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.
Engine-driven radiators are fine for most installations but, whether due to insufficient space or a lack of proper ventilation in the engine room, a remote cooling system may be required for your project. This article will assist you in understanding remote cooling packages, and will outline the information required to specify a reliable system.
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.
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.