Battery-Free Starter supplies generator start power.

Press Release Summary:

Battery-Free GenSTART System increases starting reliability for up to 8 MW of multiple standby engine generators. Individual GenSTART Module can supply 1725 cold-cranking amps to generator set starter motors. Both products supply engine generators with assured starting power at start-up. They meet safety and performance standards including listings from UL, FCC, and CSA. Each Module converts 3-phase 480 Vac from UPS to 24 Vdc, to supply immediate start power.

Original Press Release:

Active Power Announces GenSTART Retrofit Program to Maximize Reliability of Existing Engine Generator Installations

Battery-Free GenSTART Systems Eliminate Primary Cause of Gen Set Startup Failures

Austin, Texas - August 10, 2004 - Active Power (NASDAQ:ACPW), a leading developer of battery-free power quality products, has announced a GenSTART Retrofit Program aimed at enhancing reliability in existing engine generator installations. The patented GenSTART Systems eliminate the number one reason generator sets fail to start - dead or weak lead-acid starter batteries. The program features the battery-free GenSTART System that increases starting reliability for up to 8MW of multiple standby engine generators and individual GenSTART Modules that can supply 1725 cold-cranking amps to generator set starter motors. Both products supply engine generators with assured starting power when it's most critical - at start-up. With this program, Active Power now offers these products to end-users with existing generator installations as well as users of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) that include Active Power battery-free CleanSource® UPS systems.

"The leading reason for generator start failures is dead batteries, so Active Power developed the GenSTART Generator Set Starting System to replace or parallel with existing batteries," explained Sriram Sivaram, Active Power's vice president of sales and marketing. "This robust system can draw power from any existing UPS, flywheel- or battery-based, and adds additional 'nines' of availability for multiple gen sets by supplying 1725 cold cranking Amps to assure the generator has power to start."

Backed by a one-year warranty, the GenSTART battery-free systems are available now. They meet the highest safety and performance standards including listings from UL, FCC and CSA. Each GenSTART Module converts three-phase 480 VAC from an uninterrupted power source to 24 VDC to supply immediate gen set start power.

GenSTART System incorporates Active Power's highly reliable CleanSource energy storage flywheel to deliver 250 kW of power to the starting modules for additional reliability of the overall configuration. Standard features include rapid 2.5-second recharge, serial communications, LCD monitoring and control panel, programmable I/O contacts and self-diagnostics. An optional battery paralleling capability allows configuration of redundant DC voltage sources using either batteries or, for highest availability, multiple GenSTART modules. Other options include GenSTART 24-volt genset start power, remote notification and monitoring, CSView® real-time monitoring software, remote emergency power off (REPO), 4-wire input and output, MODBUS and SNMP interfaces, internal maintenance bypass and OSHPD pre-approved seismic Zone-4 anchoring capability.

With hundreds of installations worldwide and several million hours of field operation, Active Power's products are a proven alternative to problematic battery-based systems. The company offers the industry's broadest range of battery-free power quality solutions: the CleanSource DC product line, which is compatible with all leading UPS brands and is available in the 100 kW to 2000 kW range, and the CleanSource UPS product family, available from 65 kVA to 3600 kVA. Recognized by Frost & Sullivan for its ability to satisfy customer needs with new and innovative products, Active Power continues to rapidly expand its product line to address the needs of new market segments and geographies. For more information and pricing visit, e-mail or call 512-836-6464.

About Active Power:

Active Power, Inc. ( designs, manufactures and markets battery-free power quality products that provide the consistent, reliable electric power required by today's digital economy. An ISO 9001-certified company, Active Power is the first to commercialize a flywheel energy storage system, CleanSource®. that provides a highly reliable, low cost and non-toxic replacement for lead-acid batteries used in conventional power quality installations.


Derek Jones

Marketing Communications


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P.J. Jennings

Jennings & Associates


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