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Generators Provide Power During Winter Storms

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 15, 2019
South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA

Power outages can be very stressful for businesses, especially during the winter. Strong winds and heavy snowfalls uproot poles and damage power lines. Oftentimes, power cannot be immediately restored because of the extent of the damage. In these scenarios, companies should have generators in place for backup emergency power.

Portable generators are strategically engineered to function optimally even over extended use. In the situations when power outages extend for longer periods, portable generators provide the needed back-up power for businesses to keep operations up and running.

Businesses can keep refrigeration, theft prevention systems, heat, and servers running with back-up commercial generators during winter storms. For winter power you can depend on, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Winter Weather Generator Care FAQ

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 07, 2019
South Shore Generator - Kohler Pro7.5e portable generator

Fall is here and soon winter storms will bring strong, damaging winds, heavy snowfall, significant icing and coastal flooding. We've put together a list of FAQs to help homeowners ensure their KOHLER generators are ready for severe winter weather and impending power outages.

Q: Do I need to clear the snow from the intake and exhaust vents?

A: YES - It is essential for generator cooling. Permanent damage is possible if the unit overheats.

Q: How do I manually "power off" the generator set?

A: Open the generator hood or access door and flip the circuit breaker to the "off" position (you'll find the breaker near the digital controller). This shuts off power to the house (the load). It's a good idea to run the generator with no load for 2-5 minutes. Then press the "off" button on the controller.

Q: How long can my generator run before I need to check the oil?

A: We recommend checking the oil level after every 8-24 hours of operation, depending on the size and model of the generator. Oil change and filter change frequency and other routine maintenance varies per model, especially during periods of extended power outage. Check the Operation Manual included with your generator for a complete list of required maintenance procedures and schedules.

Q: How do I check the engine oil?

A: (1) Power off the generator and let the engine sit for two minutes to settle the oil. Pull the dipstick from the back of the engine and wipe with a clean rag. Insert the dipstick back into the dipstick tube and pull it out. Note the crosshatching on the end of the dipstick, from "F" (Full) to "L" (Low), and see where the oil level falls. Add oil if the dipstick indicates that the oil level is low. (See What type of oil should I use in my generator?)

(2) Locate the yellow oil-access cap on the front of the engine (look for the oil can icon). Add a few ounces of oil, then recheck the oil level by inserting and removing the dipstick. Add oil until the level is near "F." Do not overfill the engine.

(3) When you're finished adding oil, make sure the dipstick and oil access cap are securely in place. Push the AUTO button to place the generator back in standby mode. If the utility power is still out, the generator will start within three seconds. After the generator starts, move the circuit breaker to the ON position so the generator is now supplying power to the house.

For more details on generators for back-up power, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: kohlerpower.com

Generators as Back-up Power This Winter

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 30, 2019
South Shore Generators - Wareham, Boston, MA

In business, there can be no shortage in power. Competition is fierce, so companies must remain operating even during outages. However, unexpected events happen. During storms or system maintenance, companies can make use of backup commercial generators for back-up power.

Another application for portable generators is when back-up power is needed for supplemental purposes and when under maintenance instead of using facility loads. With backup industrial generators in place, power to the building will not be impaired by unexpected trips in the system.

Competition in business is tough and each company must be prepared. By choosing to put-in-place back-up generators, companies will not suffer losses from outages. Buying standby generators is practical for businesses that want to minimize business costs due to outages. Power outages and other emergency situations occur randomly and unexpectedly, be prepared.

For more details on generators for back-up power, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Stay Vigilant During Hurricane Season

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 30, 2019

Atlantic hurricane season can last through November. Before a storm strikes, make sure you and your family are prepared:

  • Build an emergency kit with essential items you and your family will need for at least 72 hours.
  • Charge your mobile phone and have a supplemental accessory battery to recharge it. Add any key numbers you might need during a potential power outage to your phone’s contact list.
  • Stay as far away as possible from fallen tree limbs and downed electrical wires, as well as anything they are touching. Notify local fire, police and Eversource about downed power lines.
  • If you do lose power, unplug your appliances to reduce the likelihood of a power surge when electricity returns.
  • Download the Eversource mobile app from the App Store or Google Play and make it a part of your storm preparation kit to check on outages and restoration times.

We’re always working to improve our system, including making significant investments in automated switching to reroute power during outages and restore as many customers as possible more quickly than before.

Need help planning for emergencies? Contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

The Glynnt Festival

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 25, 2019
The Glynnt Festival

Join us for a festival celebrating the life of Joshua Glynn. A man whose foundation was built on love and music.

About this Event

Joshua loved music and spent most of his 32 ¾ years with music at his core. Josh’s second love was helping those in need and most especially orphans and widows. He worked in Mexico, Kenya, South Africa, and Haiti at orphanages bringing a piece of Joy to all he encountered. He also spent time at the Boys and Girls Club of Plymouth during an earlier music program.

This Glynnt Festival is a tribute and a fundraiser for his Memorial Foundation. This fund lead by his father Matt Glynn is raising money to build amazing music based learning spaces starting right here in Plymouth, MA.

Glynnt will be a festival you won't soon forget! Four bands, Food Trucks, Beer and Wine Garden all right on the beautiful Plymouth waterfront down at Plymouth Station also known as Cordage Park.

Check out this lineup!!

  • Young Frontier
  • Old Fox Band
  • QuadraFunk
  • Aldous Collins Band

The beer garden will include a huge variety of beer for purchase as well as many food trucks with a variety of cuisine to offer!

Buy your tickets NOW! This event will sell-out!

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The Glynnt Festival
The Glynnt Festival
The Glynnt Festival

 

Backup Power in Healthcare Requires Correct Connectivity for Outage Protection

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 23, 2019
South Shore Generators - Wareham, Boston, MA

A careful assessment helps hospitals to strengthen their systems

Even though the vast majority of U.S. hospitals are properly equipped with backup generators in case of a power outage in their area, one in 20 are not fully prepared for such an event, according to a recent survey of health care facility managers.

An outage would result in an estimated loss of $1 million a day in revenue and other costs plus a potentially damaged reputation that could impact future revenue.

Value engineering, the addition of more space to a facility and the age of the backup equipment are factors that can impact the correct backup power capacity, according to the report and health care facility experts.

Even though most hospitals have adequate backup power and conduct the required testing and maintenance of equipment, they still may not be ready for an outage for other reasons.

Unless or until an outage occurs, hospitals likely will not know which equipment or systems other than required life safety will function with just backup power.

During a long outage when a hospital is running on backup generators, things start to get exposed where you don't have the right elevators operating or you don't have the right hallways lit to transport patients in and out.

It's difficult to assess which systems are wired into the backup power supply until an outage occurs, and many hospitals don't do it because it is not required or they have not experienced an outage.

Making the outage readiness determination can be done internally, but it is time-consuming, labor-intensive and cost-prohibitive because of the work involved.

Instead, hospitals should take the next step, which goes beyond just keeping a generator at your facility, by addressing circuitry to the generator," he says.

The importance of ensuring fuel delivery for the backup power system in an emergency cannot be overstated.

To get fuel to your facility in an outage, you need to have some kind of plan or contract with a fuel delivery company to make sure you are on their list of customers they must serve. Many hospitals fail to do that.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA

Source: hfmmagazine.com

Back Up Commercial Generators for Hurricane Season

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 16, 2019
South Shore Generators - Wareham, Boston, MA

Hurricane season is upon us. Hurricane season extends through the end of November when storms can and will strike with wind intensity that could exceed 111 mph. During storms like this, grid failures can be expected. If you are running a business, this is reason enough to consider a backup generator in advance.

South Shore Generator offers commercial generator arrangements for all types of industries, especially during hurricane season. This is more of a rising need in a competitive market as businesses suffer significant revenue and reputation loss by not being prepared for storm-related power outages. Business operators now realize the importance of having a reliable and quickly executable power contingency plan. Backup portable generators are at the top of the list for most contingency plans so that continued business operations are guaranteed during storms and hurricanes. Commercial generators will jump into action when the need arises without losing any time.

Time is very crucial to business operations and storm-related downtime can dramatically affect profit and productivity as well as increase storm-related damage. If you want to secure your business, consider back up commercial generator rentals. Those interested in securing back up power can contact South Shore Generator for more details.

Start Your Business Continuity Plan

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 09, 2019
South Shore Generators in Wareham,MA

We see deadly tornadoes, severe flooding, unusually powerful storms that bring high winds and heavy rains, and a massive blizzards. Small business shutdowns were a common denominator for many of these disasters.

But it’s typically the random power outage or isolated burst pipe that causes costly business interruption. You can protect your assets, your employees and your clients by taking a few simple steps before disaster strikes:

  • Determine your greatest risk potential. It might come from loss of heat, frozen pipes (that can burst, causing water damage), or loss of access caused by icy conditions or flooding. What would happen if you had to shut down your business for several days? Look at the building where you do business and assess the property damage risks. If you do this early enough, you’ll have time to make structural upgrades that can prevent possible future storm, wind or water damage.
  • Establish your Power Needs. Have an electrician determine your power needs. Know what kind of back-up generator will work for you, but first find out if you have the landlord’s permission to bring in a generator.
  • Create a communications plan. Establish an e-mail alert system to keep your employees and key stakeholders in the loop. Use phone, texting and social media to provide updates on your recovery process and to let everyone know you’re still in business. Make sure you can access your business website and social media accounts remotely or by mobile device so you can post your operating status.
  • Prepare your supply chain. Develop relationships with alternative vendors, in case your primary contractor isn’t available. It’s also a good idea to find out if your key suppliers have a recovery plan in place. Create a contact list for important business contractors and vendors you plan to use in an emergency. Make sure you have enough insurance to recover. Contact your insurance agent to find out if your policy is adequate. Consider Business Interruption Insurance, which compensates you for lost income if you have to close your doors when disaster strikes.
  • Protect your critical data in the Cloud. A good cloud backup provider (some are Dropbox for Business, Google Drive, MozyPro), routinely copies, compresses and encrypts your company’s vital information before sending it to a secure offsite data center. All your electronic records and invoices are safe and available, even if a disaster wipes out your own data center.
  • Test the plan. Doing annual drills with your staff will show you what’s effective and where your preparedness plans need fine-tuning.

Need help planning for emergencies? Contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

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Backup Power Keeps Businesses Prepared for Winter Weather

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 03, 2019
South Shore Generator - Generac Portable Generator, Wareham, MA

Weather drives the majority of power outages in the U.S., and winter is prime time for ice, snow, wind and freezing temperatures to create hazardous conditions that lead to utility power failures. Arranging for backup power is a key component in preparing for winter weather.

A Generac standby generator is the best choice for keeping critical systems running automatically in the event of a power outage. You can also consider a Generac portable generator. Next to a standby system, a portable generator is the best way to keep critical systems and appliances up and running during a power outage.

During a power outage, Generac portable generators make sure the most important items — lights, refrigerators and freezers, sump pumps and even space heaters — are up and running, minimizing any disruption to your businesses and revenue.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Generator Set Sizing and Specification

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 27, 2019
South Shore Generators - Generac Industrial Generators

This blog is designed to educate consulting specifying engineers regarding the various factors that influence the sizing and selection of a generator set, and how familiarity with these factors can contribute to more economical and reliable facility designs.

Question: If I have only 30% load on a generator, what could be done to allow the genset to run for a period of time?

A: A load bank could be added to the installation to add additional load to a diesel generator set so the engine reaches the recommended operating temperature or minimum load recommended by the manufacturer.

Q: I need to size a generator for a small free-standing emergency department building (11,000 sq ft). The diesel generator needs to serve the CT scan machine, the MRI scan machine, and the general X-ray machine. Does the software permit this modeling?

A: These loads could be entered as MISC loads but the starting/running kVA/kW, voltage dip requirements, and harmonic details would need to be known for accuracy.

Q: Is there a standard range for voltage dip?

A: Yes, 15% to 30% is a common voltage dip requirement, which will be defined as the requirement of the loads but the requirement can be higher than 30% or lower than 15%.

Q: Per which NEMA code did you quote regarding 80°C?

A: NEMA MG-1.

Q: Where can I find descriptions on the generator end numbers shown in PSSPEC?

A: By contacting your local MTU Onsite Energy dealer or by referencing Marathon Electric’s website for the examples from this presentation.

Q: Please explain why the fire pump running (facility on fire?), yet other loads, such as air conditioning units are allowed to start?

A: This ultimately comes down to how the system is designed and if there are controls in place to shed the air conditioner if the fire pump is running or called to start.

Q: How do you specify generators across different manufacturers (equivalents)? Often, kW from manufacturer A isn’t the same size of manufacturer B.

A: If the kW from different manufacturers isn’t the same, a sizing exercise from each manufacturer can be performed to determine the size of genset selected or a spec can be written with the loads defined and the party bidding the job is required to provide a sizing report. For example, some manufacturers provide 2,800 kW generator sets as opposed to 2,750 kW generator sets so both options could be listed in the spec or the bidder is required to confirm compliance via a sizing report.

Q: Is the genset sizing tool free?

A: Yes.

Q: I understand that this presentation refers to MTU generators, but is the software applicable/usable to other brands?

A: Yes, but it is recommended to produce a sizing report for the project loads to confirm compliance of other brands.

Q: What is the difference between an “emergency” generator and a “standby” generator?

A: International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 8528-1-2005: Reciprocating internal combustion engine driven alternating current generating sets—Part 1: Application, ratings and performance defines emergency standby-, prime-, and continuous-rated generator sets. NFPA 70-2017: National Electrical Code (NEC) references emergency and standby systems.

Q: Does the temperature rise rating of the alternator affect the generator’s ability to handle harmonics?

A: It can. For example, a 176°F (80°C) alternator will have more copper and iron in it because it is “oversized” when compared to a 266°F (130°C) alternator and the 176°F (80°C) alternator can handle harmonics better. Ultimately, a sizing exercise will need to be performed with the loads to determine the size/temperature rise of the alternator required.

Q: What resource do you recommend to become more informed on the technical aspects of generator set temperature rise?

A: NEMA MG-1 and also reach out to your local MTU Onsite Energy dealer.

Q: Does the MTU sizing software display harmonic distortion values, and does this vary the recommended sizes?

A: The sizing software can account for total harmonic current distortion of an entered load and size the generator set accordingly.

Q: Does a UPS-type load require a greater generator capacity than a similar motor load with the same kVA requirement? In in the past, the rule of thumb was 1.5 times the UPS load to assign a generator capacity.

A: Due to differences in UPS technology, we do not recommend using the 1.5 times the UPS load rule of thumb to assign a generator capacity. We recommend to enter the actual UPS load with rectification type, recharge rate, etc., and complete a sizing report.

Q: I usually put HVAC units in step 2, because most have an automatic time delay, if running. Is this OK?

A: If the time delay will allow for the generator set to recover to stable voltage/frequency and the HVAC unit will start in step 2 not 3, 4, 5, etc., then yes.

Q: Is it possible to select genset size as per total running kW, max starting kW, and cumulative step load rather than going with size being suggested by generator sizing tool?

A: We recommend using a generator set sizing tool to address power factor/kVA, nonlinear loads, and harmonics in addition to your values listed.

Q: Is it cost effective to add variable frequency drives (VFDs) to reduce generator sizes?

A: This would be an engineering economics exercise where the cost of the VFD must be compared to the savings in generator set size.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

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