Sub-base fuel tanks can be sourced in custom designs with storage capacities of several thousand gallons but they are often specified to store less than 550 gallons. When a facility requires a longer run-time than is possible with 550 gallons, the designer will usually look to a supplemental bulk fuel tank, installed remotely. This remote fuel tank is intended to “supply” fuel to the sub-base tank on demand, which changes things a bit, since the sub-base tank will now act as a “sub-base day tank”. This article provides steps to ensure that the installation of your sub-base day tank design goes smoothly.
Should you include a day tank in your emergency generator fuel supply system? The answer to this question requires an understanding of the applicable code, some technical information on the proposed engine, and some basic piping calculations. Follow the steps outlined in this article to insure a reliable fuel supply system for your emergency generator.
Hospitals, data centers and similar mission-critical buildings rely on their facility’s fuel system to keep their central energy plant running. Due to their sheer size, facility fuel systems can become complex, as many of them now incorporate multiple fuel storage tanks, redundant fuel transfer systems, and multiple fuel day tanks serving large diesel generators. In an environment where fuel is flowing in such large volumes, … Read more
Fuel delivery and fuel quality are quickly becoming two of the most discussed issues among critical facility operators. This article will focus on fuel delivery, and one of its main components: the fuel day tank. The day tank is the most immediate source of fuel to the engine, and its design can be responsible for … Read more