Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Launching 250/320kVA gensets powered with advanced CRDe technology!

We have just made our entry into the higher kVA diesel gensets with the launch of 250kVA and 320kVA diesel gensets that come powered with our mPOWER series engines and the advanced CRDe technology. The newest addition is a range of 9.3 litre-engines and are designed at our R&D hub at Mahindra Research Valley in Chennai and manufactured at our Chakan plant near Pune.

All new 250kVA Diesel Genset.

What are the unique advantages of our new CRDe diesel gensets?

-          Our CRDe (Common Rail Diesel Engine) technology is known to be future ready, heavy duty performance and superior fuel efficiency. It reduces pollution significantly and goes beyond the standard emission norms of gaseous pollutants. The technology when used in our new 250 and 320kVA DG sets means a great service to the society and even business.

-          Mahindra Powerol DG sets has a high block loading capacity which enhances the performance of the DG set as compared to a high instantaneous load which is very useful for heavy duty applications.

-          Our new range of diesel gensets are well equipped with our unique DiGi-SENSE technology which ultimately makes them smart diesel generator sets. The performance of a smart DG can be monitored in real time from anywhere and thus improving their uptime.

-          In an industry that’s primarily service driven, the purchase decision of a DG set largely depends upon its service network and aftersales service. Mahindra Powerol Diesel gensets are supported by one of the widest network of more than 200 dealers with over 400 touchpoints spread nationwide.

-          Our call center alert is available 24/7, is centralized and is well equipped to provide quick support. Our team of experts can help choose the optimal most and well suited solution to help customers in the shortest span of time.

-          These CRDe engines in our advanced 250kVA and 320kVA diesel gensets are equipped with high pressure fuel injection system and operate at over 1600 bar which lead to better emission compliance.

-          We have also designated a unique color – Coral orange to the entire range of the new and aesthetically improved Diesel gensets.

-          Users get superior performance and low fuel consumption.

-          It comes with superior response capabilities which makes it suitable for all kinds of applications.

-          These gensets have been built sturdy and are easily operational under extreme climatic conditions.

-          Comes with better diagnostics and troubleshooting capabilities which aids in quick fault finding and providing solutions.

-          The new 250kVA diesel generator comes with the highest ever displacement in its class making it capable of taking instantaneous heavy load. This ultimately makes it perfectly suited for the toughest applications ever.

-          The new gensets come with the heavy-duty filter that make its performance uncomplicated and trouble-free even under highly dusty conditions.

-          The new gensets are equipped with Mahindra’s Digi-Sense technology that makes possible monitoring of all the critical performance parameters anytime from anywhere.

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Thursday, 2 November 2017

How to deal with low power factor (PF) in DG sets? - Part 2

Robust Power Factor correction systems have been designed by expert power electronics developers as per the given limitations and system boundaries (in Part 1). The newly designed systems deploy the principles of the conventional Automatic Power Factor Corrector (APFC) but they differ significantly on aspects like the control logics and subsequently the controller hardware that are cutting-edge and sophisticated. In common language, this corrective mechanism is known as reactive power consumption whereby a mirror image of the tracked power factor is formed to correct it in real time.

To put this into effect you would need the below things:

1.      Thyristors with solid state relays - As the name itself suggests and unlike the conventional magnetic induction relays, these are made up of solid state electronics (semiconductors) that are helpful in eliminating transient currents and reducing the time lag between the consecutive switchovers of capacitors.

2.      Multiple current sensors-A current transformer should be available for every electrical phase of the layout. It will virtually balance the load and correct the power factor on every phase line.

3.      Microprocessor-based controllers - The additional phase-wise data parameters and the calculation of power for correction determination have rendered micro controller based controllers slow and sluggish. That is why hardcoded PLCs or faster microprocessors work better than them.

Advantages of correcting the Power Factor with the above advanced methods:

1.      More alternator efficiency- The copper losses that are associated with an alternator are directly proportional to the square of the current that it delivers. Thus, the correction of power factorwill lead to lesser current per unit power and reduce the associated copper loss.

2.      Reduced overheating and voltage fluctuations - There’ll be reduction in the currents in the total system. Due to this, overheating and voltage fluctuations in the windings and the transmission network due to the shuttling of loads is greatly reduced. This further saves T&D losses.

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Monday, 30 October 2017

Low power factor in dg sets – Part 1

The state of power supply has been erratic for a long time and many areas in the country are still struggling for a reliable source of electricity. Especially the industries that need uninterrupted power supply for economic sustainability have shown a tremendous rise in moving to diesel generators as an important source of electricity and not just a temporary arrangement. With the increase in usage and desirability of diesel generators the need to find ways to improve their efficiency and power factor (PF) is also on the rise.

What are the causes of low power factor?

Different load sizes that come with different power factor effects is the primary cause for the overall reduction in the power factor of an electrical layout. But various other reasons contribute to power factor output being low and in a significant way. The reasons are primarily connected to the fundamental limitations of a power generator.
A diesel power generator is a source of power that doesn’t have a network of sources and loads to load it. Thus, it has a limited capacity to fulfill sudden and large demands of reactive power. To build more on this limitation, the below can be associated as reasons why there is lower power factor in dg sets:

1.      Over sized dg sets

Designers of a plant usually tend to oversize a dg set or limit its loading owing to a largely existent myth that 0.8 is the ‘designed’ PF for dg sets. This essentially leads to liberally sized diesel guzzlers that do not deliver the full version of their economic capability. The alternator of a dg set is same as its larger variants connected to utility power turbines with scaled down proportions. Which means that it by design has the capability to deliver the exact amount rated as its KVA (kilovolt-ampere). So, 0.8 is not a design variable but it’s more like a thumb rule inferred from the average power factor in any industrial electrical layout with a general set of inductive - PF values .8 to .85, non-linear – Power Factor values .5 to .65 and linear (unity PF) - 0.80.

2.      Phase loading that’s unbalanced

Most of the industrial electrical layouts have loads that are liberally connected on various power phase lines because physical limitations of the process layouts are simpler to visualize when compared to the electrical balancing on every line. This doesn’t seem to be a problem when it comes to the grid connected situation where the primary connection of a phase maintains the sync in the remaining from the utility side owing to a grid’s macro effect. But in the case of a dg set that’s’ captive, syncing the phases is not even a function built into its power electronics.

3.      The load of compensation

From various reports on the effect of different power factors on dg sets and detecting safe zones it has become evident that close to unity Power Factor is achievable and safer but low Power Factor for greater periods has more negative impact.

This is part one of a two-part series. In the second part, learn how to correct dg sets with low Power Factor.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Parts of a diesel generator and their functions.

We all know that a diesel generator is used as a source of backup when supply of power is not constant. They have assumed great importance and have almost become a necessity for households and companies in areas where there is a shortage of electrical supply. Given the promising nature of a diesel generator, we all have at some point used it or at least have known its merits. But have we ever tried to understand what are the various parts that power the diesel generator and help it function?

Let us look at some of the main components of a diesel generator and their functions:
1.       Engine – The heart of the system
The function of the engine is to create the mechanical energy that the diesel generator converts into electricity. The design of the engine is aimed at generating a maximum supply of electrical current by running on diesel or other alternate fuels.

2.       A comprehensive fuel system
Generators that run on diesel or any other fuel, have a fuel system that stores and pumps it to the engine. The tank stores a good amount of fuel to power the generator for several hours at a stretch. A fuel pipe in the system connects the tank to the engine while a return pipe connects the engine to the fuel tank for the return of fuel. A fuel pump moves fuel from the tank through fuel pipe and to the engine. There is a fuel filter which filters out debris from the fuel, if any before delivering it to the engine. A fuel injector atomizes and injects the fuel directly into the combustion chamber of the engine.

The alternator in a diesel generator converts mechanical energy produced by the engine into electrical current. It comprises of the stator and the rotor (or armature). The stator is stationary and contains a set of coils that conduct electricity. The rotor moves to create a constantly rotating electromagnetic field around the stator.

4.       Voltage Regulator
The alternator may generate electrical voltage but the level of voltage needs to be regulated that is suitable for practical use. Voltage regulator is an electrical regulator that maintains a constant level of voltage.

5.       Impeccable cooling and exhaust systems
The temperature of a diesel generator must be regulated to prevent overheating while being used. Generators can use a fan, coolant or both to control the temperature of the generator at work. The internal combustion engines are usually cooled by passing engine coolant through the engine block. The generator also produces exhaust as the combustion chamber converts fuel. There are exhaust systems that dispel harmful gases emitted.

6.       Lubrication system
A diesel generator comprises of various moving parts. These parts need to be oiled for their smooth functioning. The lubrication system ensures that the parts are well oiled and functioning at their best.

7.       Acoustic Enclosure
Being a mechanical product with many moving parts, a diesel engine makes lot of noise during its operation. In order to control the noise emission, the engine and alternator assembly is housed in a soundproof canopy having sound absorbent material from inside. As per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the maximum noise emission from a generator should not exceed 75 dBA from 1 m distance from the canopy.

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Thursday, 29 June 2017


Even though electricity is a luxury in various regions of India, it is often taken for granted by people who reside in towns and metropolitan cities. So much so that some months your electricity usage, as apparent from your bills, makes you break out into a cold sweat. Also, with summers around, power usage will soar more than ever.

It is high time that we as responsible citizens do our bit to save some energy so that the rest of the country can benefit from it. Shared below are quick hacks to save energy:

AC can be best set at an optimum temperature of 24 degrees 

We all know that AC’s suck up a major chunk of electricity hence to save energy and for optimum results, try setting up your AC at 24 degrees and not lower than that.

Appliances should be switched off when not in use

You must know that any electrical appliance when left unattended and is in standby mode still consumes electricity. In fact, devices on standby suck up a whopping 5% of the total electricity consumption. This is a serious reason to switch off all your appliances when not in use. Mobile phone chargers when left plugged in with switches still on tend to still consume power. So, do remember to turn the switch off.

The right kind of lights can help save a lot of energy

The variety of lights you choose to use can be the most effective way to save on power. The right kind of lights can make all the difference in the amount of electricity you consume. Compact-sized fluorescent bulbs may offer almost the same amount of light and brightness as in the case of incandescent bulbs. But the fact remains that they are 4 times more energy efficient. So, while these bulbs are more expensive than the regular ones, they do use much less energy and last relatively longer. In certain cases, they may last for as long as a year.

Use your iron wisely

Whether you believe it or no, here’s telling you that your iron can contribute to your energy-saving pursuit. In case you’re about to buy an iron, ensure buying one which has an automatic temperature cut-off. Do not wet your clothes before you iron them, this will ensure low power consumption.

Keep your fridge organized always

When you have a crowded fridge, there is less room for the air to efficiently circulate. With that, your fridge starts working harder to keep cool. The harder it works; the more electricity it consumes. On the other hand, the more organised your freezer, the better it works. The thermostat of your fridge should always be in the medium cooling position. Do not put in hot or warm foods straightaway. The liquids must always be covered and food must be wrapped up so that they do not moisten which can cause the compressor to work extra hard.

Pay attention to your washing machine

When you fill up your washing machine to the brim with soiled clothes, and use the right amount of detergent, it works most efficiently. That said, do not overload the machine leading it to cope harder and using up more power. Cold water may be optimally utilized when the clothes are not too dirty. Dry out your clothes naturally, make use of a timer facility if need be. When you make use of cooler and less water you end up saving about 80% to 85% of the energy utilized in washing clothes. 

Give that electrical dryer a miss unless you absolutely cannot

For tropical monsoon climates, there may be no other option than using electric dryers from time to time. Dryers consume electricity enormously. If you must absolutely use one, dry your clothes in consecutive loads.

Opt for an Eco-friendly shower

Your shower could be an energy-friendly one when you switch the geyser off after 10 minutes of it running. In case you cannot do without hot water, decrease the thermostat, setting it to 50 degrees. If you can, do use a solar water heater. This is a much Eco-friendlier alternative to a regular water heater.

Use a microwave to cook whenever you can 

Microwaves consume half as much energy as a regular electric stove. You never need to preheat a microwave unless if you want to bake. Also, if you must check on your food, refrain from doing it ever so often. Every time you open the door of your microwave the temperature drops by 25 degrees and will need to consume a lot more energy to pick up back again. 

A pressure cooker saves electricity too

Whenever you can, make use of a pressure cooker to cook. It will save you time as well as energy. Let any items that you got out from the fridge to settle to room temperature by leaving it outside for at least 10 minutes, and only then cook them.

Create shaded spaces around your house

Potted plants don’t just look pleasing, but they can also serve to be amazing energy-savers. You may line them up outside of your house. This will keep the sun from shining straight onto your AC. An air conditioning unit that operates in a shaded space needs up to 100% less electricity than one exposed to the sun.

Hope these hacks will prove to be helpful to you in saving electricity.

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