Many of Collicutt’s long time customers are engineering firms. One of the things these engineering firms need for each project is a prepared set of bid packages for each major scope of work on that project. These bid packages will be sent out to potential suppliers of that scope of work so that the supplier can propose a solution complete with an accurate price.
This means that the bid package must have sufficient detail to get price certainty. Without this detail, prices between suppliers will be difficult to compare and the engineering firm will have no way of knowing if they are selecting the best solution.
To solve this problem, the bid package must contain a specification that defines the exact performance details for the piece of equipment or structure under development.
One of the most important specifications that these engineering firms need to complete is an emergency generator specification. This specification defines the generator that will provide emergency power should the power grid fail. Among many things, this specification needs to contain requirements for the following:
- Submittal process
- Quality assurance process
- Approved manufacturers and approved manufacturing locations
- Industry standards compliance (UL, CSA, ANSI, NFPA, EPA, etc.)
- Performance requirements
- Engine requirements
- Alternator requirements
- Electric load definition
- Switchgear requirements
- Fuel type(s) and fuel system requirements
- Environment constraints (emissions, altitude, temperature, size, noise, etc.)
- Control and monitoring
- Overcurrent and fault protection
- Voltage regulation
- Enclosure requirements
- Installation, interconnections (fuel, cooling-system, exhaust-system, grounding and electrical connections)
- Commissioning, testing, and start up
- End user training
- Life cycle maintenance
Although it sounds simple enough, the creation of specification like this can be a complicated and daunting task!
So, what do you do if you are in this situation and don’t have a detailed specification for an emergency power generator set but need one for your project?
You can leverage our unique sizing software to estimate the generator capacity required for your project as well as create your own set of specifications. Just answer a detailed list of questions and the software will prepare an MS Word style document that you can further edit to fit your bid specification package.
Call us or email us at the link below for assistance or download our software using this link and build your own custom specification!
You can also download the 260kW NG genset spec that is attached to this post to get an idea of what a generator spec looks like.
Finally, see this article for related content – Don’t Make This Mistake When Buying Your Generator!