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Caterpillar unveils upgraded XQ2000 power module

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 18:36 -- Editor

Caterpillar Inc. has unveiled its next generation Cat XQ2000 Power Module boasting best-in-class fuel economy. 

The Cat 3516B is the core engine platform for the next generation XQ2000.  The portable power module incorporates a variable frequency drive and high efficiency fan to improve mechanical efficiency.

Caterpillar claims these improvements mean the fan draws 40% less load on the engine at 100% generator set load. This decreased parasitic load delivers up to 8% improved fuel economy over the previous generation.

To improve power density advantages.  Caterpillar developed new exhaust stacks that reduce spacing requirements for sites requiring multiple units. This allows for an increase of 47% on-site power density over the previous capabilities.

With a target of less than 4°C (8°F) temperature rise across the site, the new layout design allows a 1.53 kW per square foot power density at the continuous rating in 60 Hz, and 1.34 kW per square foot in 50 Hz.

Meanwhile, the plant control system has been simplified with less than half of the wiring required for communication between interconnected modules.  It also features plant control programming and simulation, allowing complete system testing prior to genset startup. 

The XQ2000 is currently available through Cat Rental Power dealers and designated International Power Project (IPP) providers to meet short- or long-term power demands.