The U.S. has been experiencing increasingly numerous and intense weather events; scientists say this trend will only accelerate in years to come. Resiliency has become an elevated priority for building owners. To achieve greater resiliency, particularly asit pertains to power, sustainability and resiliency must be in concert. We have opportunities, today, to leverage new technology—fuel cells and microgrids—to not only increase power resiliency, while decreasing our environmental footprint. Code-making organizations, hospital facility planners and teams must understand how the combination of economics and technological advancements has bent the concept of ‘emergency power’ to the breakingpoint. This is truly a paradigm shift in terms of how we think about powering a healthcare facility, particularly a hospital. In order for the code regulations to evolve accordingly, we need sufficient evidence to prove concept. Enter: Kaiser Permanente Ontario. Through a grant solicited by the California Energy Commission (CEC) Charge Bliss, with Kaiser and Mazzetti, are pioneering the power paradigm shift with the design and implementation of a microgrid. At the time of this conference, NEC will have passed the use of microgrids in hospitals, and we will have completed design, moving into construction. Join this session to learn more about this project, its challenges, its prospective implications, and projections for the future of powering Healthcare.
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