A prototype genset powered by a new Volvo Penta engine has emerged with flying colours after being put through its paces by Lebanese electricity supply company Ishtirak El Hassan.
Lebanese genset manufacturer Khonaysser Motors installed the Volvo Penta 16-litre TWD1645GE engine in the genset for a year-long field test that has “proven to be a success”.
Volvo Penta, part of the global Volvo Group, said that Lebanon is frequently hit by power cuts because of an unstable mains electricity supply. “To ease the burden, Ishtirak El Hassan uses gensets to produce electricity for small companies, shops, offices and homes,” the company said.
Ishtirak El Hassan owner Ali Soufan said: “We have been really satisfied with this genset. We even wanted to delay the end of field testing as we didn’t want to return it.”
Volvo Penta said the gensets need to be able to operate for up to 24 hours continuously— and more than 6,500 hours per year— and the power company later bought one of its engines.
Ronald Youakimian, technical consultant at Beirut-based Khonaysser Motors, said: “It has been running trouble-free over the past year with only minimal intervention from our staff to cover routine maintenance. The dual-circuit cooling system is perfectly adequate for our climatic conditions. Since field testing, we have sold many of the gensets with this engine to other customers.”
The TWD1645GE produces up to 770kVA standby at 1500 rpm (50 Hz.).
Volvo Penta will be among exhibitors at the Middle East Electricity show in Dubai from 6-8 March.