On September 15, 2021, the University of Córdoba participated in the 22nd National Congress of Hospitals and Health Management, in which it presented the results of the Improvement Project in a plenary conference entitled: IMPROVEMENT Project - Integration of Microgrids of Combined Heat, Cold and Electricity Generation in environments with High Quality Requirements and Service.

This congress, which is held every two years, has become a fundamental appointment for the Spanish Society of Health Directors (SEDISA) and the National Association of Nursing Directors (ANDE), as organizing entities, with health management in general and specifically with the professionalization of health managers.

The summary presented at the meeting is attached:

In recent years, numerous projects have been developed to reduce energy consumption in buildings, both from the point of view of energy efficiency and the integration of renewable energies. However, there is a small number of projects that focus on the problem of integrating renewable energies and improving energy efficiency in environments where high-tech equipment is predominant. Usually, this type of equipment is considered "critical loads" and can be found in hospitals, universities, research centers, military installations, transport stations, etc. This type of site has the particularity of an extreme sensitivity of its equipment to disturbances in the quality and continuity of electricity supply. Due to health reasons in hospitals, scientific considerations in technology centers and universities, defense conditions in military installations or security and surveillance in transport stations and airports, the quality and continuity of supply must be considered fundamental aspects. A high percentage of the consumption of this type of installation is given by heating and specifically in southern European countries for air conditioning.

The IMPROVEMENT project (Integration of microgrids for the combined generation of heat, cold and electricity in public buildings with zero consumption under criteria of high quality and continuity of supply) seeks the conversion of this type of public buildings into zero-energy buildings by integrating microgrids of renewable energy with combined generation of heat, cold and electricity with inverters with active neutral control that use hybrid energy storage systems that will guarantee energy quality and continuity of service to equipment sensitive to supply quality disturbances (equipment of high technology) while increasing energy efficiency in this type of buildings, through the following specific objectives:

- Development of a system to improve energy efficiency in public buildings through a solar heating and cooling generation system and the incorporation of technical active / passive ace for buildings with zero energy consumption.

- Development of a fault-resistant power control system for microgrids under criteria of high quality design and continuity of supply

- Development of an energy management system for microgrids of renewable generation with a hybrid energy storage system under criteria of minimal degradation, maximum efficiency and priority in the use of renewable energies.

The project is financed within the European Union program and supports regional development in South-West Europe, financing transnational projects through the ERDF Fund. Thus, it promotes transnational cooperation to deal with problems common to the above mentioned regions, sharing low investment in research and development, low competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, and exposure to climate change and environmental risks.

Further information Meeting link: https://www.22congresohospitales.org/.

Access to the program of the event here.

Access to the book of the publications here.

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