Power for the people in the Volvo Pavilion at the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

As the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 gets underway, Volvo Penta’s power generation engines get to work in powering the Volvo Pavilion.
Power for the people in the Volvo Pavilion at the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

The Volvo Pavilion is at the heart of the action in the Volvo Ocean Race. (Image courtesy of the Volvo Ocean Race).

With thousands of people set to enter the Volvo Pavilion each day during the Volvo Ocean Race, Volvo Penta is delivering the power required for the activities taking place in Volvo’s onshore hospitality and exhibition area in the Race Village. Totally redesigned for the 2017-18 race, the Volvo Pavilion is a high-tech temporary structure in the race village where visitors can find out more about the race and engage with the Volvo brand, including Volvo Penta, Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Buses, Volvo Trucks, and Volvo Cars.

Customers and the general public will be able to discover new information and have fun in the interactive areas designed to showcase the Volvo brand. The pavilion also hosts fully equipped conference facilities and hospitality areas, including a restaurant. It provides a unique opportunity for Volvo Penta to build relationships and demonstrate its commitment to sustainability in the marine leisure segment.

The heart that never stops
The creation of the 300-meter² Volvo Pavilion is a logistical challenge, requiring a project team to build the premises, and fit out the internal space with the physical and electrical requirements. It is built to a tight schedule, and takes around five days to disassemble once the Race Village has closed. Due to the timescale of the opening and closing of the race villages in each of the 12 host cities, there are three pavilions that will be used in rotation on the international route. During the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, it is estimated that almost two and a half million people visited the Volvo Pavilion. In fact, the Volvo Ocean Race lies third in the most visited sporting events in the world – behind only the Olympics and World Cup.

“It is a real logistical challenge to get everything built quickly and properly,” says Joakim Valfridsson, director of production for the Volvo Pavilion. “We have focused more on flexibility this time, and raising the level of facilities to a premium level. Volvo Penta’s engines are the heart that never stops, as they need to provide power for the entire Volvo Pavilion.”

Providing the best experience for visitors
Volvo Penta has supplied a TAD1651GE power generation engines to produce electricity, for the Volvo Pavilion. The pavilion needs around 300 kW to meet the needs of all the electrical appliances, and the engine provide more than enough power, with a combined output exceeding 400 kW. The output of these high capacity units is equal to the power consumption of 30 private homes.

The TAD1651GE is a compact, powerful, reliable and economical unit that is easy to install, has an efficient and compact cooling system, and offers low noise and emissions. It is switchable between 50 Hz/1500 rpm and 60 Hz/1800 rpm, making it available for use anywhere in the world. And it complies with emissions stages US EPA Tier 3 and EU Stage 3A at 1500 rpm, and US EPA Tier 2 at 1800 rpm.

“Gensets are an ideal choice for an environment such as the Volvo Pavilion, where a lot of electricity is required in a temporary location that does not have main supply,” says Giorgio Paris, senior vice president of the industrial segment at Volvo Penta. “The Volvo Ocean Race is a hugely exciting international event, and for each edition we look at how we can add to what we offered previously, and delivering power to support more sophisticated digital equipment and facilities is part of that. We want to offer the best experience for visitors, so that they enjoy both the race and all the activities and events that go along with it. Having efficient, quiet and low emissions power generation helps everything to run smoothly.”

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