Reduce Fuel Usage, CO2 Emissions, and More: Solve 4 Generator Headaches
As a manufacturer of industrial energy solutions, we understand how difficult it is to construct a temporary power plan that simultaneously falls within the operational budget and meets the onsite energy needs. Power issues can include increased service requirements, maintenance downtime due to failure, shortened asset life, lower resale value, and increased smoke emissions. For these reasons, we have compiled a list of the common generator headaches and ways the integration of energy storage can solve them, including reducing fuel usage.
Decrease Generator Maintenance Frequency
Significantly Reduce Engine Hours
The integration of POWRBANK energy storage increases diesel generator asset life by significantly cutting engine hours. The POWRBANK energy control module (ECM) controls power generation, limiting diesel generator use to recharging the battery only. A POWR2 POWRBANK can be fully charged in about 3 hours. That means, when power is required 24 hours a day, generator runtime is shortened from 24 hours down to just under 4 hours per day*.
Operational and Financial Benefits
Shorter engine runtimes decrease the required generator service frequency from once every 1-2 weeks to once every 2 months. This is both an operational and a financial benefit.
Generator maintenance can be a hassle, especially if the generator is parked at a remote site location for an extended period. Remote locations make small maintenance tasks, including refueling, a logistics nightmare. Frequently scheduled maintenance activity is also costly. Minimizing the required task frequency eases these headaches and saves money. Plus, the POWRBANK’s stored energy allows generator maintenance to take place without losing power at the site.
Silence Excessive Noise
It’s no secret that diesel generators are loud. Even with improved technology that targets noise reduction, diesel generators cause unwanted noise. On the other hand, stored energy is discharged completely silently. The POWRBANK allows for long quiet periods free from diesel engine noise.
Meet OSHA Guidelines for Occupational Noise Exposure
OSHA guidelines state that if you need to raise your voice to speak to someone 3 feet away, noise levels might be over 85 decibels. Employers must implement a hearing conservation program when noise exposure is at or above 85 decibels averaged over 8 working hours. When the POWRBANK is in use, you can hold a conversation at a normal talking level while standing directly next to the unit.
Adhere to Local Noise Ordinances
Local noise ordinances typically outline specific hours when noise needs to be kept below a certain decibel. The POWRBANK is the ideal solution to keep power running around the clock while complying with public noise restrictions. A popular use case is keeping construction site security systems running uninterrupted with silent power all night long.
Reduce CO2 Emissions
According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Carbon Dioxide (CO2) currently accounts for the greatest portion of the warming associated with human activities. The buildings and construction sector accounts for roughly 39% of energy and process-related CO2 emissions.
Reduce CO2 Emissions by up to 80%
Every gallon of diesel burned produces about 22lbs of CO2. Millions of gallons of diesel are used every day, adding up to a major negative impact on our environment. The integration of POWR2 Hybrid Energy Systems reduces CO2 emissions by up to 80% when compared to running a diesel generator alone.
To date, POWRBANK customers have saved over 4,200,000 lbs of CO2 emissions. Environmental conservation is an important topic and is top-of-mind for many eco-conscious businesses. The integration of sustainable energy storage supports their company’s sustainable vision and is something they can be proud to promote.
Meet Industry CO2 Regulations
Various local regulations require the reduction of CO2 emissions for many industries. The POWRBANK helps construction and event businesses meet even the strictest requirements.
Reduce Fuel Usage
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that diesel prices had reached over $5.60/gallon in May 2022. At a time when fuel prices are at near-record highs, reducing fuel usage is something everyone can get behind.
Save up to 83% in Fuel Costs
The POWRBANK ECM ensures that the diesel generator is only being used to charge the battery. This reduces diesel engine runtime by up to 83%. This significant reduction equates to substantial savings in fuel costs.
*Based on a kWh generator and a job site that requires 24hour power.