Power GeneratorsPower Generator Overview
How do power generators work?
What type of fuels do generators use?
What types of generators are there?
How much do generators cost?
How do generators work?
A generator is a device that supplies on a small scale. Generators work by spinning a copper coil between two magnets, to create a steady flow of electrons. Generators are fueled by burning a variety of fuels, primarily natural gas.
What type of fuels do generators use?Generators can be powered by natural gas, propane, gasoline (petrol), LP (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) gas, diesel, and biodiesel.
What types of generators are there?Generators range from portable to industrial size, ranging in Wattage from a few hundred Watts to 30 kW. Generators differ in physical size and the amount of noise it makes. Some generators can sense power outages and will restore power to your home.
A gasoline-powered generator is a simple, fairly cheap solution. Home Depot prices range from $399 for a 3,000-watt generator to $1,499 for a 6,500-watt (6.5-kilowatt) machine that could run lights and appliances in many homes. A transfer box at your circuit breaker is needed, about $325. Gasoline generators are noisy, they pollute, and they are increasingly expensive. Plus, you must be home to turn on the generator if the power goes out.
Natural Gas Generators
Natural gas generators are cleaner and quieter than gasoline engines. Some will even sense a power outage, safely restoring power in less than a minute. Many natural gas generators will also run on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LP).
How much do generators cost?Generators on the low end will cost you around $350 for a 500-900 Watt portable generator. This is an auxilary power source, ideal for an evening camping. On the high end, generators cost $10,000 and up for a 30 kW generators that can power a large home or satisy light commercial needs.
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