Soto Cano is an air force base in Honduras. It is a joint venture between the US and Honduras, primarily working in a drug interdiction role against the illegal drug trade. Soto Cano has been using diesel power generation to power the base for many years. They use high speed diesels, running 24/7/365. When a high-speed diesel runs continuously, a couple things happen:
The country of Honduras is a beautiful, mountainous place with incredible, hospitable people. Honduras is also rich in history, culture and natural resources. Traveling to the city of Copan provides a great opportunity to visit ancient Mayan ruins. Traveling to the Honduran island of Roatan offers an incredible journey to the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere. Flying into San Pedro Sula, you will see large banana and pineapple farms from the air.
On March, 2016, LEC got involved in a small power project when a missionary named Dale, was in the process of renovating a hospital in Malumghat, Bangladesh called Memorial Christian Hospital. He explained to LEC that they have utility power present to run the hospital, but that it is unreliable to the point of having anywhere form 5-10 outages per day! So, they needed some switchgear and controls that would automatically start, parallel and transfer to generator power when needed. Then, execute closed transition return back to utility when utility is again available.
Crude oil prices are, economically peaking, very soft, which negatively impacts the power systems business and the US power systems companies’ ability to export abroad. Also, with Tier 4 Final emissions regulations finally here, the diesel power gen market is on the decline. While some can use the TPEM (transition program for equipment manufacturers) credits, it causes a disruption in the marketplace, and the rest of the market somewhat pays a price for this.
When LEC Founder, Randy Leman first started his career at caterpillar, if a customer wanted to control a generator, a switchgear engineer would have to interconnect maybe 100 wires to that generator. It was an extremely cumbersome process. However, in 2006, when Randy Leman was working for APT, he had a concept for ethernet backbone switchgear, which traveled with him across four, different jobs until he founded LEC when he founded and applied the ethernet backbone switchgear concept.
LEC offers customers the aggregation of ancillary distribution and controls for your power system into the switchgear. To do this, your power system requires the following: battery charger, jacket water heater circuit with disconnect when engine is running Radiator fan motor starters, generator set ventilation motor starters, house power lighting and convenience receptacle circuits
Let’s say you are selling a power system with a modern, emissions friendly, diesel or natural gas generator set. Currently, there are 2 cooling circuits: one for jacket water and one for aftercooler; each with their own thermal demand needs. Normally you just run all the fans all the time, while seeking out extra efficiency percentage points, but that ends up costing you more.