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Cummins launches C17D5T series gensets

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 17:02 -- Ruth Williams

Cummins has launched the C17D5T series of gensets, which is being targeted for mobile telecommunications in the world’s fast-growing developing markets. Cummins C17D5T

The new diesel-engine generator set features an integrated automatic transfer switch, a large fuel tank and long intervals between services, allied to a heavy-duty engine and integral radiator cooling system. 

Cummins claims the C17D5T series is suited to the needs of mobile operators reaching new subscribers in remote areas – who are expected to account for the bulk of the “next billion” mobile connections, according to research by leading analyst firm Ovum. Power provision is vital to base station sites servicing the widespread rural locations where these potential new subscribers live.

The C17D5T generator set operates at 50 Hz and has single phase and 3-phase rating of 17 kVA standby, 15 kVA prime. Reliability is ensured by a 4-cycle industrial engine, which features low emissions and a fast response to load changes. 

Cooling is provided by a standard integral radiator system, designed and tested for rated ambient temperatures – making it simpler to design generator sets installations to meet requirements for rejected heat. Control is through Cummins Power Generation PowerCommand 1.1, which provides total generator set system integration, including automatic remote starting and stopping, plus alarms and status message display. 

The C17D5T generator set is equipped with an integrated automatic transfer switch (ATS), a 1 000 litre fuel tank and can run for 1 000 hours between servicing, including lube oil and air filter changes. The weather-protected, sound-attenuated enclosure, coupled with robust structural strength and pilferage-protected lockable fuel tank, make the C17D5T a practical and efficient choice for remote areas in developing regions.

Alan Zhao, Cummins’ Director of Telecom and Renewable Energy, said: “The growth in requirement for power is a key trend in the telecoms industry today, and the C17D5T generator set is an excellent solution. It is ideally suited for environments in Asia, Africa, Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe and Latin America where the telecoms operators see their best mobile growth prospects. 

“Mobile base stations in these regions are often far from a dependable grid supply. The integrated ATS makes it easy for installation and will reduce installation time significantly. The quality and reliability of the diesel generator sets in these locations are critical,” he added.