Generator Sets for Hospitals
If a hospital suffers a power outage for even just a few minutes, it may well be possible to measure the cost in economic terms, but the highest cost, that of the well-being of its patients, cannot be measured in millions of dollars or euros. Hospitals and emergency units require generator sets that are well-nigh infallible, not to mention an emergency supply that ensures continuous power in the event of a grid failure. A lot depends on that supply: the surgical equipment they use, their ability to monitor patients, the automatic electronic medication dispensers... In the event of a power cut, generator sets have to provide every guarantee that they will be able to start up in a time that is so short that it barely affects whatever is happening in surgeries, bench testing, laboratories or on the hospital wards.
HIMOINSA generator sets guarantee a 100% load response in just ten seconds
That means they will be able to supply all the power required within that length of time, and that they will therefore be able to respond to the security requirements that any hospital has as far as its normal operation is concerned. Various gensets can work in parallel, and it is possible to sync them with the grid.
The nature of this type of installation is such that complex engineering and development is often required to ensure they meet the technical and indeed even the legal requirements. The University Hospital Institute of Strasbourg is a case in point. HIMOINSA has supplied two 1,550kVA generator sets that are synchronized with two different grids.
To ensure a continuous supply, the two generator sets start up in a synchronized manner and take over 100% of the load after 10 seconds, but once the energy supply for this leading image-guided surgery center has been restored and guaranteed, only one of them continues to operate in emergency back-up mode.
Patient well-being is first and foremost in any health center. And that includes certain acoustic contamination limits to which generator sets must also adhere.
Given the sensitive nature of hospitals, each project that HIMOINSA undertakes involves painstaking research into the soundproofing requirements the generator sets have to meet, and into the rooms in which they are going to be installed, in order to guarantee minimum noise emissions.