Fire Protection in
Power Generation

Rick Reynolds, VP of Power Generation for ORR Protection sits down with Lee Kaiser to talk about industry-specific innovations in fire protection, his journey at ORR, and the future of mission-critical fire protection.

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Fire Alarm

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CO2 Systems

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Suppression Clean Agent

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Suppression Water Mist

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Fire Alarm

Fire alarm systems keep telecommunications buildings safe. Many telco buildings have targeted fire detection goals for areas within the building. Fire alarm systems pull all the pieces together and notify the occupants, notify the network operator, and finally bring trained responders to the site to address problems.

CO2 Systems

Air Sampling Detector consists of a piping or tubing distribution network that runs from the detector to the area(s) to be protected. An aspiration fan in the detector housing draws air from the protected area back to the detector through air sampling ports into piping. Air Sampling Smoke Detectors are capable of detecting a fire at its smallest point. Air Sampling Smoke Detectors actively pulls room air through a piping network to its detection chamber where it can detect the presence of particles that are created in the very early stages of combustion, even before smoke is visible.

Suppression Clean Agent

Clean agent fire suppression agents are designed for use in mission-critical applications where operation of traditional sprinkler systems will cause extended damage and business interruption. Clean agents are environmentally safe, Non-conductive and non-corrosive to sensitive electronic equipment, non-life-threatening to personnel, and extinguish fires quickly.

Suppression Water Mist

Water mist fire suppression systems capitalizes on the extinguishing properties of water and amplifies them for extreme fire suppression capabilities. Water droplets are atomized to increase surface area to absorb heat quicker, thus using significantly less water – often leading to a greatly suppressed fire and significantly less water damage than sprinkler systems.

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Thought Leadership in Power Generation

Steam turbine generators are widely used throughout the world as a common source of energy production for public utilities and industry. Fires in turbines are not frequent, but when they occur they can be dangerous for responders to handle, difficult for power plant operators to manage, and costly for the utility and the public they serve.

Even though fires in turbine enclosures do not occur very frequently, they are a costly, dangerous, and looming threat if your facility does not have adequate protection. Turbine generators, used as an energy source in many plants and facilities, are powerful yet vulnerable machines. 

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Power generation facilities, whether hydroelectric or fossil fuel, all present significant and varied fire hazards, from both the fuel and the rotating machinery. Fire also poses a significant business risk, not only because power plants are a major capital investment, but also because downtime can have serious repercussions for those who depend on an uninterrupted supply of electricity.

 

Considerations

Like data centers, broadband facilities rely on sensitive computing equipment, they are often tightly packed, cooling is a concern, cables and network equipment are always live with electricity, and a fire would be catastrophic. Risk is accentuated when buildings are unmanned. Many are located in remote areas. In some cases, the buildings sole purpose is to house telco network equipment and fire suppression equipment is not required by the AHJ.

Lee Kaiser, P.E.

Vice President of Engineering

Leave Mission Critical Fire Protection to the Experts!

Lee  is VP of Engineering and Technical Training for ORR Protection and is Chairperson of the technical committee for NFPA 75, Standard for the Protection of Information Technology Equipment. His career at ORR has been to provide technical and thought leadership in the protection of mission critical facilities.

Lee is a professional engineer in the discipline of fire protection engineering. He participates in industry committees for ORR and gives technical education sessions at conferences and seminars throughout the county.

Chuck Hatfield

National Account Manager, Power Generation

Leave Mission Critical Fire Protection to the Experts!

Chuck began his career as a fire fighter and paramedic in Atlanta, GA. He quickly moved into industrial fire protection where he specialized in R&D as well as distributer and end-user training. Chuck went on to develop the industrial fire brigade training and special hazards awareness for the entire utility industry before taking a position at ORR Protection.

Chuck has continued to build upon his fire protection expertise over the past 15 years, working in many types of power plants and other heavy industrial sites. When he is not traveling the country supporting utility sites with fire protection solutions, Chuck spends his time at home with his wife and 6 children.