JCB Power Products has unveiled a brand new hybrid generator along with its new ten-model QS range of standard machines to address the mass market. The QS range is powered by JCB’s own engines or ‘JCB Diesel by Kohler’ units for the smaller models.
The Inteli-Hybrid generator is based on the QS design but includes batteries to supply power without the engine running in periods of low load.
Jonathan Garnham, director & general manager of JCB Power Products said, “Generators are specified to meet the peak load of any application, but off-grid sites often face significant changes in load requirements, leading to inefficient operation and excessive, unnecessary fuel use.
“Based on the QS generators, there are 24 high-capacity deep cycle battery cells stored in the base of the unit. These batteries are charged by the generator during periods of higher load when the engine is operating most efficiently. During low load periods, the batteries supply the power, while the engine is on standby and ready to take the high load when it returns.
“So fewer emissions and significantly lower fuel consumption. For example, a 100 kVA generator can use 100 litres of fuel every day running at low load. Stopping the engine for eight hours and running from the batteries in low load periods saves 40 litres of fuel every day. And with no noise and reduced emissions, it is ideal for urban and city sites.”
He added that the batteries could be charged using mains electricity if required, as well as renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power.
Also new from JCB is its QS range of generators for the high volume end of the market. The ten models span the 22-220 kVA classes - “The high volume segment of the power generation market is the 20 to 220 kVA sector, accounting for 70% of the total market volume,” said Mr Garnham.
The G22QS, G30QS and G45QS models are powered by JCB Diesel By Kohler engines, which are the fruit of a partnership between JCB and Kohler on small diesel engines. All offer 500 hour service intervals and all the service points can be accessed from one side of the generator.
Compact design was also a key consideration according to JCB, with the smallest model measuring just 750 mm wide. “The compact design minimises transport and logistics costs for our customers. In fact, up to 38 generators can fit in a single 40 foot container,” said Mr Garnham.
Another common design feature across the QS range is a single piece steel roof on the canopy, which helps to stop water getting in.
The four mid-range generators – the G65QS, G90QS, G115QS and G140QS – are powered by JCB’s four cylinder Dieselmax Stage IIIA engine, providing very low noise levels. Features include a 285 litre fuel tank, for up to 12 hours of continuous operation.
The most powerful models in the QS range meanwhile, the G165QS, G200QS and the G220QS, are powered by JCB’s six-cylinder Dieselmax engine, which the company says delivers a 7% fuel saving over the earlier QX range and using as much as -8% less fuel than competitive generators.
The QS machines can be supplied with JCB’s Live Link telematics system which can be used for tracking, monitoring fuel levels, scheduling servicing and other asset management tasks.
The QS range comes with a European specification of 50 Hz as standard, but this can be changed to 60 Hz for the Americas.