Hospitals in four Italian cities have signed contracts to install GE’s Jenbacher cogeneration systems to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their operational costs. The four hospitals planning to install new CHP systems are located in Alessandria, Milan, Cuneo and Conegliano (Treviso).

As a result of the hospital district heating projects, these cities will benefit from a total displacement of the equivalent of 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, says GE. The CHP systems will also enhance local energy security and patient care by reducing the hospitals’ dependence on the regional grid.

The new hospital CHP contracts call for GE to supply:
• Two 1.1 MW, J416 gas engines for the Hospital of Alessandria – the engines will power a system able to supply energy and heat for the 650-bed facility. The system started working at the end of October 2009.
• One 600 kW, J312 Jenbacher engine for the Hospital of Conegliano (Treviso), which holds approximately 400 beds. The system will begin operating in early 2010.
• Two 1.4 MW, J420 units will be installed at the Fondazione Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Mangiagalli e Regina Elena in Milan. The system will begin operating by the end of 2010.
• One 1 MW, J320 Jenbacher engine for the Azienda Ospedaliera S. Croce e Carle of Cuneo.

In total, and recognizing the advantages of CHP, 34 hospitals in Padova, Varese and Brindisi and other cities in Italy have installed Jenbacher cogeneration gas engines, adds the company.

‘District heating technology is widely used in Northern Europe and has spread throughout Italy in the last few years,’ said Mario Artoni, general manager – Italy for GE Power & Water’s Jenbacher gas engines. ‘Because the costs and reliability of energy are major concerns for hospitals, on-site CHP systems play a fundamental role by increasing energy efficiency and security while reducing the release of environmentally damaging exhaust gases.’