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Technology Fact Sheet
A growing number of on-site power generation systems combine an efficient, low-emission propane generator set (genset) with solar, wind, or other renewable energy resources to improve the overall reliability and affordability of these renewable hybrid systems. A low-cost, long-life premium propane-fueled genset is being developed to better support on-site renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions. The genset will provide quieter, cleaner, more fuelefficient power generation than traditional alternatives with enhanced ease of use and reduced maintenance costs.
A survey of generator dealers showed that hybrid systems are a significant potential growth market. More than half of the dealers surveyed expect renewable energy to represent 11 percent to 50 percent of their sales by 2020. – 2009 Generac survey of more than 1,500 Guardian dealers
Current Status: Demonstration Phase
Research Development and Testing Demonstration Commercialization
Propane-fueled 530-cubic-centimeter V-twin engine
with two power strokes per engine cycle.
Weatherproof enclosure and sealed controller
Demonstration of the 6-kilowatt off-grid generators
starts in early 2010.
Completed units will compete for a share of the
Solid-state, frequency-compensated voltage
rapidly growing market for hybrid power generation systems.
regulation. Expected normal operating life of 10 years or 5,000 hours. Continuous power capacity of 6 kilowatts. Maintenance interval of 500 hours (about one year).
Premium Generator Set: Expected Benefits
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A Closer Look
Premium Propane Generator Set: How It Works In a hybrid system, the propane-fueled premium generator set produces electricity when the amount of power generated by wind or solar energy falls below a preset minimum level or when the site electrical demand exceeds the renewables and battery pack power available. A control panel signals the GTV 530 engine to combust propane fuel to drive an alternator. Inside the alternator, a rotor spins inside a stator to create electricity.
The GTV 530-cubic-centimeter engine will be the foundation of the premium propane genset.
Premium Genset Development and Commercialization (Docket 15490) Demonstration Units and Installations of 6-Kilowatt Off-Grid Generator (Docket 16412) Generac Power Systems Inc.
Research Process ( 4 = completed; ä = in progress; H = upcoming)
Prototype Development 4 Develop two prototype units and a system control. The second prototype unit has a revised design that features hardened ceramic coatings on the valves and seats. Testing and Demonstration ä Conduct 5,000-hour endurance and validation testing of the prototype units to confirm their noise levels and performance and validate the expected 500-hour performance interval for each unit. Identify potential sites for the 6-kilowatt genset demonstration. Prepare samples and parts for the pilot production. Discuss development and distribution issues with inverter manufacturers and wholesale distributors. Commercialization ä Continue discussions with inverter manufacturers and wholesale distributors. manufacturing process for the genset to support high-volume production. Optimize a pilot-scale production run of seven units. Perform a pilot units, closely monitor their performance, and analyze data collected during the demonstration. Install the Proceed with a full-scale, 50-unit production run.
Pilot-scale production of seven units will begin in early 2010. Once installed at demonstration sites, these units will collect performance data throughout 2010. Full-scale production of the genset will begin by the end of 2010.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Propane Education & Research Council Gregory Kerr, Director of Research and Development 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 1075 Washington, DC 20036 202-452-8975 www.propanetechnology.com www.usepropane.com PROJECT PARTNER: Generac Power Systems Inc. Bob Heller Director of Business Development, Energy Solutions P Box 8 .O. Waukesha, WI 53187 262-472-6491 fax: 877-900-2792