Volvo Penta’s new 250-350 kW power generation engine has a completely new, high-tech design. It satisfies the toughest existing emissions requirements – EPA/CARB Tier 3.

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The Volvo Penta TAD1350 series is claimed by the Swedish firm to be very reliable and durable, and is manufactured in one of the world’s most advanced and quality-assured plants. The new TAD1350 series has a displacement of 12.8 litres and comes in three versions: TAD1350GE, TAD1351GE and TAD1352GE with power outputs ranging from 250 kW to 350 kW. The new engines were launched at the Power-Gen International industry trade show in New Orleans, USA, which opened on 11 December 2007.

The TAD1350 series is manufactured by the Volvo Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engines for commercial use. The TAD1350 series has the same basic design that is also successfully used in trucks and construction machinery. No less than 100 000 units are produced each year in highly automated plants with rigorous quality programmes.

Extensive field-testing of the TAD1350 series has been carried out in some of the world’s toughest environments, where the engines have been used to deliver 24/7 prime power, and as mobile units for stand-by power. Outstanding results were achieved showing low fuel consumption and high reliability resulting in minimal maintenance requirements.

Cooling is designed for operation in hot climates with piston cooling and highly efficient radiator and charge-air cooler package.

Extensive research in the area of internal combustion has enabled Volvo to develop a combustion chamber that fully optimizes fuel consumption. This is combined with EMS 2, Volvo Penta’s electronic control system that manages unit injectors and turbo charger, to provide low specific fuel consumption, thus reducing cost per kWh.

High fuel efficiency also means low overall emissions. The TAD1350 series satisfies the toughest existing emissions requirements, EPA/CARB Tier 3. Closed crankcase ventilation is available as an option.

The wide range of optional equipment available and the many features, such as high air filter position and the compact design of the new engine, simplify installation. The EMS 2 electronic management system makes the engine an intelligent part of the machine in which it is installed, and enables genset manufacturers to integrate all electronics into one unified system. Stand alone operation is equally easy.

The new TAD1350 series shares many features with sister engines in the Volvo Penta genset range, contributing to ease of installation and service.

The new TAD1350 series can – as with all Volvo Penta’s electronically controlled engines – be connected to VODIA, an easy-to-use service tool for testing, troubleshooting and diagnosis.