The NHS and the UK’s healthcare system is a subject that can always stimulate a lively discussion and is almost bound to set off a passionate debate around the dinner table. Don’t worry though, I’m not here to talk politics, but what I am hoping to do with this blog is to spark a new healthcare revolution – and that revolution starts with steam.
Let me cast your mind back to 2008, when the Climate Change Act came into play. It set a target to reduce CO2 emissions in the healthcare sector by 80% by 2050. Since then, there have been great steps made towards a more sustainable health system with hospitals adapting and improving efficiency; a key example being the movement towards packaged plate hate exchangers for the production of low temperature hot water and domestic hot water, driving ever closer to the ideal low carbon plantroom.
In recent years, this emissions drive has led more organisations to experiment with Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems. If you aren’t familiar with this technology, put simply, CHP systems integrate the production of usable heat and electrical power, in one single, highly efficient process.
At this point, I know what you’re thinking – introducing CHP sounds like a major undertaking that would involve completely replacing your original steam system – but don’t fret, this is far from the case. The ability to add CHP to an existing infrastructure can be much more practical and can offer many opportunities to maximise efficiency, when your steam is at the centre of it all.
With this in mind, before you make any decisions on introducing a CHP system to your operation, there must be a consideration made for evaluating the existing system first. This can open so many doors in the way of optimising for future.
One of the best ways to fuse together the strength of steam with the benefits of CHP is by finding a knowledge partner to help you on your way. With our experience and expertise in the healthcare industry and beyond, we could help you approach energy in a more holistic way. After all many of the technologies used in other industry sectors can be used in a healthcare environment to deliver comparable benefits. The usage may be different but the principles are the same.
When you’re next sat around the dinner table, you may well be debating the next best thing for our healthcare system. The future of steam in healthcare comes with a massive opportunity, and achieving cost and carbon savings can happen as quickly as you can say CHP.
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11 years is a long time in anyone’s book, isn’t it? Cast your mind back that long ago and you might just remember the ‘new’ Wembley stadium being completed or Gordon Brown becoming Prime Minister. We also had one of the wettest summers on record – I guess some things never change!
Running a plant room or energy centre certainly isn’t an easy task, is it? As if the complexity of a vast array of technologies all working together as one wasn’t enough, you’ve also got to be mindful of how running costs are rising and savings are becoming much more difficult to achieve. And that’s before we even consider the importance of emissions – or rather, the importance of limiting them.
When you think of steam systems, you may be inclined to think of the food and beverage or pharmaceutical industries. What you may be less inclined to think of, is the UK car industry.
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