Planning for a multi-year campus expansion and new heart hospital, UNC REX Healthcare decided to build a new energy plant to repurpose existing standby power equipment. They also installed two Cat® C175-16 diesel generator and later added a Cat C175-20 diesel generator set, often used for large, mission-critical installations such as data centers and hospitals.
The power plant can generate 12.25 MW of power, more than enough to cover the electrical load of the campus. They switch over to this power source as many as ten times a year to prevent outages due to severe weather conditions.
“If we lose our main utility power source, these generators will automatically kick on within 10 seconds or less and provide full power to the hospital,” said Jeff Carter, director of facilities, construction, and biomedical engineering at UNC REX Healthcare.
“Our Cat dealer, Gregory Poole, has highly skilled service technicians who can come in and work on these engines at any time. They know them inside and out.”