Hotels and other hospitality industry facilities, such as casinos, operate continuously, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 52 weeks per year. Much of the industry requires prodigious thermal and electricity loads to operate air conditioning and circulatory systems, heating, lighting, laundry, on-site commercial kitchens, retail spaces, gaming and entertainment spaces, etc.
In a typical lodging facility, lighting, space heating, and water heating alone represent close to 60 percent of total use. Hotels and motels in the US use an average of 14 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and 49 cubic feet of natural gas per square foot. Meanwhile, monthly utility demand charges can range from a few dollars to more than $20 per kilowatt. This makes the systems that power the hospitality industry the best targets for energy savings and ideally suited for combined heat and power (CHP).
A big driver for utilizing Flex Turbines® for CHP in large hotel facilities is their ability to provide power for the many tons of air conditioning needed using the waste heat from the on-site electric generation. Flex Turbines can produce power for facility baseload needs while high temperature exhaust can be converted in heat recovery steam generators and used to drive a central heating and cooling plant.
In using energy that would otherwise be wasted to create additional, recycled thermal and electric power, Flex Turbines help the hospitality industry reduce overall consumption, Greenhouse Gas emissions and utility charges.