Whilst most people will surely have heard of diesel generators, it is safe to say that few people know a great deal about them. The aim of this article is to shine a light on these often invaluable devices and highlight some of the advantages which they are able to provide.
A generator produces power by using a diesel engine to drive an alternator, or electric generator. The engine’s power is transformed by the alternator to a usable electric current which is then distributed to places which require power, for example commercial buildings, construction sites, ocean going vessels and outdoor events. Our generators can create non-stop electric power at constant voltage or make current flow with no spikes and sags. Naturally, a continuous power supply is of particular importance to businesses and large scale industries so it is important that these users have unfettered access to a reliable power source.
Although diesel generators are most commonly utilised in isolated locations which don’t have direct access to utility power, they can also be used to provide an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS). Indeed, industrial diesel generators can be invaluable when a national power grid experiences a power outage as they can provide vital back up capabilities.
The most common cause of damage to diesel generators is when they are under loaded. In general, generators function most effectively when they operate at high capacity (approximately 70% of the maximum load). When used at low capacity (such as 10% of the voltage load), they start to build up carbon and internal glazing which eventually will create soot and residue from unused fuel. These can accumulate and clog the piston rings; therefore, users are advised to choose a generator which they will operate close to its full capacity.
Diesel generators enjoy a number of distinct advantages over other types of generators. Some of the most significant of these are listed below:
They are typically more cost-effective than petrol generators. Indeed, diesel fuel is less expensive than other hydro carbonic fluids; therefore using diesel powered generators can help users to achieve savings of up to 30% on their operating costs.
Sag and Spike-Free Power
As previously mentioned, they can produce voltage flow without experiencing significant spikes and sags. This can often be far more beneficial than standard utility power which is more likely to produce unwelcome spikes and sags.
Diesel engines in general are known for being highly efficient. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to learn that a diesel generator can not only work for long hours; they can also cool down very quickly as well.
Easy Generator Maintenance
They have relatively few moving components so they are actually quite easy to maintain and repair. Moreover, this fuel type does not have to rely on an ignition system; therefore they are less likely to encounter any significant start-up problems. You might also like to read our blog on the Advantages of Standby Generators. Follow these links to find out more about our Generator Rental service too.