Miami (Ohio) University selects Wärtsilä for Intermediate Peaking Power

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 16 March 2004 at 16:00 UTC+2

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Miami University at Oxford in Ohio, USA, has selected Wärtsilä to supply an intermediate peaking power system to supply electricity to its students during peak and intermediate demand hours.

Wärtsilä will supply two Wärtsilä 18V34SG generator sets for the project, each producing 5732 kW.  Each generator is scheduled to operate up to 2500 hours annually.  The project will increase the reserve capacity of the university’s power system, reducing the possibility of power outages.  The plant was designed by Cummins & Barnard, Inc., of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.  Cummins & Barnard provides engineering and consulting services for power generation, project development and facilities engineering.

“This project continues to underscore the validity of the dispersed generation model,” said Frank Donnelly, vice president of Wärtsilä North America, Power Plants.  “By providing robust and reliable intermediate peaking power to universities, as well as to municipalities and independent power producers, we enable them to increase the reliability of power distribution to their customers. In this specific case, their customers happen to be the students, faculty and administrators of Miami University.”

Miami University is a state-assisted university.  Its Oxford campus has 15,000 undergraduates and 1,300 graduate students.  Total enrolment including regional campuses in Hamilton, Ohio and Middletown, Ohio is more than 20,000.
“We chose Wärtsilä because of their unique product line and reputation for delivering engineered equipment packages on time and on budget,” said Doug Hammerle, Associate University Engineer.  “We were impressed with their range of experience and ability to meet project goals.”

Notes to the editor:

Wärtsilä is The Ship Power Supplier for builders, owners and operators of vessels and offshore installations. We are the only company with a global service network to take complete care of customers’ ship machinery at every lifecycle stage.

Wärtsilä is a leading provider of power plants, operation and lifetime care services in decentralized power generation. The company provides power plants for baseload, peaking, and combined heat and power applications. Wärtsilä also supplies solutions for gas compression and for oil and gas pumping. The product range comprises gas- and oil-fired power plants with outputs from 1 MW to 300 MW and bio power plants with outputs from 1 to 10 MWe and bio heating plants for 3-20 MWth.

Wärtsilä is headquartered in Helsinki with representatives in more than 60 countries. Production facilities are located in Finland, Norway and Italy with assembly plants in Spain and India.

Wärtsilä supplied more than 1,100 MW of power generation equipment around the world in 2003.

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Yvonne Rönn
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Wärtsilä Corporation
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