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28 Sep

What is Stage V and Why Should You Care?

This blog aims to inform you of the most important aspects of the Stage V ultra-low emissions targets set by the EU and how it can affect you.

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What is Stage V and NRMM legislation?

Stage V is the fifth iteration of the Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) legislation, the legislation sets the emission standards for carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter for diesel engines.

To read more on what machinery falls under the NRMM legislation and how it can impact your business read our blog; Your guide to the Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) legislation.

What is a Stage V generator?

A Stage V generator is specifically designed to reduce emissions levels for NOx and Particulates released into the atmosphere, and as the name suggests meets the Stage V NRMM legislation. The generators meet the legislation by utilising numerous catalysts and filters throughout the generator to reduce emissions.

Power Electrics initially took on the challenge of meeting Stage V emissions with our Ultragen range. These generators are retrofitted Stage IIIA machines that utilise a Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOC), Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), and Ammonia Slip Catalyst (ASC) in order to meet the new Stage V emissions standards.

Since then Power Electrics has continued investments into Stage V, by purchasing a range of Stage V sets, from 20kVA up to 500kVA, helping to transition the fleet towards a greener future.

What does Stage V mean for you?

In the short term the impacts of Stage V legislations will not be felt by the majority, as the pressures have been placed more on the manufacturers and suppliers of machinery. The government has also taken a stance that they will still allow Stage IIIA in some areas if proof that Stage V cannot be sourced, as demand of Stage V currently outnumbers the supply.

As stated in the NRMM Practical Guide v.5, 3.2 Generators pg. 6;

“If you are unable to source a Stage V generator or equivalent retrofit, written justification must be provided by the supplier detailing the reasons why these options were not possible.”

Power Electrics, when supplying generators, can supply proof if required.

In the long term, the industry will see more and more Stage V machinery appearing in the UK, and Clean Air zones will become a greater consideration for projects moving forward. For more information on Clean Air Zones read our blog; What you need to know about Clean Air Zones.

Why do we have Stage V regulations?

In short, to save the planet.

The introduction of the legislation is primarily part of the movement to reach Net Zero, and by introducing tighter restrictions it reduces the pollution of the earth’s atmosphere. The Stage V emissions targets specifically regulate the levels for NOx and Particulates released.

How can Power Electrics help you to be more environmentally friendly with your temporary power?

With the development of Ultragen and the recent further investment in Stage V generators, Power Electrics are leading the way in the rental power market.  As well as providing Stage V power, Power Electrics has taken other steps on its Journey to Green.

On the journey so far Power Electrics has invested over £8 million in hybrid battery units. These units significantly reduce generator run time, cutting fuel consumption and emissions, thus being more environmentally friendly and helping reduce costs for customers. To read more on the investment see; Power Electrics Expands Hybrid Fleet with £8m Investment.

The use of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuels such as Green D+ has also played a huge part on the Journey to Green so far. The fuel reduces carbon emissions, nitrogen oxides and particulates from being pumped into the atmosphere. Compared to traditional fuels like petrol and diesel, HVO fuels perform better in various areas along with the reduced emissions. To find out more on Green D+ and how you can implement it on your projects see; Reduce your Emissions with Green D+.

Thank you for reading our blog on the Stage V regulations, if you have any questions about the topics discussed in this blog, or to find out how Power Electrics can help you with greener temporary power for your next project, please reach out using the link below and we will be happy to help.