Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Product of the Year finalists: Emergency, on-site, standby power

Read about the eight finalists in the Emergency, On-site, and Standby Power category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Product of the Year program.

By Amanda Pelliccione April 6, 2015

Generator sets for mission critical, standby power applications

The QSK95 Series generator sets by Cummins Power Generation are engineered to deliver more power with strong fuel and footprint economies while achieving enhanced reliability and are rated up to 3.5 MW. The QSK95 series is ideal for prime power, mission critical, and standby power applications. They are also designed to provide 100% one-step load acceptance in less than 10 seconds. They also offer a data center continuous rating, which places no limitation on the number of operating hours. The series can be used in the most demanding applications and extreme environments to supply continuous power for extended-run scenarios.

Cummins Power Generation

Power distribution unit for IT, data centers

Eaton’s ePDU G3 is a power distribution unit (PDU) designed to streamline the power distribution needs of information technology (IT) and data center managers. The ePDU G3 has the ability to measure energy consumption and control power at the outlet level for advanced power management. Managed and Metered Input models are designed to offer revenue-grade power monitoring capabilities as well as a hot-swap network meter module so users can replace the module without shutting down servers. All models feature an IEC outlet grip designed to eliminate the common, and often costly, problem of plugs falling out of outlets due to bumps or vibrations.


Electrical power assembly solution

Eaton’s Modular Integrated Transportable Substation (MITS) is an electrical power assembly solution designed to expedite and reduce the cost of substation deployment. The MITS incorporates a flexible, expandable, and portable design in a compact footprint that can accommodate future power needs for utility, industrial, and commercial applications. The highly compact MITS units are engineered on skids to fit on a traditional concrete transformer pad, compacted soil for temporary installation, or trailer to simplify transportation management and meet evolving power requirements. With the ability to transport an entire substation, utilities can quickly expand distribution systems to reduce downtime resulting from storm damage.


Double-conversion, scalable UPS

Falcon’s 10 kVA FN Series is a double-conversion, online, and scalable UPS designed to protect applications that require scalability and/or N+1 redundancy for continuous operations. The 10 kVA rack mount model gives consulting engineer customers the ability to quickly scale-up power protection as their requirements increase. Connected in parallel, the FN provides up to 30 kVA with N+1 redundancy. The FN also features an Eco Green Mode setting that automatically increases the ac/ac efficiency up to 97% when connected equipment is turned off. The FN Series also uses Digital Signal Processing microprocessor technology for internal UPS protection.

Falcon Electric

Industrial diesel generator

Generac’s 1,500 kW diesel generator can be used as either a stand-alone SD series generator or as an MD series generator, which can create outputs of up to 100 MW of power. Engineers and contractors have the option to choose from a series of Generac alternators with optional temperature rises for improved motor starting in stringent application needs. Ambient cooling systems offer an enhanced option to meet various ambient temperature application requirements, while optional critical and hospital-grade exhaust silencers enhance sound attenuation. The product is listed to UL 2200 from the factory, is NFPA 110 compliant, and offers UL 142-listed fuel tanks for 12- and 24-hour run times.


Mobile generator line

Kohler’s Gaseous-Fueled Mobile Generators allow the user to switch between optional on-board liquefied petroleum (LP) fuel tanks and external LP liquid, LP gas, or natural gas fuel sources. The line includes four gensets ranging from 30 to 125 kVA that can reduce fuel costs by 15% to 20% compared to diesel. The on-board LP tank is built for a 24-hour run time while connection to an external LP or natural gas supply offers extended usage. These mobile gensets also can be customized with optional add-ons like cam-locks and a voltage selector switch.

Kohler Power Systems

Diesel generator set

MTU Onsite Energy’s 18 V 2000 diesel generator set features low fuel consumption, long service intervals, and low emissions, and is designed to provide reliable solutions for any power generation need. The 18 V 2000 generator allows users with requirements at the 1,250 kWe node to purchase a generator set at a smaller size and at a lower cost than past models. The result of years of development, the highly engineered diesel generator set uses a high-pressure common rail fuel injection system and optimized air filter and outlet placements. The generator set’s engine control unit (ECU9) also has increased RAM and processor capacity.

MTU Onsite Energy

Central power source for emergency lighting

The Staco Energy Products First Line PL 924 exceeds UL 924 and UL 924 OUST requirements and incorporates insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBT) technology to provide uninterruptable power to emergency lighting loads like HID, LED, fluorescent, and incandescent lighting. The First Line PL 924 allows the user to maintain one central power source to make it easier to maintain and monitor a facility. The First Line PL 924 may be equipped and configured with remote monitoring via dry contracts and/or a serial data link to allow easy integration into standard SCADA systems.

Staco Energy Products Co.

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Author Bio: Amanda is the Research Director and Project Manager of Awards Programs for CFE Media and its publications.