@Torontocomms condo's #backup #power #generators go live, 4 years after ice storm A year after Toronto revamped guidelines recommending that high-rise residential condos and apartments have long-term backup power systems, only one building in the city appears to have complied. The Grange Condominium at 551 The West Mall in Etobicoke is equipped with four 60-kilowatt #naturalgas turbine generators. They were installed over the summer on the roof and are now online... Under the city's old guidelines, multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) only needed to have #backuppower for emergencies. That meant enough power to evacuate the building in the event of a fire, sending the elevators to the ground, activating hallway and stairway lights and fire suppression systems. Typically, these emergency power systems run on #diesel generators and provide anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours of #electricity . Unlike an emergency power system, the generators atop The Grange provide sustained power for ongoing occupancy, Kennedy says. "Meaning if there's a long-term outage people can stay in their residence for an unlimited amount of time, get running water, heat, elevator service and power to the common elements," said Kennedy, adding that kind of sustained backup is critical for vulnerable people, such as the disabled and elderly.
Warren County gets much needed storage facility for #generators and emergency vehicles QUEENSBURY — After years of debate about where they should go, and how much should be spent to protect them, Warren County’s emergency services vehicles will finally have a winter home. The county was finishing renovations this month on a county-owned former industrial warehouse on Lower Warren Street, reworking the building so that the Office of Emergency Services command vehicle and numerous equipment trailers can finally have a roof to protect them from snow and ice... The equipment includes a bus-like emergency command vehicle, as well as trailers that carry equipment for hazardous material spills, portable lights and generators.
#Power Shortage: Farms Urged to Exit The #Grid POWER companies are offering farmers money to stay off the grid, as Victoria and South Australia face major #powershortages this summer. On the Mornington Peninsula, United Energy is urging chicken meat growers to use their on-farm #backup #generators on days of extreme heat in return for standby payments, plus an hourly rate. United Energy’s consultant Green Sync has contacted large power users across the peninsula in what it says is a bid “to reduce #electricalload and/or use backup generators to respond quickly in the event the network is reaching its maximum demand”. “In return, generous financial incentives are provided,” GreenSync said. But Red Hill chicken meat grower Owen Shaw said it was not worth taking up the offer, given the risks of losing chickens. “Our generator is our first line of defence when there’s a 40C day,” Mr Shaw said. “And I don’t think Inghams (who own the birds on the Shaws’ farm) would be happy if we lost a heap of chooks.” The #Australian #Energy Market Operator recently warned that #SouthAustralia and Victoria faced major shortfalls this summer. “In Victoria, the likelihood of a shortfall is between 39 per cent and 43 per cent,” the AEMO reported. And the shortfalls could each last four to five hours.
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#Clinton to Seek Grant for #Generator CLINTON — City officials are going after a Clinton County Emergency Management grant that may help fund a #backuppower generator at the Mill Creek Pumping Station. A resolution passed last week by the Clinton City Council has endorsed an application for the grant, which could contribute as much as $100,000, if fully awarded. In total, the project would cost roughly $350,000, according to Clinton Water Quality Superintendent Bob Milroy. The remaining $250,000 would come out of city funds. In recent city staff reports, Milroy reported that the Mill Creek station is the last of the city’s flood control stations to install a #backupgenerator , stating, “We plan on adding this project to the (Capital Improvement Plan) list for Fiscal Year 2019.”
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Keeping the #Power on, Backstopping the #Grid , & Delivering Emergency Services WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Though it does not end until Nov. 30, the 2017 hurricane season is already immortalized as one of the top 10 most active seasons on record. The southern United States and the Caribbean have been repeatedly slammed by devastating storms, and could be forced to endure more. In the aftermath of these powerful systems, #dieselgenerators have sustained critical emergency power for hospitals and other key facilities, such as internet data centers and cell phone service sites. In #PuertoRico , #diesel #generators continue to provide #primepower for more than 85 percent of the island, as officials work to restore the grid. "When the chips are down, diesel generators provide emergency power within 10 seconds of grid #powerfailure ," said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. "No other power source can start and absorb full electrical loads; other #fuel sources may take up to two minutes, which may be too long in many emergency situations. Diesel's efficiency and #energy density means that it can produce twice the electrical energy as a #gas #engine generator, for a lower cost."
$5 Million A Year Proposed For Health Care #Generators A House Democrat on Wednesday proposed offering $5 million a year in matching grants to help health-care facilities add #backup #power systems. Rep. Larry Lee Jr., D-Port St. Lucie, filed the proposal (HB 435) for consideration during the 2018 legislative session, which starts in January. It comes after #Hurricane #Irma on Sept. 10 knocked out the air conditioning system at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, a Broward County nursing home. Eight residents of the sweltering nursing home died Sept. 13, and six others died subsequently after being evacuated. Under Lee's bill, the state would make available $5 million a year from the 2018-2019 fiscal year through the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The money would be available as matching grants to public and private health-care facilities and could be used for generators, batteries and other equipment needed for #emergencypowersystems .
Are #Ultracapacitors the Next Big Trend in #BackupGenerator Starting? Among #generator starting professionals, it is widely accepted that the most prevalent reason for #generatorset (genset) failure-to-start is issues with the lead-acid battery starting system. Service providers have said that approximately 80 percent of #genset failures-to-start can be attributed to battery system failure resulting from poorly maintained batteries, charger failure, or cable and terminal corrosion. After several decades of these challenges, the genset industry is embarking on a new trend toward ultracapacitor-based starting systems, which offer advantages over traditionally used lead-acid battery-based starting systems. Ultracapacitors are fast-responding, power-packed energy storage devices that have been adopted in a variety of applications and industries, including commercial truck engine starting. Ultracapacitors are successful in starting large truck engines in the face of problems unique to the trucking industry, like dead or discharged batteries. Depending on operation, an ultracapacitor stores energy in a static electric field, rather than in a chemical reaction like batteries do, which can slow dramatically in very cold weather. Because they don't depend on a chemical reaction to produce electricity, ultracapacitors can operate in much lower and higher temperatures than batteries. When a power outage happens, commercial transaction-based businesses can be susceptible to exorbitant expenses related to data loss and customer service downtime. Power failure in hospitals or hotels presents a high risk of injury or loss of life to people in the facility. Ultracapacitors installed in emergency or standby backup generator sets can provide a more reliable way to meet strict starting requirements, avoid losses associated with power failures, and improve building safety. When used to start backup generators, ultracapacitors can either completely replace lead-acid batteries or operate alongside them, providing primary or backup assistance to the battery system.
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#PuertoRico ’s Back-Up #PowerSupply Is Maxed Out #Backup diesel #generators in Puerto Rico that have provided a lifeline for hospitals and other critical facilities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria are starting to break down and need fixing. Such emergency units are kept on hand to supply #power on a temporary basis and have a typical life span of 500 hours, according to John Campion, chairman of #APREnergy , which rents out large generators for use in natural disasters. APR is installing two turbines at a #SanJuan #powerplant that will start operating early next week. More than 700 hours have lapsed since Maria knocked out the island’s entire #electricgrid . That adds urgency to the task of restoring the system given almost 80 percent of the U.S. territory is still without #electricity .
#Generators are a timely investment Losing #electricity to your home can be more than a headache – it can bring life to a halt. Luckily, there is a solution – purchasing a generator for #back -uppower. Deciding to purchase a #generator requires one major consideration: Are you able to function for more than a day without #power ? "Most anybody should consider purchasing a generator," said Sheena Royce, marketing manager with Powers Generators in Swanzey. "It depends on what the impact will be of a #poweroutage . For some it's inconvenient – the kids can't watch TV and it's dark." But the impact progresses from there, she added. Other people worry about frozen pipes, a sump pump in the basement that's only on a two-hour battery #backup , a geothermal or outdoor boiler system that needs backup power or not having an alternative heat source if the outage is prolonged. Others who travel or have a vacation home also need protection in the event of an electrical outage.