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Whole House Generators

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 10, 2018
South Shore Generator Generac 6237 portable generator

The purpose of a whole-house generator or back-up generator is to provide electricity for the entire house when the power goes out. No doubt lots of people in our region were wishing they had installed such a generator before the blizzard and snowstorms of March.

Most people, however, won’t lose power all that often and so won’t be using their generators all that often. Among those who have used their generators this season, there are many complaints on the internet of generators breaking down after only 100 hours or so of operation, so it’s important to shop around for a generator with good reviews. Among the top-selling brands are Generac and Kholer, and they each have many different models.

It is also important to break down comparisons along specific features, such as for the quietest generators. This could be important because an increasing number of communities are adopting noise ordinances, and if a generator creates more than 65 decibels during operation at night, a fine could be levied against the owner.

Whole-house generators typically run on natural gas or liquid propane, and some also run on gasoline and diesel. The best choice is likely to be propane, because unlike gasoline and diesel, which degrade after a matter of months, propane can last for many years if it is stored correctly.

Another reason for choosing liquid propane over gasoline or diesel is that it produces less pollution than the other two forms of fuel. Still, it’s not entirely clean, and according to the environmental protection agency, burning any of these fuels in a generator will produce hazardous air pollutants that have “adverse human health and environmental effects.” Further, while liquid propane is not quite as efficient as diesel or gasoline, it could be available during blackouts when diesel or gasoline are not because electricity is not available to power the pumps.

Because an automatic transfer switch needs to be installed to switch your home from being powered by the grid to being powered by the new generator, manufacturers recommend that a licensed electrician be hired to do that. The automatic transfer switch also prevents electricity being produced by the generator from flowing back out into the grid, which is not only wasteful but could be harmful to anyone working on downed power lines.

Further, using a professional installer is often required to ensure that warranties are in effect. Many generators also require that a concrete pad be installed to hold the unit, so all of these costs should be taken into account.

For more information on whole-house generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: riverreporter.com

Power Outage Preparedness has Become Top Priority for Homeowners

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 02, 2018
South Shore Generator - Kohler Pro7.5e portable generator

Massachusetts suffered from back-to-back Nor'easters. As a result, more homeowners are interested in power generators. Here are some tips to keep family and neighbors safe during severe winter weather power outages.

Portable Generators:

A portable generator can be a good option for those who are looking to power the most critical home items. They are simple to buy, easy to run and can power most essential lights or appliances via extension cords. Portable generators must be placed outside, far away from windows and doors and in a dry place. Generac has sent additional inventory to areas in the path of Winter Storm Quinn. These units can be purchased at dealer and home improvement centers.

Manual Transfer Switches:

A manual transfer switch can be used in combination with a portable generator to allow people to backup more items in their homes -- even hard-wired appliances like a furnace or well pump -- by delivering emergency power through the home's electrical system. There's no need to run extension cords from the generator to the lights and appliances. It is wired directly to the home's electrical panel and can power circuits of the homeowner's choosing. A manual transfer switch is the only safe way to deliver power from a portable generator to the home's electrical system, and while you will not likely be able to have one installed before Quinn, you can work with an authorized Generac dealer to buy a manual transfer switch and have it installed for future outages. Homeowners should not attempt to install one themselves.

Home Standby Generator:

While it's not possible to install a standby home generator ahead of this storm, there are certain to be future power outages. A home standby generator is a permanently installed solution and is connected to the home's existing natural gas or propane line. It sits outside the home, much like an air conditioning unit. These generators can restore power to the home -- units are even available that can back up the entire home -- within seconds of an outage. One of the more than 5,000 Generac dealers across the U.S. can perform a free in-home consultation for those interested in finding the right fit for their needs. During the consultation, the dealer can provide the correct size and cost for the homeowner and explain installation prices.

Just because the storm ends doesn't mean the threat does. The failing U.S. infrastructure makes access to power vulnerable in severe weather. Homeowners can take control and power their own home with the help of a Generac generator. Learn more at South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: prnewswire.com

KOHLER’s Newest KD Series industrial Generator

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 27, 2018
South Shore Generator - KD Industrial Generator Series Expands in Wareham, MA

KOHLER recently announced the expansion of its popular KD Series industrial generators, which now includes models ranging up to 3250kW. These new units are powered by two compact and powerful EPA-certified KOHLER V16 engines. The now-available updated KD1250 and new KD1350 industrial generators are powered by the KOHLER KD36V16 – a 16-cylinder engine with 36-liter displacement, while the new KD2800, KD3000, and KD3250 generators are powered by the KOHLER KD83V16 – a 16-cylinder engine with 83-liter displacement.

These new EPA-certified engines deliver highly efficient, dependable performance and feature a modular design for optimal serviceability. Numerous industries that require an ironclad backup power solution will benefit from these newest models now available within the KOHLER KD Series. These generators are ideally suited to data center, healthcare, telecommunications and water-treatment applications, among others. They’re also backed by a comprehensive three-year warranty, a full complement of genuine KOHLER aftermarket parts, and a top-tier service and support network.

For more information on KOHLER’s newest KD Series industrial generators contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Generators for Back-Up Power

Darren Kincaid - Monday, March 19, 2018
South Shore Generator - Portable Generator in Wareham, MA

In business, there can be no shortage in power. Competition is fierce, so companies must remain operational, even during outages. However, unexpected events happen. During storms or system maintenance, companies can make use of generators for back-up power.

Another application for portable generators is when back-up power is needed for supplemental purposes or for maintenance services instead of using facility loads. With generators in place, the power to the entire building is not affected by unexpected trips in the system.

Industry competition is fierce and each business must be prepared. By choosing to have back-up generators, companies need not suffer loss from outages or spend money because they have an insufficient power supply. Buying standby generators is practical for many businesses, especially those that want to minimize costs and losses caused by downtime. Power outages and other emergency situations are never planned. Mitigate the damage with back-up generators.

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

Standby Power for Gas Stations and Convenience Stores

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 05, 2018

Generac Power Systems offers standby power solutions for a variety of commercial businesses, including gas stations and convenience stores. Hear from a convenience store owner on how a Generac generator can help your business.

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

KOHLER Diesel Generators Series Expands

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 19, 2018
South Shore Generator - KD Industrial Generator Series Expands in Wareham, MA

When the KD Series large diesel industrial generators were unveiled, KOHLER and KOHLER-SDMO also announced the planned expansion for the new line, which would eventually grow to encompass generators as large as 4200kVA (50Hz) and 4000kW (60Hz). Today, utilizing KOHLER’s own diesel engines ranging from 800kVA/800kW to 2800kVA/2500kW, KOHLER and KOHLER-SDMO has expanded the KD Series with the rollout of several new generators ranging up to 3500kVA/3250kW.

“It’s always rewarding to expand a product line in conjunction with strong market response,” said Tom Cromwell, group president-power for Kohler. “Our first wave of KD Series generators really resonated with key influencers in the data center, healthcare, telecommunications and water-treatment segments around the world. And, we’re looking forward to providing these users – and many others – with additional KOHLER-powered options that will deliver a similar mix of durability, fuel efficiency, and the many other benefits that have helped the KD Series to stand out in this competitive global category.”

The newest KD Series diesel industrial generators are powered by two new compact and powerful KOHLER V16 engine models. The KD36V16 is a 16-cylinder engine with 36-liter displacement, which will power the 60Hz KD1250 and KD1350 as well as the 50Hz KD1250, KD1400, and KD1500. The other new engine is the KD83V16, a 16-cylinder model with 83-liter displacement, which will power the 60Hz KD2800, KD3000, and KD3250 as well as the 50Hz KD3100, KD3300, and KD3500. Both engine models deliver highly efficient and dependable performance and feature a modular design for optimal serviceability.

KD Series – Global Success Stories

The KD Series large diesel industrial generators were unveiled by KOHLER and KOHLER-SDMO at a global launch event in Strasbourg, France in October of 2016. Since that time, the new line has been selected by key decision makers in numerous industries worldwide, including the data center and healthcare segments. A few initial success stories are highlighted below.

Data Centers:

22 KD1600 generators were selected for a large data center in Ashburn, Virginia (USA). When completed in late 2017, the complex will encompass six buildings with more than 245,000 square feet and 16 megawatts of critical IT load. 11 KD1800 generators were selected by a UK-based data center. The center is owned by a Japanese telecom company, which selected the KD Series based on the low emissions of the new line.

Healthcare:

Two KD1800 generators were selected to provide backup power to a major hospital in France. The generators are placed in ISO20 Super Silent containers and will ensure critical systems in the hospital’s many operating rooms maintain power during unplanned outages.

For additional information about the new KOHLER and KOHLER-SDMO large diesel industrial generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: power.kohler.com

Kohler Air-Cooled, Three-Phase Generator for Light Commercial Applications

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 12, 2018
South Shore Generator - Kohler Air-Cooled

Kohler Generators offers an air-cooled, three-phase generator specifically designed for businesses seeking a more economical, space-saving alternative to traditional liquid-cooled, three-phase generators. The KOHLER 14/20 kW provides award-winning performance and dependability in a smaller, budget-friendly design.

An air-cooled, three-phase generator may be ideal for banks, restaurants, convenience stores and other commercial applications where 20,000 watts or less are needed during power outages. Because the generator is air-cooled, you get all the performance and power of an equivalent liquid-cooled generator in a smaller, more economical package. It’s specifically designed for smaller-sized businesses that want to stay up-and-running during a power outage.

The 14/20 kW generator is powered by a heavy-duty, commercial-grade engine designed for harsh weather conditions and heavy use. The generator starts up within 10 seconds of an outage and can power major systems and appliances in a small business, including: HVAC, lights, security systems, computers, cash registers, coolers and more. Kohler’s exclusive PowerBoost technology provides the necessary power to start large electrical loads without dropping other circuits or systems as they cycle on and off.

The 14/20 kW runs on natural gas or liquid propane, so there’s no need for refueling during a power outage. In addition, the generator can be remotely monitored from a computer, tablet or smartphone using the OnCue Plus Wireless Generator Management System. The generator’s compact, corrosion-resistant enclosure blends seamlessly with a building’s exterior while its quiet, neighborhood-friendly operation reduces sound levels similar to a central air conditioning unit. Other features include:

  • Robust Kohler Command PRO engine, with three-phase operation running on natural gas or LP
  • Corrosion-resistant enclosure impacted tested to -30F
  • RDC2 digital controller
  • Compatible with RXT transfer switches and OnCue Plus® Generator Management System (GM81385-KP2-QS) and Programmable Interface Module (PIM)
  • CSA/EPA certifications
  • Five-year warranty

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

Source: kohlerpower.com

KOHLER Industrial Mobile Generators

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 29, 2018
South Shore Generators - Mobile Generator in Wareham, MA

KOHLER® Power. Tough to the core. Easy on the environment.

Quiet, reliable KOHLER mobile generators give you dependable power anywhere, from remote construction sites to public events to storm recovery.

Tough to the core, mobile generators meet your needs, wherever you need them. They’re built to withstand the elements and run for long hours in prime and standby applications.

Whatever the application, we can match it with a hard-working mobile unit. Throw in our global service and support network, and you’ve got everything you need for power that works – wherever you go.

When it comes to creating heavy-duty power for demanding applications, we have diesel engines for the future – with lower operating costs and all the turbocharged muscle you need.

WITH KOHLER® DIESEL KDI ENGINES

TIER 4 FINAL, NO DPF - Cooled EGR helps achieve the industry’s toughest emissions standards

LOWER OPERATING COSTS - Direct injection delivers ultra-efficient performance and fuel savings

WITH JOHN DEERE ENGINES

FUEL ECONOMY - Integrated Emissions Control system – cooled EGR, exhaust filter and SCR – results in high power density, high torque and lower fuel consumption

UNINTERRUPTED OPERATION - Passive regeneration, a natural exhaust cleaning process, does not impact power output

GASEOUS MOBILE GENERATORS

Say hello to a new alternative. LP gas is reliable, readily available and refills just like diesel. KOHLER® mobile generators with propane engines offer a 15%-20% reduction in hourly fuel costs.*

INNOVATIVE PROPANE FUEL SYSTEM

  • Available on-board fuel tanks for 24-hour runtime
  • Produces fewer toxins and less smog-producing carbon monoxide
  • No ground spill risk; flashes to a vapor at atmospheric pressure

EASY SWITCH BETWEEN NATURAL GAS AND PROPANE

  • Quick-connect fill points for external fuel sources of natural gas or liquid propane
  • Easy switch between LP vapor, LP liquid and natural gas fuel sources for extended power supply

LOWER OPERATING COSTS

  • 15%-20% lower fuel costs

Kohler Power Systems offers mobile generators for any application you can imagine, from industrial power to public events. Every model is EPA-emission-certified for non-road use and comes equipped with a rugged, DOT-certified trailer and durable enclosure.

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

Source: kohler.com

KD Industrial Generator Series Expands

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 16, 2018
South Shore Generator - KD Industrial Generator Series Expands in Wareham, MA

When the KD Series large diesel industrial generators were unveiled in October of 2016, KOHLER and KOHLER-SDMO also announced the planned expansion for the new line, which would eventually grow to encompass generators as large as 4200kVA (50Hz) and 4000kW (60Hz). Today, based on strong worldwide response to the initially-launched models – utilizing KOHLER’s own diesel engines ranging from 800kVA/800kW to 2800kVA/2500kW – KOHLER and KOHLER-SDMO are proud to officially expand the KD Series with the rollout of several new generators ranging up to 3500kVA/3250kW.

The first wave of KD Series generators really resonated with key influencers in the data center, healthcare, telecommunications and water-treatment segments around the world. Now KOHLER can providing these users – and many others – with additional KOHLER-powered options that will deliver a similar mix of durability, fuel efficiency, and the many other benefits that have helped the KD Series to stand out in this competitive global category.

The newest KD Series diesel industrial generators are powered by two new compact and powerful KOHLER V16 engine models. The KD36V16 is a 16-cylinder engine with 36-liter displacement, which will power the 60Hz KD1250 and KD1350 as well as the 50Hz KD1250, KD1400, and KD1500. The other new engine is the KD83V16, a 16-cylinder model with 83-liter displacement, which will power the 60Hz KD2800, KD3000, and KD3250 as well as the 50Hz KD3100, KD3300, and KD3500. Both engine models deliver highly efficient and dependable performance and feature a modular design for optimal serviceability.

KD Series – Global Success Stories

The KD Series large diesel industrial generators have been selected by key decision makers in numerous industries worldwide, including the data center and healthcare segments. A few initial success stories are highlighted below.

Data Centers:

22 KD1600 generators were selected for a large data center in Ashburn, Virginia (USA). The complex will encompass six buildings with more than 245,000 square feet and 16 megawatts of critical IT load.

11 KD1800 generators were selected by a UK-based data center. The center is owned by a Japanese telecom company, which selected the KD Series based on the low emissions of the new line.

Healthcare:

Two KD1800 generators were selected to provide backup power to a major hospital in France. The generators are placed in ISO20 Super Silent containers and will ensure critical systems in the hospital’s many operating rooms maintain power during unplanned outages.

For additional information about the new KOHLER and KOHLER-SDMO large diesel industrial generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: KOHLER.com

Cold Weather Generator Operation

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 02, 2018
South Shore Generators - Generac Natural Gas Generators

Diesel generators are notoriously problematic during cold weather. Not only does diesel fuel become unstable in cold temperatures but when the engine block and heads are cold, they absorb the heat of the compression required to ignite diesel fuel.

When generators used for standby or continuous power will be operated at 32°F (0°C) or below – especially for extended periods of time – operators must take precautions to ensure the generator will start reliably, get to the desired load quickly, and continue to run without incident and unnecessary stress and wear on the engine.

Although fuel additives and other intermittent measures have long been common for generators, there is also a wide variety of purpose-built equipment that protects generators and their components against the cold. Some specialized add-ons keep the engine block warm; others keep coldsensitive equipment such as batteries and control boxes operating at the optimal temperature. This equipment is especially important where generators are being used in remote environments without any oversight by technicians or other company staff.

This blog looks at some of the equipment that can help companies protect their generator investments and ensure reliable startup and operation. It also offers a few pointers on selecting a provider to source generators and engines that are properly equipped for extremely cold weather use.

Battery warmers

Battery warmers enclose generator batteries in a thermal wrap, keeping the battery at a constant 80°F (27°C), the optimal temperature for maximum cold-cranking amps. Battery warmers should have durable, fire-retardant covers that resist oils and acids.

Thermostats, if available, can eliminate battery damage from possible overheating and subsequent acid spillage. Battery warmers prolong battery life and can boost cranking power by as much as 75 percent.

Block heaters

Block heaters, which are installed on the coolant circuit, keep the engine’s coolant warm enough that the unit is able to start immediately and attain/maintain the required engine load. They are generally powered by an external power source rather than the generator engine itself.

Hydronic coolant heaters

Hydronic coolant heaters gradually raise the temperature of the engine’s coolant, assuring even heating of the engine block. They enable generators to have warm starts, which reduce engine stress and wear, and reduce demand on the battery. Hydronic coolant heaters work independently of the engine, yet they tap into the fuel and power supplies of the engine. This approach eliminates the need for an external power or fuel source, which enables them to operate anywhere a generator could be located.

Control panel box heaters

For enclosed generators, cold weather operation brings another peril: condensation due to the differential between the external temperature and the temperature inside a heated enclosure.

These heaters keep the control box at an even temperature, preventing the condensation that can damage sensitive electronic parts.

Louvres

Louvres (also called dampers or shutters) open and close based on a specific trigger, eliminating both overcooling and overheating by regulating the amount of ambient airflow through the generator engine’s radiator.

Louvres can be thermostat activated, in which case a thermostat is installed inside the generator enclosure and an electronic switch triggers their operation when temperatures rise above a preset threshold. Electronic louvres such as these should always include electronic stall protection.

Louvres can also be hydraulic, being driven directly by the temperature of the engine’s coolant. Coolant-driven louvres open gradually, allowing the engine to cool effectively but preventing a sudden influx of cold air that could cause the temperature inside the generator enclosure to drop precipitously.

Hydraulic louvres are a preferred option in extremely cold climates because they do not contain sensitive electronic parts that are prone to seizing and failing in cold weather. Both types of louvres should also be able to prevent snow intrusion into the unit.

Snow hoods

Snow hoods are specialized coverings designed to prevent snow from accumulating inside the generator enclosure. Some manufacturers can relocate the generator’s air exhaust when they install snow hood kits, further preventing snow intrusion into the exhaust pipe without restricting air flow.

Final thoughts

When a generator is needed to supply power, there may not be much time for warm-up. A cold pack (winter pack) is a proven solution for ensuring generators can start without a long warm-up time and stay running dependably at temperatures ranging from 32°F to -50°F (0°C to -46°C). Depending on the situation and condition of the generator itself, this equipment can reduce the incidence of generator failure in cold conditions by 50 percent or more. For more information on industrial generators and sub-zero temperatures, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: oilandgasproductnews.com


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