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Generators and Standby Power

Distributor supplying market-specific generators to telecoms industry

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Equipment importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment is expanding its product and service offering to the telecoms industry, with a particular focus on the provision of generators for that sector in Southern Africa. Smith Power will supply China-based generator manufacturer Kipor’s range of... 

Industrial equipment specialist supplies SAPS

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Industrial and commercial equipment specialist Advanced Industrial Technology, or Ai-Tec, has completed the installation of three 100 kVA generator sets for the South African Police Service (SAPS). “Because of increasing electricity outages in Mpumulanga and Limpopo, it was necessary to install a... 

Industrial RGX generators offered

21st September 2012 Industrial manufacturer Subaru Power Products now backs up its industrial RGX generators with a new five-year limited warranty covering both the generator and the engine. Subaru’s RGX industrial generators combine premium features and heavy-duty construction to offer a reliable power source to a... 

‘Severely underused’ standby generators could mitigate power shortages – industry executive

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Existing standby generators may be the key to mitigating the looming threat of power shortages in South Africa, assuming that State-owned power utility Eskom can seize the opportunity to take advantage of more than 3 500 MW of standby power already installed across the country, says engineering... 

Developing markets reluctant to rent equipment, prefer buying

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Global temporary power provider Aggreko has recognised that many companies in developing countries still prefer to buy, rather than rent, stand-by power equipment, despite the numerous benefits of renting the equipment, especially during times of economic difficulty. “If you look at the more... 

Supplier launches new genset controller

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Italy-based electrical equipment manufacturer Lovato launched its new RGK800 generating set (genset) controller unit in South Africa this month. Specialist electrical equipment supplier Electromechanica hosted the launch event at its Johannesburg and Cape Town offices, having flown in two Lovato... 

Durban depot performing well

By: Jessica Hannah     16th September 2011 Temporary power and temperature control service provider Aggreko South Africa reports that its Durban depot, which was opened in March this year, is doing well. 

IS UPS technology suitable for underground applications

By: Jessica Hannah     16th September 2011 The application of alternative battery technology by safety warning system company Booyco Electronics has resulted in the development of an intrinsically safe (IS), uninterruptible power supply (UPS), which offers reliable performance under the harshest operating conditions. 

Manufacturer makes new 1 MW generator available

16th September 2011 Diversified equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has added the new 1 MW QAC1250 generator to its existing QAC range in response to interest from the rental and power generation markets. This is the company’s first 1 MW generating unit. 

Direct foreign investment to buttress market prospects

16th September 2011 The inability of Tanzanian State-owned electricity utility, Tanesco, to meet current electricity demand, is encouraging local and international investment in the electricity sector and creating significant opportunities for emergency power generator use, says consultancy Frost & Sullivan. 

Hydrodynamic screw to be introduced to South Africa

By: Jessica Hannah     16th September 2011 Multidisciplinary equipment supplier Wam Group South Africa aims to introduce its Italian sister company Roncuzzi’s hydrodynamic screws to the South African market. 

Generator industry continues to grow

By: Jessica Hannah     16th September 2011 The international generator industry continues to grow and, in recent years, has been characterised by a significant increase in manufacturers, distributors and middlemen, says energy generation company Himoinsa sub-Saharan Africa sales manager Juan Ignacio Perona. 

Company upgrades Wits faculty’s generator capacity

16th September 2011 Power equipment company Barloworld Power has replaced Wits University’s Faculty of Health Sciences’ almost 40-year-old generator, which provides the school with its standby power, with a much larger system. 

New emergency power 
crisis management service

By: Karishma Thakurdin     17th September 2010 Power products and solutions specialist Powermode reports that its nationwide emergency power crisis management service, which was launched in the first quarter of this year, is centred on the preventative maintenance and repair of stand-by power generators and batteries. 

Generator suited to 
mining industry

17th September 2010 Local plant-hire and equipment rental company Rand-Air, part of the global Atlas Copco group, believes that its 500-kVA generator is best suited for the mining industry, which generally has a larger power requirement compared with the power requirements of other industries. 

Unit aims to reduce 
generator’s noise levels

17th September 2010 Power equipment company Barloworld Power and consulting engineers Pro Acoustic Consortium are jointly installing an innovative insulated Cat C32 stand-by power unit, which aims to reduce the noise levels of generators, at the University of Pretoria.


Powering up the 
magistrates court

17th September 2010 Power generation systems company Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-Tec) has installed a 300-kVA generator at the Motherwell magistrates’ court, in Port Elizabeth. 

Generator market poised for growth

17th September 2010 Growth partnership company Frost & Sullivan reports that the East African generator set market (genset) earned revenues of $54,4-million in 2009, and expects this to reach $212-million in 2014. The end-user sectors that were covered in the ‘East African Genset Market’ study included... 

Skills shortage ongoing challenge for standby power industry

By: Karishma Thakurdin     17th September 2010 The lack of technical skills and manpower among developing contractors is a significant challenge for the stand-by power industry, reports power solutions company Meissner. 

Specialist awarded power 
generating equipment contract

17th September 2010 Power generation specialist Wärtsilä has received a contract to supply the power generating equipment and associated engineering for the power generation of the Cabin gas plant power generation project in British Columbia, Canada, says Wärtsilä president for North America Frank Donnelly. 

Generator or battery backup proves to be a difficult choice for companies

By: Kelly Farthing     18th September 2009 Specialist power management company Powermode chief technology officer Philip Hampton says that companies often battle between the choice of generators or battery backups to support their power needs.  

Generator suitable for high-temperature applications

18th September 2009 The world’s first generator with coils made of high-temperature superconductors (HTS) has been running continuously for half a year without problems in Nuremberg, Germany. 

Generator specifications critical to different altitudes 

By: Kelly Farthing     18th September 2009 Generator manufacturer Propower Generators says that many companies are being sold standby-rated generator sets that are not powerful enough to meet their specific needs. 

Power solutions company provides customised generators

By: Kelly Farthing     18th September 2009 Power solutions company Meissner is providing customised generators alongside its uninterruptible power supply (UPS) offering to satisfy customer requirements. 

Systems designed for high-protection environments

18th September 2009 The Eaton MX range of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems from power solutions company Eaton Power Quality is specifically designed for data centres and critical server rooms that demand high protection.  

New storage system feature enters local market

18th September 2009 Data storage and protection solutions company Xiotech Africa has brought the new PowerNAP feature for its Emprise 5000 storage system to the South African market. 

High fuel capacity unit launched

18th September 2009 Power solutions company Cummins Power Generation has launched its new 1 500-kW Rental Power unit, which has a high-fuel capacity. 

Company supplies turnkey backup power solution

18th September 2009 To improve efficient power-management capabilities and increase uptime in its data centre, diversified manufacturing and technology company Emerson Network Power has raised the capacity of its Liebert NXL uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system. 

Small uninterruptible power supply enters market

18th September 2009 Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) manufacturer Falcon has launched its SSG500, a UPS that is claimed to be one of the smallest 500-VA on-line models available. 

Maintenance plays a critical role in industry

By: Kelly Farthing     18th September 2009 Cape Town-based subsidiary of the Zest Electric Group, IMS Cape, says that after-market service and support for generator sets should not be an optional extra. 

Cape Town-based generator supplier experiences significant growth

By: Jade Davenport     18th September 2009 Cape Town-based turnkey generator supplier, Superwatt, has experienced significant growth over the last 18 months. 

UPS supplier awarded large bank contract

By: Jacqueline Holman     19th September 2008 Uninterruptible power supplier Meissner has been selected by national bank Nedbank as the bank’s preferred uninterrupted power supply (UPS) provider for the bank’s branches across the country.  

Company's supply history inspires manufacturing unit

By: Jacqueline Holman     19th September 2008 Local generator and welding consumables company Genworld has established a manufacturing unit after supplying the South African market with generators for the past few years. 

Stand-by power the solution to current crisis

19th September 2008 Power generation company Cummins South Africa Capital Power Project Africa GM Vinesh Surajlall says that it is clear that dramatic change is taking place in the electricity supply industry on the African continent and the way energy is generated, delivered and consumed. 

Power solutions company supplies diesel. gas operators

19th September 2008 Barloworld Equipment Energy senior manager turnkey power solutions Rod Warnes says with no end in sight to the electricity shortage in South Africa, local businesses can use Caterpillar generators supplied by local distributor Barloworld Equipment Energy for reliable power. Caterpillar generators... 

Team effort brings new system to SA market 

By: Jacqueline Holman     19th September 2008 Energy saving and back-up solutions company, Africa Power Solutions, has teamed up with Three Sixty Power Products from India to supply the South African market with its pure sine wave inverter systems, with static changeover in single and threephase, and its uninterrupted power supply (UPS) system. 

Local generator distributor expands range and markets

By: Jacqueline Holman     19th September 2008 Wholesale distributors Agrinet, the exclusive distributor in Southern Africa of the Yanmar range of industrial diesel engines for the past 45 years, is looking to grow its market both locally and into Africa. 

Demand for gensets remains high

19th September 2008 Even though load shedding is currently not in force, the demand for generator sets (gensets) and portable power has remained at an elevated level, motors, transformers, drives and switchgear group Zest IMS Cape divisional director Eugene Coetzee tells Engineering News. 

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