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Factors To Consider For Your Generator Projects

Generator projects of all sizes will require planning and thought. Whether you are looking to install an industrial generator for your business property or you are planning a large scale generator project there are many factors that need to be considered. 

The more thought you put into the project, the more successful it will be in general. To help make the whole process much simpler, Vital Power have put together a list of things you should make sure you spend time considering.

What type of generator/s will you invest in?


This is probably one of the first things to ask yourself. First of all, what kVA or kW output do you require? Do you need a single-phase power supply or a three-phase generator? Which fuel type would be best to power your generator? Do you have a preferred brand or model of generator in mind?


Having the answers to these questions will automatically make choosing your generator/s much easier. Knowing exactly what you’re looking for can help you to narrow down your search. Don’t worry, if you’re unsure about any of these questions then an experienced generator company will be able to assist you. 


Where you will keep the generator/s?


Many people think that generators can just be stored anywhere, which isn’t the case. If you want to keep your generator indoors then you must adhere to requirements for fuel supply, ventilation, exhaust ducting and proximity to combustible materials. Whereas if you want to keep it outside then you must comply with code requirements for minimum distance from combustible walls and building openings.


Knowing where your generator/s will be kept is essential and you can then ensure that the generator/s you choose will be suitable for the location that you have in mind. Again, if this is all new to you and you require assistance any company that offers generator installation services will be able to help. 


Do you need a fuel supply on-site?


Another significant factor in planning a generator project is the fuel tank/s. You need to decide whether or not you want to keep a fuel supply on-site, if you have room to do so and if you can meet all requirements for this storage. Depending on the size of your generator/s and how frequently you will be relying on this uninterruptible power source the answer to this question will differ. 


Having a bulk diesel fuel tank will extend your running time and for some business properties, this will be essential. If you do require a tank then you need to know the capacity you require or the running time that you wish to achieve from your generator/s on a single fill of fuel, this will allow you to decide on the size of your fuel tank.  


Which type of transfer switch will you have? 


Depending on what you will be predominantly using your generator/s for, you may require different transfer switches. For example, if you want an emergency standby generator/s then they will usually come with an automatic transfer switch. However, manual transfer switches can be supplied for certain systems if preferred.


The size of the transfer switch, amperage rating, and the installation location can also differ and may depend on the main use of your generator/s and their size. For industrial applications, there are also several other transfer switch features are available such as bypass isolation, closed transition and programmed transition.


Getting started on your generator project


Taking the time to consider everything mentioned above will make the whole process of your generator project much easier. You will then know exactly what you’re looking for and where it will be located which is essential for every project. Understandably, if you have never undertaken a generator project before then you may require assistance with all of the questions above. If this is the case you should seek assistance from a professional experienced company. 


When searching for a company to work alongside, visit the Vital Power website. Not only can they help you with the answers to the questions above but they can also supply and install your new generator/s. In addition to this, they are a diesel generator maintenance company too, so, you can rely on them if you require any additional help in the long run after installation as well. 

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