NATURAL GAS BACKUP GENERATORS
(Including Liquid Propane and Methane)
Power generation using natural gas is expanding rapidly in the United States and an important reason for this is the growing demand for electricity. There are expanding uses of these gas power generators such as being blended with boilers or CHP (combined heat and power), or with scrubbers to reclaim carbon monoxide exhaust and clean it for reuse for indoor farming, or even reclaim heat from the engines gaining free HAVC for the facility. We’re now even using natural gas to fuel turbine generators. All these types of technologies can be fueled by natural gas, liquid propane (LP) compressed natural gas, liquid natural gas, or reclaimed natural gas and each type of generator has its advantages. First, methane is the most common fuel used in power generators and compared to other fossil fuels, methane releases less carbon dioxide during combustion. Consequently, many countries are pushing to use more methane in their power plants, and this includes the US where greenhouse emissions are getting more and more scrutiny and the grid power in the US is even more compromised with the push to replace motorized vehicles with EV’s. The US grid infrastructure is already under pressure to keep up with demand and what’s worse, the majority of geographical locations with grid deficiencies have plans to decommission power plants that have outlived their life expectancy. Many utility companies are in desperate need to acquire new technological visions to generate power.
Benefits of a Backup Generator
Contrary to some opinions, methane is an extremely environmentally friendly fuel as it’s produced by biological and non-biological processes alike. Although it can pollute the environment when managed incorrectly, it doesn’t contribute to global warming even close to the same way coal does. Researchers have come up with solutions that make using methane practical in power generators such as reusing treated water which makes water cooling inexpensive. The cooling process uses water that naturally generates steam while spinning a turbine blade which condenses the steam into a liquid form using pressure and chilled water output from a generator’s condenser coil. To separate the liquid water from the CO2 generated during combustion, a regenerative condenser must be used. Essentially, this condenser uses the treated water from a power plant’s cooling process to remove CO2 from the air before allowing the methane inside it to combust naturally and using this method can greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power generation facilities.
Backup generators help to power certain aspects of daily life in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency such as heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, hot and cold water, cooking appliances and all can typically be powered by natural gas, liquid propane, or methane. These alternative fuels have many advantages over coal and oil. They’re also much more abundant and sustainable and that’s why it’s important to use these fuels for backup generators when possible. We are currently flaring 400 million tons of CO² – equivalent emissions without enjoying any generated electricity from it. (equates to about 144 billion cubic meters)
Electricity is the primary source of energy for modern institutions and homes and if the electrical grid is unavailable, computers, security systems and other electronic equipment stop working. This is why it’s so important to have a backup plan in place during natural disasters or other emergencies so using generators is one way to ensure that these facilities stay functional during an emergency. Most people don’t realize that using natural gas, liquid propane or methane as your primary fuel is extremely eco-friendly, pipelines are ran underground therefore not exposed to storms, and creates minimal carbon dioxide exhaust compared to other fuel sources such as oil or coal. Another big Plus is it burns hotter and produces more heat than oil allowing generators to comfortably run at higher temperatures even though burning longer which makes it much easier to effectively burn away any waste produced during combustion.
Naturally occurring gas is also abundant and free from pollution and much of this natural gas comes from wells in shale, a type of sedimentary rock that lies beneath most of the United States. This means that there’s actually plenty of readily available gas without needing to import any resources from other countries. Your generator can also be fueled with cheap, clean energy via liquefied propane distribution trucks if you’re in a remote location or do not have access to natural gas pipeline distribution and there’s no need to worry about shortages or supply issues with your generator using liquefied propane as a fuel source. It’s far more reliable and sustainable than using oil or coal, plus, it helps keep electrical systems running smoothly during natural disasters or other emergencies without worrying about fuel supplies running out. Our environment benefits greatly from having reliable generators powered by natural gas, liquid propane or methane!
Choosing the Right Generator
When you’re addressing the electrical needs of a commercial property and starting to investigate standby or off the grid generators, you’ll undoubtedly need specific solutions regarding fuel types and the right size commercial generator power to meet your requirements. Whether your fuel source will be natural gas, reclaimed natural gas, Liquid Propane, methane, or even compressed natural gas, the answers to questions about power capacity, initial cost, fuel prices and accessories all play a role in the final selection of a generator for your business.
Natural gas (also known as fuel gas or methane) is a clean burning fossil fuel naturally used for cooking, heating, and generating electricity. A generator burns all of these fuels quite efficiently. Natural gas exceedingly reduces the need for diesel fuel and the USA is one of the leading producers of natural gas in the world. This is thanks to large-scale resources like the Barnett Shale in Texas, the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and the Eagle Ford shale in Texas. This makes these fuels far more accessible to consumers than other forms of fuel and because of this, many countries have started releasing plans for sustainable natural gas usage subsequently realizing how great it is for the environment and economy. When selecting a generator to power your home or business, you should consider several factors including noise level, cost, and maintenance requirements as choosing the proper size natural gas-powered generator to save on costs while producing electricity efficiently. For instance, some smaller generators actually require more gas to run and produce more noise compared to a larger one with similar power output. Choosing the right industrial gas-powered generator is important for worksites, factories, farms and other businesses so it’s essential to understand the different types of gas-powered generators to choose from.
Here are some examples of various top rated engine sizes and outputs that BizReps can assist you in selecting.
|Electrical Output (kwₑ)||26||36||400||800||1200||1560||2000||3325||4394||9600|
|Electrical Efficiency %||30||37.3||41.1||42.6||43.4||43.3||43.4||45.2||45.5||43.3|
- Automatic Start
- Low Oil Shutoff
- Automatic CO Shutoff
- Remote monitoring
- Backup energy storage
Selection & Installation Assistance
A backup generator is a must-have for anyone living in an area with regular power outages and are essential for home or businesses. Many people are now turning to natural gas electrical power generators for their power requirements during blackouts and the number of people using their own backup generators has risen significantly over the last few years. When choosing your generator size, there are several factors to consider. The most important factor is the amount of electricity your business requires at any given time because you may have devices that draw more power than others such as electric heaters, electric motors refrigerators or air conditioners.
Sizing your generator is the first step our certified generator technicians will help you complete. BizReps will help you select the correct size solar generator or power system utilizing a thorough load calculation to determine the power needs of your critical systems by our engineers. We also assist in helping you obtain rebates, grants, and other incentives available in your geographical area to make these systems even more affordable. Contact us to get the process started.