When a generator building consists of many large engines, each circulating several gallons of fuel per minute, any fuel line rupture inside the engine room can lead to a substantial amount of fuel on the floor. This article provides a solution for early-detection of fuel spills inside an engine room.
Keeping up with emergency generators and their ever-changing engine technologies can be quite daunting. Add all of the ancillary systems and code requirements, and a seemingly simple project can quickly take a life of its own. The good news is that you do not have to go at it alone! Here are two simple steps that can help you move quickly from concept to construction drawings.
The 2016 Edition of NFPA-20, the Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection adds new requirements to ensure that good quality fuel is available to diesel engine-driven fire pumps. It may be a while before your State adopts the latest Edition of the Standard, but if you design or specify diesel engine-driven fire pump systems, it may be worthwhile to familiarize yourself with these updates.
There are many decisions in the process of designing a large fuel storage system for emergency generators. A bulk fuel storage system often means storing tens of thousands of gallons of diesel fuel, and with that much fuel on site, it is normal to have concerns for safety, code compliance and reliability. Here are some basic steps to help you complete a fuel system design.