Falcon’s Emission Control
Falcon Power Generation takes their responsibility to the environment very seriously and are always striving to stay ahead of emission regulations, rather than simply being compliant. Across the company there is a culture for being environmentally friendly and running the company in a sustainable manner. From electric cars to solar panels to hybrid generators to low emission generators.
Each of our 205 plus generators are a minimum of stage IIIA compliant with the NRMM regulations, which means these sets are compliant to be used in any county, district or borough in the UK. The benefit is two-fold, not only will all our customers be complying with current regulations, but they will also benefit from lower CO2 emissions to achieve the European Directive 97/68/EC. The result of this compliance is, of course, lower fuel bills.
What is NRMM?
All NRMM (Non-Road Mobile Machinery) between 37 and 560kW must conform to the EU Engine Emission Stage or have an exemption issued by the Greater London Authority. Currently the regulations apply to all developments that fall within the Central Activity Zone (CAZ) within London, including areas such as Canary Wharf, however there are plans to expand this further throughout the UK in the coming years.
Working with JCB in the development of Stage V Generators
Falcon is one of only a handful of generator hire companies which can offer Stage IIIA compliant sets throughout its fleet. In addition, in good time for the change to Stage V compliance, it will be providing sets which have been retro fitted with the necessary equipment to achieve compliance. The company's continued cooperation with the London Borough of Merton, as the supervising authority, and JCB as the generator manufacturer will ensure that whatever Falcon set is required on site, it will exceed the emission regulations required which prevail at the time of delivery.
Start stop technology
Here at Falcon Power Generation we are at the forefront of the drive to reduce the carbon footprint from generators on construction sites. One of the ways we achieve this is by using load profiling technology we have developed on a hybrid system that will stop the generator once there is a period of inactivity, for example five minutes. Once a load is reapplied to a generator, it will automatically start and power the appliance. By using this technology on certain generators, we can reduce your fuel consumption by up to 90% but more importantly reduce the CO2 emissions from the generator by approximately 950kg per week.
On many of our generator sets, Falcon have installed an air filtration system, also known as a “Scrubber”, to ensure soot particles can be burnt off before entering the atmosphere. Filters collect exhaust gasses until the optimum quantity of soot for regeneration has been collected. The system makes use of the positive active properties of a fuel additive that on the one hand lowers soot ignition temperature and on the other hand increases its burn off speed.
The soot trapped in the filter can, therefore, be burned off automatically in a regeneration process when the exhaust gas has a temperature of around 400 degrees. If, however, the necessary temperature could not be reached which is frequently the case in the low-load range – the system is active, thermoelectric regeneration function cuts in. This results in a cleaner generator set with lower emissions entering the atmosphere. All of our air filtration systems are NRMM approved.
With the carbon footprint, emissions and sustainability in everyone’s mind, Falcon goes above and beyond to offer solutions compliant with new regulations.
Falcon’s Hybrid Power Solutions
These units deliver on both cost savings and additional cuts in CO2 emissions, just like a hybrid car but on a larger scale. The principle is that the generator charges the hybrid part of the system whilst it is in normal operation. This enables the project to switch on to stored battery power for lighting and advertising once the site closes. This eliminates noise at night and reduces engine running time and, hence, fuel consumption.