Fuel powered generators are incorporated into standalone systems as a backup power source. They are used to provide power during times of increased demand or extended periods of poor renewable generation.
When designing standalone systems, we aim to keep generator run-time and associated costs to a minimum. Generators are costly to purchase, expensive to run, noisy, polluting and are historically the weak link in any stand alone power system. If a generator is needed however, then we recommend the correct unit for your needs, ensuring compatibility and minimising the risk of other complications.
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Petrol generators are used in off-grid systems where the generator isn’t needed very much, and there isn’t a high load-support and charging requirement when it is used. These generators are cheaper than diesel generators, and are usually smaller in capacity.
A number of Honda’s EU and EG range of smaller petrol generators are ideal for smaller and medium stand alone power applications where a primarily backup function is needed.
Diesel generators are recommended for off-grid systems with lean solar and battery storage capacity – such as a lithium-ion standalone system with little autonomy available. In these systems there is more reliance on the generator to power higher loads for longer periods of time – making the reliability of a diesel generator essential. These generators have larger capacities than petrol generators, and are usually more expensive.
Off-Grid Energy recommends a range of quality Kubota GL & J series diesel generators for medium stand alone power applications where medium generator demand is reliably required.