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Common Types of Generators You Should Know About
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Generators are a common part of almost every industrial facility. They are needed to keep the plant powered and ensure that the entire machine is receiving appropriate amount of energy throughout the processes.

With several technological advancements over the years, there are many types of generators available in the market to choose from. Each of these offer their unique set of advantages making it even more difficult to select the best one for your plant.

Although almost all types of generators provide several facilities, they might each also have some drawbacks which should be noted. Below are some common types of generators that you will find in almost every plant and factory.

1. Gasoline

Gasoline generators are the most common and popular types of generators mainly because the core material, gasoline is easily available. Also these generators are more budget friendly than the other types and are more towards the lower end of the price chart. However, as gasoline is mostly out of stock and nowhere to be found in case of power outages, it needs electrical power to run.

With modern advancements, we no longer see the huge gasoline generators around and they are widely offered in smaller sizes. This change in size and shape makes gasoline generators ideal for portable carry. It should be noted that since the fuel is extremely flammable, people must take appropriate measures when operating the generator.

Another important thing to note about gasoline generators is that gasoline can last only for around a year while stored inside the generators’ tank. Gasoline generators are also known to generate comparatively higher emissions and only have a limited lifespan. This means that one would have to replace their generator after a year which is much shorter as compared to the other types of generators.

2. Diesel Fuel

As gasoline is the most flammable of all fuel sources, diesel happens to be the least. Diesel is also as easily obtainable in the market as gasoline and therefore makes it an effective alternative to the other types of generators. The engines of a diesel fuel based generator have longer lifetimes and are able to operate with more efficiency that some its other contemporaries.

Also diesel generators are designed to run under heavy and rigorous conditions but need to be property maintained just like any other industrial equipment. They are also very affordable but cost slightly higher than gas based generators. A unique benefit of purchasing diesel generators is that some states even grant tax exception for its use.

However, similar to some other types of generators, diesel fuel generators also last only up to two years. They are also unable to operate properly under humid or moist conditions.

The main consideration of any person when deciding which type of generators they should go for is to look at their needs. In addition to that, they must analyze their environmental impact. Also one must asses other factors such as safety, availability of supplies and operating conditions.


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