GE provides latest comprehensive power distribution system to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018
July 12, 2017
- GE to provide uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to all the Olympic Games venues
- GE to establish advanced power distribution system for the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), including medium voltage (MV) switchgear, transformers, automatic transfer switches (ATS), and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems
Seoul, July 12, 2017 - GE, a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Games, announced today that it will provide an advanced comprehensive power distribution system for all the Olympic Games venues for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
GE's leading technology, which will support all the Olympic Games venues, will perform comprehensive functions including measurement, monitoring, control, protection, and switching in the power supply and distribution process. GE will provide uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, which help ensure that power will be stable and continuous, even during power interruptions, to all the Olympic Games venues including stadiums and the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC). It is expected that the comprehensive power distribution system will help prevent and respond quickly to power-related disruptions and fulfill its function as the essential infrastructure for a smooth operation of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. In addition, GE will be deploying and staffing a team of 26 critical power service experts to closely monitor the “health” of the UPS systems. Because they are networked, the UPS systems will provide real-time monitoring of its condition & status “alarms” (i.e., system performance that might require maintenance) or power “events” (i.e., when the UPS responds to power quality shifts or power failures). This data is constantly analyzed by the GE power professionals on site to help ensure each UPS is delivering a higher power quality and protection required to keep the Olympic Games up and running.
In addition, the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC), which will operate 24 hours a day during the 17-day sporting event, will be equipped with GE's comprehensive power distribution system including MV switchgear, transformers, and ATS. Located in the center of the PyeongChang Mountain, IBC plays a vital role in broadcasting live Olympic Games to billions of viewers globally, and has over 6,000 domestic and international broadcaster staff.
GE's MV switchgear, which controls and protects electrical equipment and utility applications with digital protection relay as well as digital temperature and humidity meters, helps minimize the effect temperature has on the equipment and helps reduce the likelihood of equipment malfunction during the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. The ATS monitors, controls, and switches the MV Switchgear to help prevent power supply interruption, and is based on a programmable logic controller (PLC) designed to operate seamlessly following initial programming.
Chris Khang, CEO of GE Korea, said, “GE’s latest technologies help keep the passion alive for all the Olympic Games fans around the world and more importantly, even in places where the technology is not physically seen. As a global leader in the energy industry with innovative technologies, along with our 12 years of experience as the Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Games, we will build the foundation for the successful operation of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.”
"Working quietly and dependably behind the scenes, electrical distribution equipment plays a vital role in delivering the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang,” said John Paul Giancarlo, Head of Olympic Games Technology and Energy. “We rely on GE’s distribution and redundancy equipment, as well as operational expertise, to power a significant portion of the services that underpin the Games experience – starting with the sporting venues, to the IBC and from there to the final distribution of services to television, radio stations and websites around the world.”
Since 2005, as the Official Partner of the Olympic Games and the leader in digital industrial solutions, GE has been providing essential infrastructure and services that are vital to the execution of the Olympic Games. Specifically, for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, GE is offering the Energy Monitoring System (EMS), which allows real-time monitoring of energy consumption in 14 Olympic venues, for the first time in Olympic Games history. GE also signed a sponsorship agreement with the Korea Ski Association (KSA) last September to provide technological and financial support for the athletes for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. GE will be providing a digital industrial technology based on its digital industrial platform Predix, which will assist athletes and coaches in real-time to create training strategies that will aim to improve an athlete’s health and performance in advance of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.