Kohler Energy’s Power Systems division has introduced a new maintenance programme called Conscious Care, aimed at assisting customers in reducing their carbon footprint and lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This programme aligns with Kohler’s Better Planet environmental sustainability strategy, which focuses on minimising environmental impact, supporting customers in their environmental goals, and promoting transparency and accountability.
Conscious Care offers two options for customers. The first option is the No-Load Exercise, designed to run monthly exercises of diesel generators without a load, thereby avoiding wet stacking issues. This approach reduces GHG emissions by 40% annually compared to loaded cycles and also achieves a 44% reduction in fuel consumption, ensuring compliance with regulations and lowering fuel costs. The second option is the Extended Exercise, which allows customers to conduct the test every four months without a load. This further reduces total GHG emissions by 69% and fuel consumption by 71%. Additionally, the maintenance programme enables an operating method that minimises noise emissions and the appearance of black smoke at cold start.
Customers can select the option that suits their maintenance schedule and regulatory requirements. In the past, the industry relied on exercising generators at 30% capacity once a month to prevent fuel build-up, but Kohler’s advanced engine technologies in its KD Series engines have reduced the necessity for this procedure. With Conscious Care, KOHLER diesel generators can operate under load as infrequently as once a year.
“Thanks to our expertise, we have been able to rethink maintenance and find more environmentally friendly solutions to reduce customers’ GHG emissions,” said Charles Hunsucker, Power Systems President. “Another step in our journey to creating a Better Planet, the new Conscious Care programme gives tangible benefits to our mission-critical customers and demonstrates our support in their journeys towards more sustainable back-up power solutions.”
Moreover, by using HVO fuel (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) instead of fossil fuel, customers can further reduce the carbon footprint by up to 90% throughout the product’s life cycle. All KD Series generators are compatible with HVO fuel.
Kohler remains dedicated to delivering cleaner energy solutions and developing innovative technologies in the mission-critical power generation market, contributing to a resilient and environmentally conscious future.