California-based luxury hotels, The Beverly Hilton and the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, have launched a 1.4 MWh sustainable energy storage system in partnership with Israel-based energy storage company Nostromo Energy.
Installed inside the Beverly Hilton, the Nostromo IceBrick energy storage system will also serve the adjacent Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and help the two hotels reduce their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
The IceBrick system uses power from the grid at times of high renewable energy availability to freeze water into ice and then utilize the stored ice in the late afternoon and evening when power demand is at its peak. This approach replaces the use of fossil-based energy from the grid during those hours, significantly reducing environmental impact.
The storage system is expected to provide cooling energy at less than 50 percent of the current cost and reduce annual CO2 emissions by 150-200 metric tons. Over the system’s lifespan, this equates to a reduction of more than 5,000 metric tons.
“We are thrilled that ownership of leading brand hotels such as The Beverly Hilton and Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills are adopting Nostromo’s energy storage technology, demonstrating how buildings can play significant roles in integrating renewables and improving resilience of the grid in California and nationwide, while cutting their energy costs,” said Yoram Ashery, CEO of Nostromo. “We look forward to partnering with more like-minded ownership and management of commercial buildings, in the hospitality realm and other sectors.”
The Beverly Hilton, located at corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, in 1955. It is known for hosting Golden Globe award ceremonies, Richard Nixon's "last press conference" after his California gubernatorial defeat in 1962. Singer Whitney Houston also died there.