Choosing a Generator

Atlantic Power Solutions List of Things to Consider when Choosing a Generator...

Start up load

  • Number of motors
  • SKVA code on motors
  • Type of house: conventional or tunnel
  • Type of controller: staged loaded versus single step
  • Mechanical thermostats

Continuous run load

  • more than 30%
  • less than 80%

Engine choice

  • View Engine Specifications
  • HP rating per kW
  • Cost of repair parts and availability
  • Cost of servicing
  • Cold weather starting
  • Has unit been loaded, banked and tested
  • EPA issues – emissions
  • Water cooled versus air cooled

Warranty

  • Length of time
  • Materials covered

Formulas

Single Phase

  • 1KW = 1,000 Watts
  • Watts = Volts = Amps
  • Example 100KW = 100,000 watts : 240 watts = 416 amps

Three Phase

  • Example 100KW = 100,000 watts : 240 volts
  • THREE PHASE=WATTS/VOLTS/1732/PF=AMPS
  • EX. 100,000 watts/240 volts/1.732/.8 power factor = 301 amps

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Experience and reputation of supplier

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