12-16-2008 05:15 PM
I’m trying to weigh the costs and benefits of using distributed generation as a primary power source, but I’m not finding any numbers for maintenance costs. Can anyone give me cost estimates for maintenance of various sizes of natural gas fired piston engine running 80 to 90% of the year?
Is the per-kWh maintenance cost much lower for larger generators?
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks,
12-22-2008 10:24 AM
Depends on the engine... I have a g3520 running on a landfill which takes a lot more maintenance then our 3516's or 3616's Also need to know what engine you want to use for your DG system. With a 80-90% run time it sounds like your going to baseload the unit. Be advised this will greatly reduce life cycles and increase your maintenance cost. If you are looking at running this much there are better machines to do it with then a Cat.
P.S. I do not work for Cat or any Cat dealer. I do manage over 150Mws of DG units for a municpal utility.....
12-24-2008 10:30 AM