Since the beginning of January 2017, a new emergency genset from MTU Onsite Energy has been catering for safety in MTU Friedrichshafen Plant 1 in the event of a power outage. Located near the test stand section, the genset can deliver 1000 kW to the entire site in the event of an emergency. An 18-cylinder 2000G 26F unit replaces the previous engine which had reached its maximum runtime. One of the most outstanding features of the new engine is very low noise emissions.
“We had to meet tough requirements on this project,” said Mathias Bäcker, who also initiated it. “On the one hand, space was very restricted, and on the other the noise emission regulations governing our site are pretty stringent.” In close cooperation with MTU Onsite Energy’s series system specialists in Ruhstorf, the plant was delivered in three sections (engine, generator, exhaust system, switchgear), and assembled on site at the beginning of the year.
The genset with switchgear plant is also capable of supplying operating reserve. Klaus Riedmüller, who led the project, said: “We’ve really done a fantastic job on this project. Our new genset has already clocked up some runtime and has functioned without hitches.”
Further action is planned. “Over the next two years, we’re planning to run checks of our other emergency gensets and replace them. Next on the agenda are the gensets in Plant 2,” reported Mathias Bäcker.