Most people who operate generators for prime power
understand that there are drawbacks. The main one is they use almost
as much fuel running no loads or small loads as they do powering larger
loads. With varying loads, efficiencies are between 5% to 30%. If the
generator is shut down, for maintenance or for economical reasons, there
is no power for lights or small power tools etc.
There is a solution to these problems. Add
an inverter/charger and batteries to the generator system. These components
used in industry and other remote applications can provide good reliable
power when the generator is not running.
The benefits of using such a system are:
1) The generator will run at efficiencies
2) Less hours on an expensive generator, reductions in fuel consumption
and less scheduled maintenance such as oil changes.
3) No need to run the generator continuously.
4) Power will be available to operate lights, microwaves, furnace fans,
small electrical tools, etc. when the generator is shut down.
The system can also monitor the battery levels
and auto-start the generator and shut down as required to maintain battery
Each system can be custom designed with "off
the shelf components" to meet any requirements.
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