Cummins Power Generation (CPG) has conducted a series of seminars in New Zealand titled Standby power generation: dispelling the myths on reliability. Held in Auckland and Wellington in early November, over 45 consultants and end users participated in the sessions and workshops.
Emergency and standby power systems have been common in many applications for a number of years and are typically installed to ensure public safety or protect businesses from the financial risks associated with the loss of commercial power. As a result, standby power system design is complex and becoming more so as digital technology requirements increase.
Although extended power failures in Australia and New Zealand are not common, the growing population and demand for power, along with the reduction in reserve capacity of utility service providers is making the cost of standby power more reasonable to facility owners.
These factors combined with recent dramatic regional power failures, weather-related failures, and the increasing cost of even brief power failures are driving more facilities to incorporate standby power.
CPG recognises the role of engineering a standby system is often not as simple as selecting a reliable generator set. The standby system always involves protection, power transfer and load management design. Even simple systems may require paralleling, load adding and shedding management and remote starting/ monitoring.
The seminars included topics such as designing for dependability, redundancy versus reliability and power solutions for blade servers. Each of the seminars was engineered to provide participants with technical discussions and activities, centred on making the standby system design process simpler and clearer for all.
To add significant value to these workshops, Cummins enlisted the support of leading consultancy firm Norman Disney & Young (NDY) and MGE UPS, part of the global Schneider Group, to present workshops.
The seminars were conducted over a full day with participants signing in at 7.45am and finishing at 4.30pm. Feedback from participants indicated that the sessions were valuable and almost all advised they would attend future sessions.