MP supports hospital's cutting edge green technology
MP Cathy Jamieson has shown her support for cutting edge energy saving technologies during a visit to University Hospital Crosshouse.
The hospital recently installed a state-of-the-art biomass boiler, one of only three of its kind in the UK.
Liz Marquis, of local charity the Energy Agency, showed Cathy how the boiler provides a more environmentally friendly way of ensuring heating and hot water is available for the hospital.
Using wood pellets instead of gas, it supplies 60% of the hospital's heating and hot water capacity during the coldest parts of winter and 100% of the requirements during the summer months.
"It's exciting that University Hospital Crosshouse is at the forefront of new energy saving technologies in the UK.
"The biomass boiler will save the hospital a significant amount of money while also reducing their carbon footprint. It's a win-win situation and I hope other businesses in the area will now look at getting these boilers installed so even more people can benefit from them."
"The Energy Agency promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Agency organised the visit to Crosshouse hospital to demonstrate the effectiveness of both biomass heating and energy efficiency."
John Wright, Director of Information and Clinical Support Services at NHS Ayrshire & Arran, said:
"The NHS is required to reduce its 'carbon footprint' and we are working hard at finding imaginative and innovative ways to do this.
"As well as encouraging our staff to do simple things like switch off lights and equipment when not in use, we are also exploring how new technology can help us reduce the amount of energy we use.
"Our state-of-the-art biomass boiler at University Hospital Crosshouse is an excellent example of using technology not only to reduce energy costs, but also to protect the environment."