Perkins launches 5000 Series generator drive engine

01 February 2021

Perkins has launched its new Series 5000 generator set engine targeting standby power applications in North America.

Perkins Engines Co. Limited has announced the North American launch of its most powerful line of electronic engines to date, designed to deliver up to 1500 kWe emergency standby power for a range of critical applications.

“With multiple engine models offering a substantial power output of up to 1500 kWe — ideal for a 1.5 MWe generator set — every aspect of the new 5000 Series engine range, from its load acceptance capabilities to custom-created components and innovative engineering techniques, has been designed to optimize our customers’ needs for quick, reliable and cost-effective power,” said Bill Giunta, Americas sales director.

The first unit available, the 5008C-E30TAG, is an inline eight-cylinder diesel with bore and stroke dimensions of 160 x 190 mm and a total displacement of 30.56 L. Engineered to meet EPA Tier 2 standards for 60 Hz emergency standby applications, the engine has a gross mechanical output of 907 to 1107 kWm (1216 to 1485 hp) and are targeted toward 900 and 1000 kWe standby nodes.

Twin turbocharged and air-to-air charge-air cooled, the 5000 Series engines incorporate optimized turbochargers that provide load acceptance meeting ISO 8528-5 G2 and G3 standards and the ability to accept NFPA 100% block load. All of this means that the 5000 Series achieves full recovery after first load step within 13 seconds, the company said.

“The engine’s ability to very quickly deliver stable backup power is a vital requirement for critical applications,” said 5000 Series Product Manager Steve Chesworth. “Drawn on nearly nine decades of engine-design and manufacturing expertise, the 5000 Series is the culmination of many years of research, development and rigorous testing. Throughout that time, we’ve focused on delivering what our customers have asked for — cost-effective and reliable power — and we’re confident this engine will exceed their expectations.”

The first model in the series to be released—the 5008C-E30TAG—is destined for customers in North America. Designed, engineered and built to provide emergency power for datacenters, hospitals and commercial buildings, Perkins said the 5000 Series has been rigorously tested for performance and durability with thousands of running hours, many in harsh environments.

“This engine is already proven to perform when it matters most,” said Giunta. “The Perkins team is really looking forward to providing additional engineering and testing support for the 5000 Series, as we work alongside our customers to optimize engine performance in their generator sets.”

Perkins said it also offers high power density from a 32.7 kWe/L footprint, and incorporates electronic sensors with wireless communication capability, allowing operators to remotely monitor the generator and engine.

Maintenance issues have been addressed through a single-side servicing design and an oil service interval of 750 hours and a three-year, 1500-hour warranty for standby applications.

“In many areas in the world Perkins has long been regarded as the engine of choice for power generation— a reputation we’re rightly very proud of,” said Jaz Gill, vice president of global sales, marketing, service and support. “I’m very excited about the opportunities the 5000 Series will create for us to extend that brand reputation and further grow our business in North America.”

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