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A self-sustaining power supply system is required for a medical/welfare facility-- Wakuya Medical and Welfare Center

Challenges in Tohoku Reconstruction

Need is to equip evacuation shelter with a self-sustaining power supply

For the reconstruction of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and to respond to critical shortages in electricity triggered by the accident at the nuclear power plants that followed, it has become a nation-wide challenge to create a community that is resistant to disaster and has less impact on the environment. One way of tackling this challenge is to make use of renewable energy and untapped energy sources. As such, in the earthquake-affected areas in Tohoku, deployment of renewable energy systems and storage battery units has been promoted for disaster prevention centers. With these systems deployed, disaster prevention centers can provide temporary shelters for disaster victims and back-up power for affected communities. To this end, use of the Green New Deal Fund is being encouraged.

Wakuya Town Medical and Welfare Community Center

Initiatives

Wakuya Medical and Welfare Center deploys an energy creation-storage linked system with the aid of Green New Deal Fund

Wakuya-cho is known as a main producer of gold in Japan. In this area, gold was discovered in the Nara period and was used for constructing the Great Buddha in the Todaiji Temple. The Wakuya Medical and Welfare Center constructed in 1988 consists of a national health insurance hospital, a geriatric health service facility, and a home-visit care station for the elderly. The central area of Wakuya-cho is situated in the Eai River basin, so it has traditionally suffered from flooding or inland water inundation. This center is designed to function as a shelter in case the town office is damaged by disaster. The center will also serve as a triage area where the priority of patientsí treatments is determined depending on the severity of their conditions. Although the Great East Japan Earthquake partially or completely destroyed some buildings in Wakuya-cho, the Medical and Welfare Center built on rock was protected from major damage.
The center recently employed an energy creation-storage linked system composed of a 20 kilowatt PV system and a 15 kilowatt-hour lithium ion storage battery unit with the aid of the Green New Deal Fund. With this system, the storage battery unit is charged by the PV system in normal times. Since excess electric power is supplied to the power grid, it is possible to cut usage of electricity from a utility company. In the event of a disaster, this system will supply power to the emergency electrical outlet and certain lights at the training hall used to accommodate injured people or house the disaster countermeasures headquarters. This allows the Medical and Welfare Center to function as a comprehensive disaster prevention center without compromising its hospital functions.

Training hall serves as a temporary shelter for disaster victims
15kWh lithium ion storage battery unit
Emergency electrical outlet

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