Bladon MTG transforms telecom tower site in Durban
28 February 2019
Written by Stuart Kelly
When we talk to our customers about what the Bladon MTG12 offers their business, we typically hear the same things. They love how much money they save thanks to the longer service intervals and need for fewer site visits; the fact that they don’t have to use any oil or liquid coolant; or that the fuel flexibility allowing them to mix fuels makes the MTG more secure and cheaper to run.
What we don’t often hear about is the reduced environmental impact, with its low emission and low-noise pollution levels. Until they see an MTG running first hand. Then they realise that the MTG truly sounds and smells different, especially if they have been exposed to traditional diesel gensets in the past. An experience one of our customers had recently shows that the Bladon MTG’s advantages in this area can be crucial in certain environments
At a particularly leafy and off-grid site in Durban this client needs to run a diesel genset 24 hours a day to keep its specially designed telecoms tower supplied with power. Because of the noise, smell and emissions from that machine, they faced repeated and ongoing complaints from the site’s neighbours, to the extent that they were at risk of losing the site altogether.
To address this, Bladon, together with our African partner Abbott Technologies provided them with a brand new MTG12 at short notice to replace the diesel genset. The MTG12 is the quietest genset on the market, emitting less than 65dB from a distance of one metre. Because of the microturbine engine, it is also incredibly low vibration. It is also a much cleaner and greener running machine, as the world’s first EURO V Compliant 12kW diesel genset.
The MTG12 is one of the few gensets on the market that is actually designed to operate with a reduced environmental impact, which can be more beneficial than businesses may at first realise. Compared to a traditional 15kVA diesel genset, the MTG delivers almost a 60% reduction in CO emissions, and 80% in NOx emissions. This translates to a significantly lower carbon footprint for a mobile network or Tower operator with 1,000s of towers to manage in country.