Gas and Gasoline Generators Key Terms
Learn about the size and specifics of gas and gasoline generatorsGas and gasoline generators are used as a backup power source for homes and businesses. A natural gas generator has the capacity to handle larger jobs while gasoline generators are a smaller, portable size good for short periods of use. Both types of generators work well to provide a low maintenance and cost efficient option for backup power sources. Gasoline generators are typically produce 7kW of power or less. Power produced by natural gas generators can range from 7kW to 15kW.
SizingSizing is an important concept for gas generators. Proper sizing prevents underproduction or overproduction of power for the needs of the space.
Heat riseHeat rise is a process where the amount of heat rising from a generator when in use is directly related to the longevity of the generator. Heat rise is also related to the amount of copper present in the generator's alternator.
VoltageVoltage is the rate that energy is taken from a source to produce an electric flow inside a circuit. Voltage is expressed in volts (V).
Closed frame generatorPortable gasoline generators have the ability to produce lots of noise, so manufacturers produce open and closed frame generators. The closed frame generator offers noise reduction to the level of sound comparable to two people talking.
Kilowatt (kW)The kilowatt of an electrical product or appliance is the measure of power the product generates. One kilowatt is equal to 1,000 watts. Kilowatts are often used to size generators for an area.
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