Diesel generators are an alternative, reliable source of voltage power often used by homes and businesses. Diesel generators produce electricity by using an alternator and a diesel engine. The engine uses diesel fuel to operate. The power of the engine (reflected as RPMs) is transformed by the alternator into a usable electrical current. This current is then distributed to buildings that are connected to a network.
When to Use Diesel Generators
When work sites, homes, or buildings don’t have access to utility power, diesel generators provide an ideal alternative. In the case of construction sites where access to a power grid is impossible or a transport ship needing energy for navigation and propulsion systems, the voltage produced by a diesel is sufficient.
A diesel generator also can take the place of an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). A generator can provide redundancy if a power grid suffers an outage. This power redundancy allows businesses to maintain their operations, hospitals to retain use of their instruments and airports to preserve system integrity. Any organization that controls mission critical applications can benefit from having a generator available as a reliable power source.
Advantages of Diesel Generators
Diesel generators provide a continuous stream of voltage power without the peaks and dips of other devices, thus helping to regulate fluctuations.
They are designed for continual use and have fewer moving components than other types of generators. As a result, they require less maintenance and repair. As long as you perform routine maintenance, the generator should function in times of crisis without issues.
Avoiding Potential Damage
Although one would think that the less energy expended by the diesel generator, the longer it lasts, in reality, the opposite is true. When diesel generators are used at less than 70% of capacity, it wears on their engine.
One of the most common causes of damage to diesel generators is when they’re under-loaded. That is, diesel generators function most effectively when they’re operating at high capacity. When they’re used for low capacity tasks (such as powering 10% of the voltage load), they can start to build up carbon and internal glazing. Eventually, soot and residue from unused fuel can accumulate and clog the generator’s piston rings.
The longer this happens, the more pronounced the degradation of the diesel generator’s system. To avoid this, you should use the generator at approximately 70% of the maximum load. One effective strategy for accomplishing this is to use a UPS for short-term emergencies. Then, have a diesel generator available for long-term outages. Though these generators tend to be expensive, their value as a dependable source of electricity can make them a worthwhile investment.
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