A Comprehensive Evaluation of Renewable Energy Systems with a Backup to Provide a Part of Electrical Needs of a Hospital: A Case Study in Grid-connected Mode

Document Type : Original Article


Department of Mechanical Engineering, Payame Noor University (PNU), P.O.Box 19395-4697, Tehran, Iran


With sensitive and important systems in hospitals requiring an uninterrupted power supply, finding solutions for power outages is becoming increasingly crucial. Iran's favorable potential for renewable energy makes wind and solar energy viable options to support hospital electricity needs and contribute to sustainable development goals. The present work investigates, for the first time, the electricity supply of a part of the Parsian Hospital in Shahrekord using HOMER software. The use of real electricity exchange data with the national grid and the new generation of tree-shaped wind turbines are unique advantages. Results show that an optimal renewable energy-based system consisting of two 1-kW solar cells and a 1-kW electric converter costs $0.111 per kWh and solar cells generate 3% or 2999 kWh/year. The optimal scenario produces 55193 kg of CO2 annually due to national grid electricity use, highlighting the importance of renewable energy adoption in hospitals.


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