Energy IQ: cortes de energía: el efecto secundario silencioso pero costoso del clima extremo

How to keep the lights on and our critical facilities up and running when even the most extreme and unpredictable weather strikes. 

It is a windy Friday evening in early August. You're sitting on your couch, but you can't relax. You're preoccupied, with your Changing weather patterns cause more power outagesears and eyes tuned to your phone and TV for the latest weather updates. The impending hurricane is now classified as a Category 4. Living on the Gulf Coast, you're used to hearing this news; but this time your family is in the hurricane's path. You worry about the likely power outages or worse.

You ask yourself, "Why us?"

It's not just you, and it's not just the coastal communities either. From hurricanes and wild fires to heat waves and winter storms, changing and unpredictable weather patterns impact communities around the world.

Extreme Weather: The New Norm? 

Residents of the United States' Gulf Coast have experienced above average hurricane activity over the last three years, and the hurricanes are getting stronger. Hurricanes disrupt communities, frequently requiring residents to temporarily relocate with considerable financial losses for families.

Wild fires are increasingly captured on the news as they get larger and more destructive. It is estimated that nearly 85 percent of wild land fires are caused by humans, yet the drier and hotter climate acts as a catalyst driving a trend toward larger and more severe wild fires. 

We also experience more heat waves, as the hot days are getting hotter and occur more frequently. Heat waves are notoriously deadly not only for the very young and elderly, but also for those living in urban areas or who work outdoors. The heatwave that hit Europe in 2003 claimed more than 70,000 lives.

How Much More Stress Can Our Grid Take? 

These changing weather patterns also impact the electricity infrastructure. Hurricanes and wildfires bring down transmission or distribution lines and force power plant closures, leaving consumers without electricity. Heat waves increase the usage of some power-hungry amenities including air conditioners; therefore, causing a surge in the demand for electricity. This surge could result in an overheating grid or lack of electricity supply. Both could result in black-outs.

Powering every day needs such as keeping the lights on and ensuring that hospitals and nursing homes operate without interruption is a complex challenge that requires a multi-faceted solution.

Here is a look at how the industry is improving grid resiliency to keep the power running. 

  • Hardening the Grid: Improvements such as underground utility lines, poles resistant to higher wind speeds, improved vegetation management and elevated electrical equipment as protection from flooding are some of the examples. These improvements aim to create an infrastructure that is physically more durable against severe weather events. 
  • Increasing System Capability: Additional lines to increase capacity of electricity flow and automated fault isolation using intelligent switches are common improvements on the transmission side. Equipment health sensors throughout the infrastructure automate outage detection and service restoration. Energy storage options could be useful during shorter outages, offering the advantage of getting online faster. Distributed generation applications could mitigate the risk of major outages caused by a central power plant going offline due to severe weather.

"There are two ways distributed generation improves the resiliency of the grid during severe weather," said Satish Jayaram, General Manager of Distributed Generation at Cummins Inc. "First is the proximity to electricity consumers. Distributed generation resources tend to be closer to consumers compared to central generation assets, and require less transmission and distribution lines, fewer power lines at risk to be impacted by severe weather.

Second is the geographical spread of electricity generating assets. Central generation assets offer benefits such as one place to deliver fuel, one place to do repairs, but also presents the risk of one place to rely on for electricity, especially if this one place is on the path of a hurricane or wild fire. A combination of centralized and distributed generation improves the resiliency of the grid, as distributed generation resources are geographically spread out, presenting less likelihood of all of them being impacted with severe weather."

  • Integrating Consumers Through Smart Devices: Using technologies such as smart meters and connected thermostats help utilities operate more effectively during severe weather. Utilities and grid operators could make decisions based on real time info collected from these smart devices, making their recovery efforts more effective. They can also adjust electricity demand from consumers through these smart devices, decreasing the strain on the infrastructure. 
  • Managing the Risk: U.S. Department of Energy calls out managing risk as the number one priority to achieve grid resiliency. This includes creating effective policies and plans, and conducting exercises to mitigate hazards. 

As the electricity industry continues to improve the grid resiliency, an outage is still unacceptable for many consumers, especially those whose life depends on continuous operation of medical devices at their homes. For other consumers, the monetary cost and inconveniences associated with a loss of power is significant.

Such costs can lead to an increase in the adoption of whole house generators as a back-up power source for consumers. For example, residents with Cummins whole house generators mitigate the costs associated with an extended power outage and keep their family safe and comfortable during the outage. To understand how much power your family needs, use Cummins’ online generator size calculator.

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Aytek Yuksel

Aytek Yuksel is the Content Marketing Leader for Cummins Inc., with a focus on Power Systems markets. Aytek joined the Company in 2008. Since then, he has worked in several marketing roles and now brings you the learnings from our key markets ranging from industrial to residential markets. Aytek lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and two kids.

After 100 years, caring never gets old

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This year, Cummins Inc. celebrates 100 years in Power Generation. It all started with the incorporation of Onan Corporation in 1920 - a family owned business founded by David W. Onan.

"Since the beginning, values have played a key role within Onan Corporation. In fact, it has been a combination of values, people and our innovation - strikingly consistent with Cummins' own 100 years history - that helped the small business in Minnesota (U.S.) become a global industry leader," stated Alex Savelli, Executive Director of Cummins Power Generation.

Today, many at Cummins make a lasting and positive difference by embracing a set of values: Caring, Diversity & Inclusion, Integrity, Excellence, and Teamwork. Let's look at three examples from our 100-year history on how teamwork, through partnerships with other like-minded stakeholders, can amplify the impact of caring.

Making lives better by using assistive technologies for individuals with disabilities

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute focuses on helping people with disabilities and people with chronic medical conditions. A critical element of the rehabilitation journey is assistive technologies, products used to improve functional capabilities of people with disabilities.

The partnership between Cummins and Courage Kenny began more than a decade ago, and volunteers from Cummins continue to put their engineering and technical skills into work at the facility. Volunteers periodically attend sessions to adapt, customize and invent mechanical and electronic devices for children and adults with disabilities. You can read how Dempsey Becker, a five-year-old boy, relies on these assistive technologies as a part of his occupational therapy at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

In recent years, the effort has expanded beyond Minnesota. More Cummins teams around the world leverage these assistive technology designs, partner with local organizations and serve individuals with disabilities.

Increasing the safety of military personnel with energy technologies

Military personnel put their lives at risk to defend our way of life, and the efforts focused on improving their safety are great demonstrations of caring.  

The partnership between Cummins and the U.S. military expands over eight decades. In fact, as Allied Forces fought with Axis Forces through the Second World War, more than half of their power generators were supplied by Cummins.

Employees of Onan Corporation winding armature at University Plant, Minnesota, U.S. in 1942 , during World War II.
Employees of Onan Corporation winding armature at University Plant, Minnesota, U.S. in 1942, during World War II. 

More recently, new technologies developed by Cummins continue to help save lives of military personnel. For instance, Cummins’ Advanced Medium Mobile Power Source (AMMPS) generator sets require less fuel than their predecessors; this increases the safety of troops in combat, because fewer fuel transport runs are required. When AMMPS is used together with energy storage and solar arrays to create a hybrid system, fuel economy and system reliability further improves. These improvements positively impact the safety and well-being of U.S. military professionals in the field. 

Bringing prosperity to a rural village through energy access

Residents of Padarwadi, India rely on agriculture for their primary income, as many other villages across India. For years, villagers lacked access to electricity needed to run a small mill. Villagers made frequent trips to the nearest town, through mountainous terrain to get their paddy dehusked, or spent hours doing the labor-intensive work of grinding and dehusking.

In 2010, Cummins partnered with the village to install a generator set to power a small mill. During a recent visit, the project team received first-hand feedback from the residents on how access to energy has changed their lives over the years. These include tangible gains such as increased income for the village, and intangible gains such not needing to spend hours doing the laborious task of rice grinding and dehusking anymore; this increased standard of living led to improved schooling of children too.

"As the world keeps evolving, we continue to live our Values and Mission: Making people's lives better by powering a more prosperous world. I'm confident this will continue to serve us well as a strong foundation for the next 100 years," added Savelli.

 

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Aytek Yuksel is the Content Marketing Leader for Cummins Inc., with a focus on Power Systems markets. Aytek joined the Company in 2008. Since then, he has worked in several marketing roles and now brings you the learnings from our key markets ranging from industrial to residential markets. Aytek lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and two kids.

Aptos, California (EE. UU.) el hogar equipado con Cummins generator está preparado para desastres naturales y cortes de energía planificados

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Una ciudad remota de California que se enfrente a numerosas amenazas a la interrupción de los servicios públicos lleva a un propietario a depender de la energía de Cummins para proteger lo que más importa con un generador para el hogar.

Aptos, California (EE. UU.) es una hermosa comunidad de playa ubicada a una cordillera al sur de Silicon Valley. En un área relativamente remota, el hogar de Bob Devincenzi se asienta en cinco acres de propiedad. Debido a su naturaleza aislada, su residencia tiene acceso limitado a servicios públicos que no sean electricidad ni celulares. Además de ser secuestrado, Devincenzi vive cerca de una falla y se encuentra en un área designada para incendios forestales.

Por un tiempo, Devincenzi usó un generador portátil para mantener en funcionamiento algunos de los elementos esenciales del hogar durante un corte. Transportaría la unidad dentro y fuera de la casa mientras también navegaba por la molestia de varios cables de extensión traipsed en toda su casa. Aunque ciertamente hay un lugar para generadores portátiles, Divencenzi decidió que su residencia aptos ya no era una de ellas.

Devincenzi, que se familiariza con generadores para toda la casa, comenzó a aprender acerca de Cummins productos para el hogar y pequeñas empresas . Con un fondo de ingeniería, fue preparado para la marca y la reputación de Cummins. Habiendo estado involucrado con Cummins desde una perspectiva comercial, dijo que gravitó hacia la compañía por su generador para el hogar porque asoció el nombre con productos de alta calidad y duraderos.

Acercándose a su decisión, Devincenzi comenzó a buscar una compañía local que pudiera apoyar la instalación del generador en su casa. Al enterarse de la operación de de Day Electric en Pacific Grove, California (EE. UU.), quedó impresionado al saber que este concesionario no solo había sido responsable de varias instalaciones de generadores para el hogar, sino que también suministró unidades de energía para importantes negocios de la zona.

Ahora confiado con un distribuidor calificado y un fabricante confiable, Devincenzi decidió un Cummins de 20kWgenerador para el hogar generador para el hogar para proteger su casa. Devincenzi y Day Electric completaron el proyecto en tándem, el cual incluía la instalación de un tanque de combustible propano dedicado para el generador. Al reflexionar sobre su experiencia con Day Electric, Devincenzi dijo: "son fabulosos. Son capaces y receptivos, y son excelentes embajadores por el producto ".

Divencenzi ya tiene su generador para el hogar Cummins durante tres años. Dijo que se ha usado cinco o seis veces y ha "pateado según lo anunciado, corrió exactamente como se esperaba y consumió combustible exactamente como las especificaciones indicaría". También observó la naturaleza intuitiva del panel de usuario, el modo de ejercicio automático y la capacidad remota.

En Resumen de su lealtad a Cummins, Divencenzi quiso reconocer las opciones alternativas que tenía a su disposición cuando seleccionaba su producto Cummins. Con un arsenal solar completo en su techo que tiene la capacidad de proporcionar más energía de la que requiere su hogar, consideró una solución de batería alternativa para respaldar la energía de respaldo de su casa en caso de un corte. En última instancia, se decidió en contra porque la energía solar puede variar debido al clima y la temporada.

Elegí Cummins porque es 100% confiable y predecible. Sé exactamente el poder que puedo sacar de esto, nada se queda al azar y eso es todo lo que necesito ".

Conozca más acerca de los generadores para el hogar Cummins

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins es un líder mundial en energía que diseña, fabrica, vende y ofrece servicios de diésel y motores de combustible alternativo de 2,8 a 95 litros, diésel y grupos electrógenos eléctricos con combustibles alternativos de 2,5 a 3, 500 kW, además de componentes y tecnología relacionados. Cummins atiende a sus clientes a través de su red de 600 instalaciones de distribuidores independientes y propiedad de la compañía y más de 7, 200 centros de distribuidores en más de 190 países y territorios.

El distribuidor de Cummins continúa teniendo una mirada hacia el futuro

Richard Parker, propietario de una pieza y operador de generadores de energía de Parker, no es ajeno al negocio del generador. En 1967, Richard se unió a la Armada de los Estados Unidos, donde pudo entrenar en varios motores y generadores durante su alistamiento. Luego de cuatro años en la Armada de los EE. UU., Richard comenzó a trabajar para un distribuidor local de Cummins como Gerente de servicio en Texas, donde recibió adicional en la capacitación sobre trabajo y la experiencia en motores y generadores Cummins. En 1984, luego de 13 años de trabajo para otra persona, Richard y su esposa, Wanda, decidieron ramificarse por su cuenta y abrir generadores de energía de Parker.

Generadores de energía Parker

En 1996, los parkers se expandieron y compraron un nuevo edificio para su negocio en crecimiento. A medida que pasaban los años, su hijo, Nathan Parker, se unió a la industria familiar como técnico de servicio de carretera. La esposa de Nathan, Misty, también desempeña un papel activo en la compañía, aprendiendo acerca de las operaciones comerciales cotidianas. La esperanza de Richard y Wanda para el futuro es que Nathan y Misty sigan haciendo el negocio familiar juntos tal como lo han hecho.

Parker Power se especializa en la venta y el servicio de generadores. Uno de sus mayores vendedores es el nuevo generador instaladoGeneradores portátiles Cummins. Los tres generadores portátiles Cummins fueron lanzados silenciosamente en 2019 y rápidamente están cobrando impulso en el mercado de generadores portátiles. Junto con los generadores, la compañía también está certificada para completar cualquier trabajo de garantía en lo que se refiere a los productos Cummins. "Ha sido una experiencia bastante buena y con el tiempo continúa, no ha cambiado. Nos gusta el producto y es un buen producto. Tenemos un excelente representante y estamos satisfechos ", dijo Wanda Parker.

Al igual que muchos negocios, la pandemia COVID-19 tuvo un impacto en la compañía por poco tiempo. "COVID... nos ha hecho muy cautelosos y tuvimos las puertas cerradas por unos dos meses. Sentábamos una mesa afuera para seguir al servicio de nuestros clientes. Recientemente abrimos nuestra sala de espera ", dice Wanda. Incluso a través de la pandemia y las operaciones limitadas, la compañía nunca dejó de prestar servicio a sus clientes. Muchos de sus clientes son trabajadores esenciales y negocios que consisten en supermercados, autoridades policiales e instalaciones médicas. "Llevamos las máscaras y guantes de EPI apropiados durante las llamadas", dice Wanda, "Somos esenciales".

Sin importar cuál sea el resto del año, los generadores de energía de Parker se encuentran en él para el largo plazo como un distribuidor de Cummins y un proveedor de servicios. Los planes futuros consisten en expandir sus ofertas de productos y servicios para incluir los generadores Cummins más grandes.

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Jill Weiler

Jill Weiler is a Marketing and Communications Senior Specialist for the DBU. She joined the company in 2012, and has served in a variety of roles including Visual Communications as an associate producer and project manager. Prior to joining Cummins, Jill served in the United States Army for 4 years.

Potencia de recolección a la manera de Cummins

Varegro of Belgium

Greenhouse world first for HSK78G gas generator

Varegro of Belgium is using a Cummins HSK78G gas generator to power its commercial greenhouse in Oostrozebeke, West Flanders, making it the first in the world to be installed in a greenhouse environment.

Varegro, which has been harvesting for more than 15 years to become one of the largest export companies in Belgium, selected the newly launched HSK78G to provide Combined Heat and Power (CHP) to the energy-intensive facility.

The CHP installation provides thermal and electrical energy as well as COfor a greenhouse premises totaling 40,000 sqm.

The HSK78G generator offers an electrical efficiency of 44.2%, which leads to greater fuel savings by turning waste heat into productive energy. In an energy-intensive greenhouse environment its total return is greater than 100% and Varegro can use this reliable power source to flexibly meet its own energy needs. The electricity that is produced can be used for lighting, the heat produced by the genset for heating and the exhaust gasses are cleaned and used for CO2 fertilization.

The surplus of the electricity that is being produced at the facility is then sold back in a flexible manner to the grid network, which offers greater financial savings for Varegro.HSK78G gas generator

Stefan De Wit, Project Manager, Cummins Power Generation, said: "The CHP installation with the HSK78G gas genset at the facility is designed to provide reliable power, regardless of the quality of the natural gas source or the climate. With the addition of the exhaust gas heat exchangers and heat condensers, low and high temperatures can be recuperated achieving a total efficiency of 103%.

“It is a custom-made CHP solution offering maximum efficiency with the greatest possible cost savings to the customer.”

Varegro's Carlo Van Hove said: "Total efficiency design and process knowledge were the deciding factors when choosing this solution from Cummins. The benefits of this cogeneration unit will deliver higher efficiency compared to previous installation, and thanks to its heat buffer, we can also influence the variable energy market and support the stability of the network."

Cummins is responsible for the project's full maintenance which is critical for the longevity of the CHP installation. Highly qualified technicians and specialists working around the clock ensure the installation runs continuously with limited downtime therefore increasing total profitability.

To find out more about the HSK78G gas generator series visit cummins.tech/hsk78launch

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Cummins es un líder mundial en energía que diseña, fabrica, vende y ofrece servicios de diésel y motores de combustible alternativo de 2,8 a 95 litros, diésel y grupos electrógenos eléctricos con combustibles alternativos de 2,5 a 3, 500 kW, además de componentes y tecnología relacionados. Cummins atiende a sus clientes a través de su red de 600 instalaciones de distribuidores independientes y propiedad de la compañía y más de 7, 200 centros de distribuidores en más de 190 países y territorios.

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