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Generators and Standby Power

Connection delays increasing demand for standby power

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 As South Africa’s energy needs rebound on the back of improved economic activity, it is evident that standby power will be needed for the foreseeable future, as the connection of enough embedded generation and renewable-energy projects to the national grid is taking place too slowly. The grid can... 

Italian Club chooses Bedfordview specialist to keep lights on

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 The Italian Club Johannesburg, in Bedfordview, has invested about R1-million in the installation of a fully automated 275 kVA generator from privately-owned generator specialist Elegen to power its facilities during electricity outages and load-shedding.   The club researched several companies... 

An image of the Elegen generator at the Italian Club Johannesburg
Photo by Donna Slater
SUITABLE SOLUTION The Italian Club Johannesburg was advised by several suppliers that a generator would suit its needs best

QES mobile generators ordered locally

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 Air, power and flow solutions provider Atlas Copco Power Technique has received orders this year for its QES mobile, plug-and-play generators from local companies, mostly for standby power purposes or for use at manufacturing plants, says Power Technique business development manager Philip du... 

PRIME PRODUCT
Power Technique is focused on supplying QES generators to mining, utilities and construction sectors, which require prime power
PRIME PRODUCT Power Technique is focused on supplying QES generators to mining, utilities and construction sectors, which require prime power

Many manufacturers still without backup power

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 Many local manufacturers still do not have backup power installed, while others lack adequate power solutions to effectively limit the production losses incurred during power outages or load-shedding, says power rental expert Rand-Air, part of the Atlas Copco group. “A lot of companies do not... 

Image of generators on site
FUEL FOR THOUGHT Buyers are “digging deeper” into the specifications of generators and their fuel consumption

Generators still reliable, affordable option

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 Generators will always be an option as long as standby power is needed in South Africa, says generator importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment national product and sales specialist Michele Cicognani. While companies are becoming more aware of alternative standby power options, owing to the... 

SIZE MATTERS
Incorrect sizing is the most common mistake made by companies when buying a generator
SIZE MATTERS Incorrect sizing is the most common mistake made by companies when buying a generator

Genset failure can be dangerous

3rd December 2021 Generator set (genset) failure owing to a lack of proper maintenance poses a significant business risk, says fire safety company ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. Backup power supply systems such as gensets are critical to reduce overall electricity demand during load-shedding. However, it is... 

A photo of three gensets side by side in a room.
MULTIPLIED Hospitals will often have back-up gensets all in the same room, increasing the potential risk

Data protection critical during power cuts

By: Darren Parker     3rd December 2021 Although downtime and damage to electrical equipment are common concerns for businesses during load-shedding, many business owners do not sufficiently consider the protection of their data, information technology (IT) company Silver Moon IT manager Raeford Liebenberg tells Engineering News. When... 

A photo of Silver Moon IT manager Raeford Liebenberg
RAEFORD LIEBENBERG A backup strategy for your backup is more important than making sure your equipment stays on during load-shedding

More growth expected for diesel generators

By: Darren Parker     3rd December 2021 South Africa’s diesel generator market is expected to grow at a compound yearly growth rate of more than 2% from 2020 to 2025, according to a report released this year by research organisation Mordor Intelligence.   Factors such as an increase in throughput of peaking plants and demand for... 

A photo of a generic diesel generator
Photo by Adobe
DIESEL GENERATOR Diesel generators in South Africa are not generally used as a primary source of energy, but rather as a backup during power cuts or blackouts from the utility grid.

Business as usual despite genset demand spike

By: Darren Parker     3rd December 2021 Generator set (genset) manufacturer Atlas Copco Power Technique business development manager Philip du Plessis says the business is always prepared to try to close any sale that comes its way, regardless of factors influencing the market. “While we do see an increase in inquiries under these... 

A photo of an Atlas Copco QES genset being lowered by crane and guided by a worker in PPE
BACK-UP POWER These larger generators are supplied to larger enterprises because of the ongoing instability in the power grid

Hybrid renewable energy power system

3rd December 2021 South Africa based Lindon Corporation has diversified into the power systems market with integrated renewable energy power containers in collaboration with leading Scottish system designer Motive Group. The systems are designed and built to suit customer needs, the working environment, load... 

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Maintenance knowledge key in generator functionality

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     9th April 2021 Customers should be made aware about the care and maintenance required to keep a generator in good working order, and the type of generator most suited to their needs, says construction equipment hire and sales company Hire It director Richard Fraser. He explains that the maintenance... 

RICHARD FRASER It is advisable to run generators at least twice a month for half an hour to keep them in a good working condition
RICHARD FRASER It is advisable to run generators at least twice a month for half an hour to keep them in a good working condition

Second generation UPS launched

9th April 2021 Power management company Eaton has launched the second generation of its market-leading Eaton 93PM G2 three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) in South Africa. The modular and scalable design of the 93PM G2 enables data centre operators to grow capacity and power protection in line with... 

New gensets developed

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     9th April 2021 Vertical manufacturer HIMOINSA developed a gas-powered generator set with maintenance periods that stretch for up to 10 000 hours, or 14 months of continuous work, highlights HIMOINSA Southern Africa senior sales engineer Warrick Taylor. The generator's estimated service life of 30 000 hours... 

NEW GENSET
The new HGY-25, available in 50 Hz and 60 Hz, is powered by natural gas, delivering 28 kVA of continuous operation power
NEW GENSET The new HGY-25, available in 50 Hz and 60 Hz, is powered by natural gas, delivering 28 kVA of continuous operation power

New PEM generators launched

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     9th April 2021 Renewable-energy and hydrogen supply company Nel Hydrogen launched the MC250 and MC500 containerised large-scale proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers. The PEM electrolysers represent automated megawatt-class on-site hydrogen generators, using a modular containerised design for ease of... 

PEM ELECTROLYSER The new generators are integrating the 1.25 MW PEM cell stack
PEM ELECTROLYSER The new generators are integrating the 1.25 MW PEM cell stack

New tech enables generators to synchronise interoperably

By: Zandile Mavuso     9th April 2021 As technology is improving, newer controllers have been introduced to the market. This has seen portable air compressors and generator rental company Rand-Air generators having been fitted with the QC4003 controller developed by generator manufacturer Atlas Copco. 

TWINPOWER GENERATOR The TwinPower 1 000 kVA generator is a containerised 2 x 500 kVA generator unit
TWINPOWER GENERATOR The TwinPower 1 000 kVA generator is a containerised 2 x 500 kVA generator unit

Genset range equipped with built-in automatic transfer switch panel

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     4th December 2020 In response to market requirements for a stationary quality genset (generator set), power solutions provider HIMOINSA launched the new HS stationary genset range in October.   HIMOINSA Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell explains that the design of the range resulted in the... 

NOTHING BUT QUALITY
The range was designed to produce a competitively priced, versatile and modular genset that is fast and easy to install
NOTHING BUT QUALITY The range was designed to produce a competitively priced, versatile and modular genset that is fast and easy to install

Generators still in high demand

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     4th December 2020 With unreliable electricity and peaking electricity prices still posing major challenges in South Africa, generators continue to be in demand, says power generation provider Aggreko area GM Riaan du Toit. “Sectors such as mining, food and beverage and manufacturing already depend on good... 

KEY FACTORS 
Although cost and environmental factors do play key roles in the decision-making process, reliability and power supply consistency will always be central
KEY FACTORS Although cost and environmental factors do play key roles in the decision-making process, reliability and power supply consistency will always be central

Bigger not always better with gensets – OEM

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2020 Bigger is not always better when considering generators (gensets) and standby power, and it is vital that site-specific power requirements and conditions are taken into account during the design phase of these power supply products, says local manufacturer Zest WEG.  

GENERATION OPTIMISATION
In addition to cost savings, optimal design for the intended purpose also helps avoid delays in standby power kicking in during power failures for critical operations
GENERATION OPTIMISATION In addition to cost savings, optimal design for the intended purpose also helps avoid delays in standby power kicking in during power failures for critical operations

Cummins – A global power leader during times of crisis

8th May 2020 Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power... 

Cummins – A global power leader during times of crisis

Cleaner power demand boosts gas genset sales

17th April 2020 Stringent environmental regulations, declining gas prices and increasing demand for flexible transmission of renewable power have sparked a growing interest in gas-powered generator sets (gensets) in Europe, says market research company Frost & Sullivan. The firm reported in February, in... 

SWITCHED ON
According to Frost & Sullivan a growing interest in gas-powered generator sets has been experienced in Europe
SWITCHED ON According to Frost & Sullivan a growing interest in gas-powered generator sets has been experienced in Europe

Power supplier targets datacentres

17th April 2020 In realising that providing uninterrupted electrical energy is the backbone of a datacentre’s infrastructure, global generator manufacturer Aksa Power Generation launched its power range targeted at the requirements of a datacentre earlier this year. The company suggests that companies need... 

DATACENTRIC
Maintaining power is core to the successful running of data centres according to Aksa Power Generation
DATACENTRIC Maintaining power is core to the successful running of data centres according to Aksa Power Generation

Cleaner LPG and natural gas generators making inroads in local market

By: Halima Frost     17th April 2020 Gas-to-power solutions provider Sustainable Power Generation (SustainPower) says the adoption of its cleaner, environment-friendly liquified petroleum gas (LPG) and natural gas generators that are available to homes and businesses in South Africa has been quite successful – to the extent that the... 

WHAT A GAS
A new liquefied petroleum gas-powered generator is now available for South African businesses and homes
WHAT A GAS A new liquefied petroleum gas-powered generator is now available for South African businesses and homes

Company to introduce standby power system in South Africa

By: Halima Frost     17th April 2020 Subsequent to the successful launch of power management solutions provider Eaton Electric’s xStorage Home system in Europe, the company plans to formally introduce the system to the local market at this year’s Power & Electricity World Africa Expo 2020 (PEWA) in August. Although Eaton Electric... 

BATTER UP
The battery on the xStorage system allows for power to be stored and harnessed for use when needed
BATTER UP The battery on the xStorage system allows for power to be stored and harnessed for use when needed

Generator company awarded second energy contract

By: Halima Frost     17th April 2020 Power solutions provider HIMOINSA Southern Africa was awarded a substantial power supply contract for an international pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, based in South Africa, which will be the second project of its kind in the pharmaceutical sector for the company this year. Awarded in... 

ENERGY SUPPLEMENT
Pharmaceutical firms can power their manufacturing plant using Himoinsa’s rental options
ENERGY SUPPLEMENT Pharmaceutical firms can power their manufacturing plant using Himoinsa’s rental options

Growth of 6.6% for portable generators anticipated by 2022

6th December 2019 The global market for portable generators was valued at $3.14-million in 2015, and the size of the portable generators market is anticipated to grow at a compound yearly growth rate of 6.6% to reach $4.91-million by 2022, according to a report published by global market research firm Allied... 

Generators remain a valuable solution

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     6th December 2019 Generators will remain important in supplying power during power outages owing to their flexibility and affordability, says industrial power solution provider Master Power Technologies sales and marketing director Rory Reid. “When companies need power for extended periods (several hours)... 

ENGINEERED POWER SOLUTIONS 
Master Power Technologies specialises in the supply, installation and after-sales servicing of a comprehensive range of engineered power solutions
Photo by Creamer Media's Mc'Kyla Nortje
ENGINEERED POWER SOLUTIONS Master Power Technologies specialises in the supply, installation and after-sales servicing of a comprehensive range of engineered power solutions

Cost calculator developed for industry

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     6th December 2019 To assist companies in fully understanding the financial impact of a power outage or load-shedding on their businesses and operations, power solutions manufacturer Himoinsa developed the opportunity cost calculator, which is an interactive tool that consists of a template that clients can... 

TAILORED PRODUCTS 
Himoinsa’s detailed knowledge of the market has enabled it to develop increasingly tailored products for clients
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
TAILORED PRODUCTS Himoinsa’s detailed knowledge of the market has enabled it to develop increasingly tailored products for clients

Company introduces new natural gas generator series

6th December 2019 Diesel and alternative fuel engines supplier Cummins will debut the HSK78G natural gas generator series during Middle East Electricity that is taking place from March 5 to 7, 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The series offers a total package of gas generator capabilities and innovative gas... 

ENGINE ADJUSTMENTS
 The efficiency of the HSK78G is maintained by automatic engine adjustments, which account for fuel quality changes and quick load-step performance
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
ENGINE ADJUSTMENTS The efficiency of the HSK78G is maintained by automatic engine adjustments, which account for fuel quality changes and quick load-step performance

Company provides solutions for sectioned refinery shutdown

6th December 2019 Generator and compressor rental company Rand Air’s oil-free compressors, portable generators and nitrogen generators ensure ‘well-oiled’ refinery shutdowns, says Rand Air Durban area manager Rudi de Vry. In June, South Africa’s largest refinery completed a month-long shutdown, during which... 

Company to procure gas-powered gensets from specialist

6th December 2019 The power systems business unit of global industrial technology company Rolls-Royce sealed a contract of cooperation with gas-powered generator specialist 2G Energy which covers the mutual supply of gas-powered generator sets. Rolls-Royce is to procure from 2G gas-powered generator sets and... 

PROCURING GENSETS 
Rolls-Royce is to procure gas-powered generator sets and cogeneration modules in the 250 kW to 550 kW power range with and without heat extraction
PROCURING GENSETS Rolls-Royce is to procure gas-powered generator sets and cogeneration modules in the 250 kW to 550 kW power range with and without heat extraction

Company launched natural gas gensets at electricity show in Dubai

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2019 Global power leader Cummins launched its latest global offering – the HSK78G gas generator series – at the Middle East Electricity show, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, in the United Arb Emirates (UAE) last month. Cummins, also a sponsor of the event, displayed the new series at its stand... 

NEXT GEN GEN
Cummins launched the HSK78G gas generator series last month
NEXT GEN GEN Cummins launched the HSK78G gas generator series last month

Generator supplier helps combat load-shedding impact

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2019 With inconsistent power supply being an ongoing issue for companies in South Africa, electrical products supplier and local manufacturer Zest WEG Group offers synchronised generator sets (gensets) to the industry, which allow for continuous power supply, negating the start-up and shutdown dangers... 

HOT HOT HOT
The Doosan generator is one of the long term - mid range - solutions Zest WEG offers
HOT HOT HOT The Doosan generator is one of the long term - mid range - solutions Zest WEG offers

Company making inroads into embedded generation generators

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2019 The global trend of moving towards decentralised embedded generation has encouraged power solutions manufacturer Himoinsa to work with its research and development (R&D) teams to enable its generator sets, or gensets, to feed excess power back into the grid. Himoinsa has conducted R&D on this... 

DUCKS IN A ROW
If installed and maintained correctly, a genset can minimise operational costs on site
DUCKS IN A ROW If installed and maintained correctly, a genset can minimise operational costs on site

Generator company offers contingency planning assistance

26th April 2019 Temporary power generation supplier Aggreko highlights that developing a contingency plan is essential in helping a business stay afloat and prevent costly downtime in the event something unexpected does occur. An added bonus to putting a plan in place ahead of an emergency is that this will... 

MASTER PLAN
Aggreko helps clients plan for the unexpected
MASTER PLAN Aggreko helps clients plan for the unexpected

Compressor supplier offering containerised solution

26th April 2019 This month, compressor and generator rental company Rand-Air purchased four of sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco’s TwinPower generators as part of its rental offering its clients. This containerised generator solution gives a compact footprint, versatility, optimised... 

POWER LIFT
The containerized generators offer power to remote areas
POWER LIFT The containerized generators offer power to remote areas

Maverick Generators

26th April 2019 Established in 2007, generator supplier Maverick Generators has earned an excellent track record with many satisfied clients across Southern Africa. This is as a result of the company offering high-quality generating sets for a variety of applications. 

Maverick Generators

Local manufacturer supplies backup power to new Sandton development

By: Shannon de Ryhove     7th December 2018 Local manufacturer Zest WEG Group’s Cape Town-based generator set (genset) division is in the process of commissioning two 11 kV, 2 000 kVA gensets for a mixed-use property development in Sandton, Gauteng. The full scope of work includes the design, manufacture, complete installation and testing... 

TwinPower generator doubles the power, flexibility of containerised gensets

By: Shannon de Ryhove     7th December 2018 Sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco Power Technique’s new prime power TwinPower containerised generators, the QAC 1100 and QAC 1450, are a well-suited power solution for applications requiring variable power needs. “The economic viability of the two models means that end-users... 

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