How to Choose a Generator for a Data Center
Standby generators are a critical element to any high availability power system. Data centers, network closets, hospitals, campuses, manufacturing floors – all of these loads require maximum uptime.
Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) systems provide battery power for a few minutes, but on-premise power generation is required for long-duration outages. In most cases, that power source is a standby generator. Choosing the right generator for your data center application requires detailed planning.
Factors to consider when choosing a generator
- What kind of generator system is required? Is a single generator sufficient? Or, are multiple generators required for redundancy?
- What type of generator is needed? Prime, Standby, or Continuous?
- What size generator is needed? Click here to read our article on how to size a generator for a data center.
- What is the best fuel source to use? Diesel, Gasoline, Natural Gas, Steam?
- What environmental factors need to be evaluated? EPA and zoning regulations, noise ordinances, climate-specific requirements, foundation or padding?
There are many different things to consider when selecting a generator. Each configuration is unique and requires careful planning and consideration. Power Solutions, LLC can assist with the process. Our team has successfully engineered, furnished and installed generators and power systems for customers all over the country. For more information, read our article on selecting a generator for a data center application.
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