Safari Business Arcade Gets a Standby Power Supply at Lower Cost

Kenya’s Main water problem solver has commissioned two 250kVA Dayliff Yanan synchronized standby generators for Safari Business Arcade. KSh20 million projects that will allow tenants of the premises to receive exact energy needed in case of a blackout. It also eliminates power wastage and hence lowering energy costs.

Many standard backup generators currently available in the market supply are a fixed amount of electricity regardless of the variation in user needs resulting in wastage of energy. On the other hand the Dayliff Yanan synchronized standby generators installed at Safari Business Arcade, currently the first of their kind in the Kenyan market, are designed to supply only the amount of electricity required for the users’ activities.

Inefficiencies in the system design accounts for up to 20 per cent of energy waste. This makes organizations to incur unnecessarily high energy costs. Recent findings by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers indicate that the expenses met are high. This exacerbates losses incurred by businesses due to the frequent power outages that Kenyan towns are now prone to as demand for electricity soars.

The Dayliff Yanan synchronized standby generators deliver 500kVA power shared evenly between the two generators. As the load requirements of the building decline the system responds by delivering less power. This is in contrast to standard backup generators which supply the equivalent amount of power even when usage declines. This is more and costly.

“When there is a power failure, both generators will start up and monitor the power needs of the building. When the demand is low, one generator will shut down automatically as the other one runs to supply power for the premises until demand rises,” said Simon Shikuku, Davis and Shirtliff’s engineer in charge of the project.

In cases of a fault in one of the synchronized standby generators installed at the Safari Business Arcade, the other generator will kick in automatically and ensure stable power supply for the tenants whose operations are electricity-critical.

Chairman of Ruaraka Housing Estate Limited, developers of Safari Business Arcade. Mr. Albert Waweru said that a number of the occupants interested in the premises had expressed why constant electricity supply due to the nature of their businesses. They needed to source for equipment tailored to their clients’ specific power needs. He added that the Aga Khan Hospital, three banks and a number of retail outlets are expected to take up some of the space at the business arcade.

Each set of synchronized generators has a daily service tank connected to a common auxiliary tank.  The total fuel storage capacity is 140 hours of continuous operation. Fuel transfer from the auxiliary to the service tanks is automatic. The water solution company undertake the service and maintenance of the installation for a period of two years to ensure their efficiency. It will include training Safari Business Arcade’s engineers on handling and general repair of the generators.

The generators are of good quality like ones used by electricity generating companies and are vital in managing power supply when demand drops. Dayliff Yanan synchronized system can be customized to manage several generators at a go. It can also be expanded to achieve increased power output with increased power demand levels.


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