous energy needs, which had previously been covered entirely by the power grid.
The new distributed energy system will allow for a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of about 600 tons a year, roughly equivalent to 50,000 cars driving 100 kilometres.
E.ON has identified the hotel industry as an important market for implementing energy efficiency and carbon saving measures – according to its estimates, the German hotel industry emits about five million tons of greenhouse gases every year.
Karsten Wildberger, from the Executive Board at E.ON, said: “The continuous growth in the hotel industry makes it an important market for E.ON’s energy solutions business.
“Innovative energy solutions such as fuel cells can supply added value for hotels, as they significantly lower energy costs and dramatically increase environmental friendliness, up to the point of being climate neutral.”
A tower hotel in the UK powered by a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant was built last year.