Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa wins innovation award

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa is celebrating after taking out the Innovation category of the 2018 EECA Business Awards. Their talented operations manager Neil Wilson and his team received the award in Auckland last week.

The Innovation Award is for a new, ground-breaking energy efficiency, emissions reduction or renewable energy product, technology or process. This Award recognises projects that have achieved proven energy and emission benefits, and that have potential to inspire, make a difference, and demonstrate an ability to take a bright idea to market.

The Canterbury tourist attraction has been trialling New Zealand’s first micro turbine generator which converts methane - a greenhouse gas and bi-product of collecting underground thermal water - into electricity, turning the waste gas into valuable energy to power the facility.

Traditionally, methane was released into the atmosphere or burnt off. The generator will save around 14.5% of the attractions total annual electricity use.

The next project Hanmer Spring Thermal Pools & Spa is looking to tackle is how to use the heat generated from the turbine elsewhere in the complex to further reduce their environmental footprint.