Endesa is working on decarbonisation, electrification, digitalisation and customer focus. This is how the Caldea project came about. An energy production solution based on heat pumps that reduce CO2 emissions, electrify demand and use the latest digital technologies to develop a product that focusses on the customer.
The Caldea project was implemented in the Faro Jandía hotel, a four-star hotel with a total of 270 rooms located in the southern part of the island Fuerteventura. This hotel used propane boilers to produce domestic hot water and they consumed 61,000 kg of propane per year. We installed five water heat pumps that produce 125 kW of heat for hot water and 85 kW for air conditioning. The entire installation was controlled by a digitalised, intelligent system on the cloud.
Once the installation had been completed, it was possible to generate the necessary energy, both for the air conditioning system, and for producing hot water for showers, the kitchen and the spas throughout the hotel. This process increased the efficiency of the energy production system by more than 80% compared to the previous one, since the energy provided by the heat pumps could be multiplied by up to five.
Following the completion of the project, the hotel did not consume any more propane during the summer months. The Caldea project was not only a success from the point of view of innovation, it also managed to significantly reduce the environmental impact and resulted in an energy cost saving for the Faro Jandía hotel of 20% from the outset, and more than 70% by the end of the project.
José Minguez, head of Innovation Market Iberia Endesa and the Caldea project, assures us that "this project, together with the virtualisation project for the 3D-360º installation that can be seen in the first video, clearly demonstrate our commitment to Innovability and the value that Start-ups can contribute in our open innovation model, supported by Innovability".