In a commercial and industrial world increasingly driven by electronic technology, the importance of reliable diesel generator sets and secure power supplies cannot be overestimated.
Master Power Technologies (MPT), the Randburg-based provider of a wide range of secure power solutions to industries including mining, telecommunications, information technology (IT), banking and healthcare, has been selected as customer of the year by Isando-based MTU South Africa, a subsidiary of MTU Friedrichshafen, the German-based company that has manufactured diesel engines for more than 100 years.
Master Power sources diesel engines and gas powered cogeneration systems, which are becoming a practical option for a number of applications, from MTU South Africa. Says Mark Barrett of MTU Sub-Saharan sales : “Master Power is using the full range of MTU diesel engines for diverse secure power supply applications, including the MTU Series 4000, 12 to 20 cylinder units rated at 1.3MVA to 3.3MVA.
MTU also have a similar range of gas powered co-generation systems and these are becoming a very cost effective solution for base load applications.
Barrett added that MTU began operating directly in South Africa 10 years ago, launching MTU diesel engines sourced from Germany ranging from 300kVA to 3 300kVA into the SA market and providing servicing, maintenance and spares for local users and those in other African countries.
In the mining sector MTU supplies electric propulsion systems for heavy mine dump trucks, engines for power stations ranging from 5MW to 100MW output and is involved in specialised applications including motivators for heavy load equipment such as excavators.
“MTU has focused on engine emission optimisation over the past three years with the goal of not only improving fuel consumption for customers but also offering a software option that transforms fuel-optimised engines to emission-optimised engines .
“We are continually improving our technology to remain ahead of changing regulations. Our engines are compliant with the stringent regulations that have been adopted in Europe.”
Customers can stipulate fuel consumption or exhaust emission optimisation when placing an order and Barrett says optimisation changes can be implemented post-order when required. He added that the company expects that over the next four years the majority of MTU power generation engines supplied to Master Power Technologies and other customers will meet whatever emission regulations may be implemented in South Africa.