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HosPilot Consortium implements its energy efficiency system in hospitals

Elhuyar Fundazioa

This release is available in Spanish.

The HosPilot Project Consortium is developing a system for energy efficiency for hospitals. HosPilot is a Europe-wide project, within the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), co-financed by the European Community, with 12 participating partners, led by Philips Lighting (NL). The implemented system enhances the energy performance of the hospital infrastructure at the same time as providing details of the consumption for each type of use. The system developed is at the implementation phase in four European hospitals.

The HosPilot consortium includes the join efforts of technology provide partners coming from 4 countries:

  • France: CSTB, Osmose.
  • Holland: Philips Lighting
  • Spain: Acciona, Philips Iberica, Tecnalia
  • Finland: VTT, Granlund
  • Servia: ION Solutions

In addition to the technological partners the project includes 4 hospitals as pilot site demonstrators.

  • Hospital de San Pedro (Logroño - ES)
  • Hospital district of Routh Osthrobotnia (Seinäjoki - FIN)
  • Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen (Groningen - NL)
  • Castelluccio Hospital (Corsica - FR)

The system is based on obtaining energy savings in ICTs in order to optimise energy use in various areas of the hospitals, without prejudice to patient comfort or the energy targets for health care.

The system involves the HosPilot project, which includes installing various types of sensors and actuators which, with a minimum effort of implementation, enable the equipping of existing installations of strategies for advanced management and savings in energy, both in illumination and heating/air conditioning.

In recent years there has been an exponential generalisation in adopting ICTs in many different spheres. In this way, it is easy to find buildings which, as regards their life cycle and exploitation, are in their first youth, as it were, but which, at the same time, with regard to the technological level incorporated, are in what we can refer to as advanced maturity. With these similes, the HosPilot project is to draw up a methodology that includes both hardware and software technologies, enabling hospitals to rejuvenate with respect to energy management in the fields of illumination and heating/air conditioning.

The methodology developed within the framework of this project includes everyday use sensors, such as temperature, presence or illumination sensors, as well as others which are not so common, such as ultrasound caudalimeters or solar radiation sensors, that enable evaluating energy impact. The HosPilot project does not involve any technological restriction in its development; i.e. bringing about energy efficiency through taking into consideration all the available technologies as regards sensorisation and actuation, as well as communications, either with wireless or other, more traditional technologies.

Notable amongst the sensors and actuators considered are:

  • Presence sensors
  • Solar radiation sensors
  • Illumination sensors
  • Temperature sensors
  • Flow (air/water) sensors
  • Quality of air (CO2 & Humidity) sensors
  • Window and door opening sensors
  • Actuators with heating/air conditioning loops
  • Actuators with illumination loops
  • Control signals
  • Electricity consumption meters
  • Gas consumption meters.

Through joint control strategy actions implemented with illumination and heating/air conditioning savings will be obtained estimated to be 20%.

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