At the backdrop of the growing needs of power in the healthcare sector and healthcare institutions, Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI) had organised for a workshop on ‘Renewable Energy for Hospitals and Healthcare Institutions,’ sponsored by Ministry of New &Renewable Energy (MNRE) at the Holy Family Hospital Auditorium for all matters relating to new and renewable energy such as solar, wind, biomass, small hydro, hydrogen, geothermal etc.
The demand for health care services has enormously increased over the past few years and this trend is likely to continue for many years to come. According to a World Health Organisation study, with growing population and health care needs in India, 450,000 additional hospital beds will be required immediately against the current approximately 860 beds per million population, only one fifth of the world average of 3960.
In response to this growing need, superspecialty hospitals across the country have sprung up even in smaller cities with the aid of large corporate groups and charitable organizations. Consequently infrastructure, modern equipments and technologies have come up leading to huge energy consumption in the hospital sector in India.
Many modern hospitals consume ten to fifteen times more energy per bed as compared to a typical government hospital. Preliminary energy analysis for about 140 hospitals in India by USAID supported ECOIII Project has revealed that multi specialty hospitals have an average annual energy consumption of 364 kWh/sq.m of built area where as secondary government hospitals consumes annually 50 kWh/sq.m.
These trends of energy intensiveness in hospitals are likely to strain India’s power sector substantially in the coming years. Sample studies in hospital sector have shown number of cost effective energy
conservation opportunities which have remained untapped due to several reasons. The major barriers have been low awareness among the management of the hospitals and limited availability of in-house
expertise to identify and implement energy saving projects. Good energy management structure can bring in not only an energy efficient culture within the hospital but also provides substantial reduction in energy expenses without compromising on the quality of health care facilities to the patients.
The workshop was focussed towards: