What if you couldn’t deliver care? How built out is your hospital “roadmap to resiliency?” These premises should start driving ongoing dialogue and innovative approaches to how you support your Clinical Care Partners, your Patients (and/or Residents), and even your Communities. With the increasing number of natural disasters over recent years, business continuity through uninterrupted access to electricity is essential in healthcare to support your mission delivering quality patient care and supporting the health needs of the Communities you serve. All agree that hospitals are major users of energy in their communities and this makes their electricity, heat, and cooling loads significant operational expenses. Yet given the large potential economic and non-economic losses, few Hospitals and Health Systems have business continuity plans that think broader than current backup through emergency generators or rental units. The core business of healthcare organizations is to deliver quality patient (and/or resident) care, not power supply and energy management. On-site energy generation and storage have the opportunity to change the cost model and allow for more capital resources being placed on patient care and service growth priorities while ensuring business continuity. The ever-more affordable on-site power generation can also provide power backup as well as cost reduction solutions as part of the energy resiliency strategy too. Building out a “roadmap to resiliency” through distributed energy systems with microgrids provide a cohesive business continuity strategy because they serve to optimize energy use, island a backup power operation, prioritize critical loads, trade excess power with the centralized grid, and even help the local grid recover from a blackout. Once considered a niche of off-grid customers, microgrids are now being considered for their economic benefits as well as sophisticated services. The range of use cases and capabilities of have expanded from simple controls to self-optimizing algorithms and from stand-alone power sources to hybrid systems.
Maggie Clout, Siemens
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