Cardiac catheterization lab goes solar

Friday, Aug 1, 2014,16:42 IST By metrovaartha A A A

A private hospital in south Kerala has installed a 220 KW solar plant to power its cardiac catheterization lab.    Mitraa Samyoga Energy Private Limited, an industrial entity under Noorul Islam Group of Institutions has established the power plant in the NIMS Medicity, the 1000 -bedded super specialty hospital under the Group.
Electricity generated from the solar plant, sprawling over 22,000 sq ft area in the 20 acres hospital campus will be used to power the cardiac catheterization lab making it Asia’s first Green Cardiac Catheterization Lab, M Faizal Khan, Managing Director NIMS Medicity told newspersons here today.    He said the ‘Direct Current power generated by the solar panels is fed into Alternating Current in a synchronous mode that is directly interfaced with the power grid in the hospital’.  The primary supply will be from the solar cells placed in the hospital premises, just above the cath lab.
‘When the power demand goes up it automatically takes the balance energy from the grid without any interruption and switch over. Even if the grid fails the generator back up is fed into the system so totally un-interrupted and highly reliable power is provided to the cath lab’ said Mr Faizal Khan.    The technology used by Mitraa Samyoga was developed under the guidance of Dr G Madhavan Nair. The technology enables direct connection of solar power to the grid eliminating the need for storage batteries. This reduces the overall cost of investment and maintenance. The advantage of such a mechanism is that the organizations could fully utilize till the last watt of power generated from the Sun.