Diagnostic Imaging Centers offer a new step into the future of healthcare, bringing sophisticated technology, monitoring and computer capabilities to hospitals and other patient support businesses. Personalized GECP initiative facilitates use of stand-along sustainable power sources to augment existing (carbon) options. Proprietary elements allow for maximum cost savings, full integration with geothermal options of various kinds, and demonstrate measurable health advantages. Project accomplishment advances sector for use of integrated energy options for emerging digital imaging and diagnostic centers within various operational structures.
Step 1: Describe the Problem'Geothermal' literally means 'Earth's heat, which is estimated to be 5,500 degrees centigrade at the Earth's core -- about as hot as the surface of the sun. Geothermal energy is a clean, renewable resource that can be tapped by many countries around the world located in geologically favorable places. Geothermal energy can be harnessed from underground reservoirs, containing hot rocks saturated with water and/or steam. Boreholes of typically two kilometers depth or more are drilled into the reservoirs. The hot water and steam are then piped up to a geothermal power plant, where they are used to drive electric generators to create power for businesses and homes. Geothermal energy is considered a renewable resource because it exploits the Earth's interior heat, which is considered abundant, and water, once used and cooled, is then piped back to the reservoir.
PROBLEM STATEMENT: More people worry about the cost and health implications of energy derived from limited (usually carbon) supply choices. As such, we most often have to rely on public power even if the generation of that power presents other health or environmental concerns. At the same time, healthcare-based digital imaging processes are becoming more sophisticated, and demanding of greater energy consumptions.
CLIENT APPEAL: Your business was identified as being a major digital imaging company that is capable of adapting to the structural and operational changes needed for adding your own geo-based (geothermal) energy access systems. Studies have shown that energy consumption for health care is second only to the demands of food service, though this could chance as digital imaging equipment becomes more popular and requires more stable and more directed energy control systems to protect the flow of information, to secure data and to connect with business partners. (Comprehensive review of hospital energy issues in http://practicegreenhealth.org/topics/energy-water-and-climate/energy.) Our team has confirmed that we can personalize and install our GeoEnergy Conversion Package (GECP) to address the needs and your concerns associated with the health risks of carbon-generated energy.
Quote Taken From: Think GeoEnergy (n.d.), para 2. Retrieved from http://thinkgeoenergy.com/geothermal.
Step 2: Describe the Current Process
Most digital imaging systems are incorporated into the electrical and operational systems of larger healthcare facilities. Your systems do this and meet general and hospital energy wiring and emergency operational code expectations. This means that you have isolated your energy input as a controllable branch off of the main supply, which allows for minimizing the impact of emergency shutdowns or low supply situations. The NEC code (see accompanying chart) identifies the priority areas and the recommended strategy for this purpose. Your system also has dedicated power distribution backups to ensure short- and long-term disruption, using industry standard generators that themselves rely on carbon fuels. As in most instances, the manufacturers acknowledge a 90% or greater success rate. This allows the system in place to conform with NEC voltage drop allowances as set for traditional equipment and mainstay computer hardware requirements.
In general your system conforms to the flow pattern identified here:
- Priority Equipment Separation
Main Energy Input - Facilities Distribution Node - |
- Gen. Operational Needs Per NEC 517
National Electric Code 517
Life Safety -- Ensures necessary life-saving needs.
Critical Care -- Prioritizes emergency, intensive and other care services.
Equipment -- Otherwise defers to equipment based on load-bearing. No modifications made for source of energy or special requirements of advancing digital equipment at this time.
Chart adapted from text of: Leonidas, T (2008), Digital Imaging and the future: Planning a flexible infrastructure. Medical Construction and Design, Nov./Dec., p 23.
Step 3: Identify the Root Cause(s) of the Problem
Most electricity grids and delivery systems in private structures are unable to adapt to the capabilities and requirements of high-technology digital imaging equipment.…