Generator sets are used to provide on-site power generation in the event of a power failure or when utility grid power is unavailable or too costly. Often called ‘gensets’, they are manufactured by combining an industrial-sized diesel or natural gas engine with a ‘prime mover’ which is an alternator. The alternator converts the mechanical energy produced by the engine into electricity which then supplies the application with power. Common applications of generator sets include:
- backup power for commercial and industrial businesses
- prime power for businesses consuming large amounts of power during ‘peak hours’, and
- continuous power for remote mining operations that don’t have access to grid power.