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. [email protected]

Future of Manufacturing On Display at WIN EURASIA

Mepa Energy showcased the Cummins C3000D5 diesel generator set in their stand, which offered a great perk in terms of size and power.

The newest technologies in the energy, manufacturing and automation sectors were on display at WIN EURASIA 2019, held 14-17 March 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Cummins Turkey’s authorized dealer Mepa Energy attended the fair for the first time to meet with new customers and showcase Cummins technology at one of the largest international forums for the manufacturing industry.

Held at the Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center, Mepa Energy joined thousands of tech and industrial leaders all focused on the future of factories. The event hosted 1,376 exhibitors from 20 countries and 77,403 visitors from 111 countries - filling 11 exhibition halls with 33,110 m2 of stand area. Fifty-one panels, 156 speakers and 90 international media professionals rounded out the event.

WIN EURASIA is organized by Hannover Fairs Turkey. Turkey's emerging economy and strategic location on the Silk Road of Technology Age position it well to be a global leader in manufacturing. With technologies like digitalization, automation, Industrial IoT, collaborative robots, augmented reality, smart supply and logistics shaping the manufacturing landscape, WIN EURASIA brought the leading companies and decision-makers together under one roof to explore trends and build business networks in this fast-moving industry. 

Exhibitors included sheet metal processing, metal forming technologies, automation services, electric/electronic equipment, hydraulic/pneumatic services and intralogistics.

Mepa Energy showcased the Cummins C3000D5 diesel generator set in their stand, which offered a great perk in terms of size and power. A map showing completed and ongoing projects with the locations of them was also shown on the fair stand. 

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. [email protected]

2019 Hurricane Season Could be Quieter than 2018, Forecasters Say

2019 Hurricane Season - Forecast

While weather forecasters are predicting a quieter hurricane season in 2019, homeowners should still take the steps necessary to prepare their home and family for the worst. 

Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine and Oscar. These were the named storms from the 2018 Hurricane Season. 

After the third consecutive above-average season in terms of activity and damage with 15 named storms causing almost $50 billion in damage, forecasters are anticipating a possible reprieve in 2019. 

Late last week, Colorado State University’s Hurricane Research Team released their initial 2019 hurricane forecast, predicting an average season with 13 named storms including five hurricanes; two of which could become major hurricanes.

Despite a promising forecast, these storms could still produce severe – and potentially damaging weather. As hurricane season approaches, it’s important to prepare your home and family for the worst, while hoping for the best. Here are a few steps to take to ensure you’re ready for hurricane season:

  1. Check your insurance policy and verify if you have flood insurance. Policies typically take 30 days to take effect, so check your coverage now in the event you’re affected later. 
  2. Prepare your home’s exterior by cleaning gutters, trimming overgrown trees and vegetation that threaten your home or nearby power lines, and sealing cracks in your foundation. 
  3. Develop a family disaster plan that includes a designated meeting spot and out-of-town contact person in case you’re separated during or after the storm. 
  4. Assemble a disaster prep kit, including items specifically selected for each member of your family, including your pets.

While hurricane season is approaching, severe weather can strike any time of year. Check out these severe weather prep tips to stay ahead of the storm year-round. 

Weather is the leading cause of power outages across the nation. Hurricanes can knock out power for days, weeks, even months. Having a plan for backup power that includes a home standby generator, like a Cummins QuietConnect, will ensure your family is safe and comfortable throughout a power outage. 

To learn more about standby home generators and to find the right one for you, schedule a free in-home assessment with a Cummins-authorized dealer today. Our dealers will work with you throughout the purchase, installation and ownership of a Cummins home generator to ensure you select the best generator for your needs and to ensure it’s ready to work when the moment it’s needed. 
 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Introducing Cummins Maroc: Powering Success in Morocco

Seminars and Continuing Professional Development sessions provided technical training to industry professionals.
Seminars and Continuing Professional Development sessions provided technical training to industry professionals.

For 100 years, Cummins has powered success for customers around the world. The launch of Cummins’ first owned distributor in Morocco, Cummins Maroc, was commemorated with a series of events aimed at continuing this vision: powering success for each and every customer.

The launch of Cummins Maroc was commemorated with a series of events.Cummins Maroc provides sales and service for all Cummins products – engines, generators and components. It is headquartered in Casablanca with multiple branches in Casablanca, Khouribga, Agadir and Tangiers.

Two seminars held at the end of February, one in Rabat and the second in Casablanca, highlighted Cummins as a world leader in the design and manufacture of power generation equipment, and its various offerings for multiple applications. Both events had close to 50 persons in attendance from a variety of industry sectors. 

Vivek Malapati, Director of the Distribution Business for Africa and Middle East, shared Cummins Maroc’s development strategy and the focus on Morocco as a power hub and a gate to do business in Africa. He also showcased the flexibility of doing business with a power generation manufacturing leader having a large network, a representation in 51 African countries through various distribution networks.

“Cummins has invested considerably in Morocco and still doing as it sees the high potential in doing business in Morocco to serve its customers and develop relationships,” said Mehdi Tibri, General Manager - Cummins Maroc.

With a focus on the telecommunication and data center sectors, the Cummins Power Generation team also delivered two Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions. One was for the technical department of Maroc Telecom, the first telecom operator in Morocco. The other was to Jacobs Engineering, the biggest consultant for OCP Group in the country. OCP Group is a major phosphates producer and investor in the African continent.

On-site prime and emergency standby power for the telecom and data center markets, along with the mining industry, are key areas for Cummins to power success in Morocco and the surrounding region. Telecom providers are making significant investments to cover remote areas, as well as lead as major data cloud service providers. In addition, many companies based in Morocco are investing in other countries in Africa.

The launch of Cummins Maroc was commemorated with a series of events.

Morocco is a regional hub due to its location in Africa, close to continental Europe with only 14 km by sea to Spain. Logistics facilities is one the of the major advantages for Morocco where it is well connected by sea as well as by air. Morocco has developed very good platforms to allow for worldwide companies to invest in Morocco in manufacturing cars, aerospace parts and other products that serve a variety of industries and communities. Cummins Maroc is one of the newest industry partners to serve Morocco and power its success.

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.

Earn Continuing Education Credits with Cummins PowerHour Webinars

PowerHour: regularly scheduled, 60-minute webinars available live and or-demand from Cummins.
PowerHour: regularly scheduled, 60-minute webinars available live and or-demand from Cummins.

Tune in to a live discussion on power systems, components and applications through PowerHour: regularly scheduled, 60-minute webinars available live and or-demand from Cummins.

Consulting and specifying engineers can earn continuing education credits (PDH/CEU) and keep up on critical technology updates, the latest codes and industry applications. Participants also get a chance to interact directly with Cummins experts through Q&A time. 

Presented by knowledgeable engineers, topics are related to designing and specifying onsite power systems. Following a recent PowerHour, 97% of respondents rated the session as being highly or very highly relevant to their work, having technical depth and presenter interactivity; 97% would also recommend the PowerHour to others.

The next session on Specifying Gaseous Generator Sets, April 30, will be presented by Linda Nezerwe, a Technical Specialist in the Sales Application Engineering team who specializes in fuel and exhaust systems along with emissions. She was a product design engineer prior to that.

The full 2019 PowerHour schedule is as follows: 

  • January 2019: Features of Generator Set Control Based Paralleling
  • February 2019: NFPA 110 Time to Readiness
  • April 2019: NEC 2017 Code Changes for Emergency Power Systems
  • April 2019: Specifying Gaseous Generator Sets
  • May 2019: Introduction to Generator Set Sizing Software 
  • June 2019: Emissions and Air Permitting for Emergency Generator Sets
  • July 2019: Transfer Switch Operation and Application
  • August 2019: Paralleling Solutions 
  • September 2019: Generator Set Overcurrent Protection
  • October 2019: Power Ratings for Emergency Generator Sets
  • November 2019: Importance and Benefit of Selective Coordination 

To access the recorded webinars on-demand and download presentations. visit cummins.com. Check back often for updates as course registrations become available, or, you can subscribe to receive PowerHour invitations.
 

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. [email protected]

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