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Backup Industrial Generators Provide a Range of Healthcare Emergency Power Solutions

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 26, 2018
South Shore Generators - Generac Industrial Generators

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.

While diesel has been the traditional fuel choice, many healthcare facilities are now using natural gas or bi-fuel generators, upon approval of the AHJ, to meet runtime requirements during times of crisis.

Two Natural Solutions

Bi-Fuel is a great option for healthcare facilities because it provides the best of both worlds. You meet the on-site fuel requirements of NEC 700 and NFPA 110 because you have a diesel storage tank, but obtain the benefits of longer runtimes as the generator transitions to natural gas under load. South Shore Generator offers fully integrated solutions that are the only EPA-compliant generators straight from the factory in both the 500 kW and 600 kW nodes. These units can also be paralleled to create even larger kW requirements.

Natural gas generators are also being specified for many healthcare facilities, as the permitting requirements are easier. In addition, more AHJ’s are now considering the natural gas pipeline network to be an acceptable on-site fuel storage, as this strong underground network is rarely impacted by weather or other crisis events, allowing you to meet code requirements related to having a reliable fuel source.

Another advantage is that there is less maintenance associated with natural gas generators.

Integrated Paralleling Offers Even More Options

Generac’s innovative Modular Power System (MPS) can provide the needed large kWs for hospitals along with the benefits of redundancy, scalability, and safety, through integrated paralleling.

While it rarely happens, should your single large kW backup generator fail in an emergency, lives are at risk. With Generac’s MPS, you have at least one other backup/emergency generator operating to ensure critical operations continue. This means the kW requirements of the smallest genset in the paralleled system is sized appropriately to meet those needs.

You can also combine generators using a variety of fuels such as diesel and natural gas. This not only gives you the benefits of genset redundancy, but now you have fuel redundancy as well.

This approach does not require dedicated switchgear sections. Future expansion generators simply tie directly to the generator bus. Because the paralleling is already built into our generators, the MPS system fundamentally has greater flexibility for growth, requires less electrical room space, and reduces initial capital cost.

Whether it be multiple generators in parallel, or a large single engine generator, We have the product solution to meet your requirements.

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

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Back Up Generators Powering The Government for More than 50 Years

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 19, 2018
South Shore Generator - KOLHER IBack Up Generators

For more than 50 years, Kohler has provided backup power to every branch of federal, state and local governments. We understand your specialized backup power requirements. That’s why we provide you with dedicated account managers who live and breathe government operations, both CONUS and OCONUS.

Plus, we offer total system integration which means everything works together — generators, transfer switches, switchgear and controls. It’s all engineered and tested to meet the highest government requirements and the following codes and standards:

  • EPA emissions certification
  • IBC seismic certification
  • NFPA 110
  • UL 2200
  • California OSHPD

Trusted Solutions for Federal, State and Local Government

Most of the time COTS solutions can meet your challenges, but there are situations that call for custom power solutions. That’s where we come in. We’ll help you assess and meet your needs with:

Power Solutions

  • Fully customizable offerings
  • Complete power systems solutions
  • Natural gas/LP-fueled models to 1000 kW
  • 3 kW - 4000 kW range of diesel-fueled generators
  • Stationary, Mobile, Marine and Portable
  • Easy-to-use, highly programmable controls
  • State-of-the-art technologies
  • Remote and local enterprise monitoring
  • Program management, logistics and installations

GSA Advantage

Kohler participates in the purchasing schedules that make procurement of government solutions fast, easy and effective. Plus KOHLER® power systems can be purchased under the GSA Disaster Recovery Purchasing Program. So why wait? Take advantage of the benefits today.

  • GSA 56 Contract #GS-07F-019DA
  • DUNS: 12-158-7513
  • Cage Code: 67271
  • Business Code: Large
  • NAICS Code: 335312,335313
  • FSC Classes: 5920,6110,6115,6125,6130,6135

Proven Collaboration with a Trusted Partner

We support systems integrators with design, installation, start-up, and warranty through a network of Kohler distributors and small business set-aside channel partners. Our products and services support projects including:

  • New generator and switchgear installations
  • Retrofitting existing facilities
  • Custom integration for special program requirements
  • Custom COTS - supporting your specific requirements
  • Teaming and subcontracting arrangements

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

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Industrial Generator Water Treatment

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 13, 2018
South Shore Generator - KOLHER Industrial Generator

Water Treatment is Evolving Quickly. Industrial Generators Help You Stay Ahead.

The demand for safe water is growing rapidly. And as water consumption doubles globally every 20 years, individuals and municipalities are more focused than ever on using this resource wisely and efficiently. That concern and new technologies are driving a rapid evolution in the reclamation and reuse of wastewater.

Computers now 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.

Assessing Facility Needs

KOHLER provides the custom, scalable solutions you need to keep pumps and other key equipment running – so you can avoid potential consumer safety issues and prevent flooding and discharge of untreated wastewater. We assess key needs including:

  • Power usage
  • Motor starting
  • Codes and standards
  • And that’s just the beginning.

Power Considerations

Backup power can keep your facilities running during an outage or offset the power supply needed during peak usage. It must start quickly and reliably, as any interruption in the process can be problematic. That’s why Total System Integration is essential. It means your generators, transfer switches, paralleling switchgear and controllers are all designed to work together.

We know you have a lot to consider. That’s why we make it easy. Contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

KOHLER

Back Up Power for Hotels

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

Hospitality has Gone High Tech. Back Up Systems Have Too.

Not long ago, hospitality needs were simpler: nice room, clean sheets, more towels. Today expectations are much different, and they’re driving a huge need for next-generation backup power.

Whether traveling for business or leisure, hospitality guests expect fast, reliable Wi-Fi, digital reservation systems, mobile check-in, mobile concierge services and more. Add the emergence of new all-in-one entertainment complexes, and hospitality has become a whole new world.

Assessing Facility Needs

KOHLER provides the reliable backup power systems you need to ensure unforgettable experiences—and earn the positive reviews your business depends on. We assess key needs including:

  • Safety
  • Continued operations
  • Emissions
  • Noise containment

Power Considerations

Every hospitality facility needs to be ready to run without utility power in the case of severe weather, weakness in the grid or even construction accidents.

We know there's a lot to consider. That’s why we make it easy. Contact South Shore Generator today and we'll take care of you every step of the way.

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