Scottish hospital gets standby power upgrade

Jan 21, 2013 | UPS & Standby Power

Dieselec Thistle has provided a complete turnkey standby power package for the East Wing of Cross House Hospital in Kilmarnock, ensuring that the hospital has an efficient, reliable power supply in any eventuality.

A large district hospital providing a wide range of services, Cross House Hospital is the main accident and emergency centre for North Ayrshire. The standby power plant for the East Wing had reached the end of its viable service life so Dieselec Thistle was brought in to upgrade it in a project that involved design, supply, witnessed factory testing, installation and commissioning.

Dieselec Thistle provided two 125kVa FG Wilson gen sets, each with sound attenuation and ventilation. The company designed a Deep Sea 8620 control system to enable each generator to synchronise individually with the mains along with protection relays for each unit to protect the mains supply during synchronisation.

The system provides ‘N+1’ standby availability – the two generators provide sufficient power to provide for all the East Wing’s needs in the event of an outage, while if for any reason one of the gen sets should fail or be out of use, a single gen set can provide enough power for business critical requirements.

Dieselec Thistle Generator’s technical manager, Kenny Berrie, commented “In a hospital environment, reliability of supply is of paramount importance and this system has been designed with sufficient safeguards to ensure that the hospital can remain operational come what may. Individual synchronisation, protection relays and N+1 capacity all ensure that the hospital can continue to treat patients off grid.”

The Cross House Hospital standby power project also saw Dieselec Thistle replace the East Wing’s fuel day tanks and install a new fuel polishing system on the existing bulk storage tank to maximise the storage life of the fuel. The installation also involved a new fuel transfer system, comprising duty and standby fuel pumps.

Berrie concluded, “This project represents a significant upgrade which will help the hospital to safeguard its energy requirements both now and in the future.”