Powervamp has recently supplied RAF Brize Norton with a number of its Effekta emergency lighting central battery systems. The three phase units are to be used to provide back up power to the emergency lighting for the new hangar project.

The project involved the construction of the new 24,000m2 hangar for the Airbus A400M military aircraft, which has replaced the C130 Hercules after many years of reliable service.

“…the hangar used 3,200 tonnes of steel to construct, whilst the roof houses 600m2 solar panels…”

The A400M has a range of over 2,000 nautical miles, with a load capacity of 25 tonnes and is designed to carry large vehicles such as, helicopters, tanks, equipment and personnel. The aircraft also has the capacity to fly almost twice as fast and further than its predecessor.

The modern hanger measures 28 metres high and used 3,200 tonnes of steel to construct, whilst the roof houses 600m2 solar panels to provide up to 70 kilowatts of electrical power.

The hangar was designed to accommodate up to three of these giant aircraft at any one time and required a specific lighting design incorporating central battery systems in order to comply with the regulation BSEN 50171, that states a back- up system must be provided in the event of a mains failure.

“…As each A400m measuring over 45 metres long and almost 43 metres wide, the design for the new hangar was challenging…”

The Powervamp in-house design team provided a solution to cater for the inrush current from the LED luminaires and again reflects the total package of service and support capabilities.

The four EF33 units consisted of a pair of 7kva systems, along with 5kva and 17kva units with external cladded battery stands.

Powervamp’s experienced service team carried out the onsite battery build and commissioning. As an added value service to NG Bailey, the Powervamp team were also able to supply cable between the floor standing Ef33 IP21 rated systems and the battery stands and fused isolators.

As each A400m measuring over 45 metres long and almost 43 metres wide, the design for the new hangar was challenging in itself and demanded the need for specialist installations including power supplies, distribution, lighting, etc.

Powervamp were able to design and build a bespoke solution in order to meet the requirements and performance levels for the emergency lighting due to their huge experience in manufacturing systems specifically for the consultant and client’s needs.

Powervamp once again were able to deliver on time in order to ensure that the M&E (mechanical and electrical) contractor, NG Bailey, handed the project over on schedule.

“…Powervamp is (now) being considered as a first choice supplier within the construction, aviation and OEM industries.”

A company that is particularly proud of its commitment to customer service and support, Powervamp have vast experience in providing solutions for installations requiring emergency lighting central battery systems, aviation ground power units and frequency converters. Increasingly, Powervamp is being considered as a first choice supplier within the construction, aviation and OEM industries.

For more information on Powervamp emergency lighting central battery systems, and how they can be integrated into a new or existing building – please contact the sales team on 01934 643000 or email info@powevamp.com.

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