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INMESOL power at the European Commission’s headquarters – Berlaymont, Brussels

The European Commission has chosen an INMESOL stand-by genset, model II-110, equipped with particular technical specifications to supply emergency power to the iconic government building located in Brussels in the event of mains failure.

The European Commission has chosen an INMESOL stand-by genset, model II-110, equipped with particular technical specifications to supply emergency power to the iconic government building located in Brussels in the event of mains failure.

INMESOL stand-by generator set, model II-110, being lifted to the Berlaymont’s roof
INMESOL stand-by generator set, model II-110, being lifted to the Berlaymont’s roof

This 110 KVA LTP power soundproof genset, with DSE 7410 technology, is enabled for simultaneous remote control through two different communication channels (RS 232 and RS 485). Additionally, this DSE 7410 module controls the parameters and alarms of the engine and the alternator.

INMESOL stand-by generator set, model II-110
INMESOL stand-by generator set, model II-110

The power output is enabled for independent connection with the load that supplies the genset, and it also includes an external load bank for the usual power tests performed regularly on emergency or backup equipment.

The network monitoring feature is carried out by an ATS panel with a DSE 335 control unit that detects when a mains failure occurs and sends a start-up signal to the engine of the genset. Once the equipment is on and ready, the DSE335 control unit makes it possible to switch the power supply (which feeds the installation) between the mains and the generator set, and vice versa, when the mains are restored.

ATS panel with DSE 335
ATS panel with DSE 335

This generator set is a very good option for supplying installations related to a building’s security systems, fire and temperature alarms, surveillance cameras, automatic doors, emergency lighting, etc. due to its power, devices set-up, and components for communication with external systems.

The genset has been installed on the building’s roof.

Image copyrighted to the European Union. Berlaymont building aerial view
Image copyrighted to the European Union. Berlaymont building aerial view

The Berlaymont building is located at Schuman square, known as the “European neighbourhood,” and was built in the 60s to be the European Commission’s headquarters. It was vacated in 1994 to be rebuilt, due to the presence of asbestos in its original construction. It became operational again in 2004 for the European Commission.

It is an impressive 14-floor building with an asymmetric fan shape. It serves as the headquarters of the European Commission president and commissioners, several departments and offices also from the European Commission, press and television rooms, meeting rooms, an numerous quarters for different purposes, including a restaurant.

The European Commission is an institution that represents and defends the European Union interests as a whole. Consisting of 28 commissioners, one for each member state, and a president, position being currently held by the former Prime Minister of Luxemburg Jean-Claude Juncker, the Commission mainly takes care of:

  • Proposing laws to the Parliament and the Council.
  • Managing and applying EU policies and budget.
  • Ensuring the compliance with European law (along with the Court of Law).
  • Representing the EU internationally.

The following video was taken a few years ago with the previous Commission, but it provides an approximate example of the activities carried out any given day at the Berlaymont.