Keeping the lights switched on

When the UK’s Liverpool Football Club participated in last season’s Champions League, one of the requirements was that its stadium should have a source of backup power for the floodlights. However, as the club was due to move to a new stadium, it was reluctant to invest new capital in the existing site.

A solution to the problem came in the form of generating sets supplied on long term rental contract by SDMO/Rentgen and Ingrams Installations Ltd. This enabled Liverpool FC to avoid making a capital investment and thus preserve its cashflow. In addition, the rental agreement included all maintenance and repair costs, and also included the option to upgrade equipment during the contract period.

Ingrams Installation supplied Liverpool FC with a dedicated 500 kVA canopied genset and ATS switchgear. The equipment was soon called into action during Liverpool’s fixture against Newcastle when problems were experienced with the floodlights.

Maintaining power in Malaysia

Cummins Power Generation Power Rent fleet is helping Malaysian power utility Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) upgrade and repair its electricity network by providing continuous power during critical maintenance periods.

Malaysia’s power network has recently suffered shortages and overloading, largely due to a lack of investment in recent years. As a result, TNB has embarked on an extensive programme of vital overnight maintenance ” initially in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur ” awarding contracts to a variety of companies. It is estimated that there are in excess of 5000 substations in metro Kuala Lumpur.

Many of the contractors are relying on Cummins Power Rent for their temporary power needs, says Cummins. One of the first contractors involved in the scheme is Hanitek Sdn, which is using a 1000 kVA genset to help it complete its two-year maintenance contract for 20 substations in the Kuala Lumpur district.

The maintenance scheme has been highly successful and has been extended to other towns.

Artistic approach to trigen

Brotherhood Aircogen has installed an innovative trigeneration system at the new Baltic international art centre in the UK. The new system will supply the centre with electricity, heating and cooling with a maximum overall energy efficiency in excess of 72 per cent.

The trigeneration system was designed by Brotherhood Aircogen and will supply 400 kW of electrical power and more than 500 kW of heating ” or 350 kW of cooling ” to the à‚£46 million ($70 million) Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, in Gateshead.

The new arts centre houses over 3000 m2 of art space, five galleries, artists studios, a lecture theatre/cinema, a library, an archive and three restaurants. It was developed from the 1940s Baltic Flour Mills grain warehouse by Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council with the help of a à‚£33 million grant from the Arts Council National Lottery Fund.

The trigeneration system will provide all of the new arts centre’s power requirements during normal operation. Electrical power generation is synchronized with the local grid, allowing the grid to supplement power supplies or provide emergency backup. If the grid should fail, the system will operate in island mode until grid supplies are restored.

The trigeneration system is based on a gas-fuelled reciprocating engine with an absorption refrigeration plant to provide air conditioning during summer months. The engine provides power for alternators to supply the electrical load, while waste heat from the engine provides heating and cooling.

A winning formula

UK-based genset manufacturer Broadcrown has supplied Formula One racing giant Mclaren with standby power equipment for its new headquarter offices in Woking, UK.

Mclaren’s new base ” known as Paragon ” will include a high technology centre and will be the main corporate and production base for the Tag-Mclaren Group.

The state-of-the-art centre, designed by renowned architect Lord Foster, will be housed on a 50 ha site in Surrey and is due for completion at the end of this year.

Broadcrown has provided the site with a BCP600 generating set to provide standby power. Powered by a Perkins engine, the unit has an output of 600 kVA and has been tailored to the exact needs of the client with a free-standing control panel and special plant room acoustics.

The Broadcrown generator was due to be commissioned at the technology centre in summer 2002.

Record order from China

British genset company Indamex has recently received its largest contract for generating sets from China. The order, which comprises 12 units and is worth more than $500 000, is expected to be the first of many for gensets for the provision of electricity for rubber-tyred gantry cranes in China.


Indamex has considerable experience in supplying power units to the crane industry
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The skid-mounted sets are rated at 450 kVA and are powered by Cummins KTA19G3 engines coupled to Newage alternators. A deepsea 550 electronic system controls the units, which have been designed for heavy duty operation with fluctuating loads.

XD20 hits the spot

Genset manufacturer FG Wilson has received an order from its leading UK rental customer, LCH Generators Ltd., for 100 of its XD20 generating sets. LCH Generators has purchased the units to add to its existing fleet of over 1500 FG Wilson sets.


LCH Generators has purchased the XD20 units to add to its existing fleet of rental generating sets
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“We have seen a significant increase in the requirement for FG WIlson’s XD20 model in our rental fleet due to our success in winning several major supply contracts,” said John Pirrie, managing director of LCH. “Our customers rent these products for a number of reasons, including emergency standby power, power at construction sites and road works and prime power at concerts, exhibitions and telecom sites.”

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