The Hotel Inspector 2013 - (Page 89)
Going green is something hoteliers admire but may hesitate to put intostyle
practice. Yet the benefits can be economic as well as ecological…
Bioenergy can be cheap, convenient – and it
might just save the planet, too. Here’s our
handy Q&A to put you in the picture…
q What is bioenergy?
A) Bioenergy is the energy contained in biomass –
biological material – in the form of carbon.
q What are the most common
atmosphere. It is also sustainable in the sense that
it can be grown relatively quickly and harvested,
or can be taken from by-products of other
activities that would otherwise go to waste.
forms of biomass used to
q How can I incorporate bioenergy
A) Wood chips or pellets; forestry thinnings; waste
A) Biomass boilers such as those supplied by
material from agricultural production; refusederived fuel (RDF) from household, agricultural
or industrial waste.
Imperative Energy (www.imperativeenergy.ie) are
able to provide a wide range of heating outputs
from small-scale to industrial requirements.
Your hotel’s entire heating requirements can
be satisfied by a single biomass boiler. Larger
installations are also used to generate electricity.
q How is the bioenergy
produced from biomass?
A) Through either combustion (the biomass is
PHOTOGRAPHY: Getty Images
burnt); gasification (the biomass is heated to a
high temperature and then reacted with oxygen
to turn it into a gas); or pyrolysis (in which
the biomass is heated to an extremely high
temperature but not burnt).
q Isn’t that bad for
A) Biomass is carbon-neutral: unlike fossil fuels
in which the carbon being burnt has been out of
the atmosphere for millions of years, the biomass
producing bioenergy has taken carbon from the
atmosphere comparatively recently and is only
releasing the same amount of carbon back into the
into my hotel’s energy strategy?
q What other benefits might
I get from bioenergy?
A) As sustainability becomes a higher priority for
consumers, being able to demonstrate that your
hotel has adopted such solutions could prove
a competitive advantage in terms of attracting
more environmentally aware clients – especially
if you can demonstrate the provenance and
sustainability of your fuel. Moreover, in the long
term the only way for fossil-fuel prices is up.
Getting ‘off-grid’ for as much of your energy
requirements as possible could be a great way of
hedging against gas and oil price increases. The
bottom line is more profit for your hotel.
the bio maize
Running a vehicle on old vegetables
sounds like something out of Chitty
Chitty Bang Bang, yet it's actually a
reality. To make bioalcohol, yeast and
bacteria are used to break down the
starch in crops such as corn and turn
it into fuel. This miracle energy could
solve the world's oil shortage. The only
big concern is that it takes land to grow
the cereal – land that otherwise would
be used to produce food.
THE HOTEL INSPECTOR
89 Energy bioenergy.1stProof.indd 89
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Hotel Inspector 2013
Series round up
Gym & Spas
The Hospitality Show
Hospitality Technology Expo
The 10 best hotels
Hotels of the future
The Hotel Inspector 2013