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Facility owners are preparing for the future of power distribution today

Three ways to prepare for the new digital world of power management

Key Takeaways:

• Critical applications continue to drive the need for unfailing power reliability. 
• Power distribution is moving from the traditional process to a fully digitized approach. 
• Nemours Children’s Hospital uses EcoStruxure Power to support its life-saving research. 
Building a state-of-the-art, sustainable children’s hospital is a bold idea. Nemours Children’s Hospital ensures emergency generators restore life-saving power in 10 seconds or less and medical teams have clean, uninterrupted power for RELIABILITY with EcoStruxure™ Power.

Massive changes in how power is generated and used are underway in the new digital economy. These changes are brought about by multisource power generation, renewable energy, a departure from alternating current systems to hybrid alternating current and direct current systems, customers producing their own energy, a shift from simple metering to full electrical distribution management, and other factors.

These developments are making power more dynamic and multidirectional. Traditional in-building electrical distribution and power monitoring systems are ill-suited to handle these attributes, so changes need to be made within buildings. Only when facility executives change what’s happening inside their structures – between the service entrance and the final loads – can the full potential of the evolution of the power distribution system be realized.
Already pushed to their limits and further strained by growing and ageing populations worldwide and an increase in chronic diseases and lifestyle diseases like obesity, hospitals need reliable power to ensure patient safety, continuity of healthcare services, and positive patient outcomes. Increasingly, how hospitals distribute power within their facilities affects how these three primary objectives are met.

To harvest the full potential of the evolving power distribution system and to help realize the global need for better, more efficient, and more sustainable systems, healthcare facility executives need to:

1. Build a smart foundation
    Only install smart, IoT-enabled power devices, such as sensors, power meters, low- and
    medium-voltage electrical distribution panels, and UPS systems.
2. Connect devices and systems
    Automate, connect, and analyze the power network using a power management system that
    can provide insights into power quality and electrical asset health, perform emergency
    backup power testing, and ensure power reliability for critical areas such as operating rooms
    and neonatal and intensive care units.
3. Dig deeper into data
    Use predictive analytics software and services to make sense of big data for power, find
    opportunities for proactive maintenance, and reduce energy consumption and unexpected
    interruptions to healthcare services. 
Nemours Children’s Hospital, a non-profit healthcare provider dedicated to medical care and research specifically for children, has already taken these actions. Knowing that its critical power infrastructure is essential to meeting patient needs, the hospital relies on Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure™ Power to support its life-changing medical care and research.

Facilities, IT, and clinical staff at Nemours can rest assured that power will stay on in the most critical areas. If a power outage occurs, Schneider Electric switchgear ensures that the hospital is protected with an automatic switch to emergency power. Radiology, operating rooms, and data centers are further secured through a Schneider Electric UPS system that kicks in during the transition to emergency power and acts as another layer of power reliability to protect healthcare services and patient lives.

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