Going green: PIMS to explore options of renewable power

1MW plant will make the hospital self sufficient.


Sehrish Wasif June 23, 2012

ISLAMABAD:


The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) signed two agreements with the Energy Foundation Pakistan (EFP) on Friday to explore the possibility of getting renewable energy.


The move will help reduce the cost of utility bills and also improve the safety of equipment worth billion of rupees, hospital officials said.

The EFP will prepare a feasibility study for setting up a 1 megawatt (MW) powerplant based on concentrated solar power and biomass including hospital waste. The powerplant will meet the complete energy needs of the hospital and generate electricity at half of the current tariff rate to meet the air-conditioning, heating and water requirements of the hospital.

The foundation will also prepare a feasibility study for the installation of an air-conditioning system which will use geothermal energy and a reliable, renewable and sustainable source of energy.

The anticipated annual financial savings will be around Rs100 million, a hospital statement said. The two projects will be fully-funded by the EFP and will not use any natural gas or oil and there will be no greenhouse gas emissions.

Pims Joint Executive Director Dr Altaf Hussain said that though the hospital is not facing a power problem as there are six generators available, in case of a major breakdown, it would become difficult to cope with the situation because most treatment equipment run on electricity.

Published In The Express Tribune, June 23rd, 2012.

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