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New Generac 625 Kw Gaseous Unit Designed To Compete Favorably With Diesel Nodes

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 08, 2018
South Shore Generator - 625 Kw Gaseous Unit in Wareham, MA

As the leader in spark-ignited power generation, Generac Industrial Power has introduced its largest gaseous gen-set node: the 625 kW unit. Available in single-set or MPS configurations, the 625 kW gen-set is designed for demand response applications as well as emergency standby for data centers, commercial and industrial facilities, healthcare applications, infrastructure projects and the like.

The 625 kW generator is driven by Generac’s new 33.9 L spark-ignited engine. Engineered from a proven diesel block, it is the first engine to utilize fuel and spark systems from the company’s recent Motortech acquisition. The result is a larger-displacement platform with high power density — a strong competitor to the performance of diesel platforms.

The 33.9 L engine was also designed for high load acceptance and fast transient response, capable of meeting NFPA 110 Type 10 start-time requirements. It has been optimized for use in a wide range of temperatures, from a high of 122 degrees F down to -20 degrees F with a winterization kit.

The engine is U.S. EPA certified at the factory for stationary emergency operations. For demand response applications, it is factory certified for stationary non-emergency operation.

Unique to the 625 kW machine is Generac’s new Power Zone® control system. Designed by Generac specifically for its industrial power systems, the Power Zone controller is the first on the market with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LAN connections, putting monitoring and control within easy reach of any mobile device or PC.

The Power Zone’s on-board 7-in. color resistive touchscreen provides instance access to generator and engine parameters, ensuring the unit is ready and available at a moment’s notice. The interface was designed with intuitive icons as well as app-like navigation.

The Power Zone controller also controls all paralleling functions when the generator is used in an MPS configuration. No additional system or master controller is required. Communication between generators is performed with an industry-first redundant Ethernet. A permissive and load-shed assembly is available for MPS applications to sequence multiple transfer switches.

The 625 kW unit is designed to run on natural gas fuel only. It is available as either an open set or with one of three enclosure types: weather protected, Level 1 sound attenuated or Level 2 sound attenuated.

The generator is available for quoting and ordering now, and will be available to ship in the beginning of Q2 2018.

For more information on Gas Generator sets, contact South Shore Generator.

Gas Generator Sets Ratings

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 26, 2018
South Shore Generator - KD Industrial Generator Series Expands in Wareham, MA

Generator set ratings are guidelines to help size the unit to meet the load requirements of the application. There are three common industry generator set ratings for gas generator sets: standby, prime and continuous. Each manufacturer, however, may have different engine tolerances that affect the engine and/or generator set ratings. When choosing a rating for generator sets installed within the United States, the U.S. EPA emission standards for stationary emergency and non-emergency engines must also be considered.

Standby-Rated Gas Generator Sets

Suitable for stationary emergency applications where the generator set serves as the secondary power source when the primary utility power source fails. The EPA allows for a maximum of 100 hours of operation annually on either pipeline natural gas or propane fuel sources for maintenance checks and readiness testing.

In these applications, the standby rating is typically specified at a 0.8 power factor. This rating is applicable to variable loads with an average load factor at a percentage of the standby nameplate rating.

Prime-Rated Gas Generator Sets

Suitable for stationary non-emergency applications where the generator set serves as either the primary or secondary power source when connected to an unreliable utility power source. Prime-rated gas generator sets are typically used for either peak shaving or to provide interruptible power when required by the utility. They can also serve as a secondary power source upon utility failure.

In these applications, the prime rating is typically specified at a 0.8 power factor. This rating is applicable to variable loads with an average load factor at a percentage of the prime nameplate rating for an EPA-allowable unlimited amount of total operation hours.

Continuous-Rated Gas Generator Sets

Suitable for paralleling with utility applications where the generator set serves as the primary power source. They typically cannot operate as a secondary power source upon utility failure due to their limited transient response capabilities.

In these applications, the continuous rating is typically specified at a 1.0 power factor. The load factor allows the generator set to be operated at full load for an EPA allowable unlimited amount of total operational hours.

For more information on Gas Generator sets, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: resources.kohler.com

Back Up Power Systems for the Hospitality Industry

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 05, 2018
South Shore Generator - KOLHER Industrial Generator

Hospitality's gone high tech. So have backup systems.

Years ago, hospitality needs were simpler. Casino guests were happy pulling manual slot machine levers. Hotel guests required little more than a clean room to rest in. And stadium goers were there for the game—not all the action surrounding it. These days, however, people have much different expectations, and they’re driving a huge need for reliable backup power.

All-in-one-entertainment

With stadiums or theme parks at the center, many new entertainment complexes are offering guests everything they need in one location. They can catch a game, relax at a spa, enjoy a high-end meal and rest in their hotel room—all on the same property or complex. This approach raises the stakes for backup power.

High-Tech Hotels

Rising affluence has led to more travelers from around the world. Whether they’re traveling for business or leisure, these guests expect fast, reliable Wi-Fi, digital reservation systems, mobile check-in, mobile concierge services and more. Those attending business meetings also expect hotels and conference centers to have high-quality tech equipment.

A new type of casino

To attract new customers, casinos are developing different types of games including fantasy sports, eSports and online wagering. These new games all require a significant amount of data and constant connectivity. And whether they’re playing these new games or the classics, guests expect their financial information to be secure.

Assessing Facility Needs

Today’s critical power needs go far beyond keeping the lights on. Whether they’re traveling for work or visiting an amusement park, people expect a safe, hassle-free experience. And that means features we once thought of as extras, such as Wi-Fi and big-screen TVs, need to be online 24/7 to keep guests satisfied and earn the positive reviews your business depends on.

For more information on back-up industrial generators, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: resources.kohler.com

Industrial Generators for Data Centers

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Data Center Case Study - VENYU

See for yourself how Generac Industrial Power helps keep the VENYU Commercial Data Center in Baton Rouge, LA up and running.

For more information on Generac industrial generators, contact South Shore Generator.

Happy New Year from South Shore Generator

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Happy New Year from South Shore Generator

Happy New Year from South Shore Generator. We would like to thank our customers, friends, family, and community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2017. We wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous 2018!

If we have had the pleasure of being your choice in power, we hope that we provided the highest level of customer service, equipment care, and met all of your needs. In the coming months if you find yourself in need of the services we offer, we hope you choose us again in 2018.

It is our sincere wish that in the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship and that 2018 brings you good health and prosperity. From all of us here at South Shore Generator we hope you have a safe and exciting New Year.

“We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better…” ~ Charles Dickens

Standby or Backup Power Solutions For Data Centers or Mission Critical Facilities

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 13, 2017
South Shore Generators - Generac Natural Gas Generators

The standard backup solutions include standby generators and UPS systems. IT is critical to ensure that the standby generators are not overloaded under all failure conditions. Additionally, the generator must perform properly under all failure modes harmonic distortions. The engineer must specify a generator with the appropriate level of subtransient reactance. Also, it is a good idea to specify a generator that is “mission critical” rated for a load factor of 85%.

Time-tested, tried, and proven systems: standby diesel generators with closed-transition bypass isolation switches and static double-conversion on-line UPS with batteries. Paralleling gear is necessary when capacity or redundancy requires it, but I avoid generator paralleling gear unless necessary for capacity. It has become a single point of failure on some projects.

In large mission critical facilities, a current trend among engineers is to specify medium-voltage generators because it is possible to obtain utility service at 15,000 V or higher—a significant benefit over the conventional 480- or 600-V systems. This has required larger but fewer feeders—therefore, less copper—with an associated cost savings. This is a successful, robust power strategy, but we have had to manage the increased risk of arc flash events and other medium-voltage safety practices and equipment to satisfy medium-voltage electrical commissioning and testing—often at full load.

For more information on generators for data centers or mission critical facilities, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: generac.com

Common Data Center Surprises

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 06, 2017
South Shore Generators - Generac Natural Gas Generators

Appropriate technologies and best practice tips can help data center managers and consulting-specifying engineers prepare for the unexpected.

Below is a list of 10 common surprises for data center managers and tips on how to be prepared for them. The list includes information on a surprising cause of data center downtime, what data center managers and engineers might not know about that next server refresh, and the growing trend sneaking up on virtually every data center.

When you are a data center manager or consulting-specifying engineer, very few things are more unsettling than the unexpected. We hope this list helps IT and engineering professionals better anticipate these issues and prepares them with the appropriate technologies, solutions, and best practices.

Common data center surprises include the following:

  1. Those high-density predictions finally are coming true: After rapid growth early in the century, projections of double-digit rack densities have been slow to come to fruition. Average densities hovered between 6.0 and 7.4 kW per rack from 2006 to 2009, but the most recent Data Center Users’ Group (DCUG) survey predicted average rack densities will reach 12.0 kW within three years. That puts a premium on adequate UPS capacity and power distribution as well as cooling to handle the corresponding heat output.
  2. Data center managers will replace servers three times before they replace UPS or cooling systems: Server refreshes happen approximately every three years. Cooling and UPS systems are expected to last much longer—sometimes decades. That means the infrastructure that organizations invest in today must be able to support—or, more accurately, scale to support—servers that may be two, three, or even four generations removed from today’s models. Today’s data center manager must ensure that infrastructure technologies have the ability to scale to support future needs. Modular solutions can scale to meet both short- and long-term requirements. Engineers will need to consider and make the necessary adjustments and allocations regarding day-to-day servicing and maintenance of the longer lasting power and cooling equipment.
  3. Downtime is expensive: Everyone understands downtime is bad, but the actual costs associated with an unplanned outage are stunning. An outage can cost an organization an average of about $5,000 per minute. That’s $300,000 in just one hour. The same study indicates the most common causes of downtime are UPS battery failure and exceeding UPS capacity. Avoid those problems by investing in the right UPS—adequately sized to support the load—and proactively monitoring and maintaining batteries. This gives engineers an opportunity to share best practices with clients and recommend battery monitoring solutions and high-end availability architecture. They can use the cost of downtime information to support recommendations and ensure clients understand how they can implement design changes and modifications that will improve availability.
  4. Energy rebates are available for energy efficiency upgrades: Many utility providers offer energy rebates and incentives for data centers that make energy efficiency improvements. This presents an opportunity for engineers to propose high-efficiency designs and help clients receive reimbursements for upgrading legacy equipment with high-efficiency power and cooling systems. Clients may also look to engineers to assist with the often lengthy application process. Once the reimbursement has been approved, utilities will request information on actual project costs and may require follow-up measurement and verification to determine actual energy savings.
  5. Industry codes are playing a larger role in cooling strategy: In the 2010 edition of ASHRAE 90.1: Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, the SCOP (seasonal coefficient of performance) rating was expanded to include data centers. Codes such as this, which focus on energy efficiency, are becoming more numerous and impacting data center cooling strategies and technology developments. It is important that engineers keep abreast of new codes and regulations and the latest technologies that enable compliance.
  6. Monitoring is a mess: IT managers have more visibility into their data centers than ever before, but accessing and making sense of the data that comes with that visibility can be a daunting task. According to an Emerson Network Power survey of data center professionals, data center managers’ use, on average, at least four different software platforms to manage their physical infrastructure. Of those surveyed, 41% say they produce three or more reports for their supervisors every month, and 34% say it takes three hours or more to prepare those reports. The solution? Move toward a single monitoring and management platform that can consolidate that information and proactively manage the infrastructure to improve energy and operational efficiency, and even availability.
  7. The IT guy is in charge of the building’s HVAC system: The gap between IT and facilities is shrinking, and the lion’s share of the responsibility for both pieces is falling on the IT professionals. Traditionally, IT and data center managers have had to work through facilities when they needed more power or cooling to support increasing IT needs. That process is being streamlined. For engineers, it is important that they now incorporate all of these players into the design process. Gone are the days when the engineer had to work with only one or two individuals, usually from the facility side. Now it is a complex ecosystem comprised of IT, operations, facilities, and sometimes procurement.
  8. That patchwork data center needs to be a quilt: In the past, data center managers and engineers freely mixed and matched components from various vendors because those systems worked together only tangentially. However, the advent of increasingly intelligent, dynamic infrastructure technologies and monitoring and management systems has increased the amount of actionable data across the data center, delivering real-time modeling capabilities that enable significant operational efficiencies. IT and infrastructure systems still can work independently, but to truly leverage the full extent of their capabilities, integration is imperative.
  9. Data center on demand is a reality: The days of lengthy design, order and deployment delays are over. Today there are modular, integrated, rapidly deployable data center solutions for any space. Integrated, virtually plug-and-play solutions that include rack, server, and power and cooling can be installed easily in a closet or conference room. On the larger end, containerized data centers can be used to quickly establish a network or to add capacity to an existing data center.
  10. IT loads vary—a lot: Many industries see extreme peaks and valleys in their network usage. Financial institutions, for example, may see heavy use during traditional business hours and virtually nothing overnight. Holiday shopping and tax seasons also can create unusual spikes in IT activity.

Businesses depending on their IT systems during these times need to have the capacity to handle those peaks but often operate inefficiently during the valleys. A scalable infrastructure with intelligent controls can adjust to those highs and lows to ensure efficient operation.

For more information on reliable power for data centers, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: generac.com

New Kohler Portable Generator Allows You to Select From 3 Different Fuel Types

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 02, 2017
South Shore Generator - Kohler Pro7.5e portable generator

Expanding the company’s alternative fuels offering, KOHLER is introducing a Tri-Fuel Conversion Kit. Designed to pair with KOHLER’s new PRO9.0 portable generator, the kit enables the PRO9.0 to run on three different fuel types: gasoline, propane or natural gas. Users have the flexibility to select between the three fuel options by swapping out the fuel hose and simply turning a dial.

The tri-fuel portable generator is a great new option because it provides the convenience of three-in- one functionality. The PRO9.0 can be quickly adjusted to run on different fuels, based on fuel availability or a user’s individual preference. Propane and natural gas are sometimes selected due to the reduced emissions and run-time cost savings that those fuels can deliver.

South Shore Generator can quickly configure the new PRO9.0 portable generator with the Tri-Fuel Conversion Kit, while maintaining the product’s original warranty. Like other KOHLER portable generators, the PRO9.0 is backed by a premium three-year warranty and the company also offers a free loaner unit – through participating dealers – for any warranty repairs exceeding 24 hours.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: power.kohler.com

Mobile Generators: Power To Go

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 12, 2017
South Shore Generators - Mobile Generator

Quiet, reliable KOHLER® mobile generators give you dependable power anywhere, from remote construction sites to public events to storm recovery. Tough to the core, they’re built to withstand the elements and run for long hours in prime and standby applications. They’re loaded with features for power that work wherever you go.

Standard features:
Gaseous Mobile Generators

Innovative Propane Tank System - LP gas is reliable, readily available, refills just like diesel and produces less smog-producing carbon monoxide. Easily switch to natural gas or external propane for extended fuel supply.

GENERATOR PARALLELING BOX - The KOHLER Mobile Paralleling Box provides the flexibility to parallel any Tier 4 Final or gaseous KOHLER mobile generators to meet job requirements—without the need for expensive motorized breakers. And thanks to the paralleling intelligence built into the DEC3500 controller, each box can parallel two generators. Up to four paralleling boxes and eight generator sets can be connected to one distribution bus.

Lower Operating Costs - KOHLER mobile generators with gaseous engines offer a 15%-20% reduction in hourly fuel costs.

Behind every KOHLER® generator, there’s a world of support. Thousands of distributors, sales and service locations, and parts distribution centers comprise our global network. And we back them all with instant online access to everything from parts information to product warranties.

For more information on mobile industrial generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: resources.kohler.com

Assistance with Your Back-Up Portable Power Plan with Generac

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 31, 2017
South Shore Generators - Back-Up Portable Generator

Generac is continuously offering new programs to provide assistance to engineers, contractors, and members of the industrial design community. The entire team of engineers and technical experts are available to you. To make it easier for you to reach out, a new 1-844-ASK-GNRC number and email address: ASKGNRC@generac.com has been created. Of course, your first call for technical information about our industrial power solutions should be your local Generac Industrial Distributors/Dealers like South Shore Generator.

Our technical experts will assist you with questions about:

  • Codes/standards
  • Unique design challenges
  • Sizing
  • Pro Design Pro™
  • SpecExpert
  • And more

This is not a general information number, this is just for our configured generator specifying community. Think of 1-844-ASK-GNRC and ASKGNRC@generac.com as two more tools in your technical design arsenal. If you have questions, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: generac.com


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