PRESS RELEASE Power Generation

Rolls-Royce supplies mtu Kinetic PowerPacks for semiconductor manufacturer X-FAB Sarawak

Posted on March 05, 2024

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  • Four uninterruptible power supply units secure critical power load for semiconductor operations in Malaysia
  • mtu Kinetic PowerPacks compensate for short-term current and voltage fluctuations in the power grid

Rolls-Royce has supplied and commissioned four of its mtu Kinetic PowerPacks to X-FAB Sarawak, the Malaysian division of X-FAB, the world's leading foundry group for specialty semiconductor applications. The dynamic uninterruptible power supply (DUPS) units secure the critical power load for operations at the company’s manufacturing site located in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.  

mtu Kinetic PowerPacks are engineered to perform seamlessly under the most demanding power supply challenges. They provide immediate, high-quality power through the use of kinetic energy. The units eliminate the need for batteries as in a standard UPS configuration, offer a much smaller footprint and are environmentally-friendly due to their 20+ year equipment life and their ability to run on sustainable fuels such as HVO.

Bryan Foo, Project Manager, Rolls-Royce Solutions Asia Pte. Ltd. said: “Being secure in the knowledge that your power supply is reliable and of the highest quality, even during times of grid instability or interruption, is important for any business but is especially vital for a company such as X-FAB Sarawak that has a consistent, high-level output of critical products and that supports many employees and corporate functions.” The X-FAB site in Kuching manufactures semiconductor wafers for automotive, industrial and medical applications and has more than 1,400 employees and a wide array of operations such as finance and procurement.

The four installed mtu Kinetic PowerPacks feature a medium voltage, parallel system configuration offering 2000 kVA (1600kW). They replace older, existing DUPS units from a different manufacturer that were experiencing ongoing issues with dropping critical load from the mains. In normal operation, when the public power supply is working, the mtu Kinetic PowerPacks use a choke - a heavy, rotating electromagnetic coil - to compensate for short-term current and voltage fluctuations in the power grid. The Kinetic PowerPacks also come with an mtu ValueCare service agreement, which provides preventative maintenance at regular intervals and technical support to ensure maximum performance.

Elvenrey Rios, Project Engineer, Rolls-Royce Solutions Asia Pte. Ltd. said: “Our project team upheld X-FAB’s strong safety culture, product quality and user-friendly equipment during the entire process. The reliable critical load support provided by the current mtu Kinetic PowerPacks has also resulted in the customer engaging Rolls-Royce for an additional unit.”

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce develops and delivers complex power and propulsion solutions for safety-critical applications in the air, at sea and on land. Our products and service packages enable our customers to connect people, societies, cultures and economies together; they meet the growing need for power generation across multiple industries; and enable governments to equip their armed forces with the power to protect.
  2. Rolls-Royce has a presence in 48 countries and customers in more than 150, comprising over 250 commercial large aero engine customers, 160 armed forces and navies and approximately 40,000 active Power Systems customers. We are committed to becoming a net zero company by 2050 and we support our customers to do the same.
  3. Annual underlying revenue was £15.4bn in 2023, underlying operating profit was £1.6bn and free cash flow £1.3bn.  
  4. Rolls-Royce Holdings plc is publicly traded company (LSE: RR., ADR: RYCEY, LEI: 213800EC7997ZBLZJH69).
  5. Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs more than 10,500 people. The product portfolio includes mtu-brand high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, heavy land, rail and defence vehicles and for the oil and gas industry. The portfolio also includes diesel and gas systems and battery containers for mission critical, standby and continuous power, combined generation of heat and power, and microgrids. With its climate friendly technologies, Rolls-Royce Power Systems is helping to drive the energy transition.


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