Insulation Solutions for Genset Industry
A generator set (genset) converts energy from an energy source, such as diesel fuel, into mechanical energy via a motor. The mechanical energy is then transformed into electrical energy using an alternator. Genset systems may be used as a primary energy source in areas that are off the main electrical grid, as an alternate or backup source of power for places that experience frequent outages or require a reliable energy source.
When generators are placed in an enclosure or engine room, the heat released by the equipment can quickly spiral out of control, with exhaust gases exceeding a temperature of 800°F (425°C) in some cases. It is therefore important to ensure that the equipment is sufficiently insulated to protect personnel from injury and ensure that the equipment remains in optimal working condition.
Ways to Meet Genset Industry Challenges Using Firwin Insulation
Genset equipment presents unique challenges that require inventive insulation solutions. At Firwin, we are pleased to offer a variety of removable and permanent insulation options that can be customized to meet the needs of your specific application.
Genset equipment produces a significant amount of heat that can result in dangerous heat levels if enclosed in a small space or engine room. Without insulation, the surface temperature of the genset equipment can cause personnel to suffer from severe burns and heat exhaustion.
In addition, any heat sensitive devices or material near the genset could be at risk of damage, including gauges, electric wiring, solenoids, and electronic controls.
Excessive Noise and Vibration
Generators produce a significant amount of loud noise when in operation, and that noise can cause significant damage to the human ear. The ability to hear is also an integral part of a safe work environment, and loud noise can prevent personnel from communicating clearly and lead to dangerous misunderstandings. Extreme noise vibration may also cause dizziness or disorientation, putting workers at further risk.
Well-fitted insulation will not only contain heat, but reduce noise and vibration produced by the generator during operation, thereby improving employee safety and reducing the risk of equipment wear from constant reverberation.
Regulations and Safety Standards
Numerous regulatory bodies, including OSHA, NIST, and NREL work to establish safety guidelines for generator and exhaust equipment operation to ensure that personnel are able to complete work in a safe environment. With typical engine exhaust temperatures upwards of 800 ºF (425°C), it is important to follow industry guidelines and regulations to prevent severe injury. High-quality insulation helps to reduce the temperatures to safe operational levels, which allows workers to conduct operations, maintenance, and repairs with minimal risk.
Loss of Performance and Shortened Service Life
Due to the broad temperature fluctuations that occur during genset operations, insulation must be designed to withstand significant and frequent changes without damage. Standard insulation will often decompose when exposed to the extremely high temperatures present in diesel engine operations. For this reason, it is important to use an insulation that is specifically designed to meet the needs of your genset system.
Adequate insulation will not only protect users from injurious temperatures, it will help protect the generator from harsh operating conditions and extreme temperature fluctuations that can reduce its service life. The exhaust system will also be able to maintain sufficiently high temperatures to ensure optimal pollutant burn off, thereby improving overall emissions.
Superior Genset Insulating Solutions From Firwin
Firwin is a premier manufacturer of removable and reusable insulation blankets for engine-powered equipment, generator sets, and co-gen power systems. We are pleased to offer blankets in various designs and configurations for manifolds, turbochargers, piping, solenoids, wiring, and exhaust systems. Our custom-designed insulation blankets are manufactured using the highest quality materials and cutting-edge technology, providing superior thermal and sound control for systems with operating temperatures up to 2000 °F (1100 ºC).
Our insulation blankets offer a variety of unique advantages. All of our blankets:
- Meet UL2000 requirements
- Improve personnel safety
- Protect sensitive components and controls
- Enhance emissions quality
- Reduce contact surface temperature
- Are asbestos free
- Offer cost-effective installation and tooling
- Are removable and reusable
- Feature easy installation and removal
- Have a modular design for easy replacement or expansion
- Facilitate noise and vibration control