Originally posted on Data Center POST

By Mattias Karlsson, Vice President eSite, Flexenclosure

Mattias KarlssonWith generators powering most of the telecom sites in Africa and other developing regions, diesel is the number one factor driving operational cost. Obvious questions result: How much diesel is any given site actually consuming? When is it time to refill? Is fuel consumption in line with the expected performance of your installed power solution? Is there an issue with theft? And are you benefiting from your investment in hybrid power systems in terms of overall fuel consumption?

These are clearly critical questions. But fuel monitoring is a complex process with a great number of factors affecting performance, reliability and accuracy and until recently diesel consumption has been the single most difficult factor to accurately measure at telecom sites. The good news is that reliable fuel monitoring systems are now available, but before you invest here are some key areas to discuss with any potential vendor: 

1.       Design

Any fuel monitoring system should be able to detect what is actually happening to the diesel, but without careful design it’s almost impossible to distinguish between legitimate fuel use or whether diesel is being stolen or if the tank is leaking. The system should be able to identify when a sensor is faulty or has been tampered with. Beyond the monitoring system itself, the design of the fuel tank setup on site can also introduce complications if, for example, fuel is moved between multiple tanks. And the design should also be able to make allowances for local temperature variations that will impact fuel measurements.

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