Generators are built to last; they can last for literally decades, but at some point the time will come when you’ll need to relocate or replace a generator. What you do then depends on your capabilities. Some businesses manage to decommission generators themselves, but far more turn to outside help such as what Critical Power Products & Services (CPP&S) can provide.

CPP&S’ Team has been buying and selling used industrial generators since 1993. We’ve decommissioned generators as standalone projects, as part of data center decommissioning, and from a wide range of businesses and industries. Sometimes, the generators are replaced with new machines. Others are sold off as part of an asset liquidation. Still others are decommissioned when the businesses needs to relocate due to company expansion.

Whatever your reason, there are a number of factors that must go into a successful generator decommissioning project.

Key Steps In Generator Decommissioning

  1. Documentation of Equipment. All on-site equipment should be documented for inventory accuracy, particularly if you are selling the components or relocating them to a new site. Be sure to include:
    • Generator Specs (kW/KVA, Voltage, Amperage, Phase, Hertz and Weight)
    • Automatic Transfer Switches
    • Transformers
    • Fuel Storage and Tanks
    • Conduit and Electrical Wiring
  2. Inspection of Current Electrical System. A thorough examination of the current electrical set up is vital to safe decommissioning. Examine:
    • Electrical/Fire Room configuration.
    • Incoming and outgoing wires and cables between the electrical room and the generator.
    • Single Phase and Three-Phase layout throughout the facility.
    • Breaker panels so you can disconnect any that power the generator and related equipment prior to decommissioning.
    • The Automatic Transfer Switch location and setup.
    • Any custom connectivity configurations such as remote wiring, paralleling equipment and switchgear, additional air-filtration components, and additional on-site equipment.
  3. Miscellaneous Needs. Consider these factors as you make plans for decommissioning:
    • Safe removal and disposal of fuels and engine liquids.
    • Calculate equipment size and weight to determine crane, rigging, and shipping needs.
    • Identify final destination for the equipment. Will you sell it? Dispose of it? Re-use it? Recycle components?
    • Establish a plan. How will the decommission be carried out? Who is in charge?

Contact CPP&S For Full Service Generator Decommissioning And Removal

As you can see, decommissioning a generator is more complicated than simply disconnecting it from your electrical system. Proper decommissioning requires careful planning and orchestrated process that takes into account several highly technical steps.

It’s because of the many steps and the need to properly dispose of the equipment that many companies decide to hire CPP&S for full service removal. If you need to decommission a generator or need help at any step along the way, contact Critical Power Products & Services for help at 877-699-1296.