One of Australia’ exclusive resorts, Voyages Bedarra Island on the Great Barrier Reef, now has reliable electricity supply following installation of a new power system by Cummins Power Generation.
Each of the three new generator sets is providing an estimated fuel saving of a $6,800 per year due to the technology incorporated in the fully automated, unmanned power station.
The previous power system at Bedarra had become tired and unreliable and the resort was experiencing regular outages.
Thus Cummins Power Generation was chosen to design and install the new fully automatic power system and paralleling switchboard.
According to Cummins, the fact it was capable of carrying out the entire spectrum of work required in providing a turn-key prime power system was obviously a key factor in the company being chosen for the project.
Around 12 months of load data from the previous power station was analysed before selecting the gensets for the job.
The fully integrated system utilises three Cummins Power Generation C200D5 generator sets and PowerCommand digital paralleling equipment.
Cummins was given a two-week window during the 2006 off-season to carry out the installation. Unbeknown to Voyages and Cummins during development of the installation strategy in January 2006, Cyclone Larry would devastate Bedarra Island on its way to the well publicised demolition of Innisfail in March.
The entire power station was preassembled at the Cummins Brisbane facility and witness-tested by representatives from Voyages before being shipped to Bedarra Island.
The maximum power demand at Voyages Bedarra Island requires at least two of the C200D5 generator sets to be operational at any one time – one C200D5 generator set continuously running to supply the base load, with the second C200D5 generator set to automatically come on line during peak load periods – while the third C200D5 generator set is on standby in the unlikely event of any problems.
The three C200D5 generator sets automatically assume the duty role on a rotating basis to ensure that no one unit has excessive usage.
The radiators are remote-mounted units from CBM Technologies and are fully galvanised with polyurethane-coated cores to handle the corrosive environment. The fans are electrically-driven to reduce the load on the C200D5 generator set, resulting in fuel savings.