Although not strictly planned as an anniversary to mark an epic crossing of the USA in 1931, when Cummins founder Clessie Cummins drove coast to coast over 5,270km in a truck fitted with his Model U diesel engine to prove its durability, it is fitting that 85 years later Cummins Power Generation division should undertake its City to City Tour of South Africa.
Cape Town was the last leg of the 3,600km Tour, having started in Johannesburg before moving on to Durban and Bloemfontein.
A first for South Africa – a striking moving showcase
Cummins is a ubiquitous name in both vehicular prime movers and power generation systems having an international footprint that services customers in over 190 countries. Going on tour to demonstrate innovative products is not new to the company; however, this was an inaugural event for Southern Africa.
At each destination customers had the opportunity to interact with the technology on display in the eyecatching bright red 17 running metres of Cummins Power Truck with its entire one side fitted with reinforced glass while the other side of the vehicle is a moving billboard.
The truck presented a roving display, showcasing two of Cummins generators, the C90D5 Diesel Generator and the C315N5C Gas Generator. Incidentally, the International 9800I truck is powered by a Cummins 475 ISX 15 litre engine, which has already covered hundreds of thousands of reliable kilometers without overhaul.
Designed to promote its range of reliable and dependable energy solutions
The Cummins range of diesel generators and engines is geared to providing prime and back-up power systems in small to medium and large applications across a host of industries, fuel types and power ratings, from 8kVA to 3,750kVA.
The C90D5 Diesel Generator on display is a fully integrated power generation system, providing performance, reliability, and versatility for stationary standby and prime power duty applications. It features a Cummins heavy-duty 4-cycle industrial diesel engine for reliable power and fast responses to load changes.
The second generator on display, the C315N5C Natural Gas Power Generator, powered by an advanced spark ignition, lean burn gas engine, is a fully integrated power generation package for standby and continuous duty, CHP (Combined Heat and Power) and peaking applications.
Natural gas and alternative fuels – Cummins contributes to a greener environment According to Kenny Gaynor, Power Generation Director – Cummins Southern Africa, natural gas powered gensets are a more sustainable solution to industry-standard diesel.
“Natural gas is a methane-rich, naturally-occurring and abundant gas with much lower CO2 emissions than other refined fuels, making it a costeffective alternative to wind and solar power."
Cummins constantly innovates and engineers new products; partnering with other technology developers such as solar to create power generation in hybrid platforms that can reduce fuel costs and contribute to a greener and sustainable environment.
“Cummins provides a class leading range of both gas and diesel powered generators with individual standalone units from 8 kVA to 2000 kVA. Configured and integrated to form multiple unit power plants, our range extends to cater for any application, regardless of site location” he says.
A complementary solutions provider of energy supply
The company’s business model is to design and supply power systems that complement acountry’s national grid and are immediately and automatically available in the event of an interruption. Electricity grids’ three critical components need to be up and running simultaneously: Generation, Transmission and Distribution. Gaynor elaborates,
“Cummins is able to supply back-up products to ensure continued power supply during challenging conditions. Whilst Cummins products are class-leading in terms of fuel consumption, efficiency and emission control the cost of back-up power generation pales into insignificance when one considers the impact of power outages on a business, medical facility or Government institution. Generally, the cost of alternative or complimentary power generation will always be higher than base load Utility power generation. The benefits are clear - uninterrupted power!” Elaborates Gaynor
Critical factors to be borne in mind
A key element of power generation systems is the continuous, reliable and ready supply of parts for ongoing maintenance and repairs, making the choice of OEM to supply the generator of critical importance.
Cummins products are all backed by a comprehensive warranty with professional support from the Worldwide Dealer Network.
Cape Town facilities
The Cummins facility in Stickland offers the full range of products, parts, repair and technical capacity particularly to the maritime and oil and gas industries of the region.
Rouaan Steinmann, Cummins Cape Town area manager explained that the 32 strong staff complement is structured 50/50 on administration and technical support with a strong bias on local apprentice training.
“Our customers in the Western Cape are not only marine in nature, although we undertake substantial work in this field with re-powering applications for National Ports and fishing vessels powered by Cummins motive and electrical power units. A recent example of this was repair and refurbishing contracts for a fishing enterprise in Mozambique” he explained.
Current work also includes a refurbishment contract for standby units at the Koeburg Power Station on the West Coast. Programme line-up in Cape Town Technical presentations and discussions led by Cummins power generation experts Kenny Gaynor, Warrick Gibbens and Nalen Alwar were made to a selection of Cummins customers who learned about the Cummins products and energy solutions, off-the-grid power options and new technologies with a focus on gas technology and industry application