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Caterpillar invests in Fisker for solid-state battery tech.

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

The Caterpillar engineering group’s investment arm, Caterpillar Venture Capital (CVC), has invested an undisclosed sum in Fisker— a Californian electric vehicle start-up that is developing solid-state battery technology.

Fisker told BEST Battery Briefing details of the deal were being kept under wraps. However, a spokesperson said the investment, involving “fundamentally different industries”, demonstrated the “mutually recognised importance that electrification solutions will represent to multiple business segments in the future”.

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Caterpillar to power ferries at 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:03 -- Laura Varriale
Caterpillar to power ferries at  2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro

Caterpillar (CAT) Marine has secured a deal with Brazilian operator Assessoria Transporte Aquaviaro to power fast ferries for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

CAT Marine will supply 28 generator sets for seven aluminum-hull fast ferries. The 14 Cat 3512 with dynamic gas blending (DGB) and 14 Cat 9 gensets are designed to ensure prime and auxiliary power. Each 3512 generator provides 550eKW at 60Hz of rated power.

The ferries will feature diesel electric propulsion with azimuth thrusters and identical engine rooms. One ferry will be equipped with the Cat Marine dual fuel solution and powered by compressed natural gas. The remaining six ferries will be built with the option to retrofit the engine room to include dynamic gas blending kits.

“We’re pleased to unveil our first Cat Marine 3500 dual fuel solutions with Dynamic Gas Blending for such a significant global event,” said Chris Chenette, CAT Marine product value manager.

According to CAT Marine, the 3512 DGB generator set features a low-pressure gas system with an approximately 70% maximum gas substitution rate across a wide load range.

“The new Cat Marine dual fuel solution leverages the proven durability of the 3500 diesel engine while offering customers enhanced fuel flexibility and power redundancy to run diesel or gas,” said Jason Spear, CAT Marine product definition engineer.

Yancey Power Systems partners with Toshiba

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:41 -- Laura Varriale
Toshiba UPS

Yancey Power Systems has secured a deal with Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) to distribute TIC’s uninterruptible power system (UPS) solutions.

The partnership adds Yancey to TIC’s expansive UPS distribution network and includes UPS, input/output switchgears and power distribution units. TIC produces single-phase with a range from 1 to 22kVA and three-phase UPS solutions with a range from 15 to 1000kVA and 100 to 6000kVA. The modules are integrated in Caterpillar generators and used in critical industries.

“With a lengthy company history and strong customer base, Yancey Power Systems makes for an ideal Toshiba UPS distributor,” said Greg Mack, vice President of the TIC Power Electronics division.

“The Toshiba UPS product offering not only complements our power systems solutions but allows us to further ensure reliable and consistent power delivery to our valued customers,” said Eric Arnold, vice President and general manager of Yancey.

Yancey’s portfolio of customers in the critical power industry includes FedEx, NAPA, Wellstar Smyrna, and Waffle House. “Toshiba is one of the most recognized brands for high quality, space saving products. The UPS system helps customers lower operating costs and provide an industry leading three-year on-site warranty”, added Arnold.

Caterpillar launches IPP diesel generator sets

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:37 -- Laura Varriale
CAT generator

Caterpillar Rental Power has revealed two diesel power modules for international power providers (IPP) for short- and long-term demands.

Both sets, Cat XQC1600 and Cat XQC1200, are provided with CAT diesel engines that feature components for reconditioning and reuse at overhaul, which reduce the total cost of ownership, according to the manufacturer.

The XQC1600 has a continuous rating of 1515kW at 50Hz and 1705kW at 60Hz. The second module, the XQC1200, is rated for 1150kW at 50Hz and 1260kW at 60Hz.

“The XQC1600 and XQC1200 power modules utilize proven Cat engine platforms redesigned to provide improved fuel economy,” said Brian Kruse, general manager at Caterpillar.

The two modules incorporate a variable frequency drive and fans requiring up to 80% less power than traditional direct drive cooling fans, claimed the supplier. The engine should deliver up to 9% improvement in fuel economy at 100% load.

The control system provides site operation and monitoring from a local control room or from remote sites via Internet and is designed to reduce installation as well as startup time. The system is set to monitor the status of all service filters for remote notification of condition-based maintenance requirements.

The XQC1200 will be introduced later this year. The XQC1600 is available now.

New GM at Perkins

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:07 -- Ruth Williams
Bill Giunta joins the Perkins team from Caterpillar

Perkins has appointed Bill Giunta as the general manager of global sales and marketing. He will be responsible for marketing, branding, sales and product support for the engine manufacturing brand.

Giunta joins Perkins from parent company Caterpillar’s electric power division in Georgia, US.

Michael Wright, who had interim responsibility for the sales and marketing operation, pending Bill’s appointment, has taken up a position as Perkins’ business development director.

Finning powers UK city-wide energy schemes

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams
CAT G3516E


Finning Power Systems has supplied seven Caterpillar generator sets for energy schemes in Leicester and Birmingham, UK.

The CAT gensets will support low carbon combined heat and power (CHP) and tri-generation technology across the two sites, covering thousands of homes and council-owned buildings.

One site, part of the Leicester District Energy scheme, is a £15m partnership between Cofely District Energy, Leicester City Council and the University of Leicester. It is expected to reduce Leicester’s carbon emissions by around 8,400 tonnes per annum.

Finning supplied two 1600kWe, G3516E generator sets, along with design support and commissioning for the new, gas-fired CHP installation at the University of Leicester. A G3516E unit was also supplied for the upgrade of the existing district heating scheme on a housing estate in the city.

In Birmingham under a similar scheme, four CAT gensets from Finning, including a G3516C with control panel and exhaust gas heat exchanger, along with a 2000kWe G3520E, 1600kWe G3516E and 725kWe G3512LE were supplied. Finning provided design support and commissioning for all four units.

Caterpillar notches record profits for 2012

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Caterpillar reported all-time record sales, revenues and profit per share in 2012 despite economic uncertainty in the United States, continued economic turmoil in much of Europe and slower growth in China.


Sales and revenues were up 10% from 2011 at $65.9 billion while profit was up 15% to $5.7 billion. However, fourth-quarter 2012 sales and revenues were $16.075 billion, down $1.168 billion from $17.243 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011. 

Fourth-quarter 2012 profit was $697 million compared with $1.547 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011.  Fourth-quarter 2012 profit was negatively impacted in large part to a charge of $580 million arising from accounting fraud at the group’s new Chinese unit Siwei.

Lower sales and revenues and the cost impact from sharply lower production and the $2 billion decline in Caterpillar inventory also had a negative impact on fourth-quarter profit.  Caterpillar's results are watched closely because they are considered an indicator of industrial activity and the health of the overall economy.

FG Wilson rebrands

Thu, 01/24/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Diesel Generator firm FG Wilson is changing its name to Caterpillar (NI) Limited to strengthen the link between the subsidiary and its parent company. The change is, according to the company, intended to create a “visible link between Caterpillar’s manufacturing facilities in Northern Ireland and the wider group." 

FG wilson

The firm based in Northern Ireland is currently making job cuts of 1300 and also announced the move of production to Tianjin in China. It claims the rebranding will not result in further job losses at this stage.

Caterpillar’s Robert Kennedy said: "Whilst the legal name of the company will change, the FG Wilson name will remain a key part of our history and heritage and indeed our future.

"That's because Caterpillar will continue to produce the range of leading products that carry the FG Wilson brand and those products will continue to be a key part of our global electric power strategy."

FG Wilson director Tony McAllister said the change was part of a larger initiative to "enhance and strengthen the FG Wilson brand and business in the global marketplace".

FG Wilson produces 50 000 diesel generator sets each year for export to 180 countries.

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