Three Cummins Power Generation generators at a Jefferson Parish canal pumping station were located above the maximum high-water level and continued to operate as long as they had fuel.
Being prepared will make the difference between keeping the lights on and a generator that can't keep running using degraded fuel. Robert Hamilton, Sales Director at Cummins Mid South, shares some important lessons we all can learn from Katrina's aftermath in 2005. He explains how generator location, fuel choice, fuel re-supply, and lastly power system maintenance will improve your standby generator's reliability–especially during long-term outages. Whether you have a new install or an existing system, there are best practices to reduce vulnerability during critical power. Hamilton states, "by replenishing the diesel fuel supply on a regular basis and properly treating it, facility operators can be assured of a fuel supply that is free from contaminants and deterioration."
Contaminants like water and particulate accumulate in the storage tank and generator belly tank if left only partially full and diesel fuel is unused for as little as 3 months. If untreated, the diesel fuel can continue to degrade and those unwanted contaminants could lead to costly generator repairs and shutdown. Fuel polishing systems should be installed to get rid of them and improve fuel quality. The diesel is pumped out, filtered through the system, and returned to the same tank. Reverso manufactures commercial systems in a wide range to best accommodate a facility's needs. Wall mount versions can be permanently installed on single tanks and the portable Diesel Fuel Service Cart is ideal for servicing sites with multiple generators.
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Lessons in emergency power preparedness: Planning in the wake of Katrina By Robert Hamilton, Sales Director, Cummins Mid South
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