VOYA Seaweed Baths
Strandhill, Sligo, Ireland
The VOYA Seaweed Baths were opened in 1996 by Neil Walton and his family, providing beauty spa treatments to the local and tourism communities in Strandhill, currently attracting 22,000 visitors a year. Expansion plans are expected to increase this to 32,000 to 35,000 each year.
Neil is interested in energy and water conservation technologies and processes which may be applied to the Seaweed Bath business including heat recovery and renewable energy.
Energy & water audit to determine current usage and costs. Feasibility of solar thermal water heating and rainwater harvesting . Assessment of heat recovery from DWHR and ventilation.
Heat recovery from baths and showers was identified as a significant opportunity. Cavan Innovation and Technology Centre were working with a company that had developed a ventilation and heat recovery system for recovering heat from moist environments. This prototype system was installed in Voya Seaweed baths and is understood currently to be producing savings. Further findings will be announced as they become available