Ullevål Hospital

Goes from a decentralised, fragmented system to one with full control and remote monitoring with DEIF.

Ullevål hospital revives emergency power on campus

Ullevål Hospital goes from a decentralised, fragmented system to one with full control and remote monitoring with DEIF.

An emergency patient: the power system

The emergency power system at Oslo’s Ullevål Hospital needed an upgrade – badly. As one of the four main campuses of Oslo University Hospital (Norway’s largest), Ullevål’s century-old buildings and decentralised power infrastructure were inefficient. Medium-sized generators were located in or near the many buildings. There was little control over the load situation.

“It’s difficult to explain how flawed and bad the system was before,” says Michal Kjerstad, operations manager at Ullevål Hospital. “Previously in a power outage we had to look up at a building to see if the windows were lit, and if they were, the building had power, so we moved on to the next building.”

The structure of the main switchboard was based on relay logic, and no switchboards were identical, explains Dag Olsbakk, a consulting electro engineer at COWI. Dag took part in designing and executing a new emergency power system at Ullevål.

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Image: COWI’s Dag Olsbakk (centre) inspects the control room at Ullevål’s emergency power system with DEIF’s René Kristensen (left) and Rikard Aker Svendsen.

The bypass operation

Ullevål had made upgrades in some buildings, and around 2000 it did a temporary upgrade with emergency power generators that used DEIF controllers. Dag Olsbakk says he talked with René Kristensen from DEIF, who gave some ideas on how to retrofit the infrastructure to include the southern part of Ullevål, covering the most critical part of the hospital. Starting in 2014, COWI and DEIF worked together with Ullevål to build the new system while keeping the hospital on-line and functioning normally – like a bypass operation of a patient. 

Four generators of 690 V and each 2.2 MW supply the emergency power. For optimal power security, COWI chose to use DEIF’s Power Management with AGC-4 controllers. “We chose to have a reliable power supply that communicates on a CAN bus that isn’t impacted by other systems,” Dag says. “It’s in bands, and we chose AGC-4 controllers for that. It allows us to run tests and have full control in each building and run tests and synchronise to the grid.”

In addition, the DEIF Digital Voltage Controller DVC310 regulates voltage, improving genset performance.

“What you have now is a lot more control of each building. You can control the system much better. We have higher redundancy and safety in the backup power.”

Dag Olsbakk |

 “What was probably the biggest step for us was not the emergency power park itself, but rather the power management control that we now have.”

Michal Kjerstad |

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