How much does a power outage cost you? It’s a question that isn’t on the minds of many company directors until they’re losing thousands of dollars per minute during a blackout.
The EPA commissioned a study that found out the US economy loses more than $150 billion a year to power outages. That study is now more than five years old and our infrastructure is older and under higher stress than ever.
If you’re wondering what the solution for your company or job site may be, have you considered an industrial generator? Keep reading to learn how to buy an industrial generator the right way and if it’s for you.
Always Use Reputable Dealers to Buy an Industrial Generator
If you’re looking for an industrial generator, you should always go through reputable dealers. If you were to buy these used generators from a dealer that doesn’t have the history and trust you need, you could be out tens of thousands of dollars on a dud generator.
Reputable dealers will inspect industrial generators and refurbish them where necessary. They’ll do all the heavy lifting you’ll have to do yourself if you were looking for an individual seller.
Factors to Consider Before Buying an Industrial Generator
A guide to buying generators or a preowned generator in good working order isn’t complete without discussing a few major points.
- Energy source
- Age of the machine
- Hours of operation
- Generator size and load capacity
- The location you can place your generator
- Amount of maintenance and service it will need
The energy source is usually a fossil fuel of LPG (natural gas), liquid gasoline, or diesel. That said, a trend that’s increasing is the use of industrial solar grids powering industrial-size battery backups.
These aren’t quite ready for nationwide rollout since battery technology is only now becoming feasible. This technology still needs time to mature to accommodate factories or other heavy industry needs.
The generator capacity many industrial diesel generators reach is well into the mW range, such as the 1,750 kW Caterpillar XQ1750. To generate that amount of electricity, you’ll need a lot of fuel. If you don’t need that kind of capacity, you’ll be happy to know that you can find an industrial generator with as low as 35kW capacity.
Industrial size generators of that capacity also mean larger sizes and more maintenance needs. The size requirements mean you need to prepare a plot inside your building or outside your building. Location is essential for a generator to do its job well.
Last, if you’re getting a used generator, is the hours of operation. Even if it wasn’t used often, tests and maintenance will increase the hours of operation and wear. Also, if it has lower hours of operation but it’s an older machine, you’ll have to be more aware of rubber and plastic components aging out or corrosion on metal ones.
Keeping the Lights On
An industrial generator could be what helps to save you and the US economy from disastrous financial loss. While “too late” is better than never, life doesn’t always hand out second chances. Don’t wait until your company faces a power outage to see the value of industrial generators.
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