Hyatt has made one more step towards sustainable power. The famous hotelier launched special fuel cells that lower dependence of hotels on electrical grid.
The principle of work is the following: hotels are equipped with a special fuel cell system that is powered by natural gas. The system covers up to 75% of all electricity needs of a hotel. This helps reducing carbon emissions by up to 40% and saving significant costs compared to buying electricity from local utility. Such fuel cells are not the first attempt of Hyatt to optimize electricity consumption. The hotelier has solar photovoltaic and solar thermal solutions installed at several hotels.
The investment into fuel cell technology is a part of a global 2020 Sustainability Vision plan. Fuel cells work well in hotels of different size and cover needs from watts to megawatts. They use electrochemical way of producing electricity. Fuel cells are perfect for heating and cooling purposes; they can cover needs of large buildings, offices and even manufacturing facilities. This way of producing electricity is also silent, which is a very important factor for a place where guests need to rest.
Currently, these power generation stations can be purchased from several manufacturers. As a rule, they are offered on the basis of power purchase agreements (PPAs), so the customer needs to fund the purchase and installation. The project in pilot hotels has proven its efficiency, so Hyatt plans to add more fuel cells to its hotels around the world.