Himoinsa and FAMCO launch hybrid genset in GCC

Variable speed unit is tailor-made for the region’s telecoms sector

Himoinsa’s variable speed, hybrid generator set has been designed to reduce operating costs and increase the length of refuelling intervals.
Himoinsa’s variable speed, hybrid generator set has been designed to reduce operating costs and increase the length of refuelling intervals.

Himoinsa has introduced a variable speed, hybrid generator set to the Middle East market.

The hybrid features both a diesel generator and batteries, and can also be connected to either wind or solar renewable energy sources.

The product, which is being launched in conjunction with authorised Himoinsa distributor, FAMCO, has been tailor-made to suit the needs of the region’s telecoms industry.

Himoinsa’s hybrid unit is a combination of technologies,” explained Augustin Rodrigo, the Spanish manufacturer’s network development manager.

“We have combined a variable speed genset with batteries and renewable energy sources. This combination means that the genset’s running time is minimised, resulting in reduced emissions and significantly lower operational costs,” he added.

By selecting a variable speed Yanmar engine with a range of 1,300 rpm to 3,000 rpm, Himoinsa has created a unit that can optimise its performance and fuel consumption according to the energy requirements at any one time.

The batteries – which can be charged by either the genset or renewable energy sources – are able to provide power during low-load demand, negating the need for the diesel generator to run. The result: a power product with a variable output of 5kW to 15kW.

“The hybrid’s electronics are 100% Himoinsa,” Rodrigo told PMV.

“We use a signle CEM7V control unit to oversee all of the hybrid’s components. This one controller is able to adjust the rpm of the engine according to the load, optimally charge the batteries, monitor the unit’s temperature levels, and much more.

“Moreover, by connecting the hybrid to a renewable energy source – be it wind or solar – users are able to minimise dependence on the diesel genset and maximise fuel economy,” he explained.

Himoinsa’s hybrid boasts 500-hour maintenance intervals, and is available with either the standard 500L-capacity fuel tank, or the optional 1,000L version. A 1,000L fuel tank can power a modern telecoms repeater for a month without the need for refuelling, and this figure assumes that the operator doesn’t connect the generator to a renewable energy source.

“Operational costs are one of the most important considerations for telecoms companies,” said Rodrigo.

“Here, we are speaking not only about fuel consumption. Providers have to send their employees out to these very remote areas, so the fewer times that this is necessary, the better,” he concluded.

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