NEC Section 700.3(F): Connecting Portable Generators During Emergencies

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When electrical systems are critical to life safety, it is essential that backup power remains available even when the primary backup system fails. National Electric Code (NEC) Section 700.3(F) addresses this concern by providing guidelines for connecting portable generators as a temporary power source, thus ensuring uninterrupted power during emergency situations. This article takes a … Read more

3 Tips to Design a Low-Noise Remote Radiator System

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Remote radiators are a great solution for emergency generator installations with limited engine room space and/or insufficient air ventilation. An earlier article provided key points for specifying a remote radiator for emergency generators. This article expands on this subject by addressing one item that is often overlooked in the selection of a remote radiator: noise. … Read more

These are the UL-2085 Performance Tests for a Fireguard® Fuel Tank

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As a follow up to my reference guide on the selection of an above-ground fuel storage tank, I wanted to provide some technical details on the performance tests required for a “Protected” tank designed for compliance with UL-2085. The following document is published by the Steel Tank Institute (here), and provides a good technical summary … Read more

Oops! Top-5 Design Issues with On-Site Power Systems

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The benefits of having a reliable on-site power system to carry through natural or man-made disasters are clear. These benefits come with substantial initial investments in design, equipment purchase, and maintenance programs. But, what are some of the unforeseen costs that may surprise the owner of a newly-constructed facility? These are the Top-5 issues that I see after construction of large facilities.