The QAC 1200, a 1 MW generator, was designed
by Atlas Copco for the European market, where
it was introduced in 2000. Now, the company
is bringing the diesel-powered generator set to
Company targeting 1000 kW generator set to North American rental and
natural gas markets
BY JACK BURKE
Atlas Copco is bringing its Tier 2-certified QAC 1200 1000 k W generator set to the North
The generator was introduced to
Europe in 2000 is also available in
Africa, South America, the Middle
East, Asia and Australia and is used in
mining operations and for prime power
and critical standby applications.
It was designed primarily for the rental
markets in those regions and the rental
market in North America will also be a
key sector for the QAC 1200, said Mark
Taylor, vice president of marketing for
Portable Energy USA at Atlas Copco.
“The QAC 1200 is a product we
absolutely had to get into the U.S.
market,” Taylor said.
He said the company has added 20
sales people in the U.S. in the last 12
months to directly target national rental
chains and independent rental dealers.
“This gives them another alternative (for diesel generator sets),”
He indicated that the gen-set should
be popular in the natural gas market as
well. He estimated that operators use
about 3000 k W of power on each drill
site and with about 1800 drilling sites in
the U.S. the QAC 1200 can be “a nice
plug-in to actually help us get some of
that market share,” Taylor said.
One of the biggest benefits of the
QAC 1200 is its simplicity and versatility, said Julio Tome, product manager
– generators. “We design machines for
serviceability, mainly because we are
rental (market)-driven,” Tome said. “We
always take care that all of the spare
parts are easy to find and also easy
“What the end user wants — no
surprise — is for end power to not
be an issue.”
The QAC 1200 gen-set is powered
by a Cummins QST30 G5 diesel engine
that drives a Leroy Somer LSA49.1L11
alternator that delivers 1140 kVA/912
kW prime power at 60 Hz. The unit is
standard with Atlas Copco’s QC1002,
but the QC4002 controller is available
as an option that enables the opera-
tor to create a Power Management
System (PMS) that Tome said pro-
vides a simple method of paralleling
two or more gen-sets.
Simplicity of the paralleling is a
key attribute, Taylor added. “One of
the things we did a lot in Europe was
paralleling, so if you want 2 MW of
power, you could plug two units in
and it’s a twisted pair and a plug here
and a plug there and you’re done —
it’s really, really simple,” Taylor said.
“It surprised me that there wasn’t so
much paralleling in the U.S.
He said the new product was “like
a Lego kit — if you want 3 MW, then
you get three machines,” he said.
“You might want to run 1 MW this
week and 3 MW next week and if
you parallel them together, they will
actually balance the output to what
you’re requiring, so it’s a really, really
versatile and flexible product.”
The QAC 1200 gen-sets are manu-
factured in Zaragoza, Spain. Taylor
said the generator sets could be man-
ufactured in the company’s Rock Hill,
S.C., plant if volume warrants. dp
46 DIESEL PROGRESS NORTH AMERICAN EDITION January 2014