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HIPOWER IS NOW CERTIFIED WITH THE 2021 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE (IBC) -SEISMIC CERTIFICATION-

Hipower Systems, is pleased to announce that the Heavy Duty Industrial (HDI) Diesel Standby series (providing power from 60 kW to 600 kW) had been designed, tested and certified with the 2021 International Building Code (IBC) - SEISMIC CERTIFICATION, ensuring our clients that our product line can withstand a seismic event.

By Alterra Power Systems
3 months ago

The International Building Code (IBC) requires that critical systems and components must not only maintain structural integrity during an earthquake, but also remain operational and continue to carry out their primary functions (per 2015 IBC Chapter 17).

To ensure the highest quality in the HEAVY DUTY INDUSTRIAL (HDI) product line, HIPOWER SYSTEMS used for its seismic certification, an independent Earthquake Simulator Laboratory - The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) Lab at the University of California in the city of Berkeley, CA.

There, the Heavy Duty Industrial Diesel Standby units were put to the test and undergo different configurations on the Earthquake Simulator Shaking Table to make sure the gen-sets will survive seismic events.

The Earthquake Shaking Table from the PEER-UC Berkeley Lab, was the first modern Shaking Table and is still the largest six-degree-of-freedom (6 DOF) Shaking Table in the United States. The Shaking Table is configured to produce three translational components of motion; vertical and two horizontals, plus three rotational components; pitch, roll, and yaw. These 6 DOF can be programmed to reproduce any wave form within the capacities of force, velocity, displacement, and frequency of the Shaking Table system. Seismic analysis are evaluated per ASCE 7-16 with a maximum Sds value of 2.0, z/h=1.0 (roof level) and SDS of 2.5, z/h=0.0 (on grade), for equipment having an Importance Factor (Ip) of 1.5. This correlates with the maximum force level requirements according to ICC-ES AC-156.

From an engineering point of view, it is extremely important that our product line holds up to events such as major earthquakes without fail. Our HDI Diesel Standby series has been designed to function and maintain operational conditions after a catastrophic seismic event.
Javier Ortin, Director of Engineering at HIPOWER SYSTEMS

HIPOWER SYSTEMS, is a vertically integrated power generation manufacturer, with a state-of-the-art 515,000 sq ft North American headquarters and manufacturing center in Olathe, Kansas. As part of the YANMAR Group of companies, HIPOWER specializes in the engineering and manufacturing of diesel and spark-ignited standby and mobile generator sets from 10 to 2000 kWe. Since its founding in 2002, HIPOWER has enjoyed a very healthy growth in the North American marketplace. Our products are sold through a network of dealers strategically located in the U.S. and Canadian markets. These same highly qualified dealer-partners provide the end-user the industry expertise and post-sale support needed to meet any standard or unique application requirements.

Alterra Power Systems specializes in selling and servicing Diesel and Natural Gas Power Generation systems for Commercial and Mission Critical applications. We serve Healthcare, Manufacturing, Data Centers, Financial, Hospitality, Utility, Construction, Water Pumping/Treatment, Infrastructure, Telecommunications, Greenhouse, Agriculture, and other Power Generation markets. Alterra Power Systems is part of the Palmer Johnson family of companies, headquartered in Madison, WI and operating in 14 states throughout the Midwest, Texas, and Northwest United States.

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