Generator Fueling Systems
When the main power supply goes out in your facility, do you have a back-up power source?
In certain facilities, maintaining power, even during an outage, is paramount to preventing a significant loss of productivity and valuable data. In some cases, it can even spell the difference between life and death.
When access to the main power source goes out, most facilities rely on a generator—or many generators—to keep critical functions running. Especially in places like data processing centers, hospitals, municipal operations, and prisons, reliable generators are crucial to power their facilities during outages.
Aside from the quality of the generators themselves, the quality of the generator fuel system is key in keeping a generator running. The fuel system must be properly designed and maintained to provide sufficient power until the main power source has been restored.
Do You Need A Custom Generator Fuel System?
Every facility is different. That means most facilities require custom-designed fuel systems to cater to specific fueling needs.
Below are a few factors that can impact the design of your system.
The required runtime for your generator(s)
Generator runtime is the amount of time your generator set can keep running without refueling during an outage. Different industries and facilities require different runtimes to comply with various codes and standards.
How you store fuel oil in your system
To store fuel oil for your system, you can use two types of tanks: aboveground (AST) or underground (UST). The type of tank you use will determine your system’s design, as they require different amounts of space and allow for different amounts of storage.
The types of pumps used to transfer fuel from your storage tanks to your generator
As with storage systems, there are two different types of pumps for generator fuel systems. Both gear pumps and centrifugal submersible pumps require different specifications from your fuel system design.
How your generator cools excess fuel
When excess fuel gets sent back to your storage tank, it needs to be cooled down. Gensets require either unit-mounted or external radiators to accomplish this task. Either method will cool down your fuel, but both require different designs for your fuel system.
The types and locations of pipes used to transfer fuel
Aboveground, underground, and suction pipes are used to transfer fuel from your tank to your generator. They can be made from various types of materials, but all must meet varying local and federal codes and standards.
How you monitor and maintain the quality of your fuel oil
Fuel oil degrades over time. With proper maintenance and replacement, you can prevent degraded fuel oil from clogging or damaging your system. There are various methods you can use to test your fuel and maintain its quality. Depending on which method you use, you could require different types of filters, biocide injections, or water separators.
The type of trucks your fuel-oil vendors use to fill your tanks
When designing your system, you need to know how your vendors will refill your fuel tanks. The different types of pumps vendors use to refuel your tanks are typically compatible with ASTs and USTs. However, in an emergency, you’ll need to think about how a vendor can refill your tanks even when the type of pump you need is in short supply.
A custom fuel system designer can work with you to ensure your needs are met, even in times of emergency.
The architecture of the fuel system controls you use to monitor and maintain your generators
Monitoring systems are used to detect issues with your system and help you make sure everything is running smoothly. Different types of facilities require different monitoring safeguards to maintain your system. A custom designer can guide you through the different system requirements and help you make sure you’re up to code.
Local and federal building and fire codes and other industry standards regulating generator fuel systems
In addition to the internal requirements a generator fuel system has to meet to run smoothly, facilities must also make sure their genset meets external requirements. A custom designer will help you meet building and fire codes, environmental regulations, and various industry standards surrounding your genset.
Choose An Expert To Handle Your Generator Fuel System Needs
Keeping track of all these requirements and specifications can be a lot to handle. However, for facilities that rely on back-up generators to seamlessly keep the power running during an outage, meeting these requirements is critical.
At TEC, we take generator fueling systems from design to implementation so they meet your facility’s specific needs, as well as all regulatory standards.
If you’re looking for a generator fuel system from TEC, we can handle the following:
- Design and estimating
- Repair and maintenance
- Fuel system service
- Fuel tank system monitors
- Leak detection and pump control systems
- Engine and radiator cleaning
To find out more about how we can help you with your generator fuel system needs, contact us by calling 877-457-TECI or fill out the form below to receive more information.