There are two generator power markets – standby (emergency) power and prime power. Prime power means that the generator is the sole source of electrical power and runs whenever power is needed. For example, at a coal mine, this might be 8 hours a day. Meanwhile, standby power is used only during emergency situations. Many would argue that because this a generator that is rarely used, it doesn’t justify the investment. The savings equate to kW-hr savings.
What is an E-House? “E-House” is shorthand lingo for an Electrical House / Power House. This is a prefabricated, outdoor building with low voltage or medium voltage switchgear installed inside. LEC E-houses are built on a structural steel base with formed steel walls and roof. These E-houses feature HVAC, floor, wall and ceiling insulation and other great features to make these buildings very friendly in an otherwise hostile environment.
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.