KOHLER, Wis., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Kohler Power Systems, the market
leader in gasoline-powered marine generators, introduces a new line of marine
generators that nearly eliminate carbon monoxide (CO) emissions altogether.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050921/CGW007 )
The new low carbon monoxide KOHLER gasoline generators significantly
reduce CO emissions by 99 percent, which both EPA emissions and Kohler
reliability tests confirm. The new KOHLER gasoline generators exceed both CARB
and EPA standards for CO and HC+ (hydrocarbons) and NOx (nitrogen oxides)
emission levels, and have received certification from both organizations.
The Kohler 5ECD and 7.3ECD models are available for immediate delivery,
while the 10-15kW models will be available in first quarter 2006. Several
pleasure-craft brands will feature the new KOHLER low carbon monoxide
generators on 2006 models.
"We've replaced the carburetor with an adaptive strategy, computer-
controlled engine utilizing electronic fuel injection that is responsive and
reduces the carbon monoxide emitted from gasoline-powered generators," said
Richard Koehl, Director of Engineering-Kohler Power Systems.
"What's also significant about this new line of low carbon monoxide
generators is that we've been able to engineer it so that it is simple to
access and service if necessary," said Koehl, recognizing that the one-side
serviceability of the fuel filter, cooling system and lubrication system is
attractive to boat owners. The new bulkhead installation panel also makes
installation easier due to external connections to the generator. The new
KOHLER low carbon monoxide generators also feature significantly fewer parts
than competitive models.
Maintaining a safe temperature using the generator catalyst technology is
another innovation Kohler has been able to offer. "We've engineered a way to
utilize water to cool the generator catalyst, which will keep all the under-
the-deck generator components cool and therefore, safe to the touch." Kohler
has filed a provisional patent application on the cool catalyst technology,
Kohler Power Systems has also introduced an engine control module to its
new line of gasoline generators, which is unique to the market, said Koehl.
The module and the patented Kohler Advanced Digital Control work in harmony to
optimize all generator and engine functions so that the engine adapts to the
requirements of use during its lifetime.
-- Four-cycle, two-cylinder gasoline engine (3600 RPM at 60Hz) with an
electronic governor. The engine meets U.S. Coast Guard safety standards
for electrical systems and gasoline-fuel systems (33CFR183).
-- The sequential port, throttle body fuel-injected system offers a fuel
savings of up to 25% over current KOHLER gasoline generator models.
-- Kohler offers the first and only integrated fuel pump cooler, which
requires no fuel return line to the fuel tank. A high-pressure pump
uses sea water as a cooling medium for the internal fuel return. This
internal fuel "loop" eliminates vapor-loc and the need for an
additional return fuel line. This allows for a lower overall
installation cost and allows for easier retrofit to older boats.
-- The 5 and 7.3ECD generators are compact and lightweight. Both the 5kW
and 7.3kW KOHLER generators are 17.45"W x 28.45"L x 17.25"H and weigh
only 200 lbs.
-- Sound-shielded generator-set installations are simplified with the use
of the bulkhead connection panel.
-- Kohler gasoline generators remain one of the quietest in the market.
Optional aluminum sound shields reduce the generator sound to 68 d(B)A
at 1 meter.
Advanced Digital Control
Never before has Kohler Power Systems offered a more advanced
microprocessor controller on its range of marine generators. The KOHLER
Advanced Digital Control (ADC) has been a standard feature on its recently
released diesel generators (8-32kW) and is now available on its newest
gasoline generators. Monitoring 13 fault conditions, the ADC was designed to
deliver more precise voltage and frequency regulation for today's
sophisticated boating electronics. The ADC offers enhanced diagnostic and
critical generator operational parameters on an easy-to-read seven-segment
alphanumeric display. The ADC displays runtime hours, cyclic crank status, and
system fault codes. The 5 and 7.3ECD features SmartCraft(TM) output
Kohler Power Systems is a division of Kohler Co., and provides complete
power systems, including generators (stationary, residential, mobile and
marine), automatic transfer switches, switchgear, monitoring controls, and
accessories for emergency, prime power, and energy-management applications.
Kohler Power Systems delivers energy solutions for markets worldwide. Frost &
Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, named Kohler Power Systems the
2003 Energy Industry Company of the Year. Founded in 1873 and headquartered in
Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of the nation's oldest and largest privately
held companies. Kohler is a worldwide leader in the manufacture of kitchen
and bath products, utility engines and power-generation systems, home
interiors, and hospitality services.
SmartCraft(TM) is a trademark of Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick
SOURCE Kohler Co.