Archive for September, 2010

Stand-by Power – Generators

One of the most critical capabilities for businesses is electrical power – something many take for granted until the Mains Power Grid fails.

I am going to examine the provision of stand-by power by means of emergency generators – future articles will address UPSs and Surge Suppression etc.

Following the ravages of Hurricane Ivan and subsequent “brushes”, “near misses” and “false alarms” many companies that did not previously have generators, have now had them installed – this is only the first step.

Obviously, any company that own a generator expect it to start automatically when Mains Power fails; however, like most electrical and mechanical equipment, regular maintenance and testing is required to ensure prime performance as and when required. This maintenance and testing applies to not only the electrical and mechanical components of the generator and associated Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS), but also to the Fuel Supply. Read the rest of this entry »

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