We prepared some tips to help you understand Cummins generator sets and their potential applications.
Power generation systems and equipment are classified by type, or class. For example, it can be classified as standby / emergency, Power Prime / Peak Hour, or continuous. It is very important to understand that the type of generation system and classification depend on the application.
Emergency system: This type of equipment and system is designed to supply power and lighting for short periods. It will allow for the safe evacuation of buildings, the continued operation of emergency communications systems used for public safety, and for the continued operation of life support, and other medical equipment needed by people requiring special care.
Legally required: These systems are typically designed to supply power and lighting for short periods, as a means to prevent accidents or facilitate firefighting operations.
Optional standby: Optional standby systems are installed where safety is not a critical factor, but rather where a power outage can cause inconvenience or loss of business. Such systems are typically installed in data processing centers, farms, commercial or industrial buildings and residences.
Prime Power: Prime power installations use generator sets to produce localized power so the need or application need not rely on energy supplied by the public utility. A simple prime power system uses at least two generator sets and a commuting switch to transfer energy loads between them. Typically, one of the generator sets handles a variable load, while the other serves as a reserve.
Peaking Power: Peaking-power facilities use localized power generation to reduce utility energy usage or stabilize electricity usage during peak hours, as a means to save money on energy costs. Power generation equipment installed for standby purposes can also be used for peak power needs.
Cost reduction (seasonal use): Peak-time systems provide power using generator sets to reduce electricity costs. With the operation of generator sets during seasonal peak periods, users can save up to 30% of their total energy costs at the end of the month.
Continuous basic load: Facilities for continuous basic loads use local generation to supply ongoing energy (kW), usually by using equipment for interconnection with the power utility grid.
Cogeneration: Cogeneration is the use of directly generated electricity and the use of radiated exhaust heat to replace energy provided by the utility. The radiated heat is recaptured and used directly for heating, or otherwise converted back into electricity.