If the scenario painted on the wall by many energy experts occurs and there are widespread power failures in Vienna, then the largest hospital in Austria, AKH, is relatively well prepared.
As the deputy technical director of the AKH, Jörg Simonitsch, told eXXpress, the Vienna Giga Hospital has an emergency diesel system with a total output of almost 19,000 kilowatt hours. “In the event of a power failure, the diesel generators can power the entire house within 15 seconds,” he emphasized.
Simonitsch explained that AKH was equipped with two diesel tanks, which together had a capacity of 200,000 liters.
The AKH’s diesel system ensures emergency power operation for at least 48 hours when the hospital’s power consumption is at a normal level. If the electricity is “used sparingly” by shutting down areas of the hospital that are not absolutely necessary for patient care, then even longer electricity operation is possible in the event of a blackout, said Simonitsch. And the AKH can count on rapid diesel deliveries at any time if the two tanks are empty.
When asked whether the emergency power system always works reliably when there is a power failure, Simonitsch answered: “There are strict emergency power tests every year.” In such cases, the supply line to the neighboring substation is switched off. The system is also serviced monthly.