UPS supplied to Cork hospital

Nov 12, 2012 | UPS & Standby Power

Finning Power Systems (Finning) has supplied a new standby power generator to Bon Secours Hospital in Cork, Ireland.

The facility, one of Europe’s largest independent hospitals, is currently upgrading its electrical infrastructure. As part of the ongoing upgrades, it is increasing its electrical standby power capacity. This will serve the entire hospital and provide 100% of the standby power requirement in the event of a mains power failure.

The Caterpillar 3516B HD, 2,500kVA diesel generator set from Finning provides a secure and reliable supply of critical standby power to support the entire load of the acute hospital and is sufficiently sized to support an increasing load profile over the coming years.

With its many years of experience in developing bespoke solutions, Finning purpose engineered the generator to meet the customer’s exacting requirements.

The unit features a four stroke diesel engine that combines consistent performance and efficient fuel economy with minimum weight. In addition, the solution supplied by Finning included a fuel system, bulk storage and transfer, water mist detection, fire protection, generator and load bank circuit breaker cubicle, along with electrical and mechanical building interfaces and Modbus. The Modbus allows remote communication with the hospital’s Building Management System (BMS).

The generator is supplied with fuel from a 26,000 litre double skinned tank and, in the event of a power failure, has enough fuel to run continuously for 48 hours.

The project included a custom built container designed with a small footprint and a removable raised floor, allowing access to underground ducts. Due to the close proximity to patient and staff areas of the hospital, the enclosure was acoustically treated to achieve a noise level of 70dBa within a one metre radius.

The small footprint of the custom built enclosure meant that the new unit could be housed on the existing hospital site without any disruption to the building. However, the positioning of the generator meant that installation was complex and Finning was required to crane the equipment into place, with only a 5cm clearance at either end.

In addition to the supply and installation, Finning carried out commissioning work on the system, including both factory and site acceptance testing. The company will also provide ongoing maintenance including servicing, condition monitoring and parts supply.