Innovative solar energy system in the Navahrudak district hospital

Savings, environmental protection and improved medical care

Overview

A combined system of thermal panels (SWH) with heat pumps (HP) and photovoltaic panels (PV) was installed on the site of Navahrudak district hospital. It was the first time that such a combined project using SWH, HP and PV was implemented in Belarus. Now two buildings of the district hospital have independent heating, electricity system and hot water supply.

Background

One of the steps towards the city’s “greener” future was the modernization of the district hospital. As the hospital consists out of several separate buildings, the two most relevant ones were chosen: the building of the surgery and intensive care unit and the building of the maternity ward. The constant supply of hot water and electricity is especially important here and according to the data these buildings consume more electricity and hot water than any of the others. This time experts offered a new system for the implementation. It is offbeat (for Belarus) and fully complies with the “green energy facilities” standards since thermal panels and heat pumps are used to heat hot water, and the photovoltaic panels power plant supplies the heat pumps with electricity. Finally, 40 thermal panels with a capacity of 117.6 kW, 2 heat pumps with a capacity of 18 kW each, auxiliary equipment and 168 photovoltaic panels with an electric capacity of 45.8 kW were installed.

Objectives

Creation of favorable conditions for providing high quality medical service

Creation of favorable conditions for environment protection and energy saving

Activities

  • feasibility study;

  • development of design specifications and estimates;

  • procurement;

  • installation;

  • testing and commissioning;

Effects

  • Energy saving: The volume of substitution of heat production for the hot water supply is 0.34 thousand GCal per year. The photovoltaic power plant generates about 56,000 kWh of electricity per year, which feeds into the heat pumps. So, the consumption of electricity from the grid is reduced by this number.
  • Reducing the environmental impact: The CO2 emissions are reduced by about 107 tons per year (replacing fossil fuels with the use of solar energy).
  • Local budget saving: The total budget savings for energy carriers from the implementation of the pilot project are about 13 thousand euros per year.
  • Social effect: The district hospital has its own source of hot water supply functioning round-the-clock and year-round, which allows to provide high quality medical service. The savings from local budget will be used for further improvement of medical care. One additional workplace was created in the district hospital.

Conclusions

The implementation of the project proves the multifaceted benefits of using “green technologies” on the site of social institutions.  Such projects not only reduce the energy consumption and the environmental impact, but also have several social benefits.

more information

All is clear: How Belarus develops solar energy

https://www.euneighbours.eu/en/east/eu-in-action/stories/all-clear-how-belarus-develops-solar-energy

Published: 30/04/2021

Contact

Katherine Kivach

Navahrudak district executive committee

Navahrudak, Mitskevich str., 11

+3751561144

novogrsport(at)mail.grodno.by

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