Backup generator installations may seem challenging, but in reality, this process can be done simply and quickly if the job is outsourced to a professional company that has sufficient experience and ability to manage the installation properly.
For light industry and commercial sectors that cannot afford to go without power, backup generators are essential – particularly in South Africa where blackouts are par for the course. While even small businesses and households battle when there is no electricity, the repercussions that outages and power failures have on large scale manufacturing plants, factories and other industrial premises can be devastating.
Backup generators protect a variety of premises when traditional electricity is not available. These generators typically run on natural gas, petrol or propane fuel, and are placed outside much like a large scale central air-conditioning unit. When the generator senses a disruption in power, it turns on automatically and runs until power is restored.
There are many different sizes to choose from, to allow for the many different needs of industrial premises across the world. For home and small business usage, typical generator sizes range from 50kW to over 3 Megawatts. For factories, large companies and bigger premises however, industrial sized generators are required in order to cover a larger floor area as well as a much bigger demand.
What power is used for is another factor to consider. In a home, large and smaller appliances are powered. In a factory however, machinery and tools require a great deal more power, and as many industrial units cannot afford to go even a few hours without power, the demand becomes even higher to ensure long-lasting backups in the event of power shortages. As a general rule of thumb, it is better to over-estimate the demands as more wattage is always better than too little.
Knowing exactly what you need is the first step in getting the right generator to cater to those needs. Make a list of all items that will be powered by the generator, find out the starting and running wattage of each item and then calculate the total power requirements in kilowatts or ampules.
You can find this information in the ID plate of various tools and equipment, or in the manual. Alternatively, you can do an online search to find a handy calculator that breaks down exact wattages for a range of commonly used appliances. Speak to your generator supplier if you are unsure – as experts in the field, they are often the best people to give you a realistic idea of wattage that is needed.
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