It’s been said, “Teamwork makes the dream work.”
"The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision." --Ken Blanchard
National Fire Protection Association Standard 110 (NFPA 110) is written specifically for emergency and standby power systems and covers installation, maintenance, operation and testing requirements as they pertain to the performance of the emergency power supply system (EPSS). It includes standards related to generators, transfer switches, fuel systems, circuit breakers and other components of the EPSS. The first three chapters of the Standard provide an introduction. Chapters four through eight each address one essential element for compliance.
Autonomous electricity networks, or microgrids, combine cogeneration plants, diesel- and gas-powered gensets and renewable sources with batteries and a control system that links up all the elements in an intelligent energy management system that can maintain energy availability. Rolls-Royce is now adding turnkey microgrids from MTU to its current portfolio.
Co-generation, also known as Combined Heat and Power (CHP), is the on-site production of multiple types of energy — usually electricity, heat and/or cooling — from a single source of fuel. While co-generation is not a new concept, we are seeing renewed interest in CHP systems as a viable way to make facilities more resilient while reducing energy costs and helping to meet sustainability and emissions reduction goals.
On October 16-18, 2019, MTU Onsite Energy hosted its 11th annual Engineering Symposium at the factory in Mankato, MN. Curtis Engine took 49 people to the Symposium -- the largest single group in attendance and also the largest group Curtis has ever brought. Approximately 500 people from North and South America were in attendance. Attendees were mostly electrical engineers, but there were also end users, suppliers and energy service companies present.
As Curtis Engine’s 75th anniversary year begins to wind down, it’s time to look to the future. What is the outlook for Curtis Engine during the next five to 10 years? What market factors and opportunities will drive the company’s growth? What strengths will the company be able to draw on? What challenges will need to be overcome?
Dial back to 1963 through 1993 to the stark enclave of factories, taverns, and warehouses of Southeast Baltimore. The setting is the former Curtis Engine facility located on Holabird Avenue. Sitting on an incline on more than two acres in this gritty slice near Dundalk was the service department building. Down the hill was the main building that housed parts and people.
MTU Onsite Energy is excited to introduce enhancements to our PS-SPEC™ Power System Sizing and Specification Program
In the Summer issue of our Power Generation PULSE eNewsletter, we examine the question: What is involved in a successful generator set installation? To come up with the answers, we spoke with three of Curtis Engine’s longtime electrical contracting partners. Don D’Amato, President Electric Advantage