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Healthy Power: Reimagining Hospitals as Sustainable Energy Hubs

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Priority Research Centre for Frontier Energy Technologies & Utilisation, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
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Digital Grid Futures Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
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Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
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Design Next, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
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ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
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School of Biomedical Engineering and School of Physics, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
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School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
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Applied Electrochemistry, Fraunhofer-Institute for Chemical Technology, 76327 Pfinztal, Germany
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Centre for Advanced Energy Integration, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
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Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8554; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208554
Received: 21 September 2020 / Revised: 12 October 2020 / Accepted: 13 October 2020 / Published: 16 October 2020
Human health is a key pillar of modern conceptions of sustainability. Humanity pays a considerable price for its dependence on fossil-fueled energy systems, which must be addressed for sustainable urban development. Public hospitals are focal points for communities and have an opportunity to lead the transition to renewable energy. We have reimagined the healthcare energy ecosystem with sustainable technologies to transform hospitals into networked clean energy hubs. In this concept design, hydrogen is used to couple energy with other on-site medical resource demands, and vanadium flow battery technology is used to engage the public with energy systems. This multi-generation system would reduce harmful emissions while providing reliable services, tackling the linked issues of human and environmental health. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy transitions; hydrogen; energy storage; vanadium; flow battery; industrial ecology; co-benefits; multi-generation; power-to-X; energy networks energy transitions; hydrogen; energy storage; vanadium; flow battery; industrial ecology; co-benefits; multi-generation; power-to-X; energy networks
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Gurieff, N.; Green, D.; Koskinen, I.; Lipson, M.; Baldry, M.; Maddocks, A.; Menictas, C.; Noack, J.; Moghtaderi, B.; Doroodchi, E. Healthy Power: Reimagining Hospitals as Sustainable Energy Hubs. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8554. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208554

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Gurieff N, Green D, Koskinen I, Lipson M, Baldry M, Maddocks A, Menictas C, Noack J, Moghtaderi B, Doroodchi E. Healthy Power: Reimagining Hospitals as Sustainable Energy Hubs. Sustainability. 2020; 12(20):8554. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208554

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Gurieff, Nicholas; Green, Donna; Koskinen, Ilpo; Lipson, Mathew; Baldry, Mark; Maddocks, Andrew; Menictas, Chris; Noack, Jens; Moghtaderi, Behdad; Doroodchi, Elham. 2020. "Healthy Power: Reimagining Hospitals as Sustainable Energy Hubs" Sustainability 12, no. 20: 8554. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208554

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