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Temporary Cold Weather Power Generation (Boston)

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, January 09, 2018
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Today's blog post is offered as a service providing you with general consumer education about cold weather commercial generator operation Whether you are (or are not) currently in need of temporary or permanent commercial power generation services throughout the greater Boston area, we're glad to share our knowledge.  We want you to be educated, be safe, and know that anytime you have questions about cold weather generator operations that you can contact us anytime to discuss.  We can answer you questions regarding small scale (20kW generation) all the way up to large scale (2000kW generation) power needs. 

Diesel generators are notoriously problematic during cold weather. Not only does diesel fuel become unstable in cold temperatures but when the engine block and heads are cold, they absorb the heat of the compression required to ignite diesel fuel.

When generators used for standby or continuous power will be operated at 32°F (0°C) or below – especially for extended periods of time – operators must take precautions to ensure the generator will start reliably, get to the desired load quickly, and continue to run without incident and unnecessary stress and wear on the engine.

Although fuel additives and other intermittent measures have long been common for generators, there is also a wide variety of purpose-built equipment that protects generators and their components against the cold. Some specialized add-ons keep the engine block warm; others keep coldsensitive equipment such as batteries and control boxes operating at the optimal temperature. This equipment is especially important where generators are being used in remote environments without any oversight by technicians or other company staff.

This blog looks at some of the equipment that can help companies protect their generator investments and ensure reliable startup and operation. It also offers a few pointers on selecting a provider to source generators and engines that are properly equipped for extremely cold weather use.

Battery warmers

Battery warmers enclose generator batteries in a thermal wrap, keeping the battery at a constant 80°F (27°C), the optimal temperature for maximum cold-cranking amps. Battery warmers should have durable, fire-retardant covers that resist oils and acids.

Thermostats, if available, can eliminate battery damage from possible overheating and subsequent acid spillage. Battery warmers prolong battery life and can boost cranking power by as much as 75 percent.

Block heaters

Block heaters, which are installed on the coolant circuit, keep the engine’s coolant warm enough that the unit is able to start immediately and attain/maintain the required engine load. They are generally powered by an external power source rather than the generator engine itself.

Hydronic coolant heaters

Hydronic coolant heaters gradually raise the temperature of the engine’s coolant, assuring even heating of the engine block. They enable generators to have warm starts, which reduce engine stress and wear, and reduce demand on the battery. Hydronic coolant heaters work independently of the engine, yet they tap into the fuel and power supplies of the engine. This approach eliminates the need for an external power or fuel source, which enables them to operate anywhere a generator could be located.

Control panel box heaters

For enclosed generators, cold weather operation brings another peril: condensation due to the differential between the external temperature and the temperature inside a heated enclosure.

These heaters keep the control box at an even temperature, preventing the condensation that can damage sensitive electronic parts.

Louvres

Louvres (also called dampers or shutters) open and close based on a specific trigger, eliminating both overcooling and overheating by regulating the amount of ambient airflow through the generator engine’s radiator.

Louvres can be thermostat activated, in which case a thermostat is installed inside the generator enclosure and an electronic switch triggers their operation when temperatures rise above a preset threshold. Electronic louvres such as these should always include electronic stall protection.

Louvres can also be hydraulic, being driven directly by the temperature of the engine’s coolant. Coolant-driven louvres open gradually, allowing the engine to cool effectively but preventing a sudden influx of cold air that could cause the temperature inside the generator enclosure to drop precipitously.

Hydraulic louvres are a preferred option in extremely cold climates because they do not contain sensitive electronic parts that are prone to seizing and failing in cold weather. Both types of louvres should also be able to prevent snow intrusion into the unit.

Snow hoods

Snow hoods are specialized coverings designed to prevent snow from accumulating inside the generator enclosure. Some manufacturers can relocate the generator’s air exhaust when they install snow hood kits, further preventing snow intrusion into the exhaust pipe without restricting air flow.

Final thoughts

When a generator is needed to supply power, there may not be much time for warm-up. A cold pack (winter pack) is a proven solution for ensuring generators can start without a long warm-up time and stay running dependably at temperatures ranging from 32°F to -50°F (0°C to -46°C). Depending on the situation and condition of the generator itself, this equipment can reduce the incidence of generator failure in cold conditions by 50 percent or more. For more information contact American Power Rental  today.

Source: oilandgasproductnews.com

Happy New Year from American Power Rental

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Happy New Year from American Power Rental

Happy New Year from American Power Rental. We would like to thank our customers, friends, family, and community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2017. We wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous 2018!

If we have had the pleasure of being your choice in providers, we hope that we provided the highest level of customer service and met all of your needs. In the coming months if you find yourself in need of the services we offer, we hope you choose us again in 2018.

It is our sincere wish that in the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship and that 2018 brings you good health and prosperity. From all of us here at American Power Rental we hope you have a safe and exciting New Year. “

We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better…” ~ Charles Dickens

Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 20, 2017
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If a friend, relative, or valued service provider has a website, give them the gift of a business Facebook “like” this Holiday season. This act is free and will literally take you 30 seconds or less. By doing so, you help your friend or relative further establish business credibility and trust from an online standpoint.

Why do this? The reason is simple. Facebook “likes” is something that business owners can refer to promote their business popularity and interaction with their clients. It is also a widely accepted conclusion that Facebook “likes” play some role in how a website converts visitors into customers.

So if you know anyone with a website and wish them well in business, take 30-seconds and “like” their business Facebook page. Look for the Facebook logo usually located at the top or bottom of the website’s home page. Then shoot them a quick note saying, “Happy Holidays. I recently “liked” your business Facebook page and wish you continued business success in 2018 and beyond”. It would be a kind gesture and one that cost you nothing other than 30 seconds of your time.

To all our regular readers of this blog, we wish you all Happy Holidays and only the best for 2018 and beyond.

Proposed Tax Cuts Driving Heightened Interest for Rental Power

Darren Kincaid - Monday, December 11, 2017
American Power Rental - portable generators

There is a buzz in America being generated around the promise of tax cuts for small business owners.  We're getting calls from proactive business owners who are already formulating strategic business expansion plans based upon the draft tax plans that are expected to be signed into law by year's end.  This blog post is not to educate you regarding the new tax law, but we will tell you that their is optimism regarding favorable change to how business will depreciate new capital and also regarding lower tax rates for "pass through" business owners.  That optimism has manifested itself into business owners already calling us to discuss the details of long-term rental power generation arrangements in order to hit the ground running in 2018.  

If you envision expanding your construction business in 2018, then almost certainly your thinking about site power production to sustain the business operation.  If your familiar with us and this blog, then you already know that we provide commercial-grade rental generators for construction sites with the capability to deliver complete power services to small and large scale projects alike.  Our goal is to make power an afterthought of your daily operation given our exceptional record for service reliability and our ability to provide full service refueling and on site technical support services.  

We currently deliver temporary and emergency power production services within nine states spanning from Maine/Vermont/New Hampshire and all the way down through Texas. 

It is our sincere hope that that you share the same optimism for business growth in 2018 that we hear in the voices of those calling us.  Best wishes for your continued business success.  When rental power production is required to expand your business in 2018, know that we can assist and grow along with you.  Contact us at American Power Rental today!

Businesses Rely on Rental Generators for Unexpected Outages

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 27, 2017
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Business will suffer if the administrators are not fully prepared for unexpected winter power outages. Winter storms can paralyze operations which will lead to loss in revenue. Worse, without a plan in place, operations can be hampered until the power is restored, this can mean hours or days. However, business owners can take the smart path and rent generators in New York, NY.

Backup portable generators in business are a more attractive alternative to purchasing because businesses are assured a reliable and cost-effective solution. When not in use, rental generators are load tested and maintained to be sure they operate efficiently when needed.

In order to keep any operation running, rental generators for unexpected outages can be used. In fact, having a contingency plan in place which includes portable generators for back-up power is very practical. This also means that money need not be spent to have a plan for operating during an emergency. To find out more about rental generators for unexpected outages, contact American Power Rental.


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