Romania: Rovinari Hospital
Rovinari is a coal mining town in Gorj County, Oltenia, Romania. The city is located 25 km southwest of Targu Jiu and is connected with rest of the country through the national road DN 66 (part of the European route E79). It has an electric railway which connects Targu Jiu ‐ Rovinari ‐Turceni ‐ Filiaşi and Craiova.
The “St. Stephen” hospital in Rovinari opened its doors in 1989 with an initial number of 250 beds. Currently, their number is reduced to 121 beds. This investment came a few months after St. Stephen’s hospital was taken over by the municipality of Rovinari. The total investment amounts to about 460,106 lei. The funds are obtained from the National Environmental Fund, the Municipality of Rovinari (contributing with 20 % of the total). The Rovinari municipality will continue to invest in the hospital and equip it with appliances. To reduce the energetic consumption for heating water in the hospital, the solution found was to connect a solar panels system that will produce heat for domestic hot water. This system will operate in parallel with the existing heating system.
The 42 solar panels are flat and mounted on a platform located at the ground surface of the hospitals courtyard. Each solar panel has a net capture surface ranging from 2.35 to 2.40 m², with a lifetime of over 10 years. The system has 3 years warranty. The mini‐solar park has a total area of 100 m². In this region the average daily solar radiation can be five times more intense in summer than in winter, during a sunny day in winter, it can capture 4-5 kWh/m2/day; captured solar radiation is independent of the ambient temperature.
The project contributes to fighting climate change through energy savings in the production of hot water. The most important advantage of this investment is the significant reduction of the costs for the hot water preparation from April to September, as well as environmental protection and resource preservation. The money saved with the new heating system will be invested into the hospital itself (drugs and equipment).