Ultracapacitors – Adding Reliability to Emergency Generator Start Systems

A “Failure to Start” is one of the top reasons for failures in emergency power systems, and the engine batteries are often found to be the culprit. But why do batteries fail? Can you mitigate the risk of failure? This article will identify typical failure modes, and describe a simple approach for designing additional reliability for the emergency generator’s start system.

How To Provide Early Detection of Fuel Leaks in Generator Floor Spaces


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.

How to Select a Steel Fuel Tank for an Underground Installation

Selecting a fuel tank for an underground installation will probably have you looking at either an all-fiberglass tank, or a carbon steel tank. If you like the strength and durability of steel, there are several choices that can provide the necessary leak monitoring and leak containment, as well as the corrosion-protection so critical to these installations. Here are your choices for the best steel tank designs offered by the Steel Tank Institute and its licensed fabricators.

Secondary Containment Steel Piping for Fuel-Oil Applications


Specifying fuel-oil piping for below-ground installations is a sensitive area of design, due to the potential for leaks and the subsequent contamination of ground water. In most jurisdictions, regulatory agencies will require secondary containment and interstitial space monitoring for any fuel oil piping that is in contact with the soil. This article describes a popular example of a secondary containment steel piping system, and two related devices designed for automatic leak monitoring.