Maintaining productivity during extended power outages
By M da Silva, Jasco Power
Electricity+Control, November 2014 (pages 32 – 34)
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Unstable power and extended power outages can have disastrous consequences for businesses across many industries, from ICT and commercial enterprises to industrial, manufacturing and parastatals. The ability to work through these power outages is critical, and a UPS alone is not sufficient to provide enough run time during power outages. Generatos have become essential equipment for many South African organisations. There are considerations and factors to bear in mind to ensure that generators deliver as required, ensuring automatic start up with rapid carry over, to provide enough electricity for all equipment during power outages.
During power outages, small businesses require a simple generator solution. However, in larger enterprises with power consumption requirements of 30 kVA and more, a high level of engineering is required to ensure the correct generator solution. From site assessment to bespoke application engineering, implementation including electrical reticulation, distribution board installation and rigging, as well as testing and commissioning, and related equipment such as UPSs and Automatic Voltage Regulators (AVRs), generator solutions need to be customised and tailored to the unique needs of an individual organisation. On top of this, cloud-based services such as fuel monitoring can be implemented for additional value and functionality. A bespoke, full service generator solution from an expert service provider will help to avoid the numerous pitfalls of getting this often-expensive investment wrong.
- Unstable power and extended power outages can have disastrous consequences for businesses across industry.
- The ability to work through these power outages is critical.
- A UPS alone is not sufficient to provide enough runtime during power outages.