Excess heat from Guinness could power Irish children’s hospital

Guiness has been many things in its time – the leading tourist attraction in Ireland and an iconic global drink, but now it could become the source of power for Ireland's new children’s hospital located near to its city headquarters at St James’ Gate in Dublin.

Guinness Storehouse in Dublin ..excess heat from brewing the world famous stout could be used to power a proposed new children's hospital near its Dublin headquarters

Guinness Storehouse in Dublin ..excess heat from brewing the world famous stout could be used to power a proposed new children's hospital near its Dublin headquarters Image by Tinou Bao / CC BY 2.0

The city centre site produces so much excess heat in the brewing process that a feasibility study will now examine if it could be recycled to heat the €650 million  hospital thus reducing running costs.

Guinness may bring power to the people by lighting up a children's hospital should it get the green light to be built adjacent to the brewery's St James' Gate HQ in dublin

Guinness may bring power to the people by lighting up a children's hospital should it get the green light to be built adjacent to the brewery's St James' Gate HQ in Dublin Image by Gordon Flood / CC BY 2.0

The Irish Independent reports that a 10-year planning permission is being sought on the St James’s Hospital campus which will cater for up to 75,000 young patients every year when the facility is up and running.

Officials have made it clear that it is their aim to make the hospital among the most environmentally friendly in the country. As well as installing the most efficient heating systems, the planners want to explore the feasibility of conveying hot water or steam to the new hospital from the Guinness brewery.

A decision on whether the site will be approved is expected early next year, after which building would commence.

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