News | May 13, 2011

Caterpillar Announces Introduction Of XQ500 455 ekW Mobile Generator Set - Meets Tier 4 Interim Emission Standards

Source: Caterpillar Inc., Electric Power Division

Caterpillar Inc. recently announces the introduction of its 455 ekW mobile diesel generator set meeting Tier 4 Interim emission standards. This power module is rated for prime operation at 455 ekW (480/277 V, 240/139 V, and 208/120 V). The XQ500 is powered by the fuel-efficient Cat®C15 ACERT® engine and is sold and rented exclusively through Cat dealers.

Equipped with the new EMCP 4.4 control panel, the XQ500 features a user-friendly interface and automatic generator set paralleling. A principle advantage of the control system is the auto- configuration of key performance parameters when voltage changes are required. The EMCP 4.4, ADEM™ A4 and Cat Digital Voltage Regulator (CDVR) sense changes and adjust the parameters for optimum performance. Providing greater flexibility when moving between multiple job sites with differing frequency and voltage needs, the auto-configuration capability eliminates the time required when reprogramming units and potential errors.

The XQ500 power module is suited for utility paralleling applications as it offers power metering, protective relaying, and engine and generator control monitoring. The optional Utility Multifunction Relay (UMR) provides the protection often required by utilities when paralleling with a utility source.

To expedite installation after delivery, redesigned connection points provide better access and cable spacing between the main load bus terminals. Automatic changeover between shore power and generator set power for all on-board systems additionally speeds set-up. The ladder and rail storage is integrated into the chassis on this rental unit – a design improvement affecting access and handling.

From the operation perspective, the XQ500 mobile generator set accepts 100 percent rated load in one step per NFPA 110 and meets ISO 8528-5 transient response. The power module meets 76 dBA at seven meters at 110 percent of the prime rating per SAE J1074 measurement procedure, while maintaining the ambient and altitude performance for all voltages. Additionally, the customer GFCI convenience receptacles featured on the XQ500 are supplied with 110V consistently, regardless of the voltage at the main load bus terminal.

Environmental considerations have also been incorporated into the design of the XQ500. New on the package is a solar powered battery maintainer – keeping batteries fully charged when not in use. The open crankcase ventilation system (with filter) mitigates environmental impact by reducing the oil contained in engine ventilation by 75 percent. This unit provides 110 percent spill containment of onboard engine fluids.

They XQ500 mobile diesel generator set is backed 100 percent by service provided through Caterpillar's authorized dealer network and technicians – trained to service every aspect of Cat equipment.

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SOURCE: Caterpillar Inc., Electric Power Division