GE Aviation

GE Aviation

The Electrical Power Integration Centre (EPIC) building involved a £3.2m conversion of an existing 1940’s disused structure into a world leading aircraft electrical systems testing and development centre.

The disused industrial building was totally re-furbished and converted to a state of the art facility to meet current low energy standards and incorporates a complex electrical infrastructure to support the testing of aircraft power and control systems.

Integrated Group provided M&E Services and Paul Osborne acted as M&E Project Manager on behalf of contractors Integrated Group and Britcon Construction Limited.

A 3MW generator allows GE Aviation and its clients to test aircraft electrical systems to full electrical loadings to simulate the conditions on aircraft. As well as 230V and 400V distribution and low energy automatically dimmable lighting, the facility is equipped with 400Hz aircraft power supplies. The heat created by the equipment provided the main challenge to designers, but the innovative use of fresh air free cooling has avoided the need for large-scale refrigeration normally required to dissipate heat from load banks and test cells.

Paul Osborne, Qintec Electrical Engineering Consultants Paul Osborne, Qintec Electrical Engineering Consultants Paul Osborne, Qintec Electrical Engineering Consultants Paul Osborne, Qintec Electrical Engineering Consultants Paul Osborne, Qintec Electrical Engineering Consultants