Rolls-Royce is to supply twelve mtu Kinetic PowerPacks to King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, according to an order that is supposed to be fulfilled 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, uninterruptible power supplies, acting as the energy backbone.

1.6 MW power output for each mtu Kinetic PowerPack

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

mtu Kinetic PowerPacks
Al Khawarizmi Building in the KAUST campus

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.

Put together a complete solution

«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», explained Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems. 

«We’ve been in discussions with the customer since 2016. We were able to fulfil all of the customer’s wishes and requirements and thus put together a complete solution, that includes a substantial local content», added Bernard Hanssens, Managing Director of the subsidiary in Dubai.


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