The concern for saving energy and its sustainability are some of the more important issues for Chilean companies. In this context, the Chilean energy company Chilectra and the Clínica Dávila presented the largest solar project for heating water. This was installed on the roof of the clinic and makes it possible to heat more than 70,000 liters of water per day.
The minister for the Environment, María Ignacia Benítez, was one of the authorities in charge of inaugurating the system that mixes solar and electric energy and optimizes resources. The initiative involved the installation of 264 solar thermal collectors over a surface area of 740 square meters. Another positive aspect of this mechanism is that it does not emit contaminating gases, thus protecting the ecosystem.
It is estimated that this innovative project will make it possible to save close to 98 million Chilean pesos per year. Its performance is also expected to improve over the summer season, because during those months the installation will operate solely with the solar energy captured by the collectors on the roof of the clinic.
In winter, however, it will work supported by heat pumps. These are equipped with leading-edge technology that uses electricity to transport the energy collected by the solar panels.
Clínica Dávila currently has the aim of becoming a “green” hospital. This project is therefore another step in the direction of incorporating new technologies and processes as part of clean, renewable and sustainable initiatives.