Things To Consider When Purchasing Prime Power Generators
Prime power generators deliver the power that keeps businesses moving forward. At Gen-Tech Power Generation Specialists, we offer several prime power generators that are built to support oil and gas production, marine applications, mining, forestry, and many other industries. We can help you with the following considerations so that you purchase the generator best suited for your needs.
One of the first things you want to consider is the power ratings. These include the Prime Running Power (PRP) rating. The PRP for prime generators typically runs at around 80% of maximum capacity for 24/7 operations. When overloads occur, prime power generators can usually handle 10% more than the rated output for a period of one hour during a 12-hour window.
It is also important to consider load management. There are two ways to manage the load when it comes to prime power generators. First, you can take advantage of peak shaving. Under this arrangement, you will receive a set amount of power from your utility provider, with the prime power generator supplying the rest of your needs. Often, the utility company will pay the difference, which makes this a cost-effective arrangement for both as it helps reduce your reliance on the grid and overall utility costs, and it helps the utility provider better predict how much power they need to supply to the grid.
Conversely, you can choose to base load your prime power generator. Under this option, you will operate the generator at a fixed output rate. If you require additional power beyond the generator’s capacity, you can pay the utility provider for the additional power you require.
You will also need to estimate your requirements for power output correctly. While you can run a prime power generator close to the nameplate’s rating, most prime power generators should not be operated beyond 80% of the nameplate rating for an extended period of time. This helps prevent damage to the generator and prolongs the generators operational lifespan. It also reduces maintenance requirements and the need to replace components before their time is due.
Finally, it is important to consider the fuel source. Diesel and gaseous generators each offer advantages and disadvantages. Diesel is the most fuel-efficient option for most applications. However, gaseous generators are better suited for certain industries, such as oil and gas production. Both fuel options are sensitive to price fluctuations, fuel shortages, and changes to environmental regulations. In that regard, gaseous generators tend to have fewer emissions, and natural gas tends to be less sensitive to shortages than diesel fuel.
For more about the industrial prime power generators we offer, contact Gen-Tech Power Generation Specialists at (800) 625-8324. Our team will help you determine the generator that will deliver the power and reliability your operations require.