New Caterpillar Portable Gen-Sets

By Mike Osenga26 June 2019

Caterpillar has introduced a pair of new mobile generator sets for application in a variety of global markets. First is the model XQ230 (above), a new 60 Hz mobile diesel generator set rated at 182 kW (227.5 kVA). Powered by a Cat C7.1 ACERT diesel, the set meets Tier 4 final emission standards for prime power operation, Cat said. Eleven percent smaller than the previous model, the XQ230 generator set thus delivers additional power in a smaller footprint, Cat said.

The Cat XQ230 generator set has been engineered to operate at lower noise levels (72 dBA at 23 ft./7 m) and is equipped with rental-ready features including heaters, a battery charger and a permanent magnet generator.

An optional 600V generator is available giving users the flexibility, with a single generator set, of producing power at 600V, 480V, 240V and 208V. Caterpillar said its DPF regeneration strategy is designed for seamless operation even at low loads or in cold weather without the need to add additional components, cost or complexity. Regeneration is transparent to the operator and the unit does not need to be taken offline, Cat said.

The Cat XQ230 is equipped with the standard EMCP 4.2B control panel. The interface allows for engine and generator monitoring and control. Automatic paralleling controls are available with the optional EMCP 4.4. In addition, Cat Connect technology is available to track and manage the machine remotely by collecting data and reporting on asset performance, run hours, fuel consumption, maintenance needs, and other statistics. This timely information allows customers to better control costs, improve performance and reduce risks.

The Cat XQ230 generator set complies with Canadian Standards Association (CSA) requirements, as well as Transport Canada (UN31A) requirements.

XQP30 For Europe

The new Cat XQP30, powered by a by a Cat 3.3 diesel, is a 50/60 Hz mobile gen-set rated for 30 kVA prime power. Available in two different configurations, one version meets European Union (EU) Stage 3a emission standards and another provides low brake-specific fuel

Caterpillar’s new XQP30 diesel gen-set.

consumption (BSFC) for customers in non-regulated territories.

The design of the XQP30 includes forklift pockets, dragging points and a lifting arch for ease of transportation. A dual-wall, open-top bund tank with leak detection sensors offers environmental protection and containment of any spills within the package.

The XQP30 has EMCP 4.2B digital controls along with either Clipsal or CE sockets, allowing the power to be distributed across a work site. Heavy duty air cleaners and generator insulation ensures operation in harsh work environments and Cat remote access monitoring (RAM) technology tracks and manages assets.

Transition Strategy

For the European market, the XQP30 is part of Cat’s strategy to help rental power mobile generator customers transition from EU Stage 3a to EU Stage 5 emissions standards. Applicable to prime or standby power in mobile applications throughout Europe, EU Stage 5 regulations went into effect on January 1, 2019 for all engines less than 56 kW and equal to or greater than 130 kW. For engines equal to or greater than 56 kW and less than 130 kW, the effective date is January 1, 2020.

Following the transition scheme outlined in EU Regulation 2016/1628, original equipment manufacturers can produce mobile generator sets with engines meeting the previous emission stage for 18 months after the Stage 5 effective date with an additional six-month accommodation to allow the generator set to be placed on the market.

“Under the new EU Stage V standards, fleets can maintain lower rental rates and reduce maintenance costs by continuing to utilize transition mobile generator sets compliant with EU Stage 3a,” said Gareth Osborne, product definition manager, Caterpillar Electric Power. “Caterpillar will phase in a complete range of mobile generator sets to meet these new requirements. During the transition period, the Cat XQP30 mobile generator set will help customers manage their fleet strategies while controlling both cost and complexities.”


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