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UFOs at Eagle Ford Shale ??

For those that haven’t heard the buzz about UFO sightings in the Eagle Ford Shale drilling area, it has created quite a stir among residents and alien enthusiasts alike. Personally, I find the thought of a UFO to be fun, of course that could change pretty quickly if I come face-to-face with one. From what I have heard, these sightings are difficult to tell how close or real they really are.

The thought of a UFO sighting may sound terrifying to some, but I welcome any sort of extraterrestrial visitors to Eagle Ford Shale or any other drilling spot. In fact, if their ship (or whatever sort of craft they fly through the universe on) breaks down, I will gladly sell them a few generators to power back up. Of course, I doubt they deal in dollars or any other type of earthly currency, but I guess we will just have to cross that bridge when we get to it.

The most recent UFO sighting in the southern region of Texas explains a lot — with all the new residents traveling to the area for drilling work, it is only fitting that an aircraft full of aliens wants to join the party. They must have felt left out.

The Power of Being Alien

On several occasions during starry October nights, drillers in the Eagle Ford Shale region spotted UFO lights in the sky above. Then, to elevate their story, a surveillance camera also spotted an object resembling a flying saucer with several distinct and blaring lights.

Sorry, but I just can’t help think a flying saucer like that must require an immense amount of power generation. I sure hope they have a backup power source, or perhaps a few diesel generators on-board. What am I saying? They probably have a more efficient energy source that never fails. What I would give to be an alien for a day.

With the recent influx in UFO sightings, all of the new residents of La Salle County must be wondering if the aliens are trying to get in on some of the oil drilling action in the area, especially since one of the sightings was directly over a drilling site.

Are The Sightings For Real?

For those wondering about the validity of the UFO sightings, many of the cell phone and surveillance pictures and videos have passed numerous authenticity tests proving they were not falsified in any way. Which leads to the conclusion that someone is either investing a lot of money on an extremely elaborate prank, or the sightings are a legitimate UFO.

One of the most interesting things about the numerous UFO sightings in the Eagle Ford Shale area is that not one person has reported them to the authorities. The La Salle County Sheriff’s Department has no reports on file of people calling about UFO sightings in the area.

Why Drilling Sites?

Once the initial shock of the UFO sightings wore off, many people in Eagle Ford Shale began to speculate about the symbolism behind the UFO sightings over drilling sites. While some people say the sight of a UFO could easily be compared to a simple flicker of city lights or a military aircraft flying overhead, others insist that UFOs are seen over drilling fields for a reason.

Like the other remote sightings, UFOs are often spotted in desert areas, many of which surface over oil wells. This leads some theorists to believe that the UFOs are looking to fuel up their spaceships with crude oil. I still think UFOs run on some power source we don’t even know about yet, but I’ll leave the speculation to everyone else. Another interesting correlation is that almost all UFO sightings are near bodies of water, which suggests aliens and/or their ships need water. Are we sounding like a conspiracy theorist website yet?

Whether you live around Eagle Ford Shale or are just interested in UFOs, keep your eye out for the buzz about UFOs in the area. And if you find one that breaks down, give us a call and we will hook them up with a few generators. For the record, Worldwide Power Products does not judge or discriminate against extraterrestrials.

Power Behind the Marine Transportation Industry

Behind most large vessels, there is at least one diesel generator providing the power needed to operate the boat. These generators offer backup power to large ships when they cannot get shore power, when the main power goes out, or in other situations where power is needed. While marine generators may have the same diesel engine found in other types of generators, there are some unique considerations in the marine transportation environment.

Types of Marine Generators

Marine vessel electrical loads can require from 5 kW to 5000 kW generator power, At Worldwide Power Products, we offer marine generator sets with ratings from 50-1500 kW. We also offer marine propulsion engines with ratings from 500 to 2500 horsepower.

If you’re considering purchasing a propulsion engine or generator set for your vessel marine generator for your vessel but are unsure of the power requirements, begin by adding up the all electrical loads. If you find that 750 kW of power covers all the equipment needs of the vessel, look for a generator set in that range. Many well-known power generation manufacturers offer marine generators and engines, including:

  • Caterpillar
  • Cummins Power Generation (formerly Cummins/Onan)
  • Kohler
  • MTU

How Marine Generators Work

In essence, these generators operate similar to their landed counterparts. They provide main and backup power for the vessel just as standby generators provide backup power for an office building when the power grid fails.

Marine Power Generation Equipment Challenges

There are challenges unique to the marine environment these units face, including:

  • Wet or moist environments
  • Cooling systems
  • Accessibility
  • Sound proofing

Generators operate continuously in very harsh marine environments. Over time, a generator that is exposed to these conditions can begin deteriorating quickly. A generator may look fine on the outside, but internally critical operating parts may be deteriorating rapidly. A failure could happen unexpectedly. Bottom line: There is no way to tell from looking at the unit whether it will operate when backup power is most needed.

How do manufacturers combat this disastrous effects of moisture over time? Quality manufacturers begin by using interior components that hold up better in wet environments and are less susceptible to corrosion. Generator insulation systems should be capable of resisting the effects of moisture, salt and abrasion. They should be built to NEMA Class H insulation standards.

Marine generators and engines use different kinds of cooling systems. Small pleasure craft engines and generators can rely on seawater for cooling. Most larger vessels will rely on two main types of cooling systems. Heat exchanger cooling incorporates a shell and tube type cooler. In a shell and tube heat exchanger, the engine coolant is cooled by the transfer of heat to another liquid at a lower temperature, usually seawater. Keel cooling is a simple, effective way of rejecting heat from the engine. In this system, the engine coolant is pumped through lengths of pipe that are submerged under and attached to the vessel.

Land-based generators often have more space around them that seafaring ones, which can make it easier to inspect the unit and perform routine maintenance. When considering a unit for a marine vessel, ensure that there will be adequate space onboard to clean the unit, refuel the unit, and perform safety inspections.

For equipment onboard passenger ships, ferries, and pleasure boats, a quiet operating system is a must. When reviewing specifications, look for units that have a quiet operating system or noise proofing enhancements. For example. marine generators from Kohler may have sound shields that help minimize noise.

From the smallest fishing vessel to the largest cruise ship or transportation ship, generators are a necessary part of ship operations. It’s important to choose a name you trust when looking for a marine generator or engine to support your offshore needs. At Worldwide Power Products, we are proud to offer highest caliber marine generator sets and marine engines and can help you choose the right unit for your needs and obtain financing.

Eurozone and the US Economy

In an election year, news coverage focuses mostly on local and national politics so it can be hard to follow world news. Since the 2008 financial crisis, however, smaller European countries including Greece and Ireland, as well as major Euro players like Spain and Italy have been struggling to stay afloat. Now the Eurozone is teetering on the edge of collapse with countries like Greece threatening to leave and revert to their old currency. What is happening on the global stage and what effect does it have on U.S. gas and oil price?

Recently, the BBC reports that the Eurozone agreed to a deal that relaxed strict European lending laws that have made it so hard for struggling countries to get back on track. These measures should help Italy, Spain, and Greece; however, some experts worry that Greece is only postponing a decision to leave the Eurozone. By and large, though, this spells good news for Europe and global stock markets. Markets rose after the deal was reported.

While Europe seems to be getting a handle on finances, its countries are a bit stuck in the mud, so to speak, when it comes to growth. This means less U.S. trade and a sluggish American economy because Europe’s our largest trading power. Other ways Europe affects our economy:

  • U.S. banks invest in European banks
  • Stagnant European market spells reduced profit for American companies
  • Stocks and money markets are losing value

As the U.S. recovers financially, chaos in Europe could lead America back into recession. Financial drama on the global stage makes everyone nervous because it hits close to home. There’s another way the Eurozone crisis can affect Americans: Oil prices that impact everything from the gas in your car to the cost of the diesel fuel for the generator that can power your AC in a summer brownout.

After this great deal hammered out in Europe, oil prices stopped their 90-day downward slide and rose over 9%. At the same time, gas prices hit a 6-month low. Sanctions on Iranian oil and a tanker leak in the North Sea mean oil supply will be limited for some time. Will oil and diesel prices climb higher? Are you prepared to foot the bill if they do?

Let’s face it: Summer is a time of high energy demand. When the grid overloads, hurricanes loom large, or storms knock out power lines, generators can keep your company operating and power that much-needed AC. Natural gas generators cost less to operate than diesel generators. With oil prices climbing and European instability having the potential to make or break the cost of diesel, which type of fuel do you want to be putting in your generator?

-Mark