Cut fuel spend and increase uptime by auto-switching between battery and fuel with Aggreko hybrid power system

by Brianna Crandall — December 18, 2017 — Power generation and HVAC specialty rental company Aggreko has launched the cost- and energy-efficient Hybrid Power System 3K (HPS3K).

The alternating fuel-to-battery HPS3K is the latest offering in Aggreko’s power automation portfolio of technology applications. Ideal for the construction industry, HPS3k allows on-site generators to switch from their daily high-load power capacity demand to a battery source when lower power requirements are needed to keep jobsite lights, security systems and computers running.

The hybrid power system can also be used during maintenance or repair projects, as a communication server or for lighting for events, or anywhere a generator runs at near no load for extended periods of time.

Hybrid Power System 3K

The HPS3K alternating fuel-to-battery power system allows on-site generators to switch from their daily high-load power capacity demand to a battery source when lower power requirements are needed.

HPS3K is engineered to eliminate idling, cut fuel costs by 50%, and reduce emissions, regardless of the fuel source. For one year-long construction project, five Aggreko HPS3K units providing 500 kW of total power delivered $1,500 to $1,600 in fuel savings per week — more than $80,000 in savings in one year.

The application also increases uptime, as it increases reliability with Tier4 technology and reduces failures associated with overheating and excessive idle time.

Gordy Broussard, vice president of Sales, North America for Aggreko, pointed out:

Aggreko’s engineers set out to design a minimal-load demand solution for our industrial customer segment. The Hybrid Power System 3K is another example of our dedication to finding customers an innovative technology application that significantly reduces costs, while also improving operating efficiencies.

The HPS3K battery unit requires no maintenance and — with its intelligent, fully automated controls and switching — no manual intervention, says Aggreko. When the primary generator is switched off, the HPS3K system provides 12.5 hours of a 500-watt load or 2.5 hours of a 3,000-watt load before the inverter charger switches on the main generator for recharging. While recharging, the batteries continue to provide load back-up service as needed.

Aggreko Remote Monitoring (ARM) wireless units are found on all Aggreko generators. The units provide operating parameters to the Remote Operations Center (ROC) where teams of field-experienced engineers and technicians monitor generator performance 24/7 and are ready to respond to potential problems immediately. Performance data, alerts and service information are available to customers via an ARM smartphone app.

For more information about the HPS3K, visit the product page on the Aggreko Web site.

For other specific rentals available to support FMs, such as providing backup power, cooling, heating, or dehumidification needed during maintenance and repairs, or equipment to cool an office during a chiller change-out or to power a hospital after a storm, see the Facilities Management page on the site.

In business since 1962, Aggreko provides modular, mobile power and heating and cooling for applications ranging from urban development to unique commercial projects and even humanitarian emergencies. With over 7,300 employees operating from more than 200 locations in 100 countries, Aggreko serves all sectors, including oil and gas, petrochemical and refining, utilities, manufacturing, construction, mining and events.