Powering the final frontier: A quest to return to the moon

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Earlier this summer, India attempted humankind's 39th soft landing attempt to the moon. The lander traveled more than 200,000 miles in an attempt to land on the moon's South Pole. 

Just 1.6 miles. That was the distance between India's Vikram moon lander and the moon before the communication with the lander was lost. But optimism and pride for the mission still abounds, as the orbiter was successfully deployed and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to map the surface of earth's closest - and only - natural satellite. 

A mission filled with excitement and pride from the beginning

July 22, 2019 was a historic day for the country of India and Cummins Inc., as the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched its second successful mission, titled Chandrayaan-2, to the moon.  

In addition to the entire country of India watching Chandrayaan-2 exiting earth’s atmosphere with great pride, a team of Cummins employees were experiencing an additional feeling of accomplishment as they played a significant part in powering the entire launch. A specially engineered Cummins generator performed flawlessly to ensure the Chandrayaan-2 had the power to leave the earth.

Cummins has been powering the world for over 100 years but powering beyond our atmosphere was a challenge the company enthusiastically accepted. A few months back, Chandrashekhar Chougule, Senior General Manager of Technical Support at Cummins India, and Shantha Kumar, Business Development Manager at Cummins India, had embarked on solving a very complex problem of ensuring the Cummins C500D5P genset could perform under extreme temperatures with very limited ventilation. 

It was during the installation and commissioning the team realized the genset was going to be placed directly under the launchpad and was going to power the liftoff. The installation was also quite complex due to the need for continuous operation of the genset when the rocket is moved from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launchpad. The controller also needed to be integrated with a remote monitoring system that was part of the mission control center. This entire setup was also synchronized with two remotely installed C1250D5P 1250KVA gensets. 

The month of the launch, the Distribution segment team asked to place a team of people and a service van at the service site to respond immediately in case of any emergencies. Sunkiah, Vamsi and Christopher were the service engineers deputed to the site. They were on 24/7 standby for a few days prior to the launch as the ISRO went about their readiness actions for the launch. 

And when the liftoff happened, the Cummins C500D5P was more than up to the task. And when the entire nation cheered for the ISRO, Cummins India cheered both for ISRO and the Power Generation and DBU teams who defined Cummins’ role in the space exploration history of India.

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Enhancing your comfort and safety on the open water with a diesel generator

When you find yourself enjoying the open water with family and friends, having the right generator for your boat can make a world of difference. 

Boats have existed in one form or another since pre-historic times, and they've seen their share of innovations come and go. Some innovations such as ice sailboats, built in the 1790s and designed to transport goods over frozen lakes and rivers, stayed at the fringes without too much surprise. Meanwhile, innovations such as outboard engines have expanded their fan base since Gustave Trouve built the first one in 1880s.    

Last year, 63% of new recreational boats sold in the U.S. featured outboard engines. While the use of outboard engines is on the rise, the wide range of designs and applications for recreational boats, ranging from trawlers to cabin cruisers to sailboats, require a variety of inboard and outboard engines and fuels. 

As the usage of outboards increases, it introduces a new dilemma for mariners: What is the right technology for house power in a gasoline outboard-powered boat? 

Let’s frame this technology decision around what matters the most in the way you enjoy your boat. For most boaters, launching into the water is a recipe for a fun day that starts with two key ingredients: comfort and safety, with good company as a bonus. 

Comfort during your family’s day on the water

Family enjoys a day on the water A day on the water, whether fishing or just relaxing, is memorable if you or your family are comfortable and have access to the boat’s amenities. Today’s recreational boats offer those aboard comfortable experiences through features ranging from refrigerators and microwaves to air conditioners and entertainment sets. 

Moreover, an increasing number of mariners enjoy the enhanced comfort offered by gyroscopic stabilization devices that require a continuous power source.

This increase in amenities has created the need for more house power in recreational boats. Capacity constraints and the noise they would generate while running make outboard engines a less than optimal solution for powering house loads.

If your outboard boat has a diesel marine generator and house batteries, you can experience the comfort for extended durations. An Onan diesel marine generator is capable of quietly powering all critical loads for hours to days and simultaneously charging the house batteries. If the demand for power decreases, the house batteries can take on the load and the generator can be turned off.

Safety while powering the cabin 

Using a gas marine generator on an outboard boat could be a convenient option to power your house loads. A single tank can be used to store the fuel both for the generator and outboard engines, but this comes with a safety risk that is commonly overlooked.

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Back Cove Yachts’ brand new 34O features a cockpit that is meant for entertaining. 34O also offers safety and peace of mind aboard through the Onan ignition-protected generator.

Gas marine generators emit significantly higher levels of carbon monoxide (CO) compared to diesel marine generators. CO is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced by burning fuels such as gasoline. When too much carbon monoxide is in the air, your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide.

This can lead to serious tissue damage, or even death. Risk of CO poisoning increases in spaces with inadequate ventilation. Modern gas marine generators have different safety features that reduce, but not eliminate this risk. 

If you want to enjoy all the modern comforts of your boat, then a diesel marine generator could be the right choice. If you are planning to run your generator and power your house loads through overnight trips, a diesel generator will give you a greater peace of mind compared to running a gas marine generator while you are sleeping. 

When considering adding a diesel generator to your boat, look for a model featuring ignition protection, such as the Onan diesel marine generators manufactured by Cummins.

"Ignition protection is designed to prevent sparks that could be caused by electrically activated components and connections," said Scott Malindzak, Global Recreational Marine Leader for Cummins. "Our customers have been using Onan ignition-protected marine generators to power their house loads ranging from 4 to 7.5 kilowatts. We will soon be extending the ignition protection feature up to 13 kilowatt marine generators." 

When you are shopping for your next boat or looking to improve the safety and comfort of a classic, be sure to not compromise the safety and comfort of your family. Speak with your boat dealer or manufacturer to learn how a marine diesel generator will quietly and safely provide power for your voyage – whether taking a sunset cruise, heading offshore fishing, or spending the weekend on the hook.   

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Aytek Yuksel

Aytek Yuksel is the Content Marketing Leader for Cummins Inc., with a focus on Power Systems markets. Aytek joined the Company in 2008. Since then, he has worked in several marketing roles and now brings you the learnings from our key markets ranging from industrial to residential markets. Aytek lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and two kids.

Uninterrupted power from Cummins at Karachi’s new Diamond Residency

The builder of a new condominium in Karachi turned to Cummins authorized distributor Orient Energy Systems for a dependable backup power system.
The builder of a new condominium in Karachi turned to Cummins authorized distributor Orient Energy Systems for a dependable backup power system.

A new condominium adjacent to Iqra University in Karachi, Pakistan, Diamond Residency is one of a series of Diamond-named projects in development to keep pace with a growing urban population and infrastructure. The builder turned to Cummins authorized distributor Orient Energy Systems for a dependable backup power system. OES installed the power system in the form of 2 x Cummins C220D5 generator sets and 3 x Cummins C55D5 generator sets for a total of 550 kVA to back up the main utility. 

Cummins power system at Diamond Residency, Karachi“Cummins technology has demonstrated to uphold its standard in versatile conditions. It has delivered its commitment to consumers, making it a durable brand,” said Muhammad Farhan Akhtar, OES assistant manager.

A key reason Cummins was selected for the standby power system is its service and support network that's Always On. Cummins global network of 8,000 distributors and dealers means that local support is available wherever and whenever our customers need it, and authorized distributor OES provides outstanding aftersales service to keep customers operating, and residents at Diamond Residency with uninterrupted power, even during an outage.

For more information on standby power systems, visit cummins.com
 

Anisha George

As a Marketing Communications Specialist, Anisha supports marketing, communications and event management for Africa and Middle East regions. Prior to joining Cummins in 2011, she gained industry experience working in the event management field. anisha.george@cummins.com 

Cummins backs up top sports destination Kigali Arena in Rwanda

Adem Ersoy, Project Engineer at Cummins Turkey's authorized distributor Mepa Energy, stands next to the standby power system at Kigali Arena.
Adem Ersoy, Project Engineer at Cummins Turkey's authorized distributor Mepa Energy, stands next to the standby power system at Kigali Arena.

Kigali Arena, the largest sports stadium in eastern Africa, is now open. Located just outside the Amahoro National Stadium in Remera, Rwanda, the 10,000-seat facility was inaugurated in August by Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Kigali ArenaThe arena is scheduled to host the inaugural Basketball Africa League inaugural semi-finals and finals in March 2020, and expected to host the 2021 FIBA Men’s Africa Basketball Championship after it was announced earlier this year that Rwanda will host the tournament. In addition to sporting events like basketball, volleyball and martial arts, it will also be a centre for concerts, conferences and exhibitions. The complex sits on 28,000 square metres of land and includes 13 cafeterias and restaurants, six changing rooms, two coaching staff rooms , a fitness centre and a media hall.

Summa Company of Turkey built the arena in only six months. The standby power system consists of three units of Cummins C1100D5B 0.4 kV generator sets, which are synchronized and commissioned. The three Cummins C1100D5B generator sets proves this capability by being able to start and synchronize with each other and take the full load at about 8-12 seconds. Cummins Turkey Dealer Mepa Energy has engineered, installed and commissioned the power system with daily fuel tanks, automatic replenishing system and sound attenuators.

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Adam Sidders

Adam Sidders is the Marketing Communications Leader for the Power Systems Business Unit of Cummins Inc. Prior to joining Cummins in 2012 Adam worked in Financial Services for Europe’s largest independently owned insurer as their Marketing and Communications Manager. adam.sidders@cummins.com

Top five U.S. states with the longest power outages

Most Americans have lost their power at one point or another. Here are the top-five states with the longest average power outages, and a few power outage preparedness tips for you and your family. 

After a long day at the office, many Americans relax by watching TV… watching over 2.5 hours of TV to be exact 1. But imagine coming home to no power. How would you spend your free time? 

Being without power is a very real possibly for most Americans. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Electric Power Industry Report, every state in the U.S. experienced a power outage in 2017. While the average U.S. power outage lasts over seven hours, residents of the following five states experienced power outages lasting at least twice that long:

Top five states with longest power outages
The average duration of a power outage in the U.S. was seven-plus hours according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration

Maine: Maine led the nation in length and frequency of power outages 2, with average power outage lasting 40 hours. While severe weather, winter storms in Maine’s case, was the leading cause of these outages, the slower than expected pace of the local utility company to restore service caused a public outcry. 

Florida: It is said that wherever you are in Florida you are less than 60 miles away from ocean. While Floridians and visitors enjoy the sand, sea and sun, they also experience more hurricanes than any other state. In fact, about a quarter of all hurricanes that hit the U.S. Mainland hit Florida. In 2017, category 4 Hurricane Irma hit Cudjoe Key and left 7.7 million people in the state without power at some point. 

New Hampshire: Mount Washington peaks at 6,288 ft and offers breath taking scenes for viewers whether it is summer or winter. But if you plan to visit the Granite State in the winter, consider packing a flashlight and comfort items in case of a power outage. In October 2017, a winter storm left one third of New Hampshire without electricity for several hours to days 3

Georgia: With more than 10 million residents and one of world’s busiest airports, Georgia consumes more electricity than most other states and has more to lose if faced with power outages. Yet Georgia residents experienced an average of 17 hours without power in 2017, partially due to Hurricane Irma leaving more than a million residents in the dark. 

Vermont: Forests and snow, two things most of us imagine thinking of Vermont. Vermont gets lots of snow, more than 80 inches per year to be accurate 4, and is one of the most heavily forested states. A combination of dense forests and heavy snowfall makes falling tree limbs a key reason for power outages averaging 15 hours.

Preparedness is Key to Protecting Your Family and Home During a Power Outage

  1. Take inventory of items you need that require electricity, including security systems and medical devices. Speak to your medical profession about a back up plan for medical devices requiring electricity and medications requiring refrigeration. 
  2. Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by installing carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home and by operating portable generators outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. 
  3. Weather is the leading cause of power outages in the U.S. Sign up for local weather alerts and follow your local news providers to stay up-to-date on weather systems impacting your area. Take two minutes to watch preparation tips for every season and type of disaster from meteorologist Cheryl Nelson, Disaster Preparedness Advisor for Cummins.
  4. Create a disaster prep kit for each member of your family to ensure their safety and comfort during a power outage. A basic kit should include bottled water, non-perishable food and battery-powered flashlights. 
  5. Consider purchasing a home generator to ensure vital medical equipment and appliances like sump pumps stay on during a power outage.

A home standby generator like the Cummins Quiet Connect Series turns on automatically the moment an outage occurs to power your entire home or just select appliances, based on your power needs and budget. For families with basic power needs or minimal risk of power outage, a Cummins Onan portable generator may be the right choice. Use our online generator size calculator to understand how much power your family needs.

For more power outage safety tips, check out our weather prep tips page. And visit homegenerators.cummins.com to learn more about backup power options for your home, including criteria for determining whether a portable or standby generator is the right choice for your needs and an online calculator to help you understand how much power your family consumes. 

References: 
1 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2019, June 19). American Time Use Survey Summary. [Report]. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov
2 U.S. Energy Information Agency. (2018, Nov 30). Average U.S. electricity customer interruptions totaled nearly 8 hours in 2017. [Article]. Retrieved from https://www.eia.gov/
3 Tuohy, D. (2017, Nov 3). Top 5 Power Outages in New Hampshire. [Article]. Retrieved from https://www.nhpr.org/
4 National Weather Service. (n.d.). Historical Monthly Snowfall - Burlington, VT. [Data Table]. Retrieved from https://www.weather.gov/ 
 

Aytek Yuksel - Cummins Inc

Aytek Yuksel

Aytek Yuksel is the Content Marketing Leader for Cummins Inc., with a focus on Power Systems markets. Aytek joined the Company in 2008. Since then, he has worked in several marketing roles and now brings you the learnings from our key markets ranging from industrial to residential markets. Aytek lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and two kids.

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