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The Three Most Important Characteristics Of An Industrial Generator

by Phil Lawrence

Industrial generators are an important source of energy for a variety of industrial and manufacturing facilities, and they are made with higher power requirements in mind. If you are interested in generator installation, then there are three important characteristics of your future generator to keep in mind. You need to choose your preferred power output, what fuel you'll use for the generator, and the location of the generator itself.

Power Requirements

The most important part of an industrial generator is how much power it can provide, and if you're interested in using a generator then you need to know your power requirements. This is measured in watts, and you can estimate your power needs by adding up the wattage of everything your generator will be connected to. From there, you can add another 20% to this initial value. This will give you a margin of safety to prevent power surges and to ensure your generator can handle your facility. Industrial generators can range in size from those meant to handle a relatively small warehouse to larger ones meant for manufacturing plants, so be sure to ask your generator supplier for help estimating your power needs.


Another important aspect of any industrial generator is the location. Industrial HVAC systems may require more than one source of energy for a particularly complex HVAC system, which cuts down the power requirements for each generator but increases the number of generators you need. Other facilities will only need one powerful generator to power the entire system. Additionally, some industrial generators are created for construction sites or even marine environments, which require portability and durability respectively. You may need to adjust the output of your generator or the energy source, depending on the projected location of your generator.

Energy Source

Finally, how you power your generator affects its energy efficiency, long-term maintenance, and durability. Many industrial generators are powered through natural gas or oils, as an electrical source of energy may be out of the question. If this applies to your facility, then you need to choose what kind of fuel you want to use. Diesel-powered engines generally perform better than gas-powered ones and degrade less over time, but gas burns cleaner. Additionally, many find that natural gas or petroleum is less expensive even including transportation costs, or that gas storage is easier. Ask your generator supplier what your fuel options are.

If you are interested in the installation of an industrial generator, contact a generator supply and installation service, such as Scott's Emergency Lighting & Power Generation Inc, for more information. They can help you find the right generator for your energy needs based on the layout of your facility or your power usage, as well as the fuel source best for you.