The process of creating a microgrid can be complex, but the long-term benefits and rewards for healthcare facilities can be substantial. Increasingly, managers are looking for solutions that address organizational needs related to safe and sustainable operations.
The microgrid — a collection of energy assets working together with intelligent controls — has long been part of the energy systems in the form of diesel generators. Facilities have always had some form of on-site energy generation, but rapidly emerging technologies and the growing desire for reliable power and cleaner energy sources have put a renewed focus on more sophisticated microgrids, particularly those using renewable energy components, according to Healthcare Facilities Management.
For example, healthcare facilities are especially vulnerable to more frequent and severe natural disasters, as well as compromised or overtaxed utility grids that can shut down operations and impact patient care and safety. Microgrids can address these issues through the sustainability benefits that a system with a diverse array of power sources offers.