City saves money with double-duty standby generator set from Cummins

City of Wayzata

The village of Wayzata enjoys a picturesque location on the northeastern shore of beautiful Lake Minnetonka, west of Minneapolis, Minnesota (U.S.A). Like most towns it has a sewer system with lift stations to carry wastewater to treatment facilities. Unlike most towns, it also has a municipally owned restaurant and liquor store, known affectionately to the locals as The Muni. These city entities share an innovative solution for standby power.

When town officials met with Cummins to develop a standby power plan for their expanded wastewater system with larger lift stations, it was determined that a 150 kW model was the best fit for the lift station’s 125 kW power needs.

Inventive thinking on the part of city staff led to the realization that the extra 25 kW of capacity could be put to good use providing standby power for the coolers and cash registers at the city’s restaurant and wine shop, since The Muni was located close to the site of the new lift station. Cummins sales engineer Doug Abrahamson worked with city engineering staff to develop the detailed 60-page design specifications for the novel double-duty backup system.

Read more on the Wayzata case study at cummins.com. 
 

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]

What’s the true cost of a power outage without a Cummins home generator?

Home during power outage

Long-term power outages can be both inconvenient and expensive, disrupting your family’s comfort and safety. While every power outage is different for each homeowner, costs can add up to a surprisingly large amount. Plus, if you work from home or have a home business, in addition to any physical damages, you may have to endure the cost of lost work, productivity or wages.

Before you invest in a Cummins QuietConnect™ home standby generator, first consider the cost of going through a major power outage without one. Then, compare that cost against the price of a Cummins standby generator. You can get an estimate on a whole house generator by finding a dealer with our dealer locator tool, or by requesting an in-home assessment.

Whether your power outages are caused by severe weather, an aging power grid or rolling brownouts, here are some of the financial hits your family may have to absorb:

  • Flooded basement — If the electricity goes out and your sump pumps stop working, you may wind up with water damage in your basement. According to homeadvisor.com, the average cost to clean up a flooded basement could range between $500 and a whopping $85,000.
  • Mold remediation — Enduring some flooding means you will likely need to have portions of your home treated to prevent toxic mold. The experts at bobvila.com say the average cost of mold remediation is $2,214.
  • Food spoilage — If the power stays out for enough time, the food in your refrigerators and freezers will spoil. Forbes.com says that many insurance companies will pay up to $500 worth of food spoilage, but only if the cause of the power outage is covered under your policy. If you have a full deep freezer full of meat, the costs could be even more.
  • Burst or frozen pipes — Losing power during the winter months brings additional risks. According to Consumer Reports, the cost to repair burst or frozen pipes can easily exceed $5,000.
  • Hotel stays — If your home becomes uninhabitable during a power outage, your family may need to seek alternate shelter. Statista, which tracks hotel prices, says the average nightly stay costs $90.92. Add in the expenses of travel and meals out and the number begins to rapidly climb.

There are additional costs to consider as well — not all of them financial. For instance, there’s the impact to your health if you use home medical devices and the inconvenience of having your life turned upside down during the power outage.

With power outages becoming more and more common, it’s easy to see how the hidden financial and quality-of-life costs escalate, putting the cost of a Cummins QuietConnect home standby generator in perspective.

To find a dealer to help you estimate the investment needed for your own home generator, please visit our home generators dealer locator map.

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Cummins Inc.

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.

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Wissam Balashe with the Editor in Chief, CSE Magazine - Amara Rozgus

Watch Cummins Business Director for Energy Management Solutions, Wissam Balashe's interview with the Editor in Chief, CSE Magazine - Amara Rozgus here. In this insightful conversation, Balashe discusses what Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s (CSE) are requesting OEM manufactures for while designing energy solutions. He spoke in depth about the work done by Cummins Power Generation to meet these needs. 

He further talks about the shift towards an integrated power solution approach and the considerations electrical engineers should take while designing or retrofitting existing controls systems. He used his industry knowledge to discuss the steps that CSE’s can take to keep up with the emerging technologies in the dynamic power generation industry.

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Wissam Balshe

Wissam Balshe

Wissam Balshe has been in the power systems industry since 2002 and joined Cummins in 2007. He led the application engineering team for North America (2007-2010), then led the Strategic Business Development efforts for the Power Solutions Business (2011-2015), focusing on Distributed Generation and Micro-grid applications. He joined the North America Power Gen Sales team managing the Rocky Mountain Territory for a brief period in 2016 before joining the Marketing Segment team as the director of the Mission Critical Segment. Wissam currently leads the Global Systems & Controls Business for the Power Systems Business Unit.   

Wissam represented Cummins in multiple codes and standards committees (IEE1547, CSA282, NEMA MG1), and trade associations (Vice Chair of the US CHP Association in 2012-2013). He actively advocates distributed generation incentives at the Federal and State Levels and the board of multiple community organizations in Minnesota (outside of Cummins). 

Wissam has a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota, and an executive MBA from Indiana University.

Top adventure trends and destinations

People sitting around a campfire

No matter what season it is, adventure is calling. 

Unsurprisingly, outdoor adventures and activities are trending due to the pandemic. What was once seen as a luxury is now seen as a necessity, and outdoor toys like ATV’s, side-by-sides, kayaks, and boats have all increased in demand. More traditional means of recreational transportation, like RVs and towable campers, have peaked in popularity, and people are flocking to the outdoors to parks and campgrounds. In fact, according to the KOA’s 2021 Annual North American Camping Report, “more than 70% of North American campers changed their camping habits in 2020 and RV ownership is up in both the U.S and Canada. In the U.S., the proportion of campers who camped for the first-time in 2020 was five times greater than what was observed in 2019.”

North America offers breathtakingly beautiful national and state parks, all with RV campgrounds in or nearby. Some of these campgrounds offer many modern and recreational amenities, some even boasting a “resort-like” experience, and some are more off-grid and remote. A quick Google search of top campgrounds for RV campers will yield several options, like Business Insider’s compiled list of best RV campsites in the US. 

An exceedingly popular new trend is the emergence of vehicle conversions. 

Donny Klotz, Indianapolis, Indiana resident and Indy 500 fanatic, has recently completed a conversion of a former Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) museum tour bus. 

Indy 500 Bus Conversion

“I take it to as many IMS events as possible, and especially look forward to my annual 4-day Indy 500 camping trip each year. I also enjoy regional RV camping at our state parks. It's also fun to take to concerts, cookouts and family gatherings. Some days, I'll just park it in the backyard, turn on some music and use it as my remote office.”

When asked if he is taking any big trips in the future, Klotz said, “There is no limit to where I will take the bus, as I have full faith in the Cummins engine. I'd like to get it to every IndyCar track in the U.S. by the time I retire. It has been well maintained by the Speedway, and I am counting on it to add some zest to my work travel, and road trips with family and friends.” For curious minds, Klotz’s bus can be found on Instagram by searching #Indy500Bus

A new vehicle conversion trend is converting school buses into permanent/ semi-permanent homes on wheels, dubbed “skoolies”. A retreat on wheels, skoolie tenants work remotely from wherever they get a notion to travel. In addition to buses, the back of vans are being converted in the same way, creating a trendy and picturesque mobile getaway. Skoolies are powered by generators, some even with solar power options.

With more people in exploration mode, especially those with a yearning for off-grid experiences, having a dependable and reliable source of power is necessary to remain connected to the modern world. To support a more mobile and adventurous lifestyle, portable generators can be a great choice for wanderlusters and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

When you are planning an outdoor adventure, figure out what your power needs are. If you are planning to go remote tent camping, or even camping at a campground and need some extra outlets, a small portable generator can easily power small appliances like your cellphone, tablet, laptop, television, blender, coffee maker, fan, etc.

If glamping is more your style, and you are planning on going on an RV or conversion vehicle outing and you need a little more power to bring you the comforts of home, plan for a larger portable unit to power an air conditioner, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryer, etc. 

Check out generators for sale at shop.cummins.com, or through a Cummins dealer.

Carol Ann Smith

Carol Ann Smith joined Cummins in 2019 to support marketing and communications for Home and Small Business standby generators and portable generators. Carol Ann is an Indiana native and enjoys a good home renovation project.

Cummins Power Generation awarded the highest recognition from the China data center industry


 

Cummins Power Generation (CPG) has been honored for its first PowerBlocTM project. The China Engineering Construction Standardization Association, China’s most prominent organization defining data center-related industrial standards, awarded CPG as part of the Data Center Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards. The winner’s list was officially announced during the 9th Data Center Standards Summit. 

Launched in May 2021, PowerBloc was designed by the CPG China team and is manufactured in the CPG China plant in Wuhan, a city in central China. PowerBloc integrates diesel units (power systems), water tanks (cooling systems), fuel tanks (fuel systems), silencers (noise reduction systems), electrical switch cabinets (control systems), and fire protection systems in a highly integrated 40-foot standard container. The first of three PowerBloc gensets was installed at customer sites in September. The standard Installation Quality Assurance (IQA) test, 12-hour continuous load and one-hour overload tests were completed with the customer. The results not only validated 10 square meters of space saving compared to the traditional containerized unit, but demonstrated extra stable operation, low noise, low emission, and excellent performance of this innovative solution.

The PowerBloc project and its remarkable technical innovation has set a new benchmark for standby power in the data center field, especially the containerized area. The award represents the highest of its kind in the China data center industry.

“The concept, design, development and application of PowerBloc is just another vivid example of how our people live Cummins’ vision of innovating for our customers to power their success,” said Wang Lei, General Manager of CPG China. “The driver for this solution was to erase the pain point for our customers in the data center industry. The applause from the customers and the recognition from the industry gives us more confidence to further innovate value-added solutions for this industry.”

During the Summit, the China Data Center Committee also released a Data Center Containerized Diesel Generator Set Technical White Paper, which was co-authored with CPG. Cummins interpreted in detail the design elements, the problems existing in the application and the future development direction for containerized gensets serving as standby power systems.

CPG also utilized this opportunity to showcase its unique capabilities in providing power systems for data centers. The CPG booth attracted many participants from the design institutions that provide power system planning and design. The event was webcast and drew great attention from the public.

CPG has kept the leading position as the diesel genset provider in the China data center industry and continued its reputation as a lifecycle solution provider. Key customers include China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, Alibaba, Tencent and ByteDance.

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Cummins Inc.

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.

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