Bidding, winning and delivering a design-build energy solution for a VA medical center

When the Jefferson Barracks Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center underwent a $366 million upgrade in 2013, the construction of a central power plant —providing backup power redundancy to patient care buildings— was a key hurdle they needed to overcome. And because the permanent power plant would take two years to complete, a temporary solution was needed to ensure redundancy in the interim. There were two phases of the project: First… Read more

Delivering a reliable, quiet emergency power system for critical neonatal care

SSM Health St. Mary’s in Richmond Heights is a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Within its walls, mothers and their newborns —some born as early as 28 weeks— are fighting for their lives. And in 2016, we were awarded the contract for its standby power system. This was more important than keeping the lights on — this was about providing dependable, responsive backup power for babies in critical condition…. Read more

Configuring high-kW Tier 4 Final generators to the needs of the heavy-duty rental market

Alta Equipment Company —one of the Volvo heavy-duty equipment companies in the country— is a long-standing partner of CK Power. Over the years, we’ve custom-built hundreds of units for their fleet, meeting the power and performance requirements of their end users. Back at the beginning of the transition to Tier 4, we custom-engineered some of the first user-friendly Tier 4 generators in North America for their fleet. And more recently,… Read more

A look into higher kW Tier 4 Final generators

CK Power has long been known as a provider of completely custom power solutions. And a few years ago —when Tier 4 emissions regulations were just emerging as a concern— we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with many customers and markets to custom-engineer some of the first high-power Tier 4 Final solutions in North America. Today, Tier 4 is the standard. And while the marketplace begins… Read more

Battery vs. diesel: Why we need both as we move into a greener future

It’s the debate of the hour: Diesel or battery power? Here’s an honest answer: They’re two vastly different power sources, and there’s a time and place for each. This is a separate discussion from the renewable energy debate, as the electricity powering a battery engine could very well be sourced from a coal plant instead of a wind farm. Rather, this is a discussion of the various benefits and drawbacks… Read more

The evolution of clean diesel technology in response to Tier 4

Diesel fuels our economy. Many of the industries that make our day-to-day lives a possibility —farming, construction, infrastructure and more— depend on diesel to power their equipment. In the 1990s, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started phasing in emissions regulation for off-road diesel applications to reduce harmful pollutants. The latest iteration of these phased regulations —Tier 4 emissions regulations— aimed to reduce harmful pollutants by as much as 90% over… Read more

Factors impacting standby generator costs

Generally speaking, standby generator costs rise as kilowatts (kW) do. But it would be an oversimplification to say price is based off a simple dollar-per-kilowatt calculation. With so many factors affecting the final price tag —application, sound requirements, location, type of fuel— there’s no rule of thumb that can apply to every situation in every industry. But we can give you a detailed explanation of the factors that impact standby… Read more

Engineering a first-in-class battery charging container for North America’s leading transit bus company

When North America’s leading heavy-duty transit bus company unveiled a line of all-electric buses, one of the biggest obstacles was a lack of charging stations across the United States. While the line of buses had an efficient lithium-ion battery with a good range, they needed a cost-effective and mobile battery charging solution for remote locations. The idea was to develop a compact, operator-friendly charging station that could be deployed in… Read more

Understanding NFPA 110 Chapter 7: Tips for installing a compliant emergency power system

National Fire Protection Association standard 110 —the standard for emergency and standby power systems— outlines requirements for the installation and performance of backup power systems in emergency and legally required applications, where an outage would pose a life safety risk. It’s intended to ensure your backup power source is able to provide prompt and reliable power in the event of the failure of your primary power source, minimizing the risk… Read more

Generator testing: Achieving compliance under NFPA 110 Chapters 7 and 8

Emergency power systems aren’t called upon in ideal situations. And your emergency power supply system (EPSS) needs to be designed to kick on in flood, earthquake, fire and storm conditions (A.5.1.1). National Fire Protection Agency standard 110 —the standard for emergency and standby power systems— outlines ways to prevent the disruption of life safety critical loads in case of emergency. It also lists the tests required to prove compliance with… Read more