Proven Success: Reliable Standby Power, Excellent Fuel Savings

In 2015, the Thompson Recycle Company, based in Saline, MI, purchased the Volvo Penta D16 powered generator based on extensive research and consistently positive recommendations from those in the business, although they had always used other mobile generator brands.

Fuel Savings of over $113,000 per Year with the Volvo Penta D16 Power Generation Engine

 “Our generators are the prime power for the mobile plants,” says Thompson. “The 600kVA, Volvo Penta D16 engine, is providing us exceptional power generation without fail in any weather and extreme temperatures.”

Next year will be 25 years since John Thompson founded the company, which now operates three mobile crushing plants throughout the state – turning recycled asphalt and pavement into reusable products for road construction with.  Thompson’s mobile plants run seven days a week, 24 hours per day for nine months of the year, so they needed a diesel engine that offered continuous power and proven reliability.

Beyond these features, the diesel fuel savings have been notable. Previous generators were burning 33-35 gallons per hour. The Volvo Penta D16 has cut fuel costs nearly in half, burning 16-17 gallons per hour. Thompson Recycle will see a savings of $113,000 in fuel per year, per unit, based on 3,500 hours.

“The guys on site love the D16. It’s quieter, has a smaller frame, so it’s not as heavy in the trailer, and there is increased uptime through longer maintenance intervals,” says Thompson. “So, instead of needing an oil change every 250 hours, Volvo Penta intervals are 500 hours.”

General Equipment Company, who sold him the D16 and built a custom trailer for it, was fantastic to work with says Thompson. In Michigan, he works with Volvo Penta dealer Alta Equipment Company, and has been satisfied with routine maintenance performed, availability of Volvo Penta parts, and a customized warranty.

Thompson’s mobile crushing plants move location 40-50 times per year and recycle more than a million tons of waste asphalt into usable materials. “We rely heavily on our power source, and the customers rely on us,” says Thompson. “We’ve been very happy with the power generation and performance of the D16 and have already purchased another for the company.”

About the Volvo Penta D16

This reliable and powerful power generation engine offers a compact in-line 6 cylinder diesel engine— designed to power a wide range of portable generators, prime power and standby generator sets. This engine is also compact and has a low weight design, operating with low noise and vibration. It's other technical features include:

  • High power density and fuel efficiency
  • Easily accessible service and maintenance points
  • An advanced engine control system
  • 2 circuit cooling package
  • Compact and low weight design

The power generation source provides continuous power, and uses turbochargers (dual-stage ones) alongside heavy-duty steel pistons to supply quality power density. Its combustion technology features high-pressure unit injectors with which the generator offers high fuel efficiency and low exhaust emission levels.

The end result is a compact engine that delivers a powerful punch for the power generation segment.

Meeting Emission Standards

Volvo Penta meets the strict emission standards by the U.S the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as they come by providing a simple and efficient solutions to promote cleaner air, improved fuel efficiency and higher performance. The diesel standby generator delivers high fuel efficiency and low exhaust emission levels due to the combustion technology with high-pressure unit injectors.

The latest Tier 4 Final EPA emission standard to meet in the United States is the strictest yet, and met with Volvo Penta’s simple Tier 4 Final solution. With its selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, light EGR and no regeneration, the Volvo Penta Tier 4 Final solution has the advantage of keeping business running, and meeting emission standards with a simple solution.

Volvo Penta Service

Volvo Penta’s industrial dealers offer the technical expertise and high-quality parts required to ensure optimum performance and reliability throughout the lifetime of diesel engines for prime or backup power. They are equipped with advanced diagnostics systems, a full range of specialized tools and the latest service information to keep business running at full capacity.

Maintenance and repairs are carried out by continuously trained and certified technicians, who also provide service agreements to help lower the total cost of ownership and keep uptime high. Your local Volvo Penta dealer knows your engine, and tailors solutions to meet your specific needs for service, warranty and more.

The Volvo Penta industrial dealer network, with around 750 authorized dealers worldwide, offers service and support to help you maximize productivity throughout your engine’s lifecycle. Volvo Penta Action Service is an additional method of quick support for diesel standby generator owners, ready to provide 24-hour assistance in 28 languages every day of the year. Whenever on-site assistance or technical support is needed, the skilled operator will put you in contact with a Volvo Penta dealer closest to you, equipped with the right competence for diesel engines.

Volvo Penta D16

Technical Specifications

Product: Power Generator
Application: Prime Power
Engine: TWD1645GE

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