Backup Power – Fuel Autonomy and Storage Capacity

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Kohler
Presented by Julius Neudorfer

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the fundamental types of fuel storage systems and fuel storage regulations.
  2. Recognize NFPA emergency power system classifications for fuel autonomy.
  3. Comprehend the implications of extended utility outage durations relative to fuel autonomy requirements.
  4. Evaluate the options to extend fuel autonomy.


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Our society has become highly dependent on electrical power. It’s the underpinning of virtually everything we take for granted in everyday life at home, work, and, in many cases, public transportation. Moreover, virtually all of the critical infrastructure for communications, security, emergency services. and life safety depend on power.

Climate change, in general, and the record weather extremes will continue to increase the likelihood of utility power interruptions as well as risks to life and property. In the new age of 100-year events becoming more common place, it has become clear that no place is immune to natural risks. Therefore, reliable backup power has become almost as important as primary utility services, and, in many cases, it’s a necessity.

When a utility disruption occurs, everyone expects a backup power system to start and run flawlessly as long as necessary, whether it’s 30 minutes or 30 days. While simple in principle, different applications have varying load profiles that influence fuel consumption rates and impact fuel storage requirements.

Moreover, while refueling resources are expected to be always be available, normal refueling options may be limited, delayed, or unavailable during extreme, wide-area weather events that damage or flood roadways.

In this segment of our webinar series, we will examine the issues of fuel autonomy, storage capacity, and other related topics to consider when specifying, selecting, and installing an emergency backup power system.

Backup Power


Julius Neudorfer is the CTO and founder of North American Access Technologies Inc. (NAAT). Based in Westchester, New York, NAAT’s clients include Fortune 500 firms and government agencies. NAAT has been designing and implementing data center infrastructure and related technology projects for the last 25 years. Neudorfer is a member of AFCOM, ASHRAE, IEEE, iMasons, and the Green Grid as well as an instructor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) program. He developed and holds a U.S. patent for a high-efficiency cooling system for rack-mounted computer equipment. Neudorfer also writes the “Hot Aisle Insight” column at Mission Critical magazine, has written numerous articles and whitepapers for various IT and data center publications, and has presented seminars and webinars on data center power, cooling, and energy efficiency.


Kohler A global force in power solutions since 1920, Kohler is committed to reliable, intelligent products, purposeful engineering and responsive after-sale support. The company manufactures complete power systems, including generators (portable, residential, industrial, and marine), automatic transfer switches, switchgear, monitoring controls, and accessories for emergency, prime power and energy-management applications worldwide. For more details, please visit