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Prysmian cable network to power one of Congo’s most strategic hospitals

The Group has contributed to develop a photovoltaic system at the Hôpital Général de Référence d’Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prysmian participated in this project in collaboration with the non-profit organisation Progetto Sorriso Nel Mondo.

 

Prysmian Group participated in the EIS project by supplying the cables required for developing a photovoltaic system at Hôpital Général de Référence d’Uvira. Prysmian’s solutions were used to ensure that the local population in the Democratic Republic of Congo enjoys access to a more reliable and effective hospital service.

 

What does the project consist of?

 

The hospital is located in Uvira, one of the country’s major cities. Unfortunately, Congo is constantly plagued by ethnic conflicts and indiscriminate exploitation of underground resources, which place the health of the population at risk.

With the participation of various organisations and businesses, the EIS project seeks to provide the hospital with energy independence from the city’s power plants to prevent constant power outages, of which there are an average of ten a day.

The multiple blackouts inevitably impact the hospital’s services, particularly in some wards, where electricity is fundamental to saving lives, such as neonatal care and surgery.

 

Prysmian Group contributed to the project by donating over 4 km of medium-voltage cables required to build up a photovoltaic system composed of 152 photovoltaic modules and 48 batteries that ensures that the hospital has access to a reliable power supply, based on renewable, sustainable sources, above all for the hospital’s two most sensitive wards — surgery and neonatal care —, even during the frequent blackouts to which the area is subject.

The system’s storage capacity of 155 kWh helps the hospital to maintain a constant energy output, complementing the power supplied by the local public utility.
In this way, the system can provide reliable power not just for the most sensitive wards of the hospital but for the entire facility.

The Group’s support made it possible to develop a photovoltaic system that captures solar energy. Prysmian Group is proud to have contributed to this humanitarian initiative, in collaboration with the non-profit organisation Progetto Sorriso Nel Mondo, donating a new source of energy to the Uvira community thanks to its cables.

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