Hilton Cape Town City Centre’s recently installed Solarus solar system, on the building’s roof, is now fully operational. This large hybrid photovoltaic and thermal (PVT) system, which provides the luxury hotel with both heat and electricity for its 137 hotel rooms, will not only be a cost-effective solution for the hotel, the reduction of CO2 will also be significant.
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“The implementation of the Solarus solar system is a further step of Hilton Cape Town City Centre’s efforts to achieve Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 goals, to drive sustainable travel and to be a positive impact in our communities and environments in which we do business,” said Ernst van Zutphen, General Manager for Hilton Cape Town City Centre.
Travel with Purpose is Hilton’s corporate responsibility strategy to redefine and advance sustainable travel globally.
“Where ever possible, we want to be the hotel’s partner in their journey towards sustainable tourism,” added René Laks, Managing Director for Solarus in South Africa.
It is estimated, the system at Hilton Cape Town City Centre with 66 PowerCollectors will produce 23.590 kWh of electricity and 85.997 kWh of hot water at 60oC. Solarus is capable of storing energy produced at peak solar hours and redistribute the energy to the morning and evening, when demand for hot water is the highest.
New Southern Energy (NSE), with extensive technical and professional experience in the renewable sector, is Solarus’ EPC partner in South Africa. David Masureik, CEO NSE, spoke on the project, saying, “Solar thermal solutions are ideally suited for clients that require thermal energy, such as companies in hospitality. We appreciate that surface area to install our solution in these sectors is limited; we therefore selected to work exclusively with Solarus as their Power Collectors produce more power per installed surface area then traditional PV panels. This partnership with Solarus and its unique technologies enables us to provide our clients with a solution to all their water heating requirements.”