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Hospitals

Energy reliability is a top priority

For hospitals, energy is a crucial yet expensive resource. As they’ve grown larger, with new departments and patchwork construction added whenever needs arise, most hospitals have developed complex energy networks. Today, a typical hospital is using an energy network with several critical operations, a few UPS systems, back-up diesel generators, and possibly a rooftop PV system or CHP system.

Hospitals now must balance their growing dependency on energy with their need for operational excellence. Thus, hospital managers have several conflicting goals for their energy supply, such as:

  • Increasing their overall available capacity during power outages

  • Reducing their continuously growing overall expenditures on energy, including CAPEX & OPEX

  • Reducing CO2 emissions to promote a “greener environment” and benefit from relevant incentive plans

 

Today, hospitals have a wealth of options to help them meet these goals. First, they typically deploy smart meters at department levels, increasing accountability and imposing a dynamic demand response mechanism. Also, they can replace old generation and/or energy-storage equipment with new technologies that are more effective. They can even completely rebuild their internal grid infrastructure to improve sharing and utilization of their generation and storage resources.

Although hospitals are addressing their needs differently, they all require one thing: an intelligent system to monitor and control their energy operation. The benefits of deploying this type of holistic, campus-wide energy system are apparent for any hospital, providing them with higher quality energy, while significantly reducing costs. Yet, deploying and operating such a system is both costly and complex, which has kept this solution out of reach for many hospitals. Instead, these hospitals typically adopt “point solutions,” such as BEMS, DERMS or MDMS.

OneOPI proposes a new approach, providing hospitals with the benefits of a holistic, campus-wide energy system, and helping them avoid costly and complex operations.

To help a hospital meet its energy goals, OneOPI cloud energy managed services will:

  • Increase the hospital’s overall available capacity during power outages. Methods include:

    • Improve utilization of existing energy resources

    • Provide energy-crisis management in the event of a grid blackout

  • Reduce the hospital’s overall expenditure on energy, including CAPEX & OPEX, using the following:

    • Granular monitoring and reporting of energy consumption

    • Cost optimization of energy resources usage

    • Improved overall cost/gains with optimized energy trade and better incentives

    • Reduced costs with an internal demand-response system

    • Reduced energy losses with improved network operations

    • Automated operations to save time and improve personnel effectiveness

    • Managed predictive maintenance to improve ROI of energy resources

Reduce CO2 emissions by intelligently optimizing consumption, based on a predictive analysis of available resources and demand needs