Sustainable energy management at the Huelva University Hospital Complex

Economic, social and cultural development has brought about a greater level of awareness of citizens as regards the demand for better quality services in every walk of life, and in particular, in the healthcare sector. Moreover, improvements in hygiene and health conditions, the rise in the standard of living, advances in biomedical research, better coordination and the development of primary care and specialist attention, have brought with them increased life expectancy and the consequent increase in the costs of healthcare that now accounts for over 8% of GDP, according to data from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies: Analysis of the Spanish Healthcare System 2010. Health Systems in Transition.

The Spanish hospital sector has over 800 hospitals with a very high energy demand. This is due to the fact that their installations require energy 365/24/7 for a large number and range of facilities and equipment. These include providing users and/or professionals with domestic hot water, temperature control (heating and cooling), maintaining air quality and its exchange, sterilisation processes, laundry, kitchens, lighting and the operation of hundreds of electromedical and industrial units.

The considerable weight of energy expenditure on hospital complexes necessitates the adoption of management measures designed to rationalise and save the primary energies required by their equipment and facilities. Read more…

Dr. Agustín Ortega García
Deputy Economic, Administrative and General Services Director
Huelva University Hospital Complex

Article published in: FuturENERGY October 2015