Types Of Generators

2 Mar, 2017 | posted in: News | 0
Types Of Generators

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There is not much more truly annoying in life (or in construction), than having your power go out, period, but much less at a critical time that will cost you money.

To keep this from happening to you, it may come as no surprise that you need a generator.  What is a generator?  It is simply a machine that converts one form of energy into another, especially mechanical into electrical energy, as a dynamo, or electrical energy into sound, as an acoustic generator.

For our purposes, the four main types of power generators are: 

  • Electro Motive Diesel (EMD) Generators;
  • Natural Gas Generators,
  • Portable Generators,
  • Diesel Generators and
  • Wind Generators.

They range in application from large commercial and industrial units on down to small, portable residential and small building units.

EMD Generators, or electro motive diesel generators, are low RPM, low-risk, no maintenance generators that have a wide variable of performance functions.

Generators, or electro motive diesel generators, are low RPM, low-risk, no maintenance generators that have a wide variable of performance functions.

Natural gas generators are simply power generators that run on natural gas as the fuel source. The type of power generator you select will depend on your personal power generation needs. You can choose from a variety of generator sets ranging in size from 20kW – 2500kW and engines ranging in size from 150hp – 4000hp, although commercially they are made in a wide variety of sizes from a few watts up to gigawatts in large power plants.

A portable generator is any generator on wheels that usually runs off of gasoline as fuel, making them perfect for commercial or industrial use.

A diesel generator is the combination of a diesel engine with an electrical generator, often an alternator, to generate electrical energy.

Generators produce electricity from mechanical energy which is, in turn, converted from nuclear or chemical energy in various types of fuel, or obtained from renewable sources, such as wind or falling water. 

Its operation is based on the process called electromagnetic induction: whenever a conductor moves relative to a magnetic field, electromotive force (emf) is induced in this conductor.  Electricity generation is a multi-step process.  In the generators, the chemical energy stored in fuel is converted into mechanical energy of rotating shaft.  A machine that does it is called prime mover, which are gas combustion turbines, internal-combustion engines, and steam turbines.  Electricity is produced from rotational energy of the spinning shaft.

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