Standby generators maintain life safety

Shenton Group, standy generator

Shenton Group has launched a range of standby diesel generators and associated control systems that meet the life-safety requirements of BS EN 8519:2010. PhoenixPower generators are available in sizes from 20 to 800 kVA and have been specifically developed to provide secondary power for life-safety and fire-fighting systems.

As buildings have evolved to become taller, larger and ever-more complex, it has been necessary to develop new fire-engineered solutions in case of fire and other life-threatening events. These solutions are required to provide a high level of performance to protect life in the event of fire — especially if the emergency services, which are at even greater risk if such systems fail.

The PhoenixPower range differs from ‘normal’ standby-power solutions by being specifically designed to meet BS EN 8519. Power is automatically switched from the mains to the generator or secondary mains supply by the PhoenixPower changeover panel, which is designed for dual mains sources and meets the new standard.

The aim is to ensure continuity of supply to fire-fighting lifts and other essential equipment. Electrically and mechanically interlocked to ensure the isolation of the two supplies, the PhoenixPower has indicators to show the supply and switching status to the generator, as well as a key switch to facilitate testing.

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