Electrical power is the driving force of industry. Thus, a steady supply of power is crucial in almost all types of operations. But because fuel prices have become ever more unpredictable, more companies have been switching to alternative power backups such as natural gas stand by generators. Here are a few reasons why they are considered as the best choices when it comes to backup power:
- Natural gas is dependable. Natural gas can be pumped in via pipelines or stored in tanks, making it readily available. It is not susceptible to supply shortages like that of gasoline or diesel. It will always be ready on standby in the event of a power outage or failure. Like most gensets, natural gas generators can also be programmed with switching systems to immediately kick in in case of a power loss. Paired with the steady stream of fuel, this makes them very reliable.
- They are cost-effective. These generators cost less to purchase and maintain. Furthermore, natural gas is cheap compared to traditional fuels like diesel. It has a high-energy density and burns efficiently, translating to less fuel consumption and a whole lot of fuel savings. The power it produces is, in fact, less expensive than power you get from the grid.
- This type of generator is cleaner. Its waste gasses such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide and sulfur are lower than conventional sources, making it less polluting and harmful to the environment. This makes it an eco-friendly alternative and compliant with environmental regulations. Clean running machines also require less maintenance so that is additional savings in itself.
- They are safe. With less emissions, natural gas generators case fewer health risks. They do not produce particulate emissions like ash or soot so there is nothing harmful to breathe in. Added odorants to natural gas allows it to be detectable in case of a leak, so it is easier to make corrective actions immediately.