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Industrial Generators Provide Backup Power for Healthcare

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 24, 2018
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Everyone knows that when hospitals are not functioning due to an outage, they place the lives of patients, staff members, and visitors at risk. What administrators and facility managers often do not realize is that during a time of crisis, a lit hospital is like a beacon to residents. Many visitors won’t leave and many community members flood in, looking for shelter, assistance, food, and water.

If your hospital backup generators are only sized to supply your most critical functions, you will likely have issues handling this crowd of people. Elevators may not be operating, hallways may not be lit, and your cafeteria may not be able to serve food. Your generators need to be able to provide the power to support all of your community, not just your patients and staff.

In addition, recent trends also show the health care industry is moving to a hub-and-spoke model to provide more localized care. This means ambulatory surgery centers, long-term care facilities, and hospice centers may require healthcare backup power to ensure critical procedures are not interrupted in the event of a utility outage, as well as maintain patient safety and comfort.

While healthcare facilities do not need to be Tier 4 compliant for engines, many utilities require compliance to obtain access to their generation. The issue for hospitals is the extra maintenance requirements that are associated with Tier 4 engines, including the emissions systems.

Healthcare Requirements Go Beyond NEC and NFPA

It is well known that hospitals and many other healthcare facilities must adhere to National Electric Code (NEC) 700 and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 110 standards, meaning emergency power must be available within 10 seconds to life safety and critical branch loads if a utility failure occurs.

What is not as well known is that over time, healthcare facilities often open new wings or add new state-of-the-art equipment to better serve patients. It becomes unclear what systems are linked to the generators, and performing routine load bank exercises do not provide this vital information. While it may seem unsettling, the best test is to kill power to the building and determine which loads are actually connected to the backup system. It is better to do this before an actual emergency occurs, so staff members have time to react and correct any issues or add generators, if needed.

In addition, administrators, facility managers, and specifiers may need to meet state and municipal codes for the location of generators and minimum generator runtime standards. For example, emergency generators need to be protected from floods, earthquakes, and fire, so those requirements typically rule out most basement and rooftop placements. Next week, find out more about " Natural Gas or Bi-Fuel Generators for Healthcare".

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

Source: generac.com

Standby Power for Telecom

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 27, 2018
South Shore Generators - Back Up Power for Data Centers

Competition in the telecommunications industry means your network must be the best and most reliable. Factor in more than 400,000 calls to 911 being made every year on wireless devices. This means no failures, even during major grid or weather-related outages.

People are counting on you and you count on Industrial Power.

Backup Powr for Urganand Remote Cell Towers

Cell tower space is becoming crowded with so many other industries vying for the rented space. You need backup telecom generators that can deliver the need kWs, while fitting into a smaller footprint. Industrial Power provides rugged diesel and natural gas generators to provide the standby power for telecomm needed. They work well with critical power components such as UPS systems, rectifiers, and HVAC systems that ensures power will be continuous as the generator starts and runs up to speed.

Cell tower locations vary: they are either in the middle of cities or in the middle of nowhere. Generac manufactures sound-attenuated enclosures that reduce the noise level for city or urban cell tower locations. We also produce extreme weather-resistant enclosures, should your tower be located on a mountain, near the ocean, or in the Midwest and subject to a variety of weather events.

A range of controllers for remote monitoring are also available that shows all the vital operating parameters of the generator set.

Data Collection Centers Need More Power

Most providers use data collection centers to receive input from cells phones and other wireless devices and then re-transmit that data. These facilities require substantial backup or even prime power gensets to ensure the flow of information never stops.

Our line of 750 kW – 2 MW industrial diesel generators combines the precise components, designed, manufactured, and supported by a single source—Generac Industrial Power. We control every part of the production and testing process—engines, alternators, control systems, enclosures, and base tanks. These components are all specifically designed and built to meet the highest reliability and performance standards.

Take the Stress out of Medium Voltage Generator Systems

With the need for more power, we are finding more medium voltage applications with a medium voltage alternator and ANSI C37.20.2 gear, are becoming specified. Many staff members and contractors are hesitant to work with medium voltage systems. The solution is our integrated paralleling Modular Power System (MPS) concept.

By paralleling on the low voltage side and feeding one or multiple transformers, various system advantages can be realized:

  • Facility staff are typically more comfortable interacting with low voltage generators.
  • Low voltage equipment is much easier and quicker to source.
  • Low voltage rental equipment can be used when needed.
  • No medium voltage paralleling switchgear sections are required resulting in a smaller footprint and significant cost savings.

While diesel has been the traditional fuel choice, many telecommunications companies are now considering the use of natural gas or bi-fuel generators as standby power for telecomm. This is done upon approval of the AHJ, to meet the need for extended runtimes.

Two Natural Solutions

Natural gas generators offer many benefits. They have reduced emissions compared to diesel generators, the permitting requirements are easier and you are connected to the natural gas pipeline which is rarely impacted by weather or other crisis events.

Bi-Fuel is another great option as you have the strong initial start from a diesel engine and then transition to primarily natural gas under load. Generac offers fully integrated solutions that are the only EPA-compliant generators straight from our factory in both the 500 kW and 600 kW nodes. These units can also be paralleled to create even larger kW requirements.

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

Source: generac.com

Providing Clean Water through Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 20, 2018
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The demand for safe water is growing rapidly. And as water consumption doubles globally every 20 years, municipalities are more focused than ever on using this resource wisely and efficiently.

Computers control water-processing and delivery systems, and sophisticated digital water meters and data analysis can improve operations and reduce costs. Yet those innovations and increasing regulations have put even more pressure on facilities to have reliable backup power systems.

Both water and wastewater facilities place great demands on pumping equipment for consistent water distribution and treatment processes. When pumps go offline due to power outages, these processes are halted and water distribution ceases. In the case of large municipalities, returning all plant systems to normal operations and resuming the distribution of water can be a daunting task. During prolonged outages, under-treatment may occur, and the penalties both in terms of financial and environmental damage can be severe.

For more information in industrial generators for municipalities, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: Generac.com

Backup Power for Light Rail Crossings

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 13, 2018
South Shore Generators - Back Up Power for Data Centers

Many communities are turning to light rail systems to provide more efficient ways for citizens to access downtown areas while at the same time helping to reduce emissions and parking challenges. Since light rail trains typically cross many busy intersections, during an outage, it’s vital crossing signals continue to function to help prevent dangerous accidents.

For light rail crossings, natural gas generators are becoming the preferred choice. Most light rail systems are located along the natural gas right of way making it easy to tie into the service lines. Generac offers gaseous generators from 22 kW up to 500 kW nodes, providing the power needed for most applications with limited service and maintenance requirements. In addition, these units can be paralleled to provide more kWs, as needed.

Generac's technological advances in natural gas generators have earned us awards from Frost and Sullivan as “The Natural Gas Generator Company of the Year”. In addition, the 500 kW natural gas generator recently earned a Silver Award from the readers of Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine.

For more information in industrial generators for municipalities, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: Generac.com

Industrial Generators Help Municipalities Serve and Protect Communities

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 06, 2018
South Shore Generators - Back Up Power for Data Centers

Municipalities are continually asked to do more with less whether its maintaining municipal buildings, providing a vast array of community services, or providing protection for citizens during emergencies. There is no one “cookie-cutter” generator solution that will meet the incredibly diverse needs of municipalities. The good news is that Generac Industrial Power provides a wide range of gensets, accessories, controllers, and enclosures, so we can help you find the optimum solution to surpass your challenges.

Your Need: Emergency Preparedness

With major hurricanes and massive flooding that can occur at any time, the role of emergency preparedness is very great. Citizens not only depend upon crisis services including first responders and 911 call centers, but they also look to municipal facilities for shelter during the storm. Authorities may also need municipal buildings to act as command centers in the wake of a disaster.

If that were not enough, FEMA and other governmental agencies are asking cities and towns to deliver more robust support systems to community members living in underserved areas and government-sponsored housing unit.

Standy Power for Emergency Services

Police and fire stations, and 911 call centers must function during emergencies. Generac provides diesel gensets from 50 kW up to 2 MW to meet NEC and NFPA requirements for on-site fuel. And many of these gensets can be paralleled to meet even greater power requirements. Generac’s Modular Power Systems (MPS) feature on-generator paralleling so our units do not require dedicated and expensive third-party switchgear.

Future expansion generators simply tie directly to the generator bus. Because the paralleling is already built into the generator, the Generac MPS system inherently has greater flexibility for growth, requires less electrical room space, and reduces initial capital cost, which can help with your always tight budgets.

Paralleling also works for many government housing units as rooftop installations are being specified so flooding doesn’t impact power supply. MPS gensets are smaller and lighter weight which helps balance the rooftop load, while still providing the needed kWs.

For more information in industrial generators for municipalities, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: Generac.com

Assisted Care Facilities Upgrade Emergency/Backup Power Systems to Ensure Safety and Comfort

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 31, 2018
South Shore Generators - Back Up Power for Data Centers

It’s no secret our population is getting older. Projections by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation indicate that by 2030, global female life expectancy will be 85.3 years and male life expectancy will be 78.1 years. This means more assisted living and nursing home facilities will be needed to properly care for our seniors. All assisted care, nursing homes, and medical facilities must meet the backup/emergency power codes of NFPA 110 and NEC 700, ensuring essential electrical systems must be able to supply enough light and power for life safety in the event that normal electrical service is interrupted.

In addition, there may be state and local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) requirements that address resident safety, zoning, noise, and other requirements that have to be addressed.

As a result, many assisted living facilities are upgrading their on-site generator units to ensure residents are not only safe, but comfortable during harsh weather or potential grid failures. On-site generation is also becoming a key selling point for assisted living centers as many families want to ensure their loved ones receive the best care.

Generator Retrofits/Upgrades for Assisted Care Facilities May Pose Challenges

Many health care groups purchase existing assisted care facilities to expand services in different cities. Many times, these tend to be older buildings that require upgrades for health and aesthetic purposes.

For on-site generation, the first step is to perform a comprehensive analysis of the facility to determine:

  • where the power sources are entering the building,
  • whether the existing systems meet current life/safety codes, and
  • potential growth opportunities, so generator sizing can be addressed.

“Frankly we see a lot of odd issues when we first evaluate an older building such as oversized units with 3000 amps being fed into a 200 kW generator, conduits buried in concrete, and annunciators that are not located near nursing stations or other areas to meet monitoring requirements,” said Keith Findley, Power Solutions Manager, EVAPAR, a Generac Industrial Power distributor.

“In addition, we still find that essential life/safety equipment and non-essential lighting and comfort systems are on the same circuit, which is no longer acceptable—those systems must be separated to meet code,” he noted.

An assisted care facility in Indiana, part of a large consortium of care facilities, had some unique challenges as it upgraded an assisted living center to better serve the residents.

“When we performed the initial evaluation, we determined the service feeders coming into the building were single phase 208 volts and three phase 480 volts, so it made sense to provide two different diesel generators–350kW and 500kW—along with the appropriate transformers,” said Findley.

The two units are not paralleled at this facility, although Generac’s innovative Modular Power System (MPS) can provide the needed kWs to address comfort systems along with the benefits of redundancy, scalability, and safety, through integrated paralleling.

“We selected diesel for the fuel as the staff was familiar with the products, fuel prices tend to be constant, and the Generac diesel gensets are tough and reliable. They also meet the requirements for on-site fuel storage and local AHJs tend to have more experience with diesel generators, although natural gas is gaining acceptance as on-site fuel,” he said.

With respect to sizing, EVAPAR evaluates overall electrical usage at the facility and sizes up at least 25 percent to ensure all key medical equipment, lighting, and essential systems can be powered in an emergency.

“We have also found that many facilities are sizing up to ensure non-essential systems such as refrigerators, stoves, air conditioning, and more, can be served by on-site generation,” said Findley.

Services for Assisted Care Facilities

With strict enforcement of the air emissions regulations, diesel powered generators do require extra care and regular fuel polishing. Distributors train the maintenance staff at the facility to perform the weekly generator runs and log the results to ensure compliance.

Many of Generac’s Industrial Distributors also offer programs to assist with annual fuel testing and polishing as needed.

“With so much on the line, it’s vital assisted living centers work with experts who understand the current and future needs, the rules and regulations, and can then design practical on-site generation solutions that keep the residents the top priority,” said Findley.

For more information on power generation for senior living facilities, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

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Commercial Back-Up Power Systems

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 23, 2018

Enjoy the benefits of backup power for your business with Generac's commercial generators

Generac has resolved the issues that once made standby power impractical.

Back up industrial generators are now entirely possible and can generate immediate power when utility power fails.

Keep perishables fresh, protect against data loss, maintain theft prevention systems, keep all emergency systems running without pause with Industrial generators.

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

Reliable Back Up Power from Kohler Industrial Commercial Power Generators

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 16, 2018

Kohler power generator systems has a solution for every aspect of your backup power and critical load requirements. We offer EPA certified generators for 10 to 3250 KW, a full line of automatic transfer switches with ratings to 4000 AMPs, plus customizable parallelling switchgear and controls.

Kohler is trusted around the globe providing power to hospitals and clinics, safeguarding travelers, maintaining productivity, presering data, and ensuring safety.

For more information on reliable Kohler power systems, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Generac Diesel Generator That is Perfect for the Job Site

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 09, 2018
South Shore Generators - Back Up Power for Data Centers

Portable generators come in a variety of flavors, from camping-sized 1800-watt models to 10,000-watt monsters that power an entire job site. The 5000-watt power class works well for powering just about anything on the job site, and it can power most of your larger household appliances. While there are a ton of options in this wattage class, it’s tough to beat diesel. There aren’t a whole lot of portable options in that vein, but one that I like is the Generac XD5000E diesel generator.

First Impressions

The word “sturdy” might not quite do the Generac XD5000E justice. At 252 lbs, you’ll likely plant this generator where you need it and avoid moving it again if possible. That or just get your apprentice to move it when the need arises.

You expect a heavier weight with any diesel engine and there’s a reason for it. How many small consumer diesels do you see running around? Not many. Diesel engines are built to run long and strong. Even smaller diesel engines are known for their long life and excellent fuel efficiency.

That brings up the immediate question of, “why does this $3700, 250-lb generator not come with handles and wheels?” It’s a fair question. Regardless of the answer, if you’re using this generator for portable uses, spend the extra $150 on the wheel kit.

Likewise, the Generac XD5000E features an electric start. It’s a no-brainer to avoid the hassle of pull starting this beast every day.

One other thing about diesel as a fuel source – there’s no carburetor to maintain. There are still plenty of ways a lack of maintenance will get you, but a carburetor is a headache you won’t have to deal with.

Start-Up

The Generac XD5000E, as previously mentioned, offers both electric start-up as well as recoil backup. Of course, you can only use the electric start-up feature if you’ve purchased a battery, but the feature is there. As with all generator batteries, you’ll need to connect it and charge it before its first use.

This generator also features a fuel primer bulb and a compression release lever. The bulb helps to restart the generator after you’ve run it dry, and the compression release lever makes start-up a good deal easier in colder temperatures.

Power

The Generac XD5000E runs on diesel fuel, which points to the fact that Generac designed this generator to run long and run often – this is a heavy-duty machine. It features a Yanmar LW Series, 435cc air-cooled, direct injection industrial engine.

This generator pumps out 5000 running watts and 5500 peak starting watts. This amount of power will adequately run multiple power tools on the job site, including your 15-amp table and miter saws. This is a common class for job site crews that is a near-perfect combination of power and fuel efficiency.

This system runs at less than 6% total harmonic distortion as well. If that sentence sounds like a bunch of science-y, engineer-speak, basically, this means that your electronics will run more smoothly as the generator isn’t pumping out big power spikes.

Runtime

The Generac XD5000E really shines in the runtime category. Where a lot of the generators we looked at crank out a piddly 6-9 hours of runtime, the Generac runs for an impressive 32 hours at 50% load. Granted, the XD5000E has a 12-gallon tank, which is a bigger tank than most.

Per gallon, the XD5000E gets the outstanding fuel economy. This owes a lot to its running off of diesel fuel. The Generac XD5000E makes a pretty compelling case for going diesel if you’re not all that interested in refueling every 6 hours.

Outlets

Generac covers your basic outlet needs with the XD5000E. All of the outlets feature GCFI protection. The Generac XD5000E includes:

(4) 120V 20 Amp Outlets
(1) 120V 30 Amp Outlet
(1) Selectable 120V/240V Outlet

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a generator that can tackle long days and heavy usage, you’ll do well to consider the Generac XD5000E diesel generator. Its diesel engine means business, and it has enough of the right kind out outlets to power the vast majority of what you’ll throw at it on the job site.

As long as 5000 watts meets your needs, there isn’t much to complain about with this model – just be sure to order the wheel kit and battery! For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: protoolreviews.com

Back Up Power for Data Centers

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 02, 2018
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You provide your customers with a 99.999% uptime guarantee, standard in the industry. Your company may also be supporting multi-tenancy computing, co-location, and facilitating new platforms around cloud computing and virtualization. These platforms have new power requirements. Average power consumption at the rack is going up and more power needs to be available to support growth and backup/emergency power supplies.

Generac Industrial Power responds to these challenges with genset systems that deliver the best available technology with massive kWs and a support network offering industry-leading expertise.

Been There, Done That

Continuous duty, onsite power is one of the key factors that is required for data centers to obtain Tier III or Tier IV certification from the Uptime Institute. Continuous power is used for applications where there is no utility power and the generator set is relied upon to supply a constant load for an unlimited number of hours annually such as remote power stations or co-location facilities. Generac provides a range of solutions that have been used nationwide in Tier Certified facilities.

BACK IT UP WITH GENERAC'S MPS

Generac’s proven Modular Power System (MPS) for paralleling generators offers data centers the power, redundancy, scalability, and safety required. One of the key advantages is that you can specify the backup system for the power you need now, not in future. This allows you to spend more of your initial capital on servers and other equipment. And, as you power needs grow, it’s easy to “add on” another generator to meet your growing needs.

The MPS approach does not require paralleling controls in dedicated third-party switchgear, so expansion generators can either simply tie directly to the generator bus, or to a breaker on that bus. And the generators do not have to be next to each other on a pad to be paralleled, so you can spread the field and your potential risk.

In addition, our MPS allows you to combine fuel options: diesel, natural gas, or even bi-fuel. This not only gives you have the benefits of genset redundancy, you also have fuel redundancy. And natural gas relies on a strong underground pipeline network that is rarely impacted by weather or other crisis events—providing another critical advantage.

For more information on back-up power, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.


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