In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many of the emergency backup generators that power critical operations are failing due to neglected fuel maintenance. ALGAE-X International’
“We’ve had a number of calls this week from Facilities Managers in the Northeast who are experiencing fuel problems after bringing their generators online. We have rushed equipment to several high-profile financial institutions in the area to resolve fuel quality issues which resulted in backup generator failures,” said Bob McCann, AXI’s Director of Sales. “AXI’s nationwide ‘855-FIX-FUEL’
“Poor quality fuel will shut down an emergency generator if filters plug and impede the flow of fuel. Even rigorous preventive maintenance procedures can’t prevent generator failure if the fuel is not adequately tested, maintained, and treated. Aged and dirty fuel really is the weak link in emergency power systems,” said Bill O’Connell, AXI’s President.
The standard 30-minute generator test may not detect a critical fuel quality condition. Diesel fuel is a very complex liquid that deteriorates rapidly based on its environment and handling conditions. Mission Critical facilities managers and generator maintenance professionals can take proactive measures to prevent catastrophic fuel-related generator failures with periodic tank cleaning, fuel conditioning or by the installation of automated systems that maintain fuel quality.
AXI provides solutions to protect primary and backup generators from failure caused by poor fuel quality. ALGAE-X International’