Intelligent, remote monitoring of Diesel Gensets

According to the IFC (World Bank Group) about 1.5 billion people live with “broken” electricity grids and experience blackouts, often for thousands of hours a year. Reliance on distributed diesel and gasoline backup generators, is a common stopgap measure. Generators are deployed across the globe on a large scale both on- and off-grid, at homes, businesses, and industrial sites.

It is estimated that 6.5 million generators are deployed in sub-Saharan Africa, and West Africa has the highest share of power generated from back-up generators at 40 percent of annual consumption. Overall, spending on generator fuel in West Africa is about the same as expenditures on grid electricity, highlighting the high dependence on back-up power.

This requires considerable quantities of fossil fuel; 20 percent of the fuel consumed in Sub-Saharan Africa is burned for electricity generation. In regions where generators are a predominant source of energy access, spending on fuel can be equivalent to or higher than the total national spending on the grid. Electricity from backup generators is expensive, with $28 billion to $50 billion spent by generator users on fuel each year. This necessary access to energy comes with significant costs.

When generators runout of fuel or experience unscheduled downtime, the disruptions and consequential costs are vast and can be crippling to homes, businesses, and industries. This is particularly true for remote mobile network towers. For owners and operators of these generators, remote supervision, monitoring, and genset telematics are sensible options for maintaining generator uptime and operational longevity.

Genset monitoring comprises a hardware and software solution for fuel monitoring, operation parameters and engine diagnostics. Comprehensive remote genset management solutions typically include data gathering for predictive maintenance scheduling, operating time monitoring, gathering failure statistics, just-in-time servicing, and replacement of consumables.

Intelligent, remote monitoring of diesel gensets (DGs) ensures the uninterrupted operation of DG, which reduces fuel and operation costs, optimizes maintenance scheduling, and prevents generator service outages, and extends the DGs life cycle.

The PetroMan Genset solution, provided by Ressource Solutions, is particularly suited to conditions in Africa and offers a range of intelligent, remote monitoring options. In addition, the PetroMan Genset solution, offers uninterrupted power supply, immediate operation as needed, remote stop/start control and remote monitoring of fuel, battery levels and voltages.

Ressource Solutions have offices in Namibia, South Africa, and Mauritius, as well as representation in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia, DRC, Kenya, and Malaysia & Australia. With a growing footprint in Africa of over 150 projects and/or maintenance sites throughout the region, spanning from South Africa to Egypt, Ressource Solutions is the preferred fuel management partner for numerous regional and global brands.

Ressource Solutions has made it their purpose to develop world-class hydrocarbon management systems that are both cost-effective and user-friendly. As an OEM Ressource Solutions markets its unique fuel management solutions under the PetroMan® brand, providing meticulous, real-time, measuring, and reporting that allows clients to intricately control hydrocarbon quality and usage. Ressource Solutions continually develops and implements robust and up-to-date hardware and software platforms and has supplied FMS solutions to the mining sector, across Africa, since the 1990s.

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