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Maximizing Generator Performance: Understanding Site Conditions

07 May 2024 Hits: 209


Selecting the right generator for your needs goes beyond simply matching power requirements. Environmental factors at the site of operation significantly impact a generator's performance and longevity.

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Here's what you need to consider:

Environmental Conditions: The site's conditions, including altitude, temperature, and exposure to abrasive elements like dust and salt, can affect the generator's components. Dust and salt, for instance, can erode insulation, leading to electrical shorts. Careful consideration of these factors is essential for protecting your investment.

Ambient Altitude and Temperature: Altitude and temperature directly affect engine ratings. High altitudes reduce air density, impacting combustion efficiency. Engines may need to be derated in such conditions to maintain optimal performance.

Corrosive Atmospheres: Salt and other corrosive elements can damage winding insulation, potentially causing generator failure. Optional winding protection can provide added defense against corrosion.

Humidity: Humidity can lead to condensation, posing a threat to generator components. Enclosures and space heaters can mitigate this risk, ensuring reliable operation even in high humidity areas.

Transient Response: The ability of a generator to handle rapid load changes, known as transient response, is critical for preventing disruptions and damage. Faster recovery times reduce downtime and enhance reliability, particularly in dynamic conditions.

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Motor Starting: Starting large motors without voltage dips requires a properly sized generator and consideration of various system factors.

System factors include:

  • Available engine power
  • Capacity of the generator
  • Energy stored in the rotating inertia of the genset
  • Acceleration of the motor and its load (motor characteristics)
  • Electrical components between the genset and motor.

A properly sized generator will support the high starting kVA (skVA) required and sustain adequate output voltage for the motor so it can produce the needed torque to accelerate its load to rated speed


Block Load: Block loads, or instantaneous additions of rated power, should be carefully managed to prevent overload. Step loading can help distribute large loads effectively, ensuring stable operation.


Understanding and accounting for site conditions is essential for selecting a generator that meets your performance expectations and withstands the challenges of its operating environment. By considering factors such as environmental conditions, transient response, and load management, you can maximize the reliability and durability of your generator system.


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