Diesel-Electric is a leading company in Zambia for installing, servicing and repairing generators. Their expertise includes repair capabilities on all makes of generators, and their buying houses in South Africa and Germany ensure quick procurement of spare parts to minimize downtime. Diesel-Electric technicians are factory trained and receive regular refresher training to stay ahead of changing technology in this field. Clients include many of the leading banks in Zambia, government institutions, embassies, military and private customers.
As the sole agent for the SDMO range of generators (Europe’s largest manufacturer), Diesel-Electric support every facet of the economy from domestic households, through to lodges, banks, electricity providers, customs border posts, military and mining. Diesel-Electric also represent HIMOINSA generators which are manufactured in Spain. They are utilised primarily in the telecommunications field by most of the major mobile phone service providers in Zambia.
The model ranges most commonly offered in Zambia are based on three different manufacturers of engines. Mitsubishi engines are used on generator models T12, T16 and T22kVA as well as on the large generators from 1,400 to 2,200kVA. John Deere engines are used on generator models J33, J44, J66, J88, J110, J130, J165, J200, J220, J275, J300 and J400kVA. Volvo engines are used on generator models V220 up V700kVA. For special applications, Diesel-Electric can offer the MTU engine range on generator models X710 to X3,100kVA.
The larger models are generally supplied with Leroy Somer alternators while the smaller models use Mecc Alte alternators, both of them fully manufactured in Europe.
Sound proof canopies
SDMO is known for manufacturing excellent canopies with unique anti-rust treatment on all metalwork before powder coating takes place. Sound absorption is excellent, and the latches used are top quality, with lockable handles. Larger generators are mounted in ISO containers, specially modified for maximum sound absorption.
Models up to 110kVA are usually fitted with the Nexus control panel, giving digital readouts of important generator parameters on an LCD screen. Larger models use the Telys control panel, allowing the user more inputs on generator parameters, setups, software download and diagnostics
Automatic transfer switches
For backup applications, SDMO generators are supplied with an ATS, nowadays mostly of the motorized switch type, while certain models retain the contactor type of change-over. Generator parameters such as amps, volts and frequency per phase can be read on the digital display, with push button selection of manual versus automatic operation.
Diesel-Electric has in stock a range of portable generators, ranging from the NEO1000 (900W hand portable, petrol, ideal for camping, powering a music system, public address or power tool), the HX3000 (3.75kVA, petrol), the HX6000 (6.6kVA, petrol) and the DX6000 (6.5kVA, diesel). Diesel-Electric also stocks portable welders, in both petrol (VX200, powered by Honda) and diesel (VX180, powered by Yanmar) versions, both suitable for up to 4mm welding rod diameters. Water pumps complete the portable range, in 2” and 3” pipe configurations.
Diesel-Electric has been appointed by Himoinsa, one of the largest generator manufacturers in Europe, as their official agent for Zambia. Of special interest in their vast range is their telecommunications generators, ideally suited to the requirements of Zambian telecommunications operators. These generators, available in 12,5kVA, 17kVA and 30kVA versions, have the following features:
- Extended capacity fuel tanks, from 700 litre to 1,000 litre
- Built-in ATS’s
- Built in Dummy Loads
- Connections for fault alarms
- Built-in GSM modems, for remote starting and reporting of faults and status
- Padlockable hatches and fuel fillers
This product has already been selected by two of the major operators in Zambia, giving evidence of its suitability to the Zambian environment.
Diesel-Electric is unique in having their own in-house design and manufacturing company to produce a huge array of power products including:
- Solar equipment
- Wind turbines
They even offer a turnkey project capability for any new or existing installation, be it a bank, a telecoms application or a new corporate HQ. In addition, they are the patent holders for HYGEN, a revolutionary concept of variable speed generator.
Servicing, installation and repair
Diesel-Electric is a leader in Zambia in the field of generator installation, repairs and servicing. This applies not only to their own ranges, but to third party manufacturers as well. They have a number of customers throughout the country for which they perform both scheduled maintenance and call-outs. Their capabilities extend to refueling and major overhauls on engines and alternators.
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