We are self-sufficient
Sustainability in practice
Heating following natural cycles
Wood chips and electric heating
Heat and electricity account a high proportion of the energy requirement in a guesthouse and hotel. With firewood from the forest, woodchips provide heat to generate hot water and provide cosy warmth. Wood is a regenerative energy source, one which is plentiful here and our natural surroundings save us a whopping 450 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. It immediately came to us to utilise this raw material to create heat. Heating with wood is all about energy which follows the cycles of nature – as a tree grows it draws CO2 from the atmosphere; quite a bit. Whether the wood is now left to just rot or is used in a stove, in both instances during decomposition the same amount of carbon dioxide is released. When wood burns it is CO2-neutral; therefore ensuring a natural, complete cycle.
Own energy generation
Pelton hydroelectric facility
With the Pelton or free jet turbine only the kinetic energy from water is used, which comes from one or more jets to the cup-shaped scoops of the carrying wheel. After being discharged from the jet, the water drive is de-pressurised by the ambient pressure; this is also known as a same-pressure turbine. The Pelton turbine is used in hydropower stations which have very high drop heights (up to 1800m) with comparatively low amounts of water. It is typical of the storage water power stations in the high mountains. With a drop height of 1000 metres the water shoots out from the jets at a speed of around 500 km/hour. It was constructed in 1880 by American engineer Lester Pelton. Our reservoir Our reservoir is located on the Kreuzberg and gets water from the nearby mountain stream. The water is fed to the turbine via pressure pipelines which are installed in the turbine building in the power plant. In contrast to run-of-the-river power plants, the flowing water is not used immediately, rather it can, in periods of less power requirements, be collected in storage pools. In the event of a surge in electricity requirements, in the short term, more water can be taken from the storage pool than has been accrued.
Inlet and waste water
Fresh drinking water from the mountains ...
New text area...The water source for our building is located 250 m above the guesthouse and provides us with the best drinking quality water deep in the Kitzbüheler Alps. With our own cistern, which has almost 1200 litres, it can provide the entire building with water even during dry spells. Our waste water is treated in a completely organic triple-chamber treatment unit and then put back into the natural cycle. Waste water from the kitchen runs initially through a large grease filter.
Gasthaus Steinberg Fam. Michael Grafl Hinterwindau 54 A-6363 Westendorf