According to Kohler, its propane-fueled generators can deliver 15% to 20% fuel cost savings over diesel.
Kohler Power Systems debuted its new line of mobile generators at The Rental Show in Orlando, Fla. The new line offers customers more choice in terms of power output and customization, allowing Kohler distributors to tailor a solution to suit customer requirements and price point. Kohler’s new mobile generator line also includes a propane-powered mobile generator with on-board fuel storage capacity. Kohler will execute a staggered release of 15 nodes from February through June 2015. The four propane-fueled models are eligible for incentives of $1,000 to $8,500 from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).
Kohler’s entire range of the new line will include 11 diesel gensets ranging from 35 kVA to 680 kVA and four liquid-propane gensets ranging from 30 kVA to 125 kVA. Kohler’s mobile diesel generators are Tier 4 Final-compliant featuring the Kohler KDI engine (35 to 70 kVA models). The propane-fueled gensets will reduce users’ fuel costs by 15 to 20 percent. Fuel cost savings are compared to diesel fuel. Savings based on a price of $3.95/gal for diesel and $1.70/gal for LP, as published in December 2013 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Kohler is showcasing two mobile models at The Rental Show: the 45REOZT4 (45 kVA) diesel-powered genset, which is Tier 4 Final-compliant and ideally sized for rental companies. It features the Kohler KDI (Kohler Direct Injection) 2.4-liter diesel engine that does not require a diesel particulate filter, which means it produces EPA-compliant power in a smaller space. It can be mounted to a standard wheeled trailer with an electric braking system or fitted on a drag-able field skid when mobility is not a concern. Upon release, all diesel models will have tanks built for 24-hour run times, a two-way valve to easily transition to external fuel tanks, and a voltage selector switch option (three-voltage-position switch for models up to 485 kVA, two positions for the 680 kVA model). All mobile generators also include the Kohler Decision-Maker 3500 digital controller, which enables easy paralleling of two generators.
Also at the Kohler booth is the 125REZGT, a propane-fueled mobile generator with an on-board LP tank. Users working in areas without an LP gas supply can opt for the on-board tank and then switch to an on-site supply when working in areas with an LP gas connection. The on-board LP tank is built for a 24-hour run time while connection to an external LP or natural gas supply offers extended usage. In addition to being cheaper than diesel, LP gas burns cleaner so these Kohler mobile generators produce fewer toxins and less smog-producing carbon monoxide and will flash to vapor at atmospheric pressure, which reduces the risk of accidents from fuel spills. These mobile gensets can also be customized with optional add-ons like cam-locks and a voltage selector switch.
For the new Kohler mobile generators, servicing is easier thanks to the company’s patent-pending enclosure, which offers straightforward access to all parts without disconnecting any wires or parts. In addition, Kohler mobile generators include a fluid containment system to collect any leaking engine fluids to ease use and repair.