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Generators

Electrical generators are standalone machines that provide electricity when power from the local grid is unavailable. Industrial generators are often used to supply backup power to facilities, businesses, or homes during power outages but they can also be used as a primary power source in areas where a local electrical grid is unavailable or difficult to access such as mining and farming operations or even new developments and construction. Increasingly primary generators are being used in situations where its more economic to supply electricity to a location powered by LPG than it is to buy electricity from the national grid.

It’s possible to buy a generator for just about any need. Some electrical generators are small, portable devices that are used for camping or hobbies to provide small amounts of power for just a few devices. Others are permanent installations that can power an entire house. Industrial generators are even more powerful, capable of maintaining full power to manufacturing facilities, hospitals, and office complexes.

There are diesel generators, natural gas generators, propane generators, and bi-fuel generators. However, at JL Focus we specialise in providing generators powered by Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG).

Stand By Generator installed at Eastwood Park Training Centre
Stand By Generator installed at Eastwood Park Training Centre
Stand By Generator installed at Eastwood Park Training Centre
Stand By Generator installed at Eastwood Park Training Centre

LPG Generators

For a number of years JL Focus has been involved with the supply of diesel generators, however, with the continuing drive to carbon reduction we have made the decision to only provide LPG generators in the future for the following reasons: 

LPG emits less NOx, SOx, CO2e and PM than diesel making LPG generators the ideal solution for emission-sensitive sites

Cost savings LPG offers immediate cost savings with the imminent end to the red diesel tax subsidy

Range from 10kVA to 1000kVA

Reduced environmental impact LPG has lower CO2e, PM, NOx and Sox
Increased productivity LPG is stored directly on site and feeds the generator with constant and consistent power which increases up-time

Reliable and consistent LPG offers reliability regardless of weather conditions, meaning you’re not at risk of power loss due to electrical outage or emergencies

Safe from theft LPG has no risks of spilling, is safe to use and store and cannot be stolen

Quieter Generators powered by LPG are quieter, and there is no requirement for the Ad-Blue needed to reduce NOx emissions

Complete solutions A temporary or permanent power generation solution which includes a power generator and LPG supply available nationwide

The Generator Control Panel And Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS)

Generator Control Panel
Generator Control Panel

One of the most important components of modern-day generators is the generator control panel. The control panel is the brains of the generator and is also the user interface of the generator; the point at which you’ll access and control generator operation.

Many control panels feature an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS), which continuously monitors incoming power. When the power level drops or cuts out entirely, the ATS signals the control panel to start up the generator. Likewise, when incoming power is restored, the ATS signals the control panel to shut the generator down and reconnects to power grid.

In addition to 24/7 monitoring, the generator control panel provides a wealth of information for site managers:

  • Engine gaugesprovide important information about oil and fluid levels, battery voltage, engine speed, and operational hours. In many gensets, the panel will even automatically shut down the engine when it detects a problem with fluid levels or other aspects of generator operation.
  • Generator gauges provide valuable information about output current, voltage, and operating frequency.

What Kind of Maintenance Does A Generator Require?

Generators are engines and require routine engine maintenance to ensure proper operation. Since many generators are relied on to provide back-up power in the event of emergencies, it is crucial for operators to conduct regular checks and inspections of their gensets to ensure the machine will operate as needed, when needed.

The best generator maintenance routine is the one recommended by the manufacturer, but, at a minimum, all generator maintenance plans should include regular and routine:

  • Inspection and removal of worn parts.
  • Checking of fluid levels, including coolant and fuel.
  • Inspection and cleaning of the battery.
  • Conducting of a load bank test on the generator and automatic transfer switch.
  • Checking of the control panel to ensure accuracy of readings and indicators.
  • Changing of the air and fuel filters.
  • Inspection of the cooling system.
  • Lubrication of parts as needed.

Be sure to maintain a maintenance log for recordkeeping. Include all readings, fluid levels, etc. along with the date and the hour meter reading of the generator. These records can be compared against future records and used to help detect abnormalities or changes in operation which may clue you in to hidden issues that could become major problems if left unchecked.

Generators can last for decades when properly maintained. These simple, small investments will definitely pay off over time by saving on expensive repairs or even full genset replacement. If generator maintenance isn’t something you can manage in-house, many generator dealers offer maintenance contracts or can recommend qualified maintenance technicians to help you keep your generator in tip-top shape year after year after year. It’s time and money well spent if it can keep your business up and running when the power goes out.

How Do I Size A Generator?

The single most important part of installing a backup generator or a prime generator is getting the size right. Undersized generators won’t be able to provide you with all the power you need and you’ll be forced to pick and choose which electrical components will receive power from the generator and which ones won’t. Even worse, running an undersized machine can strain the unit, causing the generator to cut out mid-operation, may lead to premature generator failure, and can possibly damaging the devices connected to it.

Some think that it’s acceptable to install a smaller than needed standby generator since it won’t be running all the time, but this is faulty logic because when a standby generator is needed it must power the entire facility. In other words, you still require the generator to provide a certain amount of power whether the generator is run continuously or only on an emergency basis.

It’s generally better to buy a bigger generator than a smaller one, but oversized generators have their drawbacks as well. Installing a generator that provides much more power than you need is a waste of resources. You’ll overspend on the genset itself, spend more on fuel and other consumables than you need, and also run the risk of damaging the devices connected to the generator.

Generators range in power capacity from 5 kW to 50 kW in the residential market and from 50 kW to over 3 Megawatts in the commercial and industrial markets, giving buyers plenty of choices, but also raising plenty of questions as to which generator is right for them. Correctly sizing a generator involves several factors and considerations. The best way to ensure you have sized the generator correctly is to consult a certified electrician. An electrician can determine your exact power needs, your electrical system capacity and any necessary upgrades, and how to best install a generator.

Still, you can get an idea of your power needs yourself by:

  • Creating a list of everything that needs to be powered by the generator.
  • Noting the starting and running wattage of each of those items. You can find this information on the device’s identification plate or the owner’s manual.
  • Calculating the total power requirements in kVA or kW. Some devices will provide power requirements in amps. You’ll need to convert amps to kW or kVA to determine power demands. 

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