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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
South Shore Generators - Back Up Power for Data Centers

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.

Towable or Commercial Generators

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 26, 2018
South Shore Generators - Winco Generator

When it comes to backup power, you have two choices.

Towable

  • Designed for powering remote locations, sporting events and concerts
  • Manual power transfer once generator is on site (building requires pre-wired generator connection panel)
  • Can power critical hard-wired systems like A/C, heat, computers, security systems, refrigerators and freezers with generator connection panel
  • Runs on diesel fuel

Commercial

  • Ideal for backing up your business
  • Automatically restores power in seconds - whether you're open or closed
  • Powers your business, including critical hard-wired systems like A/C, heat, computers, security systems, refrigerators, freezers, and more No refueling - runs on your small business's natural or LP gas

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

Kohler Industrial Power Generators at Wastewater Treatment Plant

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 18, 2018

Check out this video of Kohler's industrial power generators in action at a wastewater treatment plant in the US.

When tens of thousands of people rely on you for drinking water it is imperative that the water treatment plant stay up and running. Back up power is essential for facilities such as water treatment plants, without it, they can't run their facility.

For further information on reliable industrial back up generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Configured vs. Standard Generators: Choices to Meet Your Power Generation Needs

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 11, 2018
South Shore Generator - Generac’s Bi-Fuel™ generators

Comparing configured versus standard generators is like comparing apples to oranges, it can’t be done. They are different and they are different for many reasons.

Some facilities and applications can use essentially “off the shelf” generators, like our Protector Series. These generators raise the bar for light commercial standby units with performance and reliability as well as ease of installation.

Customization Around Unique Needs

Generac has found, however, that most large commercial and industrial applications have unique needs requiring custom specifications. This may include factors such as the electrical or fuel requirements of the generator – or the installation location—on an outside pad, indoors, parking garage, or up on a rooftop. And in many cases, a generator system may need to be configured to meet specific noise requirements, or NFPA code requirements.

Fuel choices are now playing an even greater role…while diesel has been the traditional choice, natural gas, and bi-fuel generators offer greatly extended runtimes, so you can protect your facilities for much longer periods of time during a crisis. These generators are also eco-friendly with fewer emissions compared to diesel so many businesses are making the switch. And Generac’s Bi-Fuel™ generators are the only ones fully integrated—and EPA compliant—straight from the factory.

Modular Power Systems (MPS) Grow with Your Power Needs

Your business could be a start-up, so while you want to make a smart investment in backup power, you also don’t want to buy more kWs than you need. Our innovative Modular Power Systems (MPS) allow you to start with a smaller kW generator and then “plug in and play” additional units as you grow. And those units can feature different fuel options. This gives you genset redundancy and scalability. Win-win.

Tailor Components for Your Needs

Your application may need larger alternators, sound-attenuated enclosures, or other specially engineered features, and we can deliver that. Generac’s configured generators are created to give you performance, reliability, and durability. Our Power Design Pro™ app can help you size your generators as well as recommend options that meet your design requirements.

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

Source: generac.com

Marine Generators: Choosing the Right One

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 28, 2018
South Shore Generators Commercial Marine - Wareham, MA

After the main engine, the most expensive single piece of equipment aboard is often the generator, AKA marine genset. Moreover, a marine genset can log two or three times as many hours as your main engine(s), so choosing the right one is an important decision. You’ll want a generator that’s reliable, offers longevity, and delivers a comfortable time on board.

Choosing the right marine genset can be easy if you work with a generator dealer and analyse your requirements carefully. This guide to choosing the right generator will familiarize you with a few terms and help you acquire a basic understanding of the different types of generators and how they operate.

AC or DC

The choice is really dependent on your application. If you primarily have a battery charging application then a lot of people put small generators in just to charge batteries, so you have to go ionto a mains powered battery charger and then to the batteries. If you go to a specifically designed DC charging battery generator the efficiency will be higher, the size and weight will be smaller and you pick up the advantage of a variable speed generator.

A lot of the earlier DC generators where simply a diesel or petrol engine with an automotive alternator, which by today’s standards was inefficient and noisy. New technology has seen the development of alternators that are highly efficient.

Inverter or Generator?

Inverters change DC electricity from your battery bank into AC power to run your AC equipment. Inverters work well for vessels that have relatively low power demand (1000-3500 watts) for short time periods. Boats with larger, consistent power demands and electric motors require a generator or both generator and inverter.

Engine, Hydraulic Drive, or Both?

Powered by a hydraulic pump on the main engine, hydraulic drive generators are best suited to boats with small, intermittent power requirements or long range cruisers. Generally, it is best to rely on a hydraulic generator when only small amounts of power are necessary because operating the main engine for electricity alone is inefficient.

Operating Speed Of Marine Gensets

Electronic equipment is designed to consume electrical energy with a fixed frequency. The international (SI) unit for frequency is hertz, symbol Hz, which is equal to one cycle per second. The United States and Canada use 60Hz power.

A modern 3000 rpm engine is very fuel efficient and comes with a long life span. They are significantly smaller and lighter than 1500 rpm generators and while the engine life is probably a little shorter the chances of doing enough engine hours to wear one out is unlikely. The average genset hours on a cruising boat is probably around 100-150 hours a year and the typical life of a modern 2-3 cylinder high speed diesel is probably between 3000-4000 hours. With a proper sound capsule and engine isolation mounts, it will be as quiet and smooth as a 1500 rpm unit.

Gas or Diesel Marine Genset?

You’ll need to decide whether to buy a petrol or a diesel generator. If your main engine is a diesel, your genset should be, too. Keep in mind that the explosive nature of gasoline requires a spark-free generator, and therefore a diesel genset is a safer bet for a petrol main engine as well.

Cooling Systems

Liquid cooled generator engines are engineered to be used in a marine environment, and they are available in three configurations: heat exchanger, keel cooled, or direct seawater. Your generator should have the same type of liquid cooling as your main engine.

Marine gensets that are heat exchanger cooled feature two cooling water circuits. The “seawater cooling circuit” includes a rubber impeller or centrifugal pump that moves water from outside the boat, through a heat exchanger, and back overboard, often through the exhaust elbow. The “jacket water (also called freshwater) circuit” has a circulation pump that moves a coolant mixture continuously through the engine block and exhaust manifold (where it cools them) and heat exchanger, where it is cooled by the seawater.

Keel cooled generators have only the jacket water circuit. A circulation pump moves the coolant through a cooling grid on the bottom of the boat. Keel cooled generators require their own keel cooler so they are not tied to the main engine’s grid.

Engine Type

Marine gensets with in-line 4-stroke engines, whether diesel or petrol, are easy to install and service. Since four-pole generators operate at low rpms, the engine needs to produce its maximum torque near or below the operating speed. Automotive engines produce maximum torque at higher speeds. For example, when they run at 1800 rpm, almost all automotive engines are working at a point below peak torque, which will limit the engine’s ability to pick up extra loads such as watermakers, air conditioners, or refrigerators. Engines that are made for heavy-duty, industrial applications offer you strong, reliable low-end torque and provide the power to pick up supplementary electrical loads, even when running at full power. The penalty of course is extra size and weight, which can be quite significant.

If you are looking to produce under 10 kW with a 3000 rpm engine then you are still able to run a 2-3 cylinder unit, while if you are wanting the same from 1500rpm the requirements are generally for a four cylinder engine. As engine technology has developed in recent years, the negatives against high rpm small diesel engines has certainly been diminished.

Engine Benefits

  • Cast-iron, liquid cooled exhaust manifolds increase safety. Dry manifolds can be a fire hazard. If there is a turbocharger, make sure it’s liquid cooled.
  • All service points should be gathered on one side for easy maintenance. This also allows the non-service side of the generator to be installed directly against a bulkhead to save space in the engine room.
  • On larger machines, choose one with liquid cooled, replaceable cylinder liners. This will dramatically lower rebuild costs. If it’s a smaller high rpm diesel it may be cheaper to simply replace the engine.
  • You will also benefit from having safety shutdowns for high water temperature and low oil pressure on your next generator.
  • L ook for a design that eliminates unnecessary, troublesome equipment such as hoses, belts, and gaskets.

Single-Phase or Three-Phase?

Marine gensets produce either single-phase or three-phase power. Three-phase motors are less expensive than singlephase motors. And while three-phase power is better for motor starting and running, 20kW generators and smaller usually feature single-phase motors.

Variable Speed Marine Gensets

Until recent times fixed RPM generators have been the only technology available. Regardless of whether they are low speed (1500/1800rpm) or high speed (3000/3600rpm) they have the same drawback. That is, the engine can only deliver the power available at one particular rpm. In the case of the low speed generators this results in a large engine being required to develop relatively small amounts of power. In the case of the high speed generators the compromise is on engine noise and engine life, although in reality neither is an issue on some models.

The Right Size Marine Genset

Selecting the right size generator for your vessel is critical. If it is too small, it will wear out quickly, produce excessive exhaust smoke, and potentially damage electrical equipment. If it is too large, it will run under-loaded, lead to carbon build-up in the combustion chamber, leave unburned fuel in the exhaust, and operate inefficiently. A generator should never run continually with less than a 25% load. 35% to 70% is optimal.

Two generators may be the best answer for boats with varying power requirements. You can use a higher kW generator for high demand periods and a lower kW generator for times when power demand is minimal. Another option is to use a medium size generator that runs singularly or together with paralleling switch-gear or a simple split bus distribution panel.

It is best to have your generator dealer perform a load analysis of your vessel to determine what size generator you require. Your dealer will need the wattage requirement listed. Use this formula to calculate wattage: amps x volts = watts. Turning on appliances that utilize electric motors produces a current inrush, which can cause voltage and frequency dips and lights to dim. Depending on the quality and size of the motor being started, the amount of power necessary to start the electric appliance can be up to ten times its running wattage. This is why it is so important to supply your dealer with both the starting and running wattages of each motor. We can help calculate the electrical load of all the equipment you will run at one time.

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

Source: boatmags.com

How to Choose a Marine Generator

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 22, 2018
South Shore Generators Commercial Marine - Wareham, MA

A marine generator will keep the current flowing to all of your electrical equipment on your boat

Today’s sport-fishing boats brim with power-hungry electrical equipment, from air conditioning to audio systems, spreader lights to live-bait pumps, refrigerators to radars and microwaves to water makers.

Supplying enough current for all of these accessories can pose a challenge, particularly on extended trips to fish remote waters with few marinas and no shore power. One option is to run the main engines to keep power flowing to the AC/DC system. Yet fumes, vibration, noise and fuel consumption render this practice annoying, especially on anchor or tied to the dock.

A quiet-running marine generator offers a more pleasing solution. Whether you’re adding, upgrading or ordering a new boat, consider these factors when choosing among the many brands and models of gensets.

Space Constraints

If adding a genset, think about location. Generators go below deck, often in the engine room or an aft compartment. Determine how easily you can access the space for installation and maintenance, as well as how the new unit will affect weight distribution.

For tight spaces, look at compact gensets. On boats less than 30 feet in length, fitting in a genset could prove impossible. In these cases, a portable marine generator might be your only option.

Fuel of Choice

For convenience, choose a genset that operates on the same fuel as your boat. For example, with gasoline inboards, select a gasoline genset so you can tap the main tank.

There is one possible exception. On an outboard fishing boat, which runs on gas, it’s sometimes wise to have a diesel generator. Outboard boats rarely feature ventilation for below-deck compartments. Diesel (less volatile than gas) is safer to use in such enclosed spaces. You’ll need a separate diesel tank, so account for that when evaluating available space. If adding a genset, you’ll also need to customize a system to usher air to the generator.

Most large sport-fishing boats usually have diesel inboards, so a diesel generator makes the most sense. Whether you choose gas or diesel, a separate canister-style fuel filter helps ensure delivery of clean, water-free fuel to the genset.

Output Options

Marine generators are rated by kilowatt output — from as little as 3.5 kW to as much as 200 kW. To determine the right model, add up the power needs for the accessories you plan to run. Then select a genset with about 20 percent more output than your total requirement.

Resist thinking that more is better. A genset running at insufficient load leads to carbon buildup and other complications. On the other hand, don’t run all of your accessories at once. A genset operates best when carrying 35 percent to 70 percent of its rated load.

Installation Details

Gensets are water cooled, so when adding a unit plan on installing a water intake with a strainer to keep debris from clogging the cooling system. Also, you’ll need plumbing for cooling water to exit overboard.

As mentioned, gensets need air. Yet gensets also need exhaust systems. If adding a unit to your boat, plan on having a separate exhaust rather than sharing the engines’ exhaust system.

Most gensets come with remote ignition switches and basic gauges for installation above deck — usually near the helm or in a cabin — and a second control panel on or near the genset.

Quiet and Clean

Thanks to insulating shields, isolation mounts, mufflers and underwater exhaust, marine generators are quieter than ever.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a concern, especially with gas generators. Yet companies such as Kohler (www.kohler.com) now make low-CO gasoline generators with lower emissions. The Kohler Low CO models feature self-monitoring systems that shut down the generator if CO builds to dangerous levels.

As the electrical demands of today’s sport-fishing boats grow, so too does the need for a convenient way to keep the current flowing. Today’s gensets deliver, whether at the dock or far from the marina.

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

Source: sportfishingmag.com


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