Distributed Generation and Microgrids for Power Reliability in Hospitals

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM PDT - 11:30:00 AM PDT

The health care system is no stranger to crippling weather. Weather-related events are the single largest cause of power disruptions in hospitals. Hurricane Sandy knocked out area power lines in the Northeast for 56 hours back in 2012. When Hurricane Katrina struck, high flooding and storms caused power outages for several days. When the power goes out, health care facilities must limit their services because their only electricity source becomes single-purpose emergency generators.

As abnormal weather events along with outages are on the upswing, hospitals are looking for alternatives to minimize the interruption of power. Hospitals are particularly well-suited for microgrids because they operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, require a reliable and uninterrupted power supply, can utilize waste heat for use in the hospital, and often have a multi-building campus layout.

Join the American Hospital Association, Mazzetti+GBA and Siemens as we take a deeper look at distributed generation and microgrid trends across the health care industry and how hospitals are addressing them. 

Discussion points include:

  • The business value of distributed generation and microgrids for hospitals
  • The interoperability in the larger electric grid
  • Health care facility perceptions and understanding of distributed generation as they relate to microgrids
  • Challenges of developing microgrids



Clark Wiedetz

Director, Microgrid and Renewable Integration
Siemens Digital Grid

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