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How does a backup generator work?

How does a backup generator work?

A backup generator, also known as a standby generator, is a device that provides emergency power during electrical outages.

It operates by converting mechanical energy into electrical energy through a generator engine powered by fuels such as diesel, natural gas, or propane.

Here's how it generally works:

  1. Detection of Power Outage: Backup generators need to be connected to an Automatic Transfer Switch (Or ATS) which detect when there is a disruption in the primary power supply.
  2. Activation: Once a power outage is detected, a signal is sent from the ATS panel to the backup generator which then automatically starts up within seconds to ensure minimal disruption to your home or business operations.
  3. Power Generation: The generator engine is powered by a fuel source such as diesel or natural gas. This engine drives an alternator, which produces electrical power.
  4. Transfer of Power: The generated electricity is then transferred to your business's electrical system either through a manual or automatic transfer switch. This switch isolates your business from the main power grid to prevent back-feeding and ensures the safety of utility workers.
  5. Continuous Operation: Backup generators are capable of running for extended periods of time as long as there is an adequate fuel supply. They can sustain power until the main electrical grid is restored.

How can a back-up generator benefit my business?

  • Continuity of Operations: Perhaps the most significant benefit is that it ensures your business can continue operating even during power outages. This is crucial for businesses that rely heavily on continuous power, such as data centres, hospitals, manufacturing plants, and telecommunications facilities.
  • Protecting Data and Equipment: Power outages can lead to data loss and damage to sensitive equipment. With a backup generator in place, you can safeguard your data and prevent costly equipment damage caused by sudden power surges or interruptions.
  • Maintaining Productivity: Power outages can result in downtime, leading to lost productivity and revenue. Having a backup generator allows your business to maintain productivity levels and meet deadlines even when utility power is unavailable.
  • Ensuring Safety and Security: Some businesses, such as healthcare facilities or security firms, require uninterrupted power to ensure the safety and security of employees, customers, and assets. A backup generator provides assurance in such critical situations.
  • Preserving Reputation: Consistently providing services, even during adverse conditions like power outages, can enhance your business's reputation. Customers and clients will appreciate your reliability and dedication to meeting their needs regardless of external challenges.
  • Compliance with Regulations: In some industries, having a backup power source is a regulatory requirement to ensure the safety of operations and continuity of services. Installing a backup generator can help your business comply with such regulations.

Overall, investing in a backup generator can offer peace of mind, protect your business from financial losses, and maintain your reputation by ensuring continuity of operations during power outages.

Do GFE Power Products supply backup generators?

Absolutely, GFE Power Products boasts an extensive selection of backup generators available for immediate dispatch. Explore our latest range of GFE Cummins Powered diesel generators.

At GFE Power Products, we understand the critical importance of reliable backup power solutions for businesses. Our extensive range of backup generators ensures that we have options suitable for various industries and applications. Whether you need a standby generator for a small office or a large industrial facility, we have you covered. Our team of experts is dedicated to helping you find the perfect generator to ensure uninterrupted power supply during outages. Get in touch with us today, and let us provide you with the peace of mind that comes with dependable backup power.

Reach out to our team today, and we'll assist you in selecting the ideal generator tailored to your needs.

Phone: +44 (0)1386 335007