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The demands placed on electrification today are as varied as the types of building to be supplied. For office buildings, hotels, hospitals and factories, requirements in terms of quality, reliability, ergonomics, and design are more stringent and more varied than ever before. There’s one factor that all modern-day buildings have in common, however: what makes them intelligent buildings is an uninterrupted and safe, energy-efficient, and cost-efficient power supply. Because electricity is simply vital, Totally Integrated Power provides reliable, safe and, naturally, efficient power supply solutions for buildings of all kinds and purposes.
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TIP for buildings
In the area of building control technology, digitalization adds more intelligence to what were originally rigid infrastructure systems. Also, digitalization offers new opportunities to network originally independent systems and enable these systems to communicate with each other.
Sometimes a building’s purpose changes. For example, offices on one floor in a high-rise building may be redesigned into a shopping arcade. The electrical fittings and the power supply have to be flexible and able at all times to respond to changes such as these. In addition, increasing digitalization using networked components and systems means effective methods are needed to ensure cyber-security.
Buildings have a very wide range of different uses, and the demands they make on their power supply are as varied as their usage types. High-rise buildings require a different approach than university premises, leisure facilities, or hospitals. For many buildings like hotels, shopping centers, or theaters and museums, specific protective systems are required by law, and allowance may need to be made for an unusually wide range of electrical consumers. Totally Integrated Power includes a full range of products and solutions to adapt the power supply most effectively to the specific requirements on a case-by-case basis.
TIP is an integrated power supply solution that is being successfully used in buildings around the world. Learn more in the following reference project.
University Hospital of the Saarland | Homburg, Germany
With 50,000 inpatients and 200,000 outpatients per year, the University Hospital of the Saarland is the largest hospital in this German federal state. Siemens supplied the entire power supply system, from the medium voltage system to the wall outlet, for consolidating the internal medicine clinics.
Previously these had been spread out over 200 hectares. The project met all required standards, such as DIN VDE 0660 and DIN VDE 0107, thanks to Totally Integrated Power. These standards require type-tested switchgear combinations (TSK) and the ability to switch the general power supply (AS) to the safety power supply (SV) in just 15 seconds in order to protect the vital systems in ORs and intensive care. Instead of using cables, as was originally planned, power distribution was implemented via 1,200 meters of busbars, as the calculation using the SIMARIS planning tool had identified this solution as the most cost-effective one. The busbars distribute the power from the low-maintenance 8DJH medium-voltage switchgear to four GEOFOL cast-resin transformers and via 64 SIVICON S8 switchgear or 71 MF floor-mounted distribution boards in all areas.
ADAC headquarters | Munich, Germany
The Munich headquarters of ADAC, with its impressive architecture, was built for 2,400 employees. The main data center, the printing shop, and the spare parts dispatch administration are all combined here under one roof. This variety of different uses places high demands on the building’s power supply.
With Totally Integrated Power, medium- and low-voltage technology are combined in a consistent, fully coordinated system. The use of SIVACON 8PS busbar trunking systems instead of common copper lines enables flexible power supply with minimum space requirements while at the same time substantially reducing material expenses. An air-insulated switchgear 8BT1 was installed for medium-voltage power distribution, and 32 SIVACON S8 switchboards distribute low-voltage power.
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