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Caterpillar launches first H-Series G3500 genset

Thu, 11/15/2012 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Caterpillar has launched the first of its new H-series range of G3500 gensets designed to deliver the lowest owning and operating costs in their class.

The G3516H is the first of the H-Series product line now available for operation on natural gas fuel. Currently offered at 2027 kWe power output at 50Hz, the G3516H will include a similar 60Hz rating to be made available later in 2013.

Developed based on customer demands for improved return on investment for combined heat and power (CHP) and continuous electric power applications, the new gensets can be used in industrial and commercial facilities such as hospitals, data centres, manufacturing plants, and greenhouses as well as in distributed generation power plants by electric utilities.

The gensets’ “industry-leading” owning and operating costs are achieved through an improved electrical efficiency, up to 44.7% (ISO, 1.0 p.f.), and several improvements that reduce maintenance costs up to 20%.  Specifically, the G3516H offers reduced oil consumption and extended maintenance intervals. 

The major overhaul period of the G3516H is 80,000 hours with an in-frame maintenance interval at 40,000 hours.