Pairing Your UPS System With A Standby Generator

Pairing your UPS system with a standby generator ensures power protection against both short-term and long-term power failures.

The UPS system protects the load from minor short term power irregularities (spikes, surges, brownouts etc) and provides time for the standby generator to start up if the power failure extends past the UPS system battery time.

During normal operation, power flows through the UPS system to the load. The standby generator is connected to an Automatic Mains Failure (AMF) detection panel. This initiates a generator start-up if a there is a disruption to the power supply.

Sizing your UPS System and Generator Pair

When pairing a UPS and generator, sizing is one of the most critical things to get right. There are typically two types of loads – essential and non-essential.

Essential load: an essential load includes equipment that directly affects business continuity. These might include servers, computers, life safety and evacuation equipment, manufacturing equipment etc.

Non-essential loads: non-essential loads aren’t fundamental to business operations and can be temporarily dropped in the event of a mains failure.

Once your power requirements are determined, the total load can be calculated.

UPS and Generator Maintenance

Regular maintenance is essential in ensuring that your get the most out of your investment and maximises the lifespan of your UPS system and standby generator. Neglecting maintenance or using unauthorised parts can lead to your power system failing or needing more serious repairs or replacements.

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!