New EGSA Committee Explores Microgrids and Renewables

Cummins has operated an on-site interruptible facility at its Power Systems plant in Fridley, Minnesota (USA) since 1992, which is an example of savings that can be achieved by using on-site power in extended parallel with a utility for interruptible service.
Cummins has operated an on-site interruptible facility at its Power Systems plant in Fridley, Minnesota (USA) since 1992, which is an example of savings that can be achieved by using on-site power in extended parallel with a utility for interruptible service.

The Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) is dedicated to serving the on-site electric power generation industry. About a dozen committees advance the work to shape the industry, from training and certification to improving codes and standards. 

Cummins has been a longtime member of EGSA, and six Cummins staff recently joined over 400 attendees representing generator manufacturers, fuel tank manufacturers, accessory manufacturers, engine suppliers, logistics organizations and engineering firms at the EGSA 2019 Spring Conference.

Held in Austin, Texas (USA), this conference was noteworthy for a few reasons. First, it served as a launch pad for EGSA-U, aimed at educating end users, purchasers, operators, facility managers and consulting-specifying engineers on the power industry, with objectives similar to the Cummins’ Power Seminar program. Second, the newly created Microgrid/Renewable and CHP Committee officially kicked off with its first meeting during the conference.

Michael Sanford
Michael Sanford, Cummins Technical Marketing Specialist

“A year and a half ago we started talking about the microgrid committee,” said Michael Sanford, Technical Marketing Specialist at Cummins. “We said, ‘Save us a seat. Cummins wants to be there.’”

Sanford, who chairs the Membership Committee and is a member of other committees, recruited Cummins colleagues with system integration backgrounds to get involved in the Microgrid/Renewable and CHP Committee. First on the agenda is to share knowledge with EGSA members – who may only have basic knowledge of microgrids – and forge stronger relationships with microgrid technology-leading companies by inviting guest speakers and participating in shows and conferences of this complementary energy sector.

Cummins will be partnering with EGSA on the microgrid front among other initiatives. The association often looks to Cummins as an industry leader, Sanford explained. Cummins’ impact over the years has ranged from hosting EGSA members on plant tours at Cummins Power Systems in Fridley, Minnesota (USA), to leading the organization with the first and only female president, Debra Laurents, in 2013. 

The Microgrid/Renewable and CHP Committee, among the rest of the organization, will be sharing important updates at EGSA’s Fall Conference, Sept. 15-17, 2019, in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, visit egsa.org.

A critical municipal water pumping station in Sherbrooke, Canada
A critical municipal water pumping station in Sherbrooke, Canada 

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Adam Sidders Marketing Communications Leader Power Systems

Adam Sidders

Adam Sidders is the Marketing Communications Leader for the Power Systems Business Unit of Cummins Inc. Prior to joining Cummins in 2012 Adam worked in Financial Services for Europe’s largest independently owned insurer as their Marketing and Communications Manager. adam.sidders@cummins.com

Natural Gas and Cummins HSK78G Headline Seminar in Egypt

With natural gas distribution on the brink in Egypt, Cummins authorized distributor recently stepped up its offerings and is bringing awareness of Cummins gas-based power solutions to the country
With natural gas distribution on the brink in Egypt, Cummins authorized distributor recently stepped up its offerings and is bringing awareness of Cummins gas-based power solutions to the country

Egypt is expected to start distributing natural gas by 2020, and there has been much talk in recent years about this tap into a new fuel supply. Cummins and its authorized distributor Egyptian International Motors (EIM) have increasingly fielded enquiries into gas-based solutions. Customers in the oil & gas sector especially are interested in this solution for power generation as well as reducing the flare.

In addition, Cummins earlier this year released its newest product fueled by gas – the HSK78G gas generator set – introducing new technology in a new engine that pushes new levels of efficiency, transient performance and gas variation well beyond former natural gas generators.

With all this in mind, EIM has recently stepped up its offerings and is bringing awareness of Cummins gas-based power solutions to Egypt. A Cummins Gas Seminar held April 22 in Cairo was an opportunity for industry professionals to get updated on new technologies and Cummins gas solutions for efficient, reliable and cost-effective power for their plants and operations. The event also officially launched the HSK78G in Egypt.

Hosted jointly by Cummins Power Generation’s Africa & Middle East Segment team and EIM, the event brought 32 professionals together from 15 different industries – oil and gas, utility power and cooling, plastics, electrical consultants and contractors.

For more information on the HSK78G and other gas-powered generators, visit cummins.com
 

Anisha George

As a Marketing Communications Specialist, Anisha is part of the Africa Middle East ABO supporting marketing, communications and event management for power generation marketing. Anisha joined Cummins Middle East in 2009 to support the Administration team in a temporary role. She gained more industry experience working in the event management field before joining back in 2011. Her previous role in Cummins Middle East include Marketing Assistant where she supported special events and marketing activities. Anisha has a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Commerce & Marketing, followed by a diploma in Event Management & Innovative Marketing.

Engineers Turn to Continuing Education in an Era of Technological Advancements

It took more than 40 years for half of all U.S. households to have a telephone after its invention, but only 10 years for half of the U.S. population to own a cell phone1. At 1,454 feet, the Empire State building stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years after it was built in 1931. But in the 40 years since, that mark has been topped numerous times, and was nearly doubled by the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai, reaching a lofty 2,717 feet in 2010.

Humanity continues to break its earthly limits in many ways today, and at an ever-increasing pace.

Keeping Pace Through Continuing Education

Engineers - Continuing EducationEvery day, engineers around the globe challenge the impossible to make these technological advancements possible and support our expanding infrastructure. For instance, to support the evolving electrical demands in designing taller, smarter, more eco-friendly buildings, electrical engineers are required to not only resolve the challenges of a changing industry, but maintain integrity and compliance with newer and ever-changing codes and regulations. And, coupled with rapid changes in technology, engineers turn to continuing education to not only maintain their license but also to earn a competitive edge through thought leadership content and discussion. 

Around the world, several institutions and local entities require engineers to participate in continuing education opportunities to keep their Professional Engineer (PE) or equivalent licenses. In the U.S., more than 40 states require engineers to complete a set number of Professional Development Hours (PDHs) every other year to keep their PE license current, with several states requiring up to 30 PDHs per engineer2.

Engineers - Continuing EducationCummins surveyed over 500 engineers to understand what they seek in continuing education programs. According to respondents, staying up to date with industry trends in order to ensure better job effectiveness was their primary objective, with "Codes and Standards" being the topic of interest that topped their list. For preferred formats, webinars were ranked as the top choice, followed by self-guided online training and face-to-face meetings or training sessions.

Continuing Education Opportunities Offered by Cummins

Engineers who are interested in critical technology updates, the latest codes and industry applications, as well as credited PDHs can take advantage of industry leading educational opportunities offered by Cummins: 

  1. Cummins PowerHour webinars offer monthly opportunities to tune in to live discussions on power systems, components and applications. 
  2. Cummins TechStream e-newsletter offer free access to technical white papers and case studies specific to power generation systems and segments, covering both trends and technologies. 
  3. Our two-day factory Power Seminar sessions offer in-person education opportunities featuring a combination of group learning and real-life application demonstrations.
  4. Our Lunch-and-Learn opportunities could be held at your location or at nearby Cummins distributor with the content customized per your specific needs.

To learn more about trends in continuing education for engineers follow Cummins on Facebook and LinkedIn. To learn more about continuing education opportunities Cummins offers for specifying engineers, visit our web page. To learn more about how Cummins is powering a world that’s "Always On," visit our web page.

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References: 

  1. McGrath G. R. (2013, November 25). The Pace of Technology Adoption is Speeding Up. [Web article]. Retrieved from https://hbr.org
  2. Professional Engineers – Requirements by State [Web article]. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://pdhacademy.com
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Reliable Prime Power Serves Major Roadway of China–Pakistan Economic Corridor

Cummins and distributor Orient Energy Systems are providing continuous, reliable power to serve toll stations, lighting, command center and service areas as part of a new six-lane, controlled-access motorway through Pakistan.
Cummins and distributor Orient Energy Systems are providing continuous, reliable power to serve toll stations, lighting, command center and service areas as part of a new six-lane, controlled-access motorway through Pakistan.

Construction of a six-lane, controlled-access motorway stretching 1,100 km from Karachi to Lahore is now complete, and developers are now working to finish the service areas and tolls in an interior section of the roadway, set to open this fall. This is one of a series of infrastructure upgrade projects known as the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Karachi to Lahore MotorwayIn the section from Rahim Yar Khan to Ghotki, a pair of Cummins C275D5B units will serve two toll stations and lighting, and a third unit will serve the command and control center of Section 07 located at Ghotki. A pair of C700D5 units will serve the service area, which includes a fuel station, mosque, rest area, ATM and food court, with 2 x C220D5 units there on standby. In all, more than 30 units comprise the fleet for this road infrastructure projects as the project consists of seven sections.

Islamabad-based China State Construction Engineering Co. Ltd. sought a partner with a strong network of services along with reliable product. Economical prime power from Cummins means more than a piece of equipment, but rather is specified to the exact engineering requirements for the application, delivering reliable power in any environment and backed by a global sales and service network. Cummins authorized distributor Orient Energy Systems (OES) has provided the sale, installation and dependable aftermarket support for the 2 MW supply of prime and standby power for this major infrastructure project, with commissioning slated for July.

Karachi to Lahore Motorway


 

Anisha George

As a Marketing Communications Specialist, Anisha is part of the Africa Middle East ABO supporting marketing, communications and event management for power generation marketing. Anisha joined Cummins Middle East in 2009 to support the Administration team in a temporary role. She gained more industry experience working in the event management field before joining back in 2011. Her previous role in Cummins Middle East include Marketing Assistant where she supported special events and marketing activities. Anisha has a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Commerce & Marketing, followed by a diploma in Event Management & Innovative Marketing.

10-Second Start: A Look at NFPA 110 and Time to Readiness Following Power Loss

Health care and other critical power facilities have unique emergency power system requirements as defined under the U.S. National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 110 standard and other related codes.
Health care and other critical power facilities have unique emergency power system requirements as defined under the U.S. National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 110 standard and other related codes.

When it comes to protecting lives, health care and other critical power facilities have unique emergency power system requirements as defined under the U.S. National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 110 standard and other related codes. 

NFPA 110 defines “Type” as the maximum time, in seconds, that the emergency power supply system will permit the load terminals of the transfer switch to be without acceptable power

Type 10, therefore, has a 10-second time to readiness: meaning that a source of electrical power of required capacity, reliability, and quality must be provided to life safety loads within 10 seconds following loss or failure of the normal power supply.

The ability to start a unit, bring it up to acceptable frequency and voltage and then connect it to a facility suffering from an outage makes engine-based generator sets the standby power system of choice for these facilities. But what happens in those critical 10 seconds? When does the clock start and stop? What is acceptable power?

These questions generate much discussion for technical and nontechnical manufacturers, installers and end-users alike. Recently, Mike Sanford, a Technical Marketing Specialist at Cummins, led a course for the 2019 Minnesota Fire Marshal Conference in Eagan, Minnesota. Fire marshals and inspectors – who are responsible for approving emergency power system installations – and other fire department leaders completed the course to enhance their understanding of NFPA 110, key aspects that affect the equipment selection/design and strategies for ensuring generator set starting performance and reliability.

Here are some additional resources on NFPA 110 Time to Readiness:

Visit the webinar archive to replay the Feb. 2019 NFPA 110 Time to Readiness webinar or download the presentation.

Visit the white paper library to view or download the 10-Second Time to Readiness White Paper.

Adam Sidders Marketing Communications Leader Power Systems

Adam Sidders

Adam Sidders is the Marketing Communications Leader for the Power Systems Business Unit of Cummins Inc. Prior to joining Cummins in 2012 Adam worked in Financial Services for Europe’s largest independently owned insurer as their Marketing and Communications Manager. adam.sidders@cummins.com

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