What are Diesel Generators?

The founder of Diesel Generators

We have to thank Rudolf Diesel who issued a patent for a proposed engine back in 1892, for this radical form of power plant. Patent approved in 1898.

His aim was to provide a convenient mobile internal combustion engine that would run efficiently in any conditions. Although he had in mind the newly invented automobile, Rudolf Diesel was looking at industrial use to move heavy loads and provide independent power for factories that had, up until that time, been using steam and water power.

It was Rudolf Diesel who’s the father of Diesel Generators. He proved that fuel could be ignited without a spark. This is particularly useful when requiring power in confined or dangerous areas, such as fuel depots, ships, submarines and factories.
When compared with petrol engines, diesel power plants are far more cost effective as they provide more power from each litre of fuel, using less fuel than an equivalent petrol-driven engine.

Over 100 years on, his designs have been significantly improved. Although it is true that the basic engineering philosophy remains the same.

Powering the World

Diesel Generators are the most common form of mobile or standby power in the world. The recent surge in Asian growth, especially in China, has seen the renaissance of the diesel generator.

Available in sizes from 5kVA up to 5 Megawatts, diesel generators are the backbone of worldwide industry.

Standby Diesel Generators are commonly used by:

  • major hospitals
  • military forces
  • government buildings
  • data centres
  • banks
  • distribution networks

They protect their critical systems from power failures caused by power outages.

Companies such as Volvo and Scania, famous for their indestructible trucks, have also long been synonymous with manufacturing powerful Diesel Generators for use in Cruise Liners, Factories and as Standby Generators.

Resilient and Robust

Diesel generators can work at altitudes impossible for any other form of power plant. Diesel generators can easily accommodate cold temperatures. Temperatures that are often too cold for other forms of power. This is because they have a built-in water heater. As a result this keeps the vital parts and the oils warm 24-7. Above all enabling this modern day workhorse to continue around the clock.

Treated kindly, a diesel generator will out last any other form of power plant. Regular maintenance, oil changes, replacement injectors etc., will guarantee 30, 40 or even 50 years of service – outliving the workforce it protects.

When a disaster strikes, diesel generators kick in!
Airlifted to help the needy, wherever they may be.

The world owes a debt to Rudolf Diesel. He was famous in life and a legend in death.

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