EU Stage V: Big change, big opportunity

For the very first time, the electric power sector needs to adopt engine aftertreatment to meet new EU Stage V emission standards. But don’t be daunted. Perkins has the advanced engine technologies, engineering excellence and one-on-one support in place to help you safely steer through Stage V – and create a competitive advantage for your machines.

The next phase of EU emission standards, Stage V, comes into force in 2019 and 2020 for non-road diesel engines across the full power spectrum. The electric power sector falls within the scope of the new standards.

Stage V standards continue the path towards reducing both particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. Conforming to them will mean significant change for the generator set market, which will need to directly upgrade from Stage IIIA technology to Stage V.

Such a significant level of change is causing uncertainty and anxiety among some electric power businesses. But with the right knowledge, technology and support, you can turn the challenge of Stage V into a unique opportunity that powers your long-term success.

EU Stage V: Big change, big opportunity

Understanding aftertreatment technologies

New Stage V standards will drive the generator set market to adopt new engine aftertreatment for most power ranges. Aftertreatment simply means a device for reducing engine emissions. Common examples include selective catalytic reduction (SCR), diesel particulate filters (DPF) and diesel oxidation catalysts (DOC).

Perkins has been developing these technologies for almost a decade, as industrial machines have needed to adopt them since Stage IIIB and Stage IV. This means we have a complete range of Stage V solutions across the full power range from 5-560 kVA. These have already been proven across hundreds of millions of running hours.

“Our Stage V solutions set an industry benchmark for being simple, efficient and reliable,” said James Gardiner, Perkins new product introduction manager. “Any OEM or rental business looking for a smooth and cost-effective transition to Stage V, while meeting its customers’ demands for value, innovation and performance, should collaborate with Perkins.”

Simple to install

Bringing your generator sets up to Stage V standards is simple when you choose Perkins. Many of our aftertreatment configurations are mounted directly on to your engine. These result in true plug-and-play solutions that are simple to install. 

“Our Stage V engines, including our extremely power-dense 1206 platform, come with the aftertreatment bolted on in one package,” said Victoria Reeves, EAME application engineering manager. “This option offers customer’s savings on their engineering, compliance test, and inventory management costs.”

Making you more efficient

Perkins aftertreatment solutions help both your generator sets – and your business – become more efficient. They’re compact in size, are optimised to minimise diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) consumption and come with service-free options on some engine models.

“The engine technologies we’ve chosen – for example exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) – already allow your engine to run more efficiently,” said James. “We’ve also designed our DOC system to use less DEF – around 3-4 percent of the diesel consumed. This can decrease the running cost of your rental fleet and reduces the size of your DEF tank, which reduces the overall package size.”

Aftertreatment on many of our models is also service-free for the life of the product.

“If you’re running a large rental fleet, this means you won’t have the cost or inconvenience of dismantling your canopies and servicing the aftertreatment,” said James. “It brings a huge cost benefit to your business.”

Proven reliability for total peace of mind

When it comes to Stage V technologies, Perkins can stand behind their reliability. Without compromise, they are low maintenance, highly dependable and durable.

“We’ve developed a thermal management strategy which ensures our aftertreatment technologies regenerate automatically even at very low loads,” said James. “This means your duty cycles and workload never impact user productivity.

“Customers can also take advantage of Perkins common core product offerings. Use of highly capable and strong cores allows Perkins to offer a simplified product range for all markets. This allows customers to develop similar base frames for generator sets that need to be sold in different markets,” said James. “This drives down your operational cost and could reduce spare part and service parts inventories.”

These latest generation engine platforms allow Perkins to set a benchmark in high power density products for lesser regulated markets and highly efficient Stage V and U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final capable engines for highly regulated markets.

Supporting you on your Stage V journey

Customers who partner with Perkins also benefit from our Technical Integration Workshops (TIWs). In these, we collaborate with OEMs one-to-one, exploring your business strategies and aligning engine specifications to meet your specific requirements.

For some, Stage V is a challenge. For Perkins, it’s just another opportunity to support you when you need it most.

“Any OEM or rental business looking for a smooth and cost-effective transition to Stage V, while meeting its customers’ demands for value, innovation and performance, should collaborate with Perkins.” - James Gardiner, new product introduction manager.