Atlas Copco adds to QAS generator range

Atlas Copco has extended the power range of its QAS genset series with the addition of the QAS 630. By fitting the new model into the frame of the existing QAS 500, the firm said its QAS 630 can generate 20% more power without needing a larger footprint.

The expanded QAS series ranges from 14 kVA to 630 kVA.

Julio Tome, product marketing manager for large generators at Atlas Copco, said: ‘Since we introduced the new QAS line in 2007, we always intended for the complete range to go up to 630 kVA. The guiding design principle of the range was to be modular, compact and robust, which are important features for the rental sector.’

The company said the QAS 630 features a compact and sturdy design in a galvanized enclosure, which reduces noise levels and ensures reliable operation. In addition, the spillage-free frame minimizes environmental impact. The standard fuel tank has a capacity of over 900 litres and can provide power for a full work shift at full load. An optional long-autonomy fuel tank can extend the running time up to 24 hours, depending on load requirements.

Atlast Copco said the QAS 630 facilitates easy transportation, installation and storage with its small dimensions, balanced weight and strong base frame.

Bangladesh electronics factory gets gensets from GE

Walton Group, a Bangladesh-based electronics, appliances and automotive manufacturer, has selected Clarke Energy to supply three of GE’s new high-efficiency 616 diesel engines to generate more reliable on-site power at Walton Group’s factory in Gazipur District, 38 km north of Dhaka.

The three 2.5 MW engines are the first 616 diesel engines to be deployed in Bangladesh, Clarke Energy said. They are expected to enhance power reliability to support factory production in the face of local grid instability, and to deliver significant cost savings by reducing both the factory’s consumption of diesel fuel and the amount of lubrication oil used. The reduction in fuel consumption also is expected to deliver considerable CO2 savings per year.

Alamgir Hossen, assistant director, power generation at Walton Hi-Tech Industries Ltd, said, ‘GE’s 616 diesel engine offers high efficiency with extended spare parts availability. These factors mean reduced operational costs for our business.’ Two of the engines are currently on-site, while the third is scheduled to be delivered this month and will be commissioned in April.

Leroy-Somer announces new alternator range and genset controller

Leroy-Somer Electric Power Generation, a division of Emerson, has announced the release of Leroy-Somer TAL, a new product line aimed at the commercial/industrial standby market.

The TAL series covers a power range from 10 to 1000 kVA/kW with six different products: the TAL 040, TAL 042, TAL 044, TAL 046, TAL 047 and TAL 049.

The company has also introduced ControlReg, which it says is the first integrated generator set controller and automatic voltage regulator on the market.

The new controller results from a partnership between Leroy-Somer and DEIF, a generator control manufacturer. ControlReg will be offered as a package with an alternator.

It combines full-fledged genset controls such as start preparation, start/stop sequences and

fuel level with typical AVR (Automatic Voltage Regulator) features such as voltage adjustment, U/f function, PID setting or motor soft start.

Leroy-Somer says the ControlReg package offers a complete solution for genset manufacturers.

Rolls-Royce to supply gensets to VPower

Rolls-Royce and decentralized power generation firm the VPower Group have signed a strategic agreement aimed at strenthening their partnership in power generation markets across China and the rest of Asia. A framework agreement for 2016 was also signed for the supply of 160 MTU Onsite Energy gas gensets based on 16V 4000 L32 units, each with 1560 kW electrical power output.

Rorce Au-Yeung, Co-CEO of VPower Group, said: ‘Our past successes in cooperation with Rolls-Royce on numerous power plant projects have motivated us to develop our partnership. The high rates of efficiency, outstanding reliability and low service costs of gas gensets from MTU Onsite Energy make them the ideal product for this application.’

VPower customers also benefit from the worldwide service networks that MTU Onsite Energy and VPower have in place to ensure swift delivery of spare parts.

Matthias Vogel, Vice-President Power Generation, Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said: ‘China and the Asian region as a whole are key strategic markets where MTU Onsite Energy is very keen to grow’.

FG Wilson launches next-generation rental gensets

FG Wilson has launched its next generation of diesel-powered rental gensets.

The new range introduces the Professional Rental Operator (PRO) genset series, which FG Wilson said will complement the current XD range while increasing its rental offering up to 500 kVA.

The PRO gensets are designed to run across a variety of applications including construction, events, industrial, oil and gas and utilities, the company said.

The PRO150-1, PRO150-2 (EUIIIa) and PRO500-2 (EUIIIa) are now available to order, while the PRO275-2 (EUIIIa) is planned for launch this month.

The PRO range features EUIIIa and fuel optimized engines and all models are 50/60 Hz switchable, without the need for tools or passwords, FG Wilson said.

The EUIIIa compliant genset is emissions certified at 50 and 60 Hz. It comes with the PowerWizard 2.1+ control panel, enhanced through what the company terms new rental-focused features. Optional synchronizing panels are available to allow units to be paralleled and the PRO series provides a variable speed clutch fan drive, which the firm says helps decrease noise output and improve fuel economy when running at partial load or in cooler weather.

Rental-specific copper cable connections designed for multiple reconnections and CEE and Clipsal sockets are also available on both the PRO150 models. A dual wall fuel tank is available offering a 110% bund/containment for fluids.

US government awards genset contracts

The US Defense Logistics Agency has awarded five companies a potential five-year, $45 million contract to provide gensets to federal civilian agencies.

The contractors will perform work in the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean and Pacific islands, the Defense Department said.

The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support awarded the firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract through a competitive acquisition with five responses. The work is expected to be completed this month.

The winning firms are Texas Power and Associates, Inglett and Stubbs International, Caterpillar Governmental and Defense Products, Berger Cummins JV, and Atlantic Diving Supply.

Global diesel genset market set for growth

The global market for diesel gensets is expected to reach $21.37 billion by 2022, according to a new report by analysis firm Grand View Research.

According to the report, market drivers include the growth of the oil and gas, mining, telecom and retail sectors worldwide, leading to a growing demand for power. A high supply-demand gap for electricity is expected to drive the market for backup energy sources such as diesel gensets.

The industrial diesel genset market was estimated at $3.97 billion in 2014, the report said, and is expected to see growth over the forecast period due to heavy production losses resulting from power failure issues. In addition, rising occurrences of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods are likely to propel demand for gensets during grid power outages.

Establishment of new industrial production facilities, particularly in Asia Pacific and the MEA region, is also expected to result in market growth.

Low-powered gensets dominated the market in 2014, and this trend is expected to continue over the next seven years. Growing power shortages in India, China and Singapore are also predicted to propel growth for these units.

The high-powered diesel genset market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.4% during the forecast period. Growth in the IT, hospitality and retail sectors on a global scale is expected to accelerate demand for these gensets.

Asia Pacific accounted for over 35% of the global market in 2014 and is expected to see significant growth due to expansion of the manufacturing and telecom sectors in China and India.

In the Middle East and Africa, Grand View Research expects substantial growth over the forecast period, with the market’s estimated value expected to stand at $2.8 billion by 2022.

Cummins launches OSK60-G22 engine

Cummins Power Generation has launched its QSK60-G22 engine as part of the QSK60 Diesel Series.

Formerly only available in a 60 Hz version, the new 50 Hz generator delivers 2750 kVA of power utilizing a 60-litre engine.

According to Cummins, other genset manufacturers in this range use engines that are up to 50% larger in engine displacement, making the QSK60 the most cost-effective and efficient solution in its class.

‘This latest addition to our product portfolio builds on Cummins Power Generation’s position as a market leader. When you need a generator set that produces more power and consumes less fuel in a smaller footprint, this product will not disappoint,’ said Cummins Power Generation Product Management Leader Cody Albertus.

The firm says its new generator is ideal for mission-critical applications such as data centres, hospitals, water treatment plants, campuses, manufacturing facilities and retail and recreational sites.