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Different Types Of Industrial Generator

Industrial generators are very different from the residential models that you can pick up. These diesel generators are designed to withstand extreme usage for extended periods in the case of a power outage. An industrial generator needs to be powerful and reliable enough to keep a business completely online – from internet connection to vital devices.

Many people are unaware that there are actually multiple different types of standby generator and industrial generator models. Selecting the right type of standby generator to get the best efficiency and correct output for your business’s needs is very important. So, to help you choose, Vital Power has put together a guide of the different types of generators you can invest in.

What is a generator for?

A standby generator is required to provide electric current as a source of backup power when the mains supply fails. The electrical power will be provided by the backup power source of the generator to keep your business up and running even in the event of a power outage, weather event or problem with the national grid power supply.

What is the best type of generator?

Gasoline generator, diesel generator, natural gas generator, solar generator, inverter generator, DC generator… There are lots of different types of generators available. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to searching for the best industrial backup power supply!

At Vital Power we offer a round-the-clock service and expert advice whenever you need it. We offer a wide range of generators for sale and for hire. We’re happy to conduct a survey of your site and provide recommendations on the best backup generator equipment based on your business, equipment, requirements and budget.

We specialise in diesel fuel generators thanks to their versatility and reliability, but can provide a detailed report and recommendation on the best choices for you. Plus, we provide a range of maintenance services so looking after your standby power supply is a breeze.

Diesel Generators

Diesel generators are amongst the most popular generator types on the market right now for generating electrical energy. Their popularity is largely thanks to their versatility and efficiency. Diesel fuel is so easy to get hold of, which is one of the main reasons why this option is so popular, as opposed to a propane generator or other type.

The power produced by diesel generators and the diesel engine can also be lower in cost because of the increased efficiency and higher energy density of diesel fuel. Because it’s an affordable fuel source, many businesses opt to use diesel to guarantee a reliable and always-ready power output.

As long as you ensure you undertake regular generator servicing and maintenance, diesel standby generators will serve you well for a very long time. They are known for their durability and long life. Diesel generators are also more affordable when it comes to repairs when compared to some of the other options and because they’re so common.

Natural Gas Generators

Natural gas generators use either propane or liquefied petroleum gas as fuel type. Natural gas is incredibly easy to store and can be done so in both below and above ground tanks, so you know that you will have enough to power your generator whenever it is required. Opting for this type of generator will assist with reducing your emissions as natural gas is a clean-burning fuel.

Generators that run on natural gas are also incredibly durable but they can be more expensive in the initial purchase. These generators also have a lower output than a similar-sized diesel generator, for example, so you may find that you need to move up a size to get the same results.

Hydrogen Generators

Hydrogen generators aren’t as easy to get your hands on as other types. This type of generator is known for being safe and easy to move, and is also pretty low maintenance compared to many other generators. They are also surprisingly efficient because they produce more energy, pound for pound, than other fuel sources.

Another benefit of using hydrogen to power your generator is that it’s incredibly easy to find, mainly from water sources. It’s also very clean, low-cost and no toxins are released into the atmosphere making them much more environmentally friendly which is so important in this day and age.

Portable Industrial Generators

Despite the name, a portable generator isn’t just a small unit you can simply pull behind you as you walk – they are huge trailer mounted generators. A portable generator is attached to certified trailers that are safe for use on the road, meaning that you can take your generator wherever you need to take it.

These are frequently used by emergency responders when a large amount of power is needed on location. A portable generator is a great choice if you need to be able to move your generator between multiple business properties, however it is worth assessing the precise capabilities of these generators before choosing one to purchase.

Silent Generators

Silent generators can offer you pretty much everything that other industrial power generators can offer but they have the additional benefit of being quieter when they are in use. These generators are more easily available now, as manufacturers are aware that many people don’t want a loud generator on their business property.

The benefit of quiet running can come at a bit of a premium, and silent generators are generally more expensive than other options. However, for many, the added cost is outweighed by the lack of noise that comes from these generators and they are an incredibly popular choice.

A silent generator can be a crucial consideration for businesses operating in residential areas or busy retail parks, for example. If your business has a lot of office space close to the generator or needs a particularly quiet environment, investing in a silent electric generator might be a worthwhile choice.

How to choose the right generator

Take some time to consider your options and all the different types of generators before you rush into purchasing an industrial generator. Don’t just look at upfront costs – also consider ongoing costs such as repairs and generator refuelling services before you make your final decision.

If you’re unsure which generator is best for you then seek assistance from a professional company like Vital Power who will be able to provide you with their professional opinion in this regard. Our team has years of experience in critical power generation across everything from supply to repair and maintenance.

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