Many buildings such as factories, healthcare medical centers, institutions, villages need a reliable and continuous power supply to operate in emerging countries. When the grid is not reliable in these geographies, the final user seeks for a reliable alternative solution. Diesel generators are usually the answer to these needs.
Diesel generators can be used in different electrical configurations whether in off-grid and poor grid layouts. It is used mainly as emergency power-supply if the grid falls (load shedding).
Many Solar EPC in their project have to consider diesel generators for their solar installation, but what are the main characteristics of a diesel generator? What are the different points to consider when you have to integrate Solar with diesel generators?
Diesel generators are widely used in modern industry for high energy density and dynamic stability. They are also used for different configurations such as microgrids.
In the microgrid configuration, the diesel generator is coupled with other power supplies. It may run as a continuous generator and must be performed to work for meaningful durations at variable load. It can also provide temporary electrical power.
Here are the main characteristics of a diesel generator:
Solar panels with PV inverters grid tied are running only if the frequency is set around the grid frequency. When the grid is down, the generators become essential to the proper functioning to run solar power.
In order to successfully integrate solar with already existing diesel generators, you need a controller such as ePowerControl solutions here are the main elements that you need to know:
Extended compatibility: Elum controllers are able to communicate with most of the inverters available in the market as well as most the diesel generators controllers as long as they communicate in Modbus
Minimum genset loading: Elum controllers monitor each genset and, if needed, curtail PV power to ensure that each active genset operates above a minimum load to avoid low-speed and poor fuel combustion.
Monitoring Platform: ePower Monitor is a data-visualization platform tailored for multi-energy multi-sites supervision & management.
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