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Posted on 3rd Jul 2023

Types Of Electric Generators: How To Choose The Best One

Electric Generators

The types of electric generators available are as wide and diverse as the industries they serve. From hospitals, factories, gas stations and hotels to homes; each industry can benefit from a different type of electric generator for its specific needs.

In general, this equipment is essential for all users who require continuity in the electrical supply and who need to avoid interruptions, voltage fluctuations and other failures that usually occur in the commercial network at all costs.

We all know how important it is to find the right power generator for your needs.Now  Altron Engineering will explain the different types of power generator and what to consider when choosing between them.

Main types of electric generators

Many people do not realize that there are different types or categories of electrical generators. The most suitable models are those based on a diesel or a gasoline engine (small generators) but if your needs are different, it is important to check all the options available in these ranges, to select the most suitable option for your needs.

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Generators by type of service

Generators for emergency use

In any emergency situation, a reliable power source is essential. Medical centres ( health clinics ), data centres ( data centres) and other critical facilities need electricity to run equipment that saves lives or prevents loss of sensitive data or communication, and communication systems depend on power to continue working. That is why electric generators are an essential part of any emergency plan.

Generator systems can provide standby power in the event of a blackout, ensuring that critical operations can continue without interruption. They can also be used to power temporary shelters and other important infrastructure during a disaster. With such a vital role, it's clear that power generators are an essential part of any emergency plan.

Generators for emergency use have a great operational capacity since they must even cover continuous hours while the general supply is restored.

Primary Application Generators

They are robust and portable devices that provide electricity to end users in the event of a blackout. They can be used by industries or individuals who need their own power for workplaces where a reliable connection to the electrical grid is always unavailable.

Generators by fuel type

Diesel generators are the most traditional type of generator, durable, safe and efficient. This explains why most utility companies continue to rely on this type of generator for their power needs.

The industry has focused on finding fuel sources that are more respectful of the environment, which is why it is increasingly common to find generators that have high-efficiency engines and low emissions, meeting the strictest standards in terms of gas emissions.

Diesel engines are the perfect choice for large industrial generators because they offer an optimal balance between power and fuel consumption. This means you can count on them to provide hours of continuous operation without interruptions or stability issues that can arise due to fluctuations in frequency or voltage from the commercial network.

Natural gas generators

Natural gas generators use fuels like propane or natural gas to produce the cleanest fossil fuel electricity possible. These fuels can be drawn from a tank or a direct line piped in by utility suppliers. These generators can be used to heat or cool your home with low levels of emissions.

LP Gas

These generators work with a derivative of liquefied petroleum, but not so ecologically if one takes into account the amount of natural gas that it contains in its composition.

Gas-based generators are still frequently used in countries that produce this hydrocarbon since they have direct connection pipes in their homes, which means that in your area, their use may not be inefficient in periods of long electrical shortages since we would have to have a large number of gas cylinders in our house, which is extremely dangerous if proper handling and technical installation standards are not available.

Additionally, the useful life of gas generators is much shorter than in the case of diesel power plants, apart from the fact that their cost of parts and maintenance becomes extremely expensive over time, both due to the cost of their components and because of how difficult it can be to get certain spare parts.

How to know what your ideal electric generator is?

According to CM Industry Supply Automation, finding out if you need a professional power plant (Diesel) or a generator for light use (Diesel or Gasoline), it is important to first analyze the quality and continuity of the service of your supply company. This will help determine which app you need.

For example, if your factory or company has access to a reliable commercial network, it would be best to incorporate an emergency generator, which serves as a backup in the event of rapid cuts or in the event of major unforeseeable failures, the most common being cuts due to voltage fluctuations or loss of a certain phase.