What is a generator?
The first thing to know is that a generator is composed of a diesel, gas or gasoline engine and an alternator. They are used to provide power when there are power outages or in isolated places where there is no power grid.
Operation of a generator
The generator uses fuel to generate electricity. On the other hand, the diesel engine burns the fuel to generate electrical power through the alternator.
Main uses of the generator
There are many reasons to get hold of a generator, but there are two main reasons for deciding to buy a generator.
The first reason to decide is that where you are there is no other way to have electricity since there is no electricity grid. And, second, to avoid running out of electricity when there are power outages and power outages.
There are places where energy losses can affect a lot, so a generator is the solution. When the power grid is lost the generator will ensure that it does not affect. Among others, it is important to:
- Hospitals: Have machines connected to the power to monitor patients and some life support.
- Information Center: if a power failure occurs you can lose a lot of data
- Offices and buildings: lift stop, lighting…
- Processing plant: can affect production by damaging the raw material and product.
Differences between continuous and rated standby power generators
Standby power generators are used for emergency situations, that is, in blackouts. They are complementary to sites where the power grid arrives and are only used for specific cases.
Nominal power generators are those that are used for unlimited time, that is, as a primary source of energy. It is used in places where the electrical grid does not reach, as it usually happens in industrial applications, mines…
Finally, continuous power generators are similar to nominal power generators but have a charging base. They supply power continuously at a constant load but cannot handle overloads or variable loads.
Difference between kW and kVA and why it is expressed differently by country
The difference between kilowatt (kW) and kilowatt ampere (kVA) is that kW is the actual power unit and kVA is the total power, that is the actual power plus the reactive power.
The standard power is 0.8 but can vary between 0 and 1. The kVA value always has to be higher than the kW as it includes reactive power.
Industrial and commercial generators in the United States are used in KW while in the rest of the world, for the most part, kVA is used for the reference to generators
Therefore, kW is the power that a generator set can supply with a motor and kVA is the final capacity of the generator set. Normally, both measures are indicated in generators.
How often does my generator set need?
The frequency of generators is expressed in hertz (Hz) and will vary depending on the country where the generator will be deployed.
For example, in the United States, Latin America and Middle East countries use 60Hz and most other countries use 50 Hz
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