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Why Choose a Volvo Generator?

Volvo company is Sweden’s biggest industrial company. It is one of the world’s oldest manufacturers of engines and has a history that dates back 120 years. The origins of the company go back as far as 1868, which was when the mechanical workshop and foundry known as Sköfde Gjuteri & Mekaniska Verkstad was founded. The company originally created cast-iron products, including boilers, pots and pans, and ploughs.

From these humble beginnings, the company has become a world leader in diesel engines for marine and industrial use. The globally famous Swedish company was established in 1927 and is renowned throughout the world for innovations, such as the Volvo Penta IPS propulsion and the Aquamatic systems. Volvo Penta is a company within the larger group and is an expert in the production of power-generating engines, vehicle engines, and marine engines. The company now has 100 years of industry experience building diesel engines for industrial and marine applications. Consequently, they have an enviable reputation for producing high-quality products.

With production sites in 18 countries, nearly 100,000 employees globally, and a presence in 190 markets, Volvo has become one of the world´s biggest producers of diesel engines. A Volvo generator is characterized by unrivalled load capacity and fast start-up capability. Their highly efficient engines guarantee low operating costs with low oil usage and the highest quality and reliability. The Volvo generator range of water-cooled, diesel, 1500 rpm 50 Hz units boast maintenance intervals of up to 1,000 hours, making their engines exceptionally economical and flexible. They meet all G3 requirements in accordance with the ISO8528-5 standard. An industrial facility needs to be able to depend absolutely on its power source. Whether it is for a constant supply to a continuous, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week operation, or for a backup genset supplying energy to critical loads, there is no room for failures or downtime.

Volvo is an independent supplier of high-performance engines, focused on their customers’ applications, while providing a partnership that includes collaboration all the way from design to installation and aftermarket service. Volvo Penta sticks to their area of expertise and excellence by providing industrial power generation engines to generator builders who then bring the alternator, engine, and control systems together to create class-leading generators. The engines are constructed with reliable efficiency and unmatched load acceptance at their core and are specifically designed for power generation applications. Flexible, easily installed, fuel efficient, and backed by an extensive aftermarket support network, they will supply power, ease of operation, and peace of mind throughout their design life.


Volvo has a long list of innovative products and industry “firsts”. Some examples include:

  • In 1959, the 3-point safety seat belt was pioneered that went on to save millions of lives globally.
  • In 1981, the Automatic Powershift (APS) for diesel trucks was developed. APS saves fuel and boosts performance by constantly selecting the right gear for the load and current operating conditions.
  • A world first in 2004 was the introduction of the Inboard Performance System (IPS). A marine propulsion system that revolutionised the boating world, Volvo Penta’s IPS delivers in the region of 35% better efficiency at cruising speeds than inboard shafts do, making them the leading technology in this market segment.
  • In 2014, the first dual clutch transmission for heavy vehicles is launched onto the market. Dual clutches provide gear changes that take place without any interruption in power delivery, significantly improving efficiency.

A Volvo Generator for All Applications

Prime power gensets run continuously, which is by definition more demanding, in many respects, than standby, ad hoc operation. Prime power units can be compared to the human heart – it can never stop beating. The Volvo Penta engines for prime power are specifically designed for reliable, fuel-efficient power and continuous running conditions. Backed by global, instant support, the total cost of ownership is optimized, and continuity of power supply assured.

Reliable and durable is what is needed for standby power. Volvo Penta engines for standby power operations have a reputation for dependable operation, day after day. Providing the kind of emergency backup needed in critical situations. This is once again paired with global support and local expertise through an extensive global dealer network. Volvo Penta power generation engines give access to the full power output the second after starting up. This is vital for emergency stand-by operations. These gensets can be specified for backup in hospitals, nuclear plants, airports, and other key infrastructure. Engines are rigorously tested and are characterized by their ability to start immediately and instantly deliver sufficient load acceptance.

Environmental Considerations

As a trusted supplier of industrial engines, Volvo is committed to continuously reducing their products’ environmental footprints. The company has therefore chosen to offer only engines that comply with Stage II/Tier 2 and upwards to customers. Closely tracking the development of emission regulations enabled Volvo to offer their customers optimized solutions for carbon reduction, delivering engines that comply with legislative demands without compromising on performance and efficiency.

The company is committed to continuous product improvement as is evidenced by their new Stage V/Tier 4F D16, TWD1683VE being awarded Diesel Progress Summit’s Engine of the Year Award in its size category in October 2021.

Cutting-edge technology makes this engine more powerful, fuel-efficient, and cleaner running than ever before. The Volvo brand has long been linked with three core values: quality, safety, and care for the environment. Technologies, such as six-cylinder engines with electronic injection outperform most competitors, combining full electronic fuel injection control technology, with high performance and high reliability.

Volvo Generators: The Safe Choice

PacB is renowned in the industry as a manufacturer of superior-quality large capacity generators. When it comes to specifying industrial diesel gensets, we will give you the correct solution. Unit sizing, fuel type, and configuration are all part of the professional service available from PacB. These factors need to be thoroughly understood and matched to the customer’s site-specific conditions and requirements.

We will assist with the design and manufacture of any generator control systems, including various AMF (Automatic Mains Failure) and ATS (Automatic Transfer Switch) systems and all the additional components that the industry requires.

At PacB, we have expert knowledge of all the main controller brands in the industry. We also have the expertise to integrate solar and other renewable energy sources with gensets. A good example of this is a successful installation in Limpopo of 4 x 250 Volvo generators with a synchronised AMF panel providing back-up for a completely off-grid solar photovoltaic system. If you are looking for a top-of-the-range generator with industry-leading design and installation, Volvo and PacB should be your first choice.

Our qualified technicians offer support and advice in the selection of the right power solution for your needs by calculating your power requirements.

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