Heating solutions take the pain out of cold starts

Heating solutions take the pain out of cold starts

Even though Australia has experienced some cooler than typical temperatures this winter, it is far from the world’s leading market for engine coolant heating solutions.

However, while not many of us may need to scrape ice from the windscreen, shovel snow off the driveway or run our vehicles for some time prior to taking off, there is certainly a use for engine heating solutions in bigger applications such as power generation.

As EPE’s Mason Deetman, Manager – Exhaust, Thermal and Explosion Protection explains, when an engine that has been powered down needs to be restarted, waiting for it to heat up wastes time and fuel.

“The point of an engine is to produce power and the sooner it can do that, the more efficient and productive the operation will be,” Mason says.

“An engine heater keeps warm coolant circulating through an engine even if it has to be shut down, meaning when it is restarted, you can go from zero to hero almost instantly.”

EPE supplies a range of Phillips & Temro Industries (PTI) engine heating solutions to the Australian market. US-based PTI, which has operated for more than 100 years, has a reputation for quality and reliability, with a strong focus on North American and Northern European applications for all manner of engines.

The company says its circulating coolant heater range ensures dependable, fast starts for critical applications, meaning quick acceptance of loads, and reduced fuel consumption, emissions and engine wear.

“PTI has a long history in the business of engine heating and cooling, which is why EPE has elected to supply its products,” Mason said.

There are two types of circulating coolant heaters, including forced flow models that use an electric  pump to actively circulate warm coolant evenly through the engine, and thermosiphon heaters that warm the coolant and use convection to circulate it through the system.

Mason says heater selection depends largely on the generator and where it can be fitted.

“The thermosiphon heaters have to be fitted at the lowest point in the engine while forced flow models have an active pump so there’s a bit more flexibility in terms of where they can be fitted,” he said.

“They also provide more even heat distribution which leads to more efficient heating and longer service life.

“To scope out the best solution for the job we need to know the engine size, the ambient temperature at which it will be operating and how quickly the coolant needs to be at operating temperature.

For more information on engine heaters, CONTACT EPE.