Solar power will soon be used to cook food for patients who are admitted at the King George’s Medical University – that has one of Asia’s biggest hospitals in terms of bed strength.
“The idea is to tap solar energy, which is abundant in this part of the country,” said prof Ravi Kant, vice chancellor, KGMU.
The KGMU hospital has over 4,000 beds in different departments and the bed occupancy is over 100%. Hence, there is need of food for over 4,000 patients every day .
As per the plan, a new kitchen is being set up on the seventh floor at the Shatabdi Phase-II building, opposite Lari Cardiology, which is equipped with devices that run on solar power. This kitchen can be used to cook rice, chapatis, vegetables and cereals, all on solar energy.
“The solar power will be generated from the rooftop that will run the cooking equipment. All this will be done without electricity from the grid,” said medical superintendent Dr Ved Prakash.
The officials said that the system would be in place within a month and then cooking would switch over to solar system. This, however, will be done gradually in phases, so that the food supply is not hampered even if something goes wrong.
The entire kitchen is being scientifically developed to maintain high standards of hygiene and nutrition. Food cooked here will be in accordance with the nutritional needs of the patients.
The university has already installed a solar power plant, which is generating electricity and supplying to half a dozen clinical departments and wards. These steps were taken to reduce the massive electricity bill of the medical university.