Patent Number: 7,787,997

Title: Modular electric power generation system and method of use

Abstract: A self-contained, modular electric power generation system includes a portable housing having a modular shell disposed substantially on a foundation, wherein the portable housing is configured to facilitate the transportation of the modular electric power generation system. The system also includes a power generator disposed substantially within the portable housing. The power generator is configured to collect fuel associated with a fuel source and convert at least a portion of the collected fuel to electrical energy. The system also includes a sensing device configured to be coupled to the fuel source. The sensing device is configured to monitor a fuel level associated with the fuel source and provide data indicative of the fuel level to a management console associated with the power generation system. The system also includes a controller coupled to the power generator. The controller is configured to monitor an amount of fuel consumed by the conversion process, and provide data indicative of the amount of fuel consumed by the conversion process to the management console.

Inventors: Richards; Randall Ray (Chillicothe, IL), Chapman; James Edward (Washington, IL), Rytter; Noel Joy (Dunlap, IL), Debord; William Merwin (Pekin, IL)

Assignee: Caterpillar

International Classification: H01M 8/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018