Rolls-Royce boosts power supply of Saudi-based supercomputing facility

Rolls-Royce boosts power supply of Saudi-based supercomputing facility

/ Technology & Smart Cities / Wednesday, 07 April 2021 12:18

Rolls-Royce will supply twelve mtu Kinetic PowerPacks to King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia this summer. The systems, equipped with dynamically rotating kinetic energy accumulators, will be used to provide the university's supercomputing facility and data center with clean, conditioned, and uninterruptible power supplies.


Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, explained: "We are delighted that such a renowned university as King Abdullah University for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia has chosen us as a partner placing their confidence in our solutions, our expertise, and our many years of experience. The choice underlines our recently expanded expertise in the field of dynamic uninterruptible power supplies and is a major success."


Each mtu Kinetic PowerPack type KP5 has a power output of 1.6 megawatts, operates in medium voltage at 13.8kV, 60Hz, and is powered by an mtu diesel engine type 16V 4000 G74S. These uninterruptible power supply systems are produced in Liège (Belgium), are then fitted into custom-made enclosures in the United Arab Emirates, and finally installed on-site in Saudi Arabia.


The systems are designed for humid ambient conditions and temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius. The scope of supply also includes medium-voltage switchgear and transformers as well as two control stations.


The Rolls-Royce Power Systems team in the Middle East is expected to commission the turnkey plant at the end of 2021 and will be on hand to provide operational support for a further year and remain available for long-term service support throughout the lifetime of the installation.


mtu Kinetic PowerPacks will be installed in two groups of 6 systems each, with one available as a backup in each group. In the event of a power outage, the constantly rotating, heavy kinetic energy accumulator will drive the generator and bridge the few seconds until the diesel engine, which has started in the meantime, takes over.


King Abdullah University for Science and Technology is a renowned high-tech seat of learning, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and one of the world's best supercomputing installations. The previous supercomputer “Shaheen 2” is currently being replaced by the latest and most powerful supercomputing facility which will be used in research and development work to produce scientific findings.


Rolls-Royce has already supplied several similar systems to the region, including Jeddah, Riyadh, and Jubail in Saudi Arabia, as well as the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar. "The customer appreciated the value that our systems could offer them, amongst other the reduced footprint of our solution, the system performance in the very harsh local climatic conditions, and the ability to handle very large load fluctuations," reported Bernard Hanssens, Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Solutions Middle East.

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