Why co and trigeneration is a safer option for hospitals

The grid isn't always reliable, there are something outages which can leave your firm in the lurch. While this may be an inconvenience for most businesses, for a hospital it can be dangerous to patients' health.

A hospital's primary function is to protect and heal the sick, a function that is thrown into turmoil when the grid fails them. It is for this reason that hospitals the world over and looking to update and modernise their energy solutions by installing co and trigeneration microturbines.

hospital captopnSt. Bartholomew's Hospital has installed trigeneration microturbines for energy security.

London's oldest hospital gets an upgrade

St. Bartholomew's Hospital in the city centre of London has replaced its old power and heating systems with a trigeneration plant and energy centre. By modernising its energy system the hospital has raised its level of safety and energy security.

The associate director of sustainability and patient transport for Barts Health NHS Trust, Fiona Daly, said in an interview to Decentralised Energy that the change signalled a move towards cleaner energy.

"This project illustrates the leadership role that hospitals can play in supporting the UK's efforts to address climate change through energy efficiency" said Daly.

A cogeneration system uses 70-80 per cent of the energy in the fuel.

EU Energy Efficiency Directive

All EU countries under the recent EU Energy Efficiency Directive are required to use energy more efficiently. This is recommended throughout the entire energy chain, from production to energy use and final energy outcomes.

The directive operates less like a suggestion and more like a guide for law-making, as the provisions must be in place and transposed into national law. The measures are binding and aim to help the EU reach its 20 per cent energy efficiency target by 2020.

Because of these laws, organisations are required to update and comply with these energy efficacy targets, a positive initiative for all involved. 

Why is co and trigeneration a safer choice for hospitals?

Co and trigeneration can provide the energy security to business that require more reliable energy than they would be able to receive from the grid alone. As co and trigeneration microturbines use natural gas, they produce cleaner, lower-cost electricity and are more efficient.

Installing on-site power is the easiest way to achieve carbon emissions goals. According to the Australian Industry of Innovation and Science, a cogeneration system uses 70-80 per cent of the energy in the fuel, compared to the 33-35 per cent for a conventional coal power source.

For a hospital, this security and efficiency is a step up from the energy provided by the grid alone. For information on how your business can benefit from increased energy security, greater efficiency and a more environmentally conscious energy solution, get in touch with Optimal today.