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3 Types Of Industrial Generators

Access to a reliable power source is essential for industrial companies. A power outage could damage delicate equipment and cause manufacturing delays. To prevent a potential blackout, many industrial companies choose to invest in a generator.

The generator will kick on in the event of a power outage, allowing the facility to maintain the ability to run normally until the power grid has been restored.

There are three main types of industrial generators available on the market. Learn more about these generators so that you will be prepared to select the one best suited to meet your facility's needs.

1. Natural Gas Generators 

A natural gas industrial generator is powered by propane. Large quantities of propane can easily be stored on-site in specialized tanks that can be installed above or below ground level. This allows a facility to access the fuel needed to power a natural gas generator for an extended period of time.

Natural gas generators tend to be very efficient, which can reduce operating costs. These types of generators are also very durable and can withstand a significant amount of use without showing signs of wear and tear.

The main drawback to a natural gas generator is the initial cost of purchasing the generator itself. Natural gas generators tend to be one of the more expensive options for industrial power.

2. Gas Generators

An industrial gas generator relies on petroleum to create the power your facility needs. This can be a benefit since gasoline tends to be more affordable than many other fuel sources over time.

All gas generators are classified as air-compressed converters. This means that you will need to invest in a compressor to accompany your gas generator in order to access the full potential of the generator.

As long as you have a ready supply of gasoline available, you can run a gas generator over an extended period of time. This makes gas generators a good option for industrial companies looking for a long-term backup power source.

3. Diesel Generators

Diesel generators are found in many industrial facilities throughout the country. Their popularity stems from the fact that they are powered by diesel fuel, which is much easier and safer to store than other types of fuel.

Diesel tends to be less flammable and explosive than regular gasoline. Diesel fuel also has a viscous quality that allows it to circulate throughout a generator without damaging fuel lines and vital mechanical components.

To learn more, contact a company like Scott's Emergency Lighting & Power Generation Inc.