Schneider Electric has announced its partnership with Rosebery Group for a safety project at a UK-based global enterprise data centre. Five VAMP 321 Arc Flash relays, 13 Point Sensor I/O units, 11 Current Monitoring units and 145 Point sensors will be installed across the multiple switchboards across the data centre.
Arc flash incidents can be detrimental to data centres, no matter how large or small. Arc flash can cause power outages, but also result in loss of business, extensive material damage and can seriously jeopardise the safety of operational staff. This project is an investment in the longevity of the electrical switchgear and increased personnel safety at the data centre.
“Providing a safe and effective operation for our clients is our top priority,” says Andy Starkey, Controls Manager at Rosebery. “By partnering with Schneider Electric, we have been able to leverage the expertise of its engineers in power distribution, protection technology and control equipment. We are now recommending the best-in-class standard represented by the VAMP 321 to all our Clients.”
and managing disruption with a high-performance solution
Rosebery were seeking a
trusted partner that could deliver superior safety in a low-voltage
environment. Schneider Electric’s high-performance VAMP Arc Flash protection
and monitoring relay ensured the data centre would benefit from fire risk
reduction, reduced loss of production, and prolonged switchgear life if an arc
flash should occur. The data centre will also benefit from a fast installation
and reduced insurance and investment costs. The site operates at low voltage,
with a total load of 8MVA, two 11kV intake supplies and 8MVA of standby
Due to operational restrictions, the installation needed to be retrofitted on a live system with minimal disruption to service. To mitigate nuisance tripping due to unexpected light sources during normal operational conditions, Schneider Electric ensured that the overcurrent monitoring was employed in addition to the light detector and point sensors. Schneider Electric also performed extensive testing and commissioning prior to energisation to ensure the correct operation of the installation.
“Schneider Electric is fully committed to delivering the highest standard of safety and connectivity, and we are delighted to partner with Rosebery as they move towards smart protection and monitoring at this site,” adds Paul Brown, automation account manager at Schneider Electric. “Increased availability and safety in real time is essential to this transition. With the full interoperability of the VAMP 321 as a standalone arc flash system, the end user will be able to protect their entire network with fully zoned light and current sensing and mitigate any developing faults while maintaining the highest levels of cybersecurity.”
Schneider Electric’s VAMP
range is a pioneer in the field of arc protection with close to 10,000 systems
in service worldwide, ranging from single protection units to multi-zone arc
flash systems. VAMP arc protection measures fault current and light through arc
sensor channels which minimises burning time when a fault occurs by cutting off
the current feeding the arc flash. The latest edition, the VAMP 321, can send a
trip signal to the circuit breaker within 1 milli seconds, meeting the highest
standards of arc flash protection.
This UK data centre will be
the first large-scale implementation of the product in the UK. Key features
Fastest possible detection and disconnect times to eliminate extensive burn times and dramatically increase repair and recovery time, keeping downtime to a minimum.
Ease of retrofit installation, use and maintenance, meaning simple integration and reduced total cost of ownership compared to other solutions on the market.
Advanced connectivity, with plug and play modular parts and support for seven communication protocols, including IEC 61850 1 and 2 compliance – the international standard for communications in substations.
The VAMP 321 Arc Flash
protection relay is part of PowerLogic, Schneider Electric’s advanced range of
accurate power quality meters, designed to meet the growing demands of your
power network. PowerLogic smooths the power supply, protects the network, the
installation and the operator by improving the power factor and hence the
quality of the power.