Diesel generators, also known as Diesel Genset, are generators that convert mechanical movement energy into electrical power. You could think of it as a kind of ‘electrical pump’ causing energy to stream through wires providing electricity. These generators are typically what you would consider as a diesel engine, much like you would find in a vehicle. The larger the source of mechanical energy a diesel generator can provide, the more electrical power it will produce.
These generators are typically housed in an open structural, transportable unit or in a weatherproof housing. All of these variations help to make sure that the components are together and solidly attached, ensuring that all the electrical components are safely grounded. Just like in vehicles, diesel generators produce a great deal of waste heat in addition to the mechanical energy they provide. These gases are typically channelled through pipes and vented into the outside airs as you can expect there are health and safety regulations as to where these exhaust systems must be channelled, therefore please ensure that if you are installing a new generator you consult these carefully.
Typically, the fuel capacity will be enough for 6-8hours of operation and this is normally stored inside the housing for the smaller portable units (Single phase) or it may be a separate external structure for the larger and installed units (Three phase). Model sizes can vary and have two main modes (Single phase & Three phase). Single phase generators can range from 8 to 30 KW and are commonly used in small shops, homes and offices. Three phase generators can range from 8 to 2,000 KW and are used more in large office complexes or factories.
Single phase generators produce a single voltage that will alternate continuously, just to the variance in the waves of power produced the power level can drop throughout its run time, but these are usually undetected by sight or sound in smaller operations. Three phase generators work differently by producing 3 separate waves of power that will ensure there is always a continuous supply of energy, because of this the power level will not dip as it can in single phase, this in turn makes three phase generators much more powerful than their single-phase counterparts.