What’s a diesel generator?
What’s a diesel generator?
Diesel generators convert the energy in diesel fuel into electrical energy. They operate slightly differently from other types of generators.
Let's see how diesel generators work, what are they used for, and why you might choose to buy one.
How does a diesel generator work?
Diesel generators use a series of steps to generate AC (alternating current) electricity.
This process begins when a diesel (combustion) engine converts some of the chemical energy in the fuel into rotational mechanical energy. The alternator then uses a rotating electric machine to generate electricity, and the wires passing through the magnetic field induce electrical charges.
This type of generator can be used for main power or backup power. For example, diesel generators can be used as main power sources in remote areas with limited grid connections, or as backup or backup power sources during power outages.
These machines have single-phase suitable for home or small business use, or three-phase suitable for long-term or heavy industrial use.
Generators should not be used at the same time as the main power source, which is why they are usually equipped with transfer switches to prevent this from happening.
Why would you choose a diesel generator?
Diesel generators are suitable for many types of scenarios:
Businessmen who need portable generators to use on the job site.
People who live off-grid and need a reliable power source.
As a backup for solar cells.
Used for large-scale events.
For farm and agricultural purposes.
As a continuous power source for remote mining sites.
It is suitable for large enterprises, warehouses or medical services that need emergency power supply in case of continuous operation.
In shopping malls or supermarkets, in case the power grid is cut off.
Essentially, diesel generators allow you to keep your home, business, or basic services running during a power outage.
If needed, you can also use it as the main power source.
How efficient is the diesel generator? How long can diesel generators last?
Diesel engines use compression heat instead of spark ignition to burn fuel and have higher thermal efficiency than other types of internal combustion engines.
This makes diesel generators a very efficient machine, especially for continuous and heavy use.
Generally speaking, a diesel generator will use 0.4 liters of fuel for every kilowatt-hour produced, which is equivalent to an efficiency ratio of 25%. However, the efficiency of any particular diesel generator will depend on the situation and mode of use.
Diesel generators are generally very durable because they wear less than gasoline engines.
Advantages of diesel generators:
On the surface, diesel has several advantages over gasoline.
For example, diesel generators are more efficient because they require only half of the fuel and do not need to work as hard as gasoline generators to produce the same output.
Therefore, although the cost per liter of diesel is higher, diesel generators will use less fuel, which means that costs will decrease over time.
Diesel is also less volatile than gasoline, so it is safer to use. And because the operating temperature of a diesel engine is lower than that of a gasoline engine, and it does not need to work so hard, its maintenance requirements are lower.