PowerSecure’s Distributed Generation (DG) was the first customer to purchase and install a Volvo Penta Tier 4 Final engine. Now, both companies team up to perfect engines that are known for environmental and technological advancements.

PowerSecure’s Distributed Generation

PowerSecure will become a strategic partner in the U.S. and Canada for the Volvo Penta TWD1673GE. These powerful engines are used for peak electricity shaving and other power generation applications.

PowerSecure sells about 250 Volvo Penta powered diesel gensets per year and expects to exceed that number in the coming year. They use three versions of the four-stroke, six-cylinder, 16-liter engines, the TWD1672GE, TWD1663GE, and TWD1673GE. These three models essentially operate as PowerSecure’s “flagship” engines.

“Our PowerBlockTM family is designed by PowerSecure using primarily Volvo Penta engines. We build the gensets and ship them preconfigured, wired, and plumbed in outdoor enclosures. It’s a modular, scalable system with anywhere from one to five or six engines. This is a very unique, expandable solution that offers the ability for a genset to grow with a customer’s load,” says Jon Rodriguez, senior vice president of Distributed Generation Manufacturing.

“We’re the number one customer for Volvo Penta in North America from a volume standpoint,” says Rodriguez. “These are the most reliable engines in the marketplace. They are the most competitive and best packaged factory certified Tier 4 Final units in the world. There are no other engines that meet those requirements above 900 horsepower that I know of.”

PowerSecure’s power systems provide back-up power when grid power is interrupted. The standby generators deliver efficient on-site power during high-cost, peak-demand periods. Their power systems protect businesses, by keeping their operations running. The company’s customer base is very diverse and includes utilities, hospitals, data centers, industrial and retail users.

PowerSecure is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southern Company. The PowerSecure DG division has more than 300 employees based in Wake Forest, North Carolina. They were a high-volume buyer of the Volvo Penta Tier 4i engine.

Why Tier 4 Final?

Easy Installation 

Volvo Penta keeps the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) easy and reliable. This is the technology of choice for the Tier 4 Final solution of Volvo Penta for power generation. We use only two simpler installations, light EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) and SCR. These provide various benefits of fewer parts utilized, easier and faster installation and fewer chances of malfunction in the system or components.

Designed for power generation, Volvo Penta backup generators can be operated at the same time. Many power blocks improve the safety of the operation because of the repeated features.

In addition, the requirement for large, costly and high maintenance diesel particulate filters (DPF) and diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) subsystems are excluded. This eliminates the long procedure of regeneration.

Powerful Performance

The benefit of Tier 4 Final engines is reliable high power for genset applications. They have the ability to immediately reach complete horsepower, even in just seven to eight seconds. Diesel engines rotating mass and power output supply the capacity to manage loads quicker compared to natural gas engines. Those valuable seconds can assist in preventing potential voltage drop, power outage and other problems that could seriously impact critical functions.

Volvo Penta designed its Tier 4 Final backup power suspension for the best power output. Between the Advanced Combustion Technology and the SCR system, more fuel energy is converted into mechanical energy. This leads to less heat rejection and implies that the power output can be enhanced for any given engine displacement. The final result is smaller engine masses, lessened expenses and more manageable installation.

Lowered Cost of Ownership

The rigorously tested engine system meets the demanding Tier 4 Final emission reduction requirements through proven and smart technology. The catalytic converter is designed to last the life of the engine with SCR. This reduces costs for maintenance and downtime. These are a few reasons why Volvo Penta’s Tier 4 Final solution offers excellent fuel efficiency.

Emission Friendly

Environmental care is a core value for Volvo Penta. This is primary focus that guides our product development so we can provide sustainable power solutions. We work diligently to develop products that are efficient and have the lowest effect on the environment as possible to meet emission control standards.

We strive to assure versatile and reliable performance in our generator set engines so our customers can optimize uptime and productivity. The engines are created for the most challenging requirements while meeting emission standards. We do this to keep the business running at its maximum capacity.

The Importance of Selecting Tier 4 Final

A main focus of Volvo Penta is to keep your business running at full capacity. However, the purposes in selecting a Tier 4 Final engine for backup power are not just simply to meet emission standards. OEMs and end users will notice significant results in reduced cost of ownership, increased uptime and more economical maintenance expenses.

Volvo Penta engines offer solutions that also satisfy a broad assortment of emission needs. We design them to meet international emission standards in local markets throughout every phase of the process. This product development is adapted to consider the requirements throughout the production and the complete lifespan of a product.

Collective Expertise

The Volvo Penta industrial engine range is a result of over 100 years of experience and innovation. Since we are a part of the Volvo Group, we benefit from this broad and collective engineering expertise. This translates into innovative and tested technology for engines that really make a difference.

For our industrial engines, durability and reliability are the common factors – together with world-class fuel economy and worldwide support. Volvo Penta provides the performance needed to enhance productivity.

About Tier 4 Final EPA Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contains some regulations and directions for diesel engines. The reason behind these regulations was to reduce the impact of air quality of the power generation sources. It began in the year 1996, when a set of New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) called tiers was initiated. The tiers gradually advance the restrictions on radiations of carbonic acid (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), suspended matter (PM) and non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHC).

Tier 4 Final is among the present emission standards in 2019 in the United States. In addition, Tier 4 Final is the strictest regarding the requirements of EPA emission on stationary diesel engines. Compared to the prior tier levels, the Tier 4 Final standards bring up to 99% of an exhaust emission reduction. Engines meeting these strictest quality measures enhance air quality, increase fuel efficiency and greater performance.

Interested in Volvo Penta Tier 4 Final Solutions for your power generation needs? Volvo Penta’s authorized service dealers can help. Find a dealer near you: Dealer Locator.