Regulation often drives innovation, and in the world of backup generators it has perhaps been the only driver for innovation over the past 10 years. The majority of improvements in generator design during this period have been driven by the need to comply with evertightening emission regulations. Unlike most other technology found in the data center, such as cooling approaches, power supply technology and power distribution, diesel backup generators have stayed pretty much the same aside from improvements in fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.
Cummins Power Generation, an electrical equipment vendor based in Columbus, Indiana, released four new diesel generator models this week, expanding its portfolio of products for smaller businesses that do not require high-capacity power backup. All four generator sets comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 3 emission requirements.
Cummins Power Generation generator sets are the heart of any on–site power system. Generator sets include a prime mover fueled by diesel, natural gas or propane, and an alternator that provides power at 50Hz or 60Hz, depending on the application. The new models’ capacity options are 175kW, 200kW, 275kW and 300kW.
“The new product lines include a range of features that were driven by customer requests, such as optional dual circuit breakers with identical ampacity trip settings, Level 3 sound-attenuated enclosures, run-time-based fuel tanks and more,” said Keith Lovegren, senior product manager at Cummins.
The 175kW and 200kW generator sets come with Cummins’ QSB7 engine, a 6.7-liter six-cylinder platform. They are smaller, lighter and quieter than their previous versions. They use less fuel, have better derate performance, a choice of PowerCommand controls and optional dual circuit breakers with identical ampacity trip settings.
The new 275kW and 300kW generator models are based on the QSL9 engine. They are also lighter and smaller than their predecessors, but make the same amount of noise.
The company is kicking off a new photo contest; the Cummins Onan marine photo contest. To enter, all you have to do is submit photos sharing your favorite boating experiences. The contest runs from August 15 to October 15 and the winner will win a new Apple (News - Alert) iPad. Cummins Onan provides generators for RV, marine, home standby, commercial vehicle, portable and over the road truck applications.
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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli