Cummins expert shares industry trends as speaker for U.S. military annual energy summit

Cummins was an event sponsor and provided two speakers (pictured here is Doreen Swanson) for the 11th annual Operational Energy Summit in Washington, D.C.
Cummins was an event sponsor and provided two speakers (pictured here is Doreen Swanson) for the 11th annual Operational Energy Summit in Washington, D.C.

The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) hosted the 11th annual Operational Energy Summit from January 29-31, in Washington, D.C. This summit brings together the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) warfighters, industry partners and energy professionals to help achieve national, strategic and organizational energy goals of the DOD.

Cummins chaired and presented at the conference. As a sponsor, Cummins provided a speaker, Doreen Swanson, Senior Program Manager for Military Accounts, and chairperson, Steve Iverson, Director of Military and Government Business. Swanson was a featured speaker at the conference, presenting on “The Intersection of DOD Operational Energy Strategy and Industry Trends.”

“As an industry leader in the expeditionary energy space, I was honored to represent Cummins and share how we see new technology and commercial trends aligning with the DOD’s strategic goals,” Swanson said. “It was exciting to share our thoughts on the next generation of tactical electric power with the thought leaders at the conference and convey our interest in supporting our warfighters into the future.”

Iverson commented, “Cummins leadership at this summit was an important step in supporting our leadership position within the DOD, and Cummins’ perspective shared by Doreen was very well received by all of the Services within the DOD as well as other Ministries of Defense outside the U.S.”

The summit included four Services presenting on their strategies and challenges over the three-day period. Over 150 top industry and military experts shared their challenges and addressed various topics including alternative energy, mobile energy, expeditionary energy, intelligent grids, reducing energy waste and modernizing the current force with innovative energy efficient technologies. The summit also reviewed recent organizational and operational changes proposed in the FY 2017 operational energy budget.

For more information on AMMPS generators and other military power solutions from Cummins, download the brochure or visit our website.
 

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

Cummins generator sets selected for Turkish mining project

Installation at the site was by Cummins Turkey and dealer AET
Installation at the site was by Cummins Turkey and dealer AET
Cummins Turkey has completed installation of a standby system for a gold and silver mining project in the northwestern part of the country.

Turkey’s TÜMAD Mining is licensed to undertake exploration and development of the country’s substantial mineral resources, typically through large scale commercial projects, executed to the highest environmental standards. A new project for a gold and silver mine at Lapseki in the northwestern province of Çanakkale required standby power, and Cummins Turkey was selected to provide the solution.

The choice of Cummins was down to a number of key advantages. TÜMAD wished to work with a global partner with proven expertise in the power sector. Power products had to be readily available and of high reliability. Installation had to be in the hands of experienced people with recognized problem-solving skills. All these requirements have been met through engaging Cummins Turkey.

Two generator sets have been installed, a C1675 D5A and a C550 D5E, both of them supplied as enclosed models. Together they provide emergency standby power to avoid potentially costly interruption of mining operations. Support for installation of the generator sets, as well as installation of cabins and other equipment, was provided by Cummins dealer AET.

The project site is located 7 km from the town center of Lapseki and 35 km from the city center of Çanakkale. Access is via a branch road from the E.90 highway that links Çanakkale to Bursa. To serve this relatively remote site, the generator sets are connected via a specially constructed overhead transmission line that runs nearly 10 km. 

TÜMAD was looking for a high-standard solution for its standby energy needs, and has found one thanks to the quality of the Cummins products, and the joint expertise of the Cummins Turkey power generation team working closely with dealer AET. Their problem-solver attitude ensured that any technical issues arising during installation were all successfully addressed.
 

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

5 Tips to Get Ready for Hurricane Season, Now!

Hurricane Season may still be a few weeks away, but preparing for hurricane and storm season can never happen too soon. In fact, the best time to prepare your home is long before a hurricane hits. 

With the devastation a natural disaster can bring, making sure you are equipped with the proper materials and supplies is essential before a hurricane strikes. Purchasing a home generator is one of the most important ways you can prepare your home and family for hurricanes.

Cheryl Nelson, Weather and Preparedness Advisor for Cummins, was with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, FL late last month to help educate consumers on how they can prepare for a hurricane before one strikes. Cheryl brought back five key tips FLASH shared at the conference for preparing your home and family for the upcoming hurricane season:

1. Personal Safety: The first step to prepare for a potential hurricane is knowing your surroundings and planning accordingly. Make sure you have a designated safe place in your home for your family to seek shelter in, or an evacuation route, if need be. 

2. Family Preparedness: Make a safety kit, including medical supplies, flashlights and non-perishable foods, and ensure it is stored in a safe and easily accessible place. Sharing emergency tips with your children ensures everyone knows what to do and can act accordingly if the event of a hurricane evacuation. 

3. Insurance Checkup: Contact your insurance agent and find out what your current insurance policy covers if hurricane damage occurs. Have them fully explain your plan, including if flood insurance is covered. 

4. Strengthen Your Home: Make sure your home or building codes are up-to-date and have been recently checked. Cummins home generators allow you to keep power going for your home, despite power outages that may occur due to severe weather. 

5. Community Support: Check with local officials and learn how at-risk your area is for hurricanes. 

If you follow the steps above, you will be ready when hurricane season comes. And remember, the battle against hurricanes is won during the off season. Take the first step in ensuring you keep power running to your home in the event a hurricane strikes your area. Start by evaluating your home power needs or requesting a free in-home assessment. 

For more information on keeping your home storm ready year-round, check out more of Cheryl Nelson’s weather prep tips. 

Cheryl Nelson

 

Cheryl Nelson, Certified Broadcast Meteorologist

Cheryl Nelson

Cheryl Nelson is an Emmy-nominated and AP award-winning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, TV Host, FEMA-Certified Instructor and Weather and Preparedness Advisor for Cummins. You can visit Cheryl’s website at www.CherylNelson.net and follow her on Twitter and Facebook @CherylNelsonTV. 

Cummins explores the path from palm oil waste to biogas

A covered lagoon used to trap methane from palm oil mill effluent and power a generator set
A covered lagoon used to trap methane from palm oil mill effluent and power a generator set.

The use of biogas derived from Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) in lean burn natural gas generator sets is the subject of a new Cummins white paper available for download.

The most widely consumed vegetable oil in the world is palm oil. Ice cream, toothpaste, shampoo, detergent and biodiesel are just some of the consumer products that make use of the oil, produced from the palm trees that grow in the hot, wet environment 10 degrees either side of the equator. In 2015, 62.2 million tons of palm oil were produced worldwide, around 90% of it in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia.

To make the oil, the pressed palm fruits are refined through processes that require considerable amounts of water. Each ton of fruit produces over five tons of waste water, half of which is viscous and acidic Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) that cannot be returned to the environment without treatment.

Bio-degrading the POME in open pools is a simple and low-cost means of treatment, but comes with disadvantages. Open pools require a great deal of time and available land, while the process wastes valuable potential byproducts like fertilizer, and releases the greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere.

Palm Oil Mill Effluent in Lean Burn Natural Gas Generator Sets is a new Cummins white paper authored by Jaimie Hamilton, a Cummins Senior Sales Application Engineer who is focused on renewable fuel projects and complex applications. Her white paper outlines how the methane-rich biogas available from POME can be extracted and used.

A high concentration of organic material and a high volume produced per ton of fruit make POME an attractive target for a methane capturing anaerobic digester. Much of the energy contained in the POME can be recovered, while greenhouse gas emissions are reduced. Treated waste liquid from the anaerobic digester can further be used for other oil processing steps, keeping the overall consumption of clean water to a minimum.

The paper describes in detail how the anaerobic digestion process works, how the POME derived biogas can be used in a lean burn natural gas generator set, what the commercial and regulatory incentives are, and how additional benefits and savings may be achieved.

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

Sprucing up your yard this spring? Consider hurricane-proofing!

As winter’s chill gives way to spring, many Americans take to their patios, yards and gardens to spruce things up. Before breaking out the lawn chairs, however, spring cleaners should keep in mind the potential for severe weather ahead. Hurricane season is just around the corner. Some up front work now can save valuable time and mitigate potential damage should a storm strike.

Check out these 10 tips from Cummins disaster prep expert and meteorologist Cheryl Nelson.

1. Have a shed or other secure storage location close by to store lightweight deck furniture in the event of high winds. 

2. Make sure you have a backup plan for outdoor animals, including a way to trap and transport them if you have to evacuate.

3. Identify a place high off the ground and away from your home where you can store chemicals or potentially explosive objects like propane tanks or fertilizers.

4. Consider getting your home evaluated for a home standby generator to provide your family with constant power in case of an outage.

5. Evaluate the health of trees near your house and trim any branches that could fall onto your house in high winds.

6. Make sure your gutters are free of debris. 

7. While you’re on the roof, check for loose shingles or chimneys in need of repair. 

8. Check your yard for long-standing puddles or drainage issues and repair them or consult a professional on how to improve the flow of water through your yard and away from your home.

9. When possible, use mulch or wood chips for landscaping instead of gravel or other materials that could cause damage if picked up by high winds. 

10. Check your storm shutters or window storm-proofing for repairs and make sure they’re within easy reach. If you don’t have a way to cover your windows during high winds, ask your local hardware store for tips. 

2017 was one of the most active hurricane seasons in recent history with 17 named storms including two major hurricanes that left more than 8 million people without power. With early forecasts calling for another active hurricane season in 2018, it’s never too soon to start preparing your yard, your home and your family for severe storms. Follow our blog for more tips throughout the season and click here for more information on how a home standby generator could help you keep the lights on in case of a black out this summer storm season. 

Cheryl Nelson, Certified Broadcast Meteorologist

Cheryl Nelson

Cheryl Nelson is an Emmy-nominated and AP award-winning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, TV Host, FEMA-Certified Instructor and Weather and Preparedness Advisor for Cummins. You can visit Cheryl’s website at www.CherylNelson.net and follow her on Twitter and Facebook @CherylNelsonTV. 

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