Load On Demand – Fuel and Power Management

Pair of 300kva generators

Effective Power Management Can Lead to Big Savings

On any project, fuel and power costs constitute a significant overhead. Manage power effectively to save fuel and money.

Equipment needs power, which demands a generator, which demands fuel. That’s understood, and when your generator is being put to good use, working away to power up equipment that is busy generating revenue, you don’t mind the fact that it is burning fuel and are happy keeping it filled up.

But few things can be more frustrating than watching the fuel level gradually run down on a generator when it is rumbling away for hours on end and scarcely being used. There must be a more effective way to operate.

Smart switching

According to one leading London generator hire company, the era of smart technology provides the perfect opportunity to save money, as well as precious natural resources, using a process called smart switching and synchronised operation circuitry.

In effect, the process involves a sequence of generators that use smart technology to communicate with one another, delivering the power you need as and when you need it.

How does it work?

Operationally, it could not be easier. When work is ready to commence, you start the first generator as normal. As demand increases and the load reaches a predetermined value, it tells the next generator that it needs help, and that automatically starts up. If the load continues to increase, then a third generator joins the fray, and so on.

If the load drops, then the additional generators will similarly power themselves back off until they are needed again.

In this way, you can have, for example, three 400 kVA generators working in sequence and able to provide up to 1200 kVA of power. But unlike having a single 1200 kVA generator, you will only be generating as much power as you need at any given time.

What are the benefits?

Of course, the main benefit is that you will face significantly lower fuel costs through far better generator efficiency, as you are only producing the power you need when you need it. But the benefits do not stop there. There are also the following factors to consider:

  • The reduced running will also mean your overall operation is emitting fewer noxious gases such as NOx and CO2.
  • The generators can be set up for remote monitoring, making supervision and management a cinch.
  • Smaller generators are simpler and quicker to install and get operational.
  • Reduced running hours make for cheaper hire costs.

Time to get smart?

With fuel prices continuing to rise, anything we can do to manage power more efficiently has to be a no brainer in today’s increasingly competitive industrial environment. This is the age of smart technology, and we use it without a second thought in homes and offices across the country.

Delivering load on demand brings a host of benefits to builders, contractors and anyone who needs power on the go. Why not contact your local generator hire specialist and give it a go?