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Which Type Of Generator Do You Need For Your Business?

Primary Vs. Back Up Generators: Which One Is For You?

Coastal Power & Equipment can help you select the reliable new or used generators you need for purchase or rental. For information, just call us at 281-962-1023 or visit the Coastal Power & Equipment website.

Thinking of getting a generator for your business? With several types on the market, finding the most appropriate type will serve you better when you need it. Regardless of your need, Coastal Power and Equipment can help you find a generator that meets your requirements.

For businesses, the three main types of generators are portable, stand-by, or prime.

Portable Generators Serve Offsite Needs

Portable generator models are only connected in times of emergency. To keep them ready for use and then operational during emergencies, they must be refilled and put in place. While they are a cumbersome solution for stationary business, they are perfect for mobile applications such as at a theme park or a carnival or for bringing to a construction job site or a worksite on a farm. Wedding planners can use them to meet the needs of a couple who want a rustic wedding in the countryside complete with hot food service and a band.

Coastal Power and Equipment offers a full range of equipment in wattages from less than 100 kw to over 1000 kw for sales and rent. Rental can be the perfect solution for corporate events or occasional jobs at a distant worksite.

Backup Generators Ready When You Are

Stand-by or backup generators are permanently connected to your utility system so that they can spring into action when needed. Using an automated transfer switch, the generator starts when the power from the grid is off. These generators have no overload capacity, which means that they cannot receive power from the utility company while they are operating; when the power comes back on, the generator powers down.

Standby generators are designed to operate about 25 hours per year at full capacity only during the duration of a power outage and during testing. The units typically can operate at 80% of capacity for up to 200 hours per year. They are the go-to units for most businesses who need backup power for their facilities.

Prime Power And Continuous Power Generators For Off-The-Grid

Prime power generators can be used when no other power source is available or when you need a generator for continuous periods of time. Oil and gas drilling at sea is one example of when this type of generator is useful.

They can operate to meet fluctuating or variable demand at 70% of full power for operational periods of up to 250 hours or at 100% prime power for a yearly limit of 500 hours. In addition, they can operate when overloaded by 10% for up to one hour per 12-hour cycle of operation.

In situations where the load in non-variable, a continuous power generator can provide power at a 100% load for an unlimited number of hours per year. This type of generator is useful for mining, military operations, or agriculture.

Coastal Power & Equipment Can Meet your Needs

Once you know the type of generator that is right for your business, you can consider other variables such as fuel type, load, total KW output, running time, and emissions that will ensure that your new power source will do the job.