There are two main types of power generator – standby and portable.
On building sites, the most common type of generator to be used is the portable generator. This is because, as the name suggests, this type of generator can be moved from place to place, in order to best suit your needs.
Some generators are capable of running off renewable energy, such as wind power, but most require diesel in order to work. This diesel creates mechanical energy, which in turn creates electrical energy that can be used for a variety of purposes.
How to Determine What Kind of Generator You Need
The generator you will need for your building site will be entirely dependent upon what type of work you are doing and which tools you are using to carry it out. By taking these factors into account, you will be able to more accurately estimate your power requirements. In addition, you should make sure that your generator will be able to run for as long as you need it to. Standard run generators are typically capable of operating for between 2 and 4 hours. However long run generators are able to run for much longer, which makes them ideal for large construction or building site projects.
To estimate the power needs of your tools and equipment, simply divide its output rating by 30. Generally, it’s advised that you choose a generator of the next power size up, so as to ensure that your tool will perform to its optimal level. If you are operating a number of tools and items of equipment from the generator, which all have different power needs, you may wish to consider the benefits of using an inverter alongside your generator.
How Inverters are Used Alongside Generators
To create electrical power, you will need to use a generator. However to adapt that power to best suit your needs, you may well require the services of a power inverter.
Inverters change power from one type to another. There are two main types of electrical current – alternating and direct – and each one is best suited for particular tasks. On construction sites it’s quite common for large inverters to be used to provide electrical energy to various devices both large and small, such as power tools.