Hybrid Energy System cuts fuel costs, reduces emissions
October 25, 2018 By Mike Jiggens
Oct. 25, 2018 – A new hybrid energy system will help power rental companies expand their markets, cut maintenance and fuel costs, improve efficiency and reduce emissions. The technology behind POWR2’s Hybrid Energy System (HES) will help extend generator life and increase resale value.
The POWR2 HES is a portable power supply that integrates with diesel generators to optimize load capacities. The power supply features leading lithium ion battery technology and automatic load level sensing, allowing it to switch power flow as needed between the generator and the HES. This includes using the generator for higher loads and stored energy for lower loads. The HES also enables the storage and use of alternative energy sources when paired with electricity-producing systems such as solar, wind and hydroelectricity. In addition, it is silent, as opposed to diesel generators, making it ideal for noise-sensitive jobsites, events or applications.
Customers control the operation of the diesel generator and POWR2 power supply based on specific needs and jobsite parameters by selecting from three predetermined run modes on the HES. One of the modes is the timer, which allows operators to set the generator for constant running at times when power usage is highest, often during the day. Lower power draw periods will be programmed for HES operation, running the site on stored energy. When the situation permits, the HES can be set as the primary power source and the generator will only kick in to recharge the unit’s battery. This is ideal in situations where noise is an issue or where a generator is much larger than the needed power draw. The final mode, load sensing, enables the system to monitor power levels and automatically switch between generator and HES as the power draw demands. This mode is ideal for those applications where the power need fluctuates significantly throughout the day. This provides an uninterrupted power supply even if the generator fails and makes the HES ideal for remote location applications, such as oil and gas or emergency use.
POWR2 offers six HES models with outputs from 3.7kVA to 60kVA. Storage ranges from 7.5kWh to 120kWh. All models feature POWR2’s Node ECM (Energy Control Module) seven-inch touch screen. Node retrieves data from all connected devices including inverters, batteries, diesel gensets, PV and more. The system displays the information on the screen and uses it to inform which energy source to use and which loads to prioritize. POWR2 also offers its Prism EMS (Energy Management System) software for reporting and business intelligence, remote asset management and customer billing. The HES range features remote generator start and remote communication, including GPS location tracking.
For more information, visit www.powr2.com.
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