Carlow company to power up London Olympics

23 Apr 2012

The Aquatics Centre at the London Olympics. Image by London 2012

Whitelite Automation, an engineering firm based in Carlow, has secured a multimillion euro contract to keep the London Olympics powered up via its UPS modules.

According to the Carlow Nationalist, a team of 25 people at Whitelite have been working on the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) modules for the past 12 months. The overall contract is reportedly worth €2m.

The units Whitelite has pioneered will kick into action to keep electricity running in the event of any power failures during the London Olympics, which will run from 27 July until 12 August.

The first unit batch were shipped to London on 16 March.

Whitelite itself was set up in 1976. Its specialisations include future energy systems, modular data centres and electrical and telecom plantrooms.

For instance, some of its telecom plantroom customers include Eircom, Meteor, O2, E-Net and Vilicom.

Whitelite has also supplied electrical plantrooms to customers such as Shell, Dublin Airport Authority, ESB, RTÉ and UCD.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic