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Bosch security technology for E.ON Energy’s From Waste

· 40 Dinion cameras and several 360° dome cameras relaying images from critical areas

· Complete overview with Bosch Video Management System

Bosch has provided and installed the security technology for the refuse-derived fuel power station in the Sonne/Großräschen industrial park in Lausitz, Germany, operated by E.ON Energy From Waste. The power station, which generates heat and electricity from domestic waste, was outfitted with a Bosch surveillance system equipped with the latest IP video technology and a modern fire detection system.

Some 40 Dinion cameras and several 360° dome cameras relay images from all of the power station’s critical areas. Redundant network recorders ensure that the images are continuously recorded. For smaller bandwidths, the MPEG-4 compression process guarantees live images with exceptionally high quality. Thanks to the Bosch Video Management System, the security staff always has a complete overview from three workstations, each of which has three monitors. This enables, for example, images of the weighing process for all incoming refuse delivery trucks to be displayed live on the surveillance monitors.

Bosch IP video technology makes it possible to view the power station’s operational process only seconds after the real-time action, both internally and externally. As early as the conversion phase, the power station operator offered to those interested the option of following the construction’s progress on the operator’s web site using one of the IP cameras.

Fire protection also plays a key role in the power station’s security concept. Bosch installed three UEZ 2000 Universal Fire Panels that can record over 300 messages from automatic detectors and manual call points, and transfer comprehensive control messages to the extinguishing systems. Connection to the fire department ensures a rapid response time should an event arise.

A Bosch danger management system connects the fire detection system to the video monitoring system, ensuring that both systems are managed via a standard, easy-to-operate user interface. In the event of fire, the affected areas are automatically displayed on the screens.

Electricity for 38,000 homes
The Sonne industrial and commercial centre in Großräschen was previously home to a brick-making factory and the Sonne power station. This power station was decommissioned in 2004 due to the depletion of the coal supply from the Meuro pit. In place of this outdated power station, a modern, refuse-derived fuel power station emerged that now generates 102 megawatts of heat and 24 megawatts of electricity — enough electricity to power 38,000 homes. Extensive renovation and conversion work was required before this power station could be built. Some EUR 90 million has been invested in the overall project.

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