Emergency Power

Benefitting from a steady power supply is key for numerous economic activities. This reliability must be ensured at any time, including in cases of storms, grid problems and power failures. For this, clinics, data centers, banks or farms need emergency reserve engine power plants providing energy right away, whenever needed.
What is true at local level is also true at systemic level: electric utilities and transmission system operators are investing in this type of emergency power plants to avoid disturbances on the grid.


Source: Wärtsilä

Electricity Security of Supply for Estonia

The Kiisa emergency reserve power plant was commissioned by the Estonian transmission system operator Elering to cover one sixth of Estonia's maximum electricity consumption in the winter and consequently to provide valuable electricity security of supply to this country. The 27 engines of this power plant are mainly running on gas but have also the capability of using light fuel oil as back-up. Together they may provide 250 MW to the grid in less than 10 minutes.

Back-up Power for COVID-19 Field Hospital

In 2020, COVID-19 highlighted once again the essential role hospitals, grocery stores, distribution centers and other essential services play in our daily lives. With hospitals under pressure from the surge of cases, it was necessary to create new field hospitals, such as the one build in Bergamo (Italy) – one of the worst affected cities in Europe. Five rental power generator sets were donated to the field hospital to provide backup power in the event grid power was lost.

For more examples of how engines helped support essential services during the pandemic, check our #Engines4Life campaign on Twitter