ITW GSE 5400: Gasoline-Powered, 400 HZ Unit With Clean Output Voltage

Company AXA Power ApS
Date 11.10.2017

ITW GSE has committed themselves to develop and supply the cleanest, most reliable and cost efficient GSE systems to their key customers in the aviation industry. They now take the lead, once again, and bring the 5400 gasoline-powered 400 Hz Ground Power Unit to the market.

The new 5400 has an extremely clean output voltage. Due to the gasoline-driven engine, it also has a very low content of NOx which gives a cleaner and greener environment for the airport staff and means that operators can meet emission targets with regard to NOx emissions.


A Ford Motor plus a mecc alte generator make up the well proven gen-set on the input of the 5400 whereas the output consists of a ITW GSE 2400, 400 Hz unit. Therefore, the 5400 unit provides the same outstanding output performances as a 2400 solid-state converter! Most importantly: a precise and clean output voltage due to the ITW GSE patented Plug & Play voltage compensation system and the individual phase regulation of each output phase.


The 5400 gasoline-engine is the first of its kind that runs at variable speed, thus reducing noise and minimizing wear and tear.

Narrow body aircraft consume around 20 kW during turnarounds. Under those conditions, the 5400 gasoline engine can sustain the load running at a very low speed. At higher aircraft loads, the engine speed adapts to the required power. Up until now, such load impacts have been a challenge.  ITW GSE has therefore developed a super capacitor energy reservoir, a well-known solution from the world of rally cars. Thanks to the reservoir, the gasoline engine can handle heavy load jumps without jeopardizing the output voltage and frequency. In this way, the aircraft departure can take place as planned to the benefit of both airlines and passengers.


ITW GSE believes in continuous development and state-of-the-art products. No other supplier within our business segment has brought so many innovative products to the market. Today, most products are based on ITW GSE’s common platform design. This concept has been a key element in achieving the excellent financial results of the complete ITW group which makes us a dependable innovative partner, providing the cleanest, most reliable and cost efficient GSE systems to the aviation industry.


The fact that all products are equipped with a common icon-based user interface as intuitive to use as a smart phone or a tablet. Therefore, airport staff, already familiar with one ITW GSE product, can easily operate another ITW GSE product. The common design limits the number of human errors during operation and makes product training much simpler. Other advantages are the quick service and repair and the spare part communality that reduces stock requirements. That’s the ITW GSE Way of thinking!

The common platform has been entirely implemented in the line powered portfolio that includes the 1400 – 28 VDC unit, the 2400 – 400 Hz Compact GPU, the 2400 Power Coil as well as the 3400 Modular PCA unit. All of which are CE compliant or UL listed.

But also the 4400, 400 Hz diesel powered GPU, the new 5400 gasoline-driven 400 Hz unit, plus the 6400 JetEx8 28 VDC and last but not least the 7400 Battery Driven GPU are based on the common platform design.


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