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Active Power Announces GenSTART Retrofit Program

Active has announced a GenSTART Retrofit Program aimed at enhancing reliability in existing engine generator installations. The patented GenSTART systems eliminate the number one reason generator sets fail to start—dead or weak lead-acid starter batteries.

The program features the battery-free GenSTART System that increases starting reliability for up to 8 MW of multiple standby engine generators and individual GenSTART Modules that can supply 1725 cold-cranking amps to generator set starter motors. Both products supply engine generators with assured starting power when it's most critical—at start-up. With this program, Active Power now offers these products to end-users with existing generator installations as well as users of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) that include Active Power’s battery-free CleanSource UPS systems.

Backed by a one-year warranty, the GenSTART battery-free systems are available now. They meet the highest safety and performance standards, including listings from UL, FCC and CSA. Each GenSTART Module converts three-phase 480 Vac from an uninterrupted power source to 24 Vdc to supply immediate gen set start power. GenSTART System incorporates Active Power’s highly reliable CleanSource energy storage flywheel to deliver 250 kW of power to the starting modules for additional reliability of the overall configuration.

Standard features include rapid 2.5-sec recharge, serial communications, LCD monitoring and control panel, programmable I/O contacts and self-diagnostics. An optional battery paralleling capability allows configuration of redundant dc voltage sources using either batteries or, for highest availability, multiple GenSTART modules. Other options include GenSTART 24-V genset start power, remote notification and monitoring, CSView real-time monitoring software, remote emergency power off (REPO), 4-wire input and output, MODBUS and SNMP interfaces, internal maintenance bypass and OSHPD pre-approved seismic Zone-4 anchoring capability.

For more information, visit www.activepower.com.

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