Aggreko, the global leader in temporary power and temperature control, provided large-scale power generation and climate control for the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club, Illinois.
Over the course of the last year, Aggreko designed a power and cooling solution that would allow golf fans from around the world to enjoy the international event in safety and comfort, without detracting from the beauty of the surroundings.
The specialized equipment used at the event was built specifically for golf tournaments and large-scale spectator events such as the Ryder Cup. It includes quiet, uninterruptible TwinPack generators – which provide cleaner, quieter and more convenient temporary power than other commonly used generator sets – and custom-built tent air conditioners.
Aggreko’s design took account of the various sizes of temporary and permanent facilities, including the 38,400 square foot merchandise shop, the 40,000 square foot International Pavilion and a members’ tent to accommodate 650 Medinah Country Club Members. Aggreko also provided power and temperature control for four PGA partners’ tents, a media centre, three bus terminals and the event’s opening and closing ceremonies.
Powering an event of this magnitude requires tons of Aggreko equipment and manpower, including:
- 15 MW of power – enough to power over 700 homes
- 5,120 tons of water-chilling and air-conditioning equipment – enough to cool over 1200 homes
- Approximately 48 miles of cable
- A crew of 20 Aggreko technicians for installation and operation
“Aggreko is proud to be the exclusive supplier of temporary power and cooling systems for The PGA of America,” said Gary Meador, Head of Event Services, Aggreko North America. “The Ryder Cup is the largest job The PGA manages in the US, and it depends on Aggreko to provide essential services without detracting from the attractive appearance of the many temporary structures throughout the venue.”
Aggreko has a long history of providing power to high-profile events, not only previous Ryder Cups, but also several national sporting events, and the 2012 London Olympic Games.