Kohler Power Systems has developed a new line of natural gas generator sets designed specifically for standby, prime or continuous power applications in the North American market. The new range of large gas gen-sets will eventually be available from 425 to 1300 kW at 60 Hz (see related chart) and are designed to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements, the company said.
“We anticipate strong response to our new large gas line, because each model is targeted to fit the exact needs of the end user,” said Nolan Landes, senior product man- ager for Kohler Power Systems. “Unlike manufacturers who offer a continuous-power generator for
use in prime and standby applications, our natural gas generators are designed to work specifically for continuous, prime or standby applications. So, they’re a cost-efficient and highly targeted solution.”
Kohler said the new gen-sets are capable of operation on natural gas as well as a wide variety of non- pipeline gases. They can be teamed with Kohler switchgear and automatic transfer switches for paralleled or nonparallel operation in a wide variety of applications, the company said. Initially, Kohler is releasing the gen-sets for prime and standby power duties, with the larger continuous- duty units planned for later this year.
Kohler Power Systems is Sponsoring an Upcoming Free Webinar
Kohler Power Systems is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring a 60 minute webinar including LIVE Q & A through Engineered Systems titled “Understanding Generator Capacity Ratings | Avoiding Under-Sizing or Over Sizing” on Tuesday, April 5th at 11 AM PT.
Once the decision has been made to require an emergency power system, the next step is to examine the systems expected to be supported by the back-up generator. The protected load could be limited to just cover the basic building systems, such as lighting and elevators to ensure that personnel can safely exit the facility. Alternately, back-up power may need to be continuously available for an indefinite time to support some or all systems of the entire facility that needs to remain occupied and operational.
Determining the load related issues were examined in part one of this series. However, while generator sizing would seem simple in principle, different applications place different demands and requirements for back-up power systems.
In this second of a five part series, we will discuss the following generator capacity and other key issues to consider when specifying, selecting and installing an emergency back-up power system.
How To Properly Maintain a Generator's Cooling System
To maintain performance and reliability, regular maintenance checks of a generator's engine cooling system must be conducted. Lack of maintenance of the cooling system can cause the engine to lose power and perform below its designed power output, create excessive wear, degrade lubricating oil, and at worst, result in a seizure of this critical unit.
This video discusses the importance of maintaining a generator's radiator cooling system.
According to Dunn & Bradstreet, 59 percent of Fortune 500 companies experience a minimum of 1.6 hours of downtime per week. Assuming an average staff of 10,000 employees who are paid an average of $56 per hour (including benefits), the downtime loss in labor alone for a Fortune 500 firm would ring up at $896,000 per week — or more than $46 million annually.
Kohler Power Solutions Center
Kohler is pleased to announce the release of the new Power Solutions Center (PSC). The PSC has been developed with your input and your request for an improved sizing and specification tool. We have also incorporated additional tools to make the job of sizing and specifying a power system easier.
The PSC is Kohler’s all-new, user-friendly spec and sizing program. An innovation so advanced, it will change the way power systems are specified.