Located in Adelaide’s West End, the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) spans the equivalent of three city blocks with almost four hectares of internal and external green space. Its design blueprint is based upon some of the world’s leading hospitals, combining cutting-edge health care technology with new standards in conservation and environmental management. Accordingly, the RAH will deliver the most technologically advanced and environmentally sustainable medical facility in Australia. The 800-bed hospital has the capacity to treat more than 400,000 outpatients and deliver overnight care to approximately 85,000 inpatients every year.
With 40 technical suites on a 10-hectare site, reliable power supply is critical. Nilsen Australia, a leading electro-technology company, was relied upon to power the large scale project, subcontracting all electrical and integrated communication services that are underpinned by mtu’s reliable Series 4000 engine. As part of its work with Nilsen Australia, the local mtu partner Penske Power Systems supplied and installed six 20V 4000 DS 2650 diesel generators that are instrumental in delivering standby power to the new hospital.
Specified for work in black start conditions, the innovative mtu configuration features best-in-class load acceptance, delivering 100 per cent capacity to the entire RAH site within 18 seconds. Importantly, the 3D-listed units deliver 2.08 MW each and boast fuel systems capable of extending to 72-hour intervals. Housed within the hospital’s east and west plant rooms, each 21 tonne mtu unit features integrated exhaust,