Electricity is the oil of the Digital Age. Indeed, a company or private enterprise that loses its access to electrical power immediately loses its connectivity to the rest of the world. Of course, this can be disastrous as most companies and enterprises these days rely heavily on the tightly networked pathways of virtual space to help them carry out their global transactions with just the press of a button.
Without doubt, a power failure or blackout can rob individuals and organisations of their capability to execute mission critical tasks, engender a loss of faith amongst partners and consumers, and ultimately, lead to irreparable reputational damage.
With all this in mind, it is clear to see just how vital it is for organisations, enterprises and even households to have suitable measures in place which will provide them with essential back-up power in the event of a power failure or blackout striking.
And when it comes to suitable measures, no back-up power option is more likely to yield success than that of electrical generators.
Electric power generators can be absolutely invaluable in the event of a power failure as they are able to supply electricity to critical loads or even to an entire household or organisation when established power supplies suddenly become unavailable.
In essence, these innovative devices work on the principle of electromagnetic induction to generate electrical energy from a source of mechanical energy. This source can be a turbine rotated by the force of a hand crank, an internal combustion engine or indeed any one of a number of different variants.
Based on the kind of requirements they address, generators are typically classified into two categories – Portable and Stationary.
As the name implies, portable electric generators are not designed for permanent installation. Indeed, their primary role is to work with stand-alone applications and to temporarily power a few critical applications via their external cords. In general, portable units are able to function for a run time of less than 12 hours, and provide a power output of 500W to 17.5kW. Different models of portable generator units can be fuelled using one or more of specific energy sources, such as petrol, diesel, bio-diesel, propane or natural gas.
Although portable generators have a number of unique advantages, they are not a suitable option when it comes to delivering very high power requirements, or for maintaining power over a prolonged period of time. Fortunately, stationary generators (also known as ‘standby’) can more than meet these requirements as they are designed to provide far more substantial levels of power. Moreover, these units can be started manually or even automatically in the event of a power failure as they are designed to be hard-wired into a property or premises’ main electrical distribution panel.
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