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Temporary Cold Weather Commercial Power Generation

Darren Kincaid - Monday, January 15, 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 New York City and beyond, 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 regarding temporary commercial power generation throughout New York city and beyond, contact American Power Rental  today.

Source: oilandgasproductnews.com

Rental Generators for Unexpected Outages

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 13, 2017
American Power Rental - Generator rentals in New York, NY

Unexpected power outages are perilous to daily business operations. They hamper critical operations and result in loss in revenue and production. For this reason, companies rent generators in New York, NY for portable back up power in these scenarios.

With the right backup portable generators in place, businesses can keep operations up and running during emergencies. Generators provide temporary power solutions that are safe and effective for commercial use. In times of unexpected outages, companies need to have a contingency plan in place which include portable generators. Rental emergency power equipment will provide power for running computers, lights, security alarms, HVAC systems, and other equipment that play a vital role in the working environment.

One reason for choosing portable generator rentals is the price. They are more economical than standby generators because there is no up-front purchase fee, no storage, and no ongoing maintenance costs. This means that instead of adding to the budget year-round by owning a standby generator, companies can simply rent portable generators at a more affordable price whenever needed.

To find out more about rental generators for unexpected power outages, contact American Power Rental.

Special Event Power Rentals for the Holidays

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 23, 2017
American Spot Cooling rent generators in New York, NY

The Holiday Season is an exciting time of year; events, parties and get-togethers abound. Many businesses arrange customer and employee parties in order to celebrate the season, say goodbye to last year, and to usher in the New Year. Oftentimes, entertainment, audio and visual, and kitchen equipment is brought in for such celebrations. Special event organizers should rent generators in New York, NY in order to ensure that all the additional equipment has the right supplemental power.

Many businesses take advantage of the holidays as an excuse to host festivities that garner goodwill, improve morale and increase brand and reputation awareness. But, management needs to be prepared in all manner of power needs. Winter weather can cause outages, as can overloading the existing power supply with additional equipment. It is highly recommended that businesses engaging in festive holiday activities make use of special event power for the holidays.

Having reliable and durable backup portable generators for holiday parties is a wise business decision and an investment that will pay off in dividends of increased employee productivity and client enthusiasm. To find out about special event power for holiday events and celebrations, contact American Power Rental.

Long-term Standby Generator Rentals for Winter

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 09, 2017
American Power Rental - backup portable generators

Winter is on the way, temperatures will start to drop and the snow will start to fall. The temperature and weather conditions in this season can bring with it difficulties for businesses, especially those in older buildings, in building that demand more energy use in the winter, and for those that may be prone to winter power outages. One of the keys to countering these challenges is to have backup portable generators for standby power in place.

During winter, power outages are often more common. Snow storms or heavy wind and ice can damage or down power lines. Winter power outages stop work and production and businesses can not be left unprepared. In the absence of power, heating equipment, production machinery, computers and theft prevention systems cannot operate. Additionally, equipment can be damaged when not shut down properly. Too often, the restoration of power can take awhile, which can threaten the bottom line. However, having long-term standby generators for winter readily available, businesses can prevent these issues by switching to backup power immediately to run all necessary systems.

Renting long-term standby generators guarantees business continuity in the winter. For more details on generators for rent this winter, contact American Power Rental.

Generator Rentals for Winter Contingency Planning

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 26, 2017
American Power Rental - backup portable generators in New York, NY

Fall is here and winter is on the way. Winter, while fun for kids and recreation, can be a perilous season economically because of the business risks that come with freezing temperatures and harsh weather. This is why companies should start their winter contingency planning which should always include generator rentals. Having contingency plans in-place ensures that business can remain running even during a power outage.

Companies can rent generators in New York, NY so that management and staff have a plan-in-place for power interruptions. Through generator rentals, businesses are ensured of a back-up power source which is critical during power outages, especially in winter. Continuous electricity ensures that heating equipment remains operating to keep pipes from freezing.

More importantly, backup portable generators keep revenue generating during the winter. Companies can prevent financial and operational loss.

Businesses should start winter contingency planning now. Having a plan in-place ensures the continuity of business and the safety and comfort of employees.

To find out more about generator rentals for winter contingency planning, contact American Power Rental.


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