We at HEC-TINA have worked hard over the last ten years to distinguish ourselves in our industry. Being a small company with limited resources, it has become necessary for us to accomplish things that make our company standout among our competitors. HEC-TINA has spent much of the time developing technology that gives the company a special niche or “edge”.
One of the first of these came about when the company developed and received a patent for a unique, but simple connection device (or hub), that allows HEC-TINA gensets to run at twice the speed of what is “normal” in the industry. Our engines are built to run 24/7 at these speeds. As a result, HEC-TINA is able to generate twice as much power with one system; therefore, giving the company a significant price advantage versus its competitors.
A powerful and very large 9.4 liter engine provides HEC-TINA with a second advantage. When working with alternative fuels, such as hydrogen, syn-gas, and others, a large amount of displacement is needed. This engine is one of the largest, internal combustion, spark-ignited engines in the industry. This gives HEC-TINA an important tool in distinguishing itself; by adding to the amount of power that can be produced with one genset.
A third area that gives HEC-TINA engines extra life, is the use of wet-sleeves. How is this possible? Wet-sleeves have been used in diesel engines for many years; however, they have never been used in other types of engines, such as gasoline engines, until now. Today, using modern technology, wet-sleeves can be repeatedly manufactured out of stainless steel, creating uniform cylinders never before equaled. The significance of this is that engines can be continually overhauled, almost indefinitely, with the replacement of the wet-sleeves.
An engine, like any mechanical device, wears out over time. Some of its mechanical components; such as valves, combustion cylinders, rings, plugs, periodically need to be re-conditioned or replaced. What wet-sleeves bring to the equation is an easy and effective way of simplifying the engine overhaul.
A mechanic is able to easily pull the existing wet-sleeves and replace them with new, near-perfect, wet-sleeves. This can be done in the field, reducing down time and the expense of transporting the engine to and from the shop. Another important advantage is that the existing, expensive, high-compression pistons can be re-used over and over again, since the size doesn’t change. Significant savings in time and money will be realized with the use of HEC-TINA’s new wet-sleeve technology.
The fourth innovation, which makes HEC-TINA unique, is the development of a very different intake manifold. When tuning any engine, it is important that all the cylinders are evenly balanced by receiving the same amount of fuel and air, while maintaining similar temperatures. This becomes even more critical when using gaseous fuels, like natural gas or hydrogen; which are much more volatile than liquid fuels, like gasoline.
It became evident, after many hours of searching the marketplace, that no one made an intake manifold that would solve the problems we were experiencing in producing high power levels with hydrogen. This made it necessary for the company to design and manufacture its own manifold. Since HEC-TINA is on the leading edge of hydrogen combustion and has the largest hydrogen internal combustion, spark-ignited engines; such a device had never been necessary. Success was finally achieved after many attempts and much analysis, giving HEC-TINA another notch in its competitive belt.
We believe the new manifold (patent applied for), is very important since it allows engines to operate at higher efficiencies while producing higher levels of power. This manifold promises to increase the power of almost any engine that has more than two cylinders, and has an even number of cylinders, by 4%-8%. We feel this will have a significant impact on the distributive power industry. This innovation even looks unique, being much different than anything else ever produced in the industry. You will find a picture of the device on this website.
Continuing to add to HEC-TINA’s impressive list of niches is our proprietary electronic control system. Over the past ten years, the company has developed and improved again and again the central brain of its control center, which has been lovingly named the “Oxx Boxx”. Bringing everything together, HEC-TINA’s control center manages the company’s proprietary fuel and injection system, creating more power with a single spark-ignited, internal combustion engine, than anyone else we know.
Reaching high power levels of 200 kW or more on hydrogen, with a single genset, is near the upper limit of how much power we are able to produce. The company’s innovative software, has made it possible to install multiple gensets in parallel, therefore giving the company the ability to produce multiple megawatts of power. Again, giving more breathe to HEC-TINA’s competitive advantages.
THAT’S NOT ALL! Excessive heat is the enemy of almost every electrical or mechanical system. This is particularly true with a internal combustion engine. For years, the auto makers have controlled the heat with liquid and/or air cooling, with radiators, thermostats and the like.
In order to generate large amounts of power on a 24/7 basis, as HEC-TINA’s gensets do, cooling needs to be effectively managed. Knowing the importance of managing heat as it relates to the maximum production of power has caused the company to be particularly creative in this area. We have done many things to decrease friction inside the engine and increase the flow of coolant.
In addition, HEC-TINA has developed a system that is referred to as “remote oil” that has been very effective in providing cooling, and therefore the increased production of power. This unique system pumps oil from the engine block to a container, up to 50 feet away. The engine oil is circulated through its remote oil container and filtration system, allowing it to cool before it is returned to the engine block, once again doing its job of lubrication. This process is continually repeated, increasing service intervals and providing another method of cooling the engine.
Several important benefits are provided. In addition, to its critical impact on cooling the engine, it increases the longevity of the engine. In distributive power, which is the company’s specialty, often times gensets are located in remote areas that are difficult to reach. Equipping the gensets with “remote oil” allows service intervals to be lengthened, depending upon the size of the container. The added flexibility is very important to many of our customers.
The HEC-TINA “remote oil” system is electronically connected to the Oxx Boxx, the engine’s electrical control center. As a result, the system is programmed to shut down if minimum or maximum oil levels are reached, therefore, providing a fail-safe control. Last-but-not-least, engine maintenance and overhaul can be predicted based upon oil usage, thereby, reducing unnecessary repairs and unpredictable outages.
The company is currently combining all of these exciting features in the manufacturing of current and future product offerings. HEC-TINA is excited about the future and is beginning the process of moving from an R & D phase in its life cycle to a more profitable production phase.