01 October 2014
Two Spirax Sarco EasiHeat packaged steam-to-hot-water solutions are providing heating and hot water at Eastbourne District General Hospital’s new Endoscopy Unit, while also helping to meet NHS emissions guidelines.
EasiHeat is a ready-to-install solution that uses steam in a compact, plate-and-frame heat exchanger to provide instantaneous hot water for space heating or domestic use. The system’s modular design will enable the hospital to more cost-effectively meet its future expansion requirements with two units instead of the four originally thought to be needed.
"By involving Spirax Sarco in the project’s design and specification phase, we were able to save substantial costs by installing just two EasiHeats. That’s because the EasiHeats’ plate heat exchanger design will allow us to simply add more plates into the frame to expand capacity as demand rises, avoiding the need to buy two extra units,” says Paul Gardiner, estates officer at Eastbourne District General Hospital. "Even though I have worked with steam for a long time, it is really beneficial to get Spirax Sarco to design the system and have one of their experts come to the site to check everything over.”
The hospital was confident in the reliability and operational cost-saving capabilities of EasiHeats, having previously deployed them to replace calorifiers in the main hospital plant room to eliminate temperature control problems and reduce maintenance. Calorifiers are pressure vessels that must be stripped down regularly for insurance inspections, a task that typically takes several days. EasiHeats do not need to meet this requirement, saving substantial maintenance costs.
Gardiner adds: "EasiHeat is compact, which made it easier to find the required plant room space in the basement; they were easy to put in. The units were delivered on time and to budget by Spirax Sarco.”