Hospitals require constant electricity, especially during emergencies. Using state-of-the-art technology, microgrids provide a resilient source of localized power to ensure that critical infrastructure continues to operate, even if the macrogrid fails.
Hospitals that rely solely on the macrogrid are at risk. Recent extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy have demonstrated the imperative for critical infrastructure to have on-site generation systems that secure resiliency and ensure continuous, uninterrupted operations. In addition to ensuring continuous operation of critical care facilities, microgrids enable hospitals to reduce cost by equipping customers with a highly efficient, on-site combined heat and power generation (co-gen) source.
“When Sandy hit New York City on October 29, 2012, the flooding and power outages led to the evacuation of residents, hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. New York City hospitals and various government agencies evacuated approximately 6,300 patients from 37 health care facilities.”
— The Joint Commission
- Hospital operators and patients benefit from energy cost savingsif their facility is integrated with a microgrid.
- Microgrids deliver life-saving resiliency, keeping lights on and equipment functioning if natural disasters take the macrogrid offline.
- As the healthcare industry adapts to new technologies, hospital operators can count on microgrids to reinforce firewall protection of sensitive medical records, providing increased securityfrom cyber attacks.
- Hospitals with microgrids will be seen as energy leaders for adopting an innovative technology that will save money and guarantee patients access to the care they need.