FAQs

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Can I convert the Hz of a generator?

Yes, you can. This involves cutting down on the rpm of the engine. A generator that operates at 60 Hz typically runs @ 1800 rpm. Bringing the rpm down to 1500 will effectively bring the Hz down to 50 Hz. In some instances, this may involve a few modifications or change of parts. Call us, we will help you.

Can I combine generators like a grid?

Yes, you can, provided you put generators of similar configuration and specs. Regardless of the configuration of generators that you intend put in a grid, the process is a specialist operation, which calls for expert involvement. Call us, we will guide you.

What exactly is the difference between kW and kVa? How do I calculate kW?

For practical purposes, kW is the unit of real power while kVa is the unit of apparent power. Consequently kW will always be lesser in number when compared with kVa. The formula to calculate kW is to multiply the engine horsepower x .746.

Can I change the voltage from generators?

It depends on the type of generator you have procured. If it happens to be a generator that features “reconnectable ends”, you are in luck, you can change the voltage. If it happens to feature “non-reconnectable ends”, you will not be able to change voltage. Bear in mind that changes in voltage also need to factor in various aspects like power output, phase etc. Our expert will guide you deeper into the subject.

What is an Automatic Transfer Switch?

ATS, acronym for Automatic Transfer Switch transfers the power from one source to another. If you are hooked to a public power utility and need to change over to emergency power utility in the event of power failure, the ATS will do it without manual intervention. The ATS will revert back to power source when power is restored.

Do I need to follow a maintenance schedule?

Yes. A maintenance schedule helps you to keep the generator in prime working condition. The maintenance calendar should include mandatory checks once in six months or 300 hours of operation, WHICHEVER is earlier.

What kind of spares do I need to stock?

The replacement of spares is generally performed by technicians, hence stocking of spares would not be necessary. All spares are available in open markets and authorized resellers, hence procuring a spare for replacement will never be a problem.

What is an Acoustic Enclosure?

Governments have clamped down on equipment and machines that contribute to noise pollution. Acoustic Enclosures are enclosures of sheets of specification that control the noise output from gensets. Insulated with fire retardant foam and air inlet louvers, the enclosures help companies meet norms.

How do I calculate the power requirements that need to be met by the Generator?

This calls for careful calculations. It is more of a three-pronged process – list of appliances/equipment that need to be powered, wattage of each equipment, arriving at total requirements in KVA or KW.  Look at the chart or ratings of each equipment, and take care to note down the starting and running wattage. If you need professional help to work out your requirements, call us.

How do I pick the right generator?

Picking the right generator is as important as the decision to go in for a generator.  The three different modes are Prime, Continuous and Standby. Depending on the intended use, the generator needs to be picked. For instance, if you have access to public power utility and require a generator to provide power during an outage, then a Standby Generator will meet your needs. If, on the other hand you do not have access to power utilities or are experiencing frequent outages, then a Prime or Continuous Power Rated Generator will meet your needs.

What is Wet Stacking?

Wet stacking occurs when not all the fuel in a diesel engine is burned. The fuel passes through to the exhaust system (exhaust pipe or chimneystack) leaving an oily (wet) residue. Wet stacking in diesel generators frequently occurs when the engine is running at only a small fraction of its capacity.