Business Continuity: Does Your Business Need a Diesel Standby Generator?

A diesel standby generator should form part of your business continuity plan as it ensures that your business can continue to run when there is a disruption to the mains power supply. Relying on mains power alone puts your business at risk of losing access to business-critical operations, systems, and income.

Diesel standby generators provide:

  • Uninterrupted business operations without any downtime.
  • A custom power solution to meet your business needs – it does not need to be a ‘one size fits’ approach.
  • A predictable expense – investing in a generator can minimise the impacts of a power outage on your business and provide a predictable expense that you are able to budget for.

How does a diesel standby generator work?

  1. If you have automatic transfer switch (a device that detects a mains failure and automatically transfers power from the mains supply to your generator) it will send a signal to your generator to start.
  1. Then, air is propelled into the generator until it is compressed and then diesel is injected.
  2. The combination of these two processes generates the heat that triggers the fuel to ignite and the combustion of the diesel starts the generator, making the central shaft move, and transforming the mechanical energy into electrical power, with the help of the alternator.
  3. As a result, the generator starts producing the necessary electrical energy to be distributed until the mains power supply returns.

Diesel standby generators can be run for long periods of time, as long as it is correctly maintained, and fuel is in the best condition as possible.

At Shanahan Power, our Asset Care Management service guarantees that you won’t get left in the dark with regular maintenance by our service engineers, and access to our 24/7/365 Breakdown Assist facility. Contact us to find out more about the range of standby generators available.