Caterpillar Energy Services’ MWM TCG 3016 / CG132B generator series out now

cat genset1The new MWM TCG 3016 generator set. (Image source: CAT)Caterpillar Energy Solutions has launched its new MWM TCG 3016 / Cat CG132B series that boast the highest efficiency in their output category

In natural gas operation, for example, the electrical efficiency reaches up to 43.5 per cent. Moreover, the gensets are equipped with the new digital power plant control total plant and energy management (TPEM).

With its new generation of gas gensets, Caterpillar Energy Solutions raises the bar in the distributed energy generation market. The newly developed gensets feature a unique combination of efficiency and robustness. One of the key benefits of the new gensets is their remarkable efficiency, which is unmatched in their class. In natural gas operation, for example, the electrical efficiency reaches up to 43.5 percent. In the cogeneration of power and heat, an overall efficiency of up to 90 per cent can be achieved.

Moreover, a greatly reduced oil consumption of less than 0.1 g/kWhel and longer oil change intervals make the operation of the gas gensets more economical. The operating period until the general overhaul has been stretched significantly, e.g. from 64,000 to 80,000 operating hours for natural gas applications.

A number of measures have been implemented to make the new series even more robust. For instance, the generator is now flanged to the gas engine, and the vibration decoupling now takes place directly between the components and the base frame. In this way, the setup costs for the fundament are lower than for other gas engines. Thanks to optimized combustion, the stress on key components has been reduced; this makes the genset as a whole more robust and ensures high availability.

Along with the new series, Caterpillar Energy Solutions has also introduced its fully integrated digital power plant control system TPEM. The newly development genset thus represents the dawn of a digital age on the market for distributed energy solutions. The system, which can be customized to specific needs and the individual application case, replaces the previous control system to deliver improved efficiency and flexibility.

Modern gas power plants are characterised by complex applications and customer-specific systems. Automation and closed-loop control with maximum operating security and seamless communication play a key role, which TPEM effectively handles. In this way, additional controls are no longer necessary, and optimum control of the energy generation by the gas power plant is ensured.

The TCG 3016 / CG132B series from Caterpillar Energy Solutions is a new generation of gas gensets whose trend-setting components, state-of-the-art sensors, and digitised power plant control TPEM deliver maximum efficiency and availability.

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