The Gastroenterology Hospital of La Paz, in Bolivia, will be the first ‘Level 4’ Hospital in the country and is set to be a benchmark in all of South America. Still under construction, the building is located at an altitude of 3,600 metres above sea level and will provide the most advanced comprehensive care for gastric disorders thanks to 14 sub-specialties and a staff of more than 600 people.
To ensure the safety of the health complex, its management commissioned us to design an emergency generator for hospitals set tailored to their needs. La Paz being the highest large-city on the planet – 3,640 metres above sea level – the generators had to be designed considering such extreme conditions.
Continuous supply of electricity is always important, but when it comes to hospitals, it is vital. Only top-quality, robust and 100% reliable equipment can guarantee the safety of patients, staff and infrastructure.
Critical spaces such as operating rooms, intensive care units, emergency rooms and laboratories must always have electrical power, as well as all their lighting, security and communication systems running. These are sensitive spaces that must be examined to the millimetre before starting the design of the equipment to cope with a grid failure.
We designed, manufactured and installed a generator set to provide emergency support for the new hospital’s critical services in the event of a mains failure.
Our customer needed equipment with great autonomy, given the location of the hospital complex. The customer had an existing tank for refilling the daily tank of the generator set.
Also, given that the loads of the installation may create energy regeneration, the genset also has inverse-power and excitation-loss protections to ensure that the equipment will not be damaged if the power of any of these regenerative loads is excessive while the genset is in operation.
Features of the generator set for hospitals
- Certified double-walled steel-polyethylene tank, 1000 litres inside the container, with external connection for transfer from external tank.
- Automatic fuel transfer system with shut-off valve.
- External exhaust silencer, located on top of the container.
- Upper manhole cover on container roof for access to radiator in case of repair and/or replacement.
- Control panel accessible from the outside.
- External access door to power busbar, with lower cable outlet.
- Air inlet and outlet silencers for noise attenuation.
- Large, custom-designed baseplate for the required monoblock.
- Coolant Heating resistors with impulsion pump to maintain the engine at an optimum temperature for starting.
- 3200A – 66 kA circuit breaker 500V with LSIG protection.
- Personalised customer signals via power-free contacts for the hospital BMS.
- Automatic start control panel with external command and customised protections, including reverse power and excitation loss protection, designed to operate at 3600msnm.
- Modbus RTU communication with hospital BMS.
- Manufacture: 40″ HC container
- Prime power: 1860 kVA
- Standby power: 2046 kVA
- Voltage: 400/230 V
- Frequency: 50hz
- RPM: 1500 rpm
- Engine: Baudouin
- Alternator: Mecc Alte