A debate is growing over how to implement the new rules affecting nursing homes in Florida. In a nutshell, enforcement of rules may force many nursing homes to install emergency generators, which must be designed to provide air-conditioned space for occupants during a 96-hour period after a power outage. Increasing the amount of stored fuel is the least complicated issue, but it still requires careful coordination to ensure a safe and reliable design.
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.
If you have experience with emergency generators for backup power, you may be aware that a “no-start” failure is one of the most common reasons for generator system failures. While “no-start” failures are often attributed to failed batteries, the battery charger is sometimes the silent culprit. This article looks at battery charger technologies, and some features that can increase the reliability of your emergency generator system.
Every emergency generator application includes an exhaust system designed to route exhaust gases out of the engine room. These exhaust systems consist of piping, elbows and, very importantly, flexible sections that must be used to account for the engine’s vibration, and also for the pipe growth experienced as the exhaust gases quickly rise to 800°F and more. If you are designing the exhaust system for an emergency generator, this article may keep you from making one of the most common mistakes that I see in the field.