The Anonymous Widower

Should Hospitals Be The Power Backup Locations?

I was reading an article in The Times about how protestors were blocking roads in Central London and they’re inadvertently stopped an ambulance.

So this question occurred to me. Why I don’t know, but my mind has always jumped about and put thoughts together?

Consider.

  • The latest generation of energy storage that could be used to back up the grid are coming down in physical size.
  • Hospitals have complex power systems, as they use a lot of electricity.
  • Hospitals need emergency power backup.
  • Because of their high electrical use, hospitals will have a high capacity connection to the National Grid.
  • Some modern treatments need a lot of electricity.
  • Will ambulances be battery-powered and will need to be charged up, whilst delivering patients?
  • Many bus routes terminate at the local hospital, so if the buses are battery-powered, these could be charged as well.

As an Electrical and Control Engineer, I feel that to put a town, city or are’s back-up battery at the hospital would be a sensible idea.

Hospitals should be designed to be health, energy and transport hubs for their communities.

October 11, 2022 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage, Health, Transport/Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Hydrogen-Powered Ambulance Drives Into Glasgow Ahead Of London Trial

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on New Atlas.

This is the first paragraph.

Back in February, ULEMCo and industry partners announced plans to design an electric rapid response ambulance for the UK’s NHS Trust that would run on batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. Now, the working prototype has driven into Glasgow to give global leaders attending the UN’s COP26 climate summit a closer look at the technology.

Surely, this is a good application of hydrogen power.

Could they be used in the scenario I proposed in Big London Hospital Was Close To Running Out Of Oxygen?

Hospitals would have an electrolyser, which would produce the following.

  • High grade oxygen for the hospital.
  • Hydrogen to power the vehicles and especially the ambulances.

Note.

  1. There would be no oxygen delivery problems.
  2. The excess hydrogen could be stored to use as an emergency power supply.
  3. Would it improve the air quality by the hospital?

I have checked with the world’s premier electrolyser company; ITM Power of Sheffield and my idea is feasible.

 

November 3, 2021 Posted by | Health, Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , , , | Leave a comment